Inklings News

2013-2014 Staff

Lily Barsanti

Dancing fourteen hours a week, six days a week, Lily Barsanti ’14 is determined to pursue what she loves. Her father being a designer, the arts have always played a role in the lives of both her older brother, twin brother...

Ale Benjamin

Ale Benjamin ’16 prides herself in her ability to always find the perfect gift for every one of her friends no matter the occasion. According to Benjamin, “My gift is buying gifts.” A modern day Santa Claus, she is always...

Julie Bender

There are a lot of reporters who like to do a little bit of research and write a quaint little news story. Julie Bender ‘15 does not fall among these people. Bender loves to go out and find out what people think. She likes writing opin...

Greta Bjornson

Greta Bjornson ’15 spends her time tending to her fashion blog, and keeping close tabs of celebrity gossip. When Bjornson isn’t doing homework and fulfilling the dull obligations of being a student, she is thumbing through the...

Zoe Brown

When your only friend is a pencil and a pad of paper, you know that you are destined to become a great writer. This was the case for Zoe Brown ’15. Brown is the features editor for Inklings. Staples High School’s prestigious ...

Taylor Burg

If there were a person to define “multidimensional,” that person would be Taylor Burg. She has so many interests that her encyclopedia would be extremely heavy. Here’s just a snippet of some of Burg’s identity. The...

Elizabeth Camche

Most students see Inklings as a source of news and entertainment, a way to keep up with the school. Elizabeth Camche ’14 sees it as a business. As the one and only business manager, Camche deals with everything from subscri...

Ryder Chasin

A varsity athlete, student ambassador, Hollywood veteran, and President of the National Honor Society, Ryder Chasin is more than an exemplary student at Staples. In fact, it’s his avid engagement with the Staples community t...

Claudia Chen

Claudia Chen ’16 is most well known for her Sports Editor position by her fellow writers on Inklings, but underneath that title is a big dream to be a famous author. Beside from writing a few articles for the Inklings paper this y...

Katie Cion

The only girl surrounded by a brand-new Bernese Mountain puppy and four brothers (one a twin) Katie Cion is used to chaos.  She believes that she thrives in it, which is one of the reasons she and Inklings are such a perfect...

Caroline Cohen

While most students are home over a long break, Caroline Cohen ‘15 will be out exploring the world. She might be in Spain running with bulls or in Israel chilling on a camel, but it’s what she takes out of her travels which i...

Jackie Cope

Jackie Cope ‘15 is passionate about the things she writes about, and tries to convey this passion in every article she writes. Her dedication is shown in the fact that though it’s her first year at Inklings, Cope is already a...

Olivia Crosby

“You don’t know until you’ve tried” is usually a phrase utilized when enticing a generally shy person to try something that is irrelevant in daily life, like skydiving or singing karaoke at a bar. However, when it is used...

Sophie de Bruijn

Sophie de Bruijn is not your typical high school senior. When she’s not a varsity basketball star or lighting up the stage with her amazing voice, she is an Inklings breaking news managing editor, and a very good one at that. In ...

Alexa Di Luca

As it’s her first year writing for Inklings, Alexa Di Luca, ’15 is sure to bring new skills to the table.  Alexa is a full-time vegetarian and has been devoted for 3 years. Her two passions, writing and vegetarian food, m...

Will Dumke

While most teenage boys spend their days playing video games and watching television, Will Dumke ’16 proves to be the exception. Many kids may spend time locked up indoors, but Dumke embraces nature and is truly an outdoorsm...

Bailey Ethier

Bailey Ethier ‘15 is always up for a good challenge. “I love being able to get to the bottom of something,” Ethier said, referring not only to his writing but also his personality. As a sophomore Web Opinions Editor...

Gabrielle Feinsmith

Gabrielle Feinsmith is neither a star athlete nor fan of a specific sports team but she loves her position as Sports Editor of Inklings. "I love the positive vibes that sports create,” she explains. “Whether it be bringin...

Kaila Finn

Just as Kaila Finn ’16’s paintbrush glides across a blank canvas, her freshly sharpened pencils are about to start writing for Inklings. This aspiring artist is new to the staff this year and plans to use her “creative ...

Hannah Foley

Hannah Foley ’14 has many talents, but when combined together, she is unstoppable. As a major contributor to Inklings newspaper as Editor-in-Chief, WWPT radio, Staples’ award winning radio show, and Good Morning Staples, she...

Andrea Frost

If you want a girl who will dedicate herself entirely to her passions just ask for Andrea Frost. Dancing since she was a young girl, Frost does everything from ballet to tap to modern dance 11 hours a week at Westport Academy of D...

Ben Goldschlager

Ben Goldschlager ’14 is an involved member of the Staples and Westport communities. He’s the president of the Model UN and Artists’ Club, the web news editor for Inklings and is involved in Debate Team, Junior States of Am...

