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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...

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...

The AP African-American Studies course has sparked Republican criticism and served as a lightning rod in the debate over parents’ influence in education.

Gutting AP African-American studies sets dangerous precedent

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Executive TV Producer February 14, 2023

For over a decade, the College Board has put in time and tireless work to create an AP course that covers a subject seriously lacking in traditional high school history courses: Black and African-American...

The 10 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting leaves many Americans reflecting on the insignificant growth that has been made in regards to gun control over the last decade.

10 year anniversary of Sandy Hook shooting allows Americans to reflect

Julia Leitner ’23, Assistant Business Director December 23, 2022

While many anniversaries are a call for celebration, this one in particular is not. The 10 year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting took place on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The decade that...

The large community of TikTok that discusses and recommends books is commonly called “BookTok.” The hashtag “#BookTok” has over 93 billion views across the app.

BookTok praises few books, proves dangerous for most authors

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor December 13, 2022

In English class earlier this year, my teacher asked that we all bring in as an independent reading book to read during our free time in class. The next day, when he asked us all to share which books we...

Within the last few months, swatting cases have increased countrywide, heightening concern among school communities.

Connecticut swatting incident highlights growing national problem

“Lockdown procedures activated. Lockdown procedures activated. An emergency has been reported. Please follow the building lockdown procedures.”  Snapping out of their early morning stupor, students...

Annam Olasewere ’25 participated in the USA Swimming National Select Camp in order to improve her mindset both in and out of the pool.

Annam Olasewere makes a splash at USA Swimming National Select Camp

Lily Klau ’23, Creative Director November 26, 2022

With her Staples girls’ Swim and Dive backpack draped over her shoulders, Annam Olasewere ’25 strolled into the Colorado Olympic and Paralympic Training Center to participate in the USA Swimming National...

On Oct. 3, a Board of Education meeting was held regarding the status of several books containing LGBTQIA+ and sexual content. These books were debated on by several members of the Westport community.

Staples library display incites community response at BOE meeting

Lilly Weisz '23, Creative Director October 20, 2022

Nine Westport residents spoke on the controversy surrounding Staples High School (SHS) Library’s Banned Books Week display during the public comment section of the Westport Board of Education (BOE) meeting...

Despite the high levels of economic discrepancy between neighboring towns, no action has been taken to bridge the gap in access to sports resources.

Report highlights impact of wealth inequality on state championships in Connecticut

Talia Moskowitz ’24, Web Sports Editor October 19, 2022

In every inspirational sports movie, the coach sits the losing team down at half time in the locker room and delivers one message: with enough hard work and perseverance, the underdogs can still win the...

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