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Ludel takes down the competition


Wrestling since the dawn of seventh grade, wrestling Captain Justin Ludel ’15 spent his summer lifting weights and attending wrestling camp at Greens Farms Academy. His ten wins this season have earned him the Male Athlete of the Season Award.

Teammate Kevin Watt ‘15 says, “To the team, Justin is a rock.”

Watt  says that Ludel is technically sound, rarely making mistakes, and executes each takedown or pinning combination solidly. Watt attributes Ludel’s success to his exceptional strength, which “gives him a good edge over anyone else on the mat.”

Ludel lived in the gym this summer, and his strong performance on the mat has been a testament to all of the work that he put in during the offseason. He boasts personal records of a 195 lb. max bench and a 225 lb. max squat.

Ludel says that being an upperclassman allowed him to come into the season more confident. He wrestled to a personal record of ten wins and five losses in the 138 lb. weight class.

Watt also compliments Ludel’s leadership qualities by saying that he is an exceptional leader, both vocally and once the whistle blows. “He puts in hard work every day and is someone all the young guys on the team look up to. He is an example of what it means to work hard” Watt says.

Ludel appreciates his teammates and says, “They are a fun group of guys,” and the season has been “a bonding experience, and I have gotten to know some of the younger guys pretty well.”

As for the future, Ludel has high expectations for his squad, saying that even though they don’t always have enough guys to fill a lineup, “My goal for the rest of high school is to win FCIACs and make a run at states.”

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Adam Kaufman, Web Multimedia Editor
Adam Kaufman is a very kind and outgoing person who often puts others before himself. Adam was born in Dallas, Texas where he spent the first two years of his life. He then moved to Stamford, Connecticut and later to Westport when he was five. Adam attended Greens Farms Academy and transferred into Staples High School as a freshman. He is currently a senior and is a precedent to younger students. Since he transferred, Adam has been very active throughout the school and is involved in numerous clubs and organizations. He is on the executive board for both the Service League of Boys and Safe Rides where he dedicates his time to helping others. Last year, his determination and outgoing personality allowed him to excel at journalism and earn a key position within Inklings. Adam is the Web Multimedia Editor, where he creates animated GIFs for the bar at the top of the website for Inklings. He is a leader within the journalistic community at Staples, and often encourages younger students to be active for Inklings. He said, “Be as active and outgoing as possible in order to get the stories you want. It will make the writing more enjoyable and will improve your writing skills as a journalist.” Adam enjoys writing sports articles for the web because the articles are, “quick short deadlines and is often up to date. The revision process isn’t as long for the web as it is detailed and concise.” Adam played baseball for Varsity last year, but has decided to take the year off to focus on senior year and dedicate more time to the college process. Although Adam enjoys journalism as a passion, he views it more as a hobby rather than a career he would want to pursue as a profession.  

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