Bella Gollomp

Ever since Bella Gollomp ’15 started dancing at three years old, it has become more than an activity to her. “Dance is my therapy, so that's why I do it, other than the love of performing and having fun,” Gollomp said.   ...

Chase Gornbein

Chase Gornbein ’16 is always looking to push and challenge himself. He likes to test his mental and physical strength whenever possible. Usually, Gornbein finds his fill of thrill in taking his running to the next level on ...

Jessica Gross

Jessica Gross ’15 comes off more like the subject of an Inklings story than the writer. She’s a singer with the School of Rock house band. She earned an audition on NBC’s The Voice. She’s a goalie for both JV and Varsi...

Sophia Hampton

Sophia Hampton ‘15 is a long way from home living in quaint Westport, Conn. She has moved twice, one more drastic than the other. She recently moved 2,000 miles from New Mexico to Westport -- leaving behind a life only seen...

Connor Hardy

Hilera Hardy is ironic. You probably know him as Connor Hardy. Yes, he likes to be ironic in his humor, but his life is ironic too. Hardy’s favorite sport is baseball. His favorite team is the Yankees: he watches all the games, and e...

Taylor Harrington

Taylor Harrington ’15 is a world champion at one-handed egg cracking. Harrington has been baking since she was a child and is known for her cupcakes that she makes from scratch. “Baking is my outlet,” Harrington said....

Deanna Hartog

Deanna Hartog ’16 is ready to bring her enthusiasm and energy from the stage to the newsroom. Hartog, one of the Sports Editors, has been acting since sixth grade and believes the skills she has acquired on stage will play...

Talia Hendel

If she’s not shooting baskets on the basketball court or scoring goals on the soccer field, you most definitely can find her on the hunt for hard hitting breaking news stories and coverage of sports games left and right. Talia...

Bobby Jacowleff

Inklings Web Sports Editor Bobby Jacowleff, ‘14 is, in a word, unstoppable. With two sports captain positions under his belt, and a demanding Inklings position, his drive and commitment alone are impressive. But more notabl...

Olivia Kalb

When Olivia Kalb ‘14 finds a spare moment, she cannot help but spend the time reading an enjoyable book. Although Kalb’s schedule has been booked tight lately college essays and the beginning of senior year, she still makes ...

Daniela Karpenos

Cartoon students come to life, sitting at desks lined in pen. Daniela Karpenos ’15 may be new to the Advanced Journalism class, but her drawings are already in Inklings. Beyond her original drawing style, which Karpenos describes as “cartoony,...

Adam Kaufman

Adam Kaufman ’15 has his schedule filled. In addition to playing for the Staples baseball team, he also loves giving back to the community. Along with being active in SafeRides, he is also a member of the Service League of Boys (SLOB). “It’s ...

Grace Kosner

Lights, Camera, and Grace Kosner is in action. This will be the second year in a row that Grace Kosner ’14 will take on the role of being a Video Editor for Inklings. From a young age Kosner has been exposed to the media in...

Rachel Labarre

She trades her pointe shoes in for her spiral notebook.  Her dance classes for journalism classes.  Her spot at the front of the stage for her position on the Inklings staff. Rachel Labarre '14 has the unique ability to allow...

Emma Lederer

Not only is she a "Gossip Girl" obsessed, baking whiz, Emma Lederer ’16 is a gifted writer, for school assignments, the newspaper, and her own personal enjoyment. Ever since Lederer was little, writing has been her passion....

Jane Levy

Jane Levy ’16 loves many things, such as playing volleyball, her dog Sparky, and the camp that she attended for seven years, Mataponi. However, above all, she loves romance. While other people’s favorite color has no real ...

Claire Lewin

Most Staples High School girls flocked to Urban Outfitters or Brandy Melville for a back-to-school outfit. Claire Lewin ’15 showed no interest. The staff write for Inklings has a passion for fashion and loves creating unique outfits for h...

Larissa Lieberson

Some people love math problems and science experiments. Others enjoy writing and more creativity. As Inkling’s new Opinion Editor, Larissa Lieberson 15’, combines both to be a fantastic addition on the newspaper staff. Liebe...

Eliza Llewellyn

Eliza Llewellyn ’14 is driven and well-rounded. Now that it’s her third year on Inklings, she’s ready to take the lead. As web managing editor, Eliza is excited to advance the Inklings website with innovations in media and...

Casey Lu

Casey Lu ’16 writes and speaks English in fact, its one of her favorite subjects in school. What not everyone knows, though, is that Chinese is her first language. Lu’s parents met when they came to the United States for...

Margaux MacColl

The movie Slumdog Millionaire and scuba diving in Thailand may seem to have nothing in common, but if Margaux MacColl has her way, the cities of India and underwater sea life could combine into an unforgettable article. MacColl is a c...

Michael Mathis

From underground music to underground transportation, Michael Mathis ‘15 knows his way around New York City. It’s safe to say that his dream of being involved in production stemmed in the concrete jungle. “It’s really just ...

