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Parents, students and members of the Westport community gather in protest against racism in the schools.

Westport rallies against racism: Community protests discrimination in public schools

Ruby Kantor ’24, Paper Managing Editor March 12, 2024

As the morning sun rose and students made their way to school on Feb. 27, protesters lined North Avenue with signs, posters and a powerful feeling of autonomy.  Following the Board of Education meeting...

Legacy admissions remain a contentious topic among Connecticut schools, with some opting to consider legacy status while others do not. However, this practice remains a significant factor in admissions decisions at many prestigious institutions.

Connecticut lawmakers may consider ban on legacy admission consideration

Anna Kercher '25, Paper Features Editor February 8, 2024

Key Connecticut state legislatures are likely to introduce a bill banning legacy admissions at public and private universities in the upcoming 2024 legislative session, which would make Connecticut among...

Jackson Cregan 24 stands to become  the third Eagle Scout in 108 years to be awarded the Conservation Award after he completed two arduous environmental projects at Sherwood Island last fall. (Photo contributed by Jackson Cregan 24.)

Preserving Sherwood: Cregan’s journey to the highest Eagle Scout Award

Nina Bowens ’25, On the Wreckord Producer January 8, 2024

Years of research, planning, and planting led to this moment. This particular senior Eagle Scout had finalized not one, but two environmental conservation projects to protect the beaches and parks at Sherwood...

Awesome Austin” (left) and his chief angel Andrew Berman (right) show off the medals Austin has received after participating in MyTEAM TRIUMPH events

Disabled marathoner inspires crowd at Westport charity event

Angelina Matra '25, Paper Opinions Editor November 16, 2023

 A 2.4 mile swim, an 112 mile bike ride and a full 26.2 mile marathon: all were completed consecutively in under 17 hours by 21-year-old Ironman Chris Nikic. The catch? Nikic has down syndrome.  The...

To implement the ban on new smoke shops in Westport, several changes must be made to existing laws, including banning smoke shops from all zoning districts and requiring special permits to sell tobacco products.

Planning and Zoning Commission reveals potential ban on smoke shops in Westport

Zara Saliba '26 and Sophie Smith ’26 November 12, 2023

Several Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) members proposed a new ban to eliminate new smoke shops and signage being built in Westport, according to their discussion on Oct. 16.  Most commissioners,...

Staples students and teachers took a poll regarding the restricted websites and how much they used them before they were restricted.

Google places restrictions on websites not complying with CT law; teachers scramble for new ways to present content

Paige Miller ’24 and Madison Mayr ’24 October 17, 2023

Google will on Oct. 23 impose restrictions on US News & World Report, The Washington Post, Grammarly, LitCharts, Google forms, Spotify and other websites that refuse to comply with Connecticut’s...

Writers, producers and actors alike took to the streets of California and New York this summer, regardless of spiking temperatures, to preserve their work lives and improve the industry.

Conclusion of writers’ strike doesn’t guarantee start up of your favorite shows

Nina Bowens '25, On The Wreckord Producer October 16, 2023

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike officially came to a close on Sept. 27 after 148 days of stopped labor, securing its spot as the second longest writers strike in Hollywood history. The union’s...

Many attendees at the American Parkinson Disease (APDA) Connecticut Chapter’s Optimism Walk come to support friends or family members of theirs who have Parkinson’s disease.

American Parkinson Disease Association Optimism Walk celebrates community

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor October 10, 2023

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Connecticut Chapter held its annual Optimism Walk at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport on Saturday, Sept. 30. The event’s purpose was to bring people...

St. Andrew’s South African rugby team poses with the Staples boys’ rugby team at the Gonzaga Rugby Classic Tournament.

Staples boys’ rugby team welcomes South Africans to Westport

Madison Mayr ’24, Sports Editor May 1, 2023

The bus rolled into the Staples High School parking lot on April 15. The boys’ rugby team anxiously stood, waiting for its arrival. The doors opened, and the first of the visiting team came out, carrying...

Elisa Feinman, behavior therapist, aids Browne in communication. Feinman helped deliver Browne’s heartfelt Father’s Day card.

W. Browne flourishes with spelling board, transcends communication gap

Mia Bomback '25, Paper News Editor March 30, 2023

Imagine what it would be like to have a thousand thoughts swarming around your head without the ability to voice them. For 14 years, this is what life was like for Wynston Browne ’25, the science-loving,...

Sam Paris ’23 represents Team USA as a Skyliner Senior Synchronized Skater.

Team USA competitors juggle athletic, academic pursuits

Paige Tighe ’24, Editor in Chief March 30, 2023

Three math problems left. Five minutes until the performance. She frantically continues with her worksheet, eager to get it done before the other team finishes its routine. One problem left. The music...

06880 founder Dan Woog and Lyah Muktavaram ‘22 collaborated during her senior internship to produce a photo book. The project, “Pick of Pics” includes photos captured of Westport for over a decade.

Woog and Muktavaram publish “06880: Pick of the Pics”

Genevieve Frucht ’24, Editor in Chief March 4, 2023

Westport is filled with locations that make it a memorable place for both current and past residents. From the stores and lights that line downtown, the iconic bridge at Old Mill beach where children and...

Co-presidents Freddie Aldridge ‘24 and Noah Salpeter ‘23 are advocating for the complete restoration of the Compo Beach skate park. They are currently communicating with Westport Parks and Recreation and the Westport Youth Commission to figure out the budget plans for the project.

Staples Skate Club advocates for mainstream, inclusive culture through Compo Park renovation

Allison Gillman '23 and Alex Gaines '25 March 3, 2023

It takes English teacher Jesse Bauks a couple seconds to quiet down the room. About 10 students across all grades are busy chatting, reacting to skateboarding videos on the smartboard and distributing...

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