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The fireworks this Fourth of July in Westport have pretty much faded out of existence, due to the town’s decision. But it’s absolutely clear now it shouldn’t have.

Fourth of July fireworks should not be canceled

Finnegan Courtney ’23, Paper News Editor June 15, 2021

Unlike most years, the fireworks that fire right over a crowded Compo Beach around Independence Day, celebrating our country’s most patriotic day of the year, will not be occurring.  Westport has...

Tennis Player Naomi Osaka receives support from fans after withdrawing from the Australian Open.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Australian Open due to Mental health, inspires many

Jalen St. Fort '22, Staff Writer June 15, 2021

On May 31, four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open due to recent mental health struggles. She made the announcement on Twitter after refusing to speak to interviewers during...

Acne, although common, is not talked about often enough and the struggles that having acne can cause need to be further understood.

Acne shouldn’t be taken at face-value, when issues can lie beyond the skin

Charlotte Gurley ’23, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

It sticks out on my face. It’s one of the first things I obsess over when I look in the bathroom mirror each morning. Even with my mask up, I’m still embarrassed and in shame over what lies beneath....

The recent passage of a bill in Connecticut’s State Senate has reignited debate about whether or not to legalize recreational cannabis use. If the bill passes the house, Connecticut will become the 17th state to legalize recreational cannabis use.

Legalization of cannabis is necessary, overdue

Mimi Casey '22, Opinions Editor June 11, 2021

In Connecticut, the sale of cannabis can result in a prison sentence of 20 years, an absurd amount of time to be lost in one’s life. Cannabis legalization has long been a topic of interest in the United...

TikTok star Sienna Mae Gomez addresses her sexual assault allegations entirely through social media.

TikTok star Sienna Mae’s sexual assault case leaves young viewers too intrigued

Julia Leitner ’23, Web Sports Editor June 11, 2021

After long school days, extracurriculars and the pressures that come with high school, most kids resort to their abundance of technology as a way to relax. Choosing whether to scroll through Snapchat,...

With the seniors gone, the back two rows of AP Economics class are left empty, as all students in the class have moved towards the front to better participate.

Seniors’ absence leave Staples in shambles

Theresa Vandis, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Every spring, the senior class is offered an amazing opportunity to go out of school early to participate in internships of their choosing before heading off to college in the fall. Sure this sounds like...

Volunteers of all ages can help out at the Norwalk Police Department annual coat drive, “Keeping Norwalk Warm.” The event provides coats and outerwear for families who may not be able to provide these items for themselves or their families.

Staples must provide accessible volunteer opportunities for teenage growth, academic success

Lauren Hassell ’22, Staff Writer June 11, 2021

Teenagers are selfish creatures. Volunteerism may not be the first thought that comes to mind when they think about extracurricular activities. However, it should be an important part of a teenager’s...

Amazon Prime Day will be held on June 21 this year. This Amazon holiday provides deals for customers and has been proven to be harmful to both the environment and to Amazon employees.

Avoid Amazon Prime Day for moral, environmental reasons

Audrey Kercher '23, Web Arts Editor June 11, 2021

One of my favorite things in the world is receiving packages in the mail. The feeling of excitement and surprise I get as I tear open cardboard boxes or shipping packages to reveal brand new shining goods...

Photos of young girls at a high school in Florida were edited to cover what was viewed as “revealing”

Objectifying girls’ bodies creates dangerous environments

Prasaus Yeager ’22, Staff Writer June 9, 2021

At a high school in Florida, female students’ yearbook photos were edited after being deemed “inappropriate.” The students reported that they felt that their bodies were being objectified since the...

The physical standards many people strive to achieve are all products of our fallible definition of “hot” and what is deemed attractive. Self-confidence has become increasingly difficult to achieve with the pressure of impossible body image ideals.

It’s time to redefine the meaning of ‘hot’

Anna Diorio ’23, Paper Arts Editor June 7, 2021

If I’m not skinny, does that mean I can’t have a hot girl summer?  Instinctively, your answer might have been to say, “no,” and kudos to you if it was. But many people have internalized the...

Many people post information onto social media without checking its accuracy and credibility, spreading misinformation and bias. This can have harmful consequences on society as a whole.

Social media activism portrays bias, reflects performative actions

Abbie Goldstein ’22, Paper Arts Editor June 7, 2021

What used to be an Instagram feed flooded with birthday posts, photos with friends and funny memes has now been overpowered by misinformed teenagers reposting one-sided infographics, biased photos and...

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