Zach McCarthy

In fifth grade, Zach McCarthy ’16 would wait for his brother Nick to come home with the newest copy of Inklings sticking out of his backpack every month.  Though he did not understand everything that was written, McCarthy adm...

Grace McCarthy

When Grace McCarthy ’16 moved from New Zealand less than a year ago, she had no idea that she would discover her passion and potential career in America; journalism. McCarthy said that “living in America has really opened ...

Will McDonald

At first glance, one would never know the special title senior Will McDonald holds in the Inklings room. “Ms. McNamee says I have the worst handwriting she’s seen in 20 years,” McDonald says. He admits this with pride, and...

Once big-time swimmer, Jenna McNicholas ’15 never pictured herself as a player of a team sport. But after being convinced by her dad to play for the lacrosse team, McNicholas realized that the encouragement of other teammates...

Erin Munley

In her premier season on the Staples cross country team Munley was almost hit by a car off the Post Road, an experience which frightened her but did not weaken her resolve or commitment. The close-call occurred mere weeks after...

Cadence Neenan

If there’s one thing that gets Cadence Neenan excited, it’s an argument. As a member of the Staples chapter of the Junior State of America as well as a news editor of Inklings, she devotes her time after school to both...

Claire Quigley

Claire Quigley ’14  is an opinions editor on  Inklings Newspaper. She has many hobbies that include dance, lacrosse, and is an active member of many clubs. Claire’s main focus for the past three years has been giving back ...

Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds, with her shoulder length brown hair and tan skin, might blend into a crowd of Staples students. But then you'll talk to her. Katie Reynolds is unabashedly herself. She is one of the few people who can balance fr...

Megan Root

Megan Root is a star athlete. She started her freshman year on the girls varsity soccer team and was elected captain her junior year.  Being a captain of a varsity team as a junior is a huge honor, but it is also a lot of wor...

Nate Rosen

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause...

Caroline Rossi

Whether Caroline Rossi’14 is cracking jokes with her friends, preforming on stage, or writing up a witty article, she is always making people laugh. Comedy plays an huge roll in the life of Rossi. It’s what makes her who...

Blake Rubin

Blake Rubin is on the move. The 15 year old, one of Inklings’ staff writers, has already lived in five different homes and has traveled to many foreign countries, including Costa Rica, France, and England. Rubin’s fascinati...

Jane Schutte

Whether it’s to a sport, Staples Players, schoolwork, or another activity, it seems as if almost every Staples student has commitment in their blood. Jane Schutte ’16 takes this necessary quality to the next level with da...

Justine Seligson Staff Bio

For only being a junior in high school, Justine Seligson is an extremely well rounded girl. From taking 2 languages this year to interning for congressmen this past summer, Justine does it all. Seligson came prepared for Inklings th...

Katie Settos

To this day, Katie Settos’15 is still known as “Annie” from the broadway musical. She even wishes she could have the dream life like Ugly Betty. However, instead of being an actress, Settos believes that she wants to...

Kelsey Shockey

Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself...

Liana Sonenclar

For Liana Sonenclar ’14, a photograph isn’t just a distant picture taken carelessly with the fumbling push of a button. It’s not busywork; it’s not an afterthought. A photograph, to Sonenclar, is an experience, a careful...

Jimmy Ray Stagg

What first sparked sophomore Jimmy Ray Stagg’s interest in journalism was the chance  to have an effect on someone. “Whether they have a change of heart or perhaps the impulse to research or do something about it, I’m ...

Rachel Treisman

Rachel Treisman is a people person. She likes to hang out with people, meet new people, and even help people. Rachel started her career at Inklings her freshman year when she would “awkwardly show up” and help with drawing...

Grayson Weir

A senior this year, Grayson Weir ’14 joins Inklings with hopes of being as successful a reporter as he is a volleyball player. Although volleyball is his sport of choice, Weir broadened his horizons by watching football and...

Emily Wolfe

Some people who are involved in a lot of extra-curriculars are only interested in beefing up their college applications with a laundry list of activities that they’re half committed to. Emily Wolfe ’15 is not one of those peo...

Eliza Yass

Eliza Yass ’14 is not your average cheerleader. On the field, she gets spectators pumped up at football games. But off the field, her engaging opinion pieces give them the scoop on controversial issues. Yass discovered her...

Jack Zeldes

As a sports enthusiast, Jack Zeldes, a new staff writer to Inklings, has finally taken his passion for sports broadcasting and turned it into writing. Zeldes, a team member of the JV soccer team, an active soccer player...

Lauren Francese

With their Justin Bieber obsessions and Bar Mitzvah sweatshirts, former Bedford social studies teacher Lauren Francese has developed skin of steel. Now, as a new teacher at Staples, she has brought this middle school durability...

Rebecca Marsick

By the time Rebecca Marsick graduated from Staples in 1993 she had never read a copy of Inklings. “I just don’t remember Inklings,” she said. “I know it was here, but I can’t think of anyone who did it. I can’t remembe...

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