Inklings News

2014-2015 Staff

Amina Abdul-Kareem

The brutal capture and murder of James Foley shook America, but it has not dissuaded journalists or budding activists from the concept of traveling to unstable countries, especially not Amina Abdul-Kareem. “Danger excites...

Julie Bender

Baby sitting and journalism may seem to have nothing in common, but Julie Bender ’15 packs both professions into her high school career. While many students were off at camp or vacationing this summer, Bender was hard at work...

Ale Benjamin

Ale Benjamin ’15 started out like everyone else in the Introduction to Journalism class her sophomore year. However, the class wasn’t just a way to earn course credit; it turned into a passion that she practices like a passionate,...

Emma Berry

Emma Berry ’15 is Inklings’ Opinions page editor, but wishes she was something more - something like Beyoncè. Emma was born in Paris and lived there for three years before she moved to London. Another three years later, she...

Max Bibicoff

A long time Westportian, Max Bibicoff ’16 is very excited to finally write for and become a part of inklings. Bibicoff enjoyed spending seven weeks of this past summer at camp Echo Lake. He has attended camp there since...

Greta Bjornson

After three years of writing for Inklings, Greta Bjornson ’15 is news page editor, and has a passion for creative writing and protecting the environment. Her favorite types of articles to write are feature articles, and although...

Cooper Boardman

Cooper Boardman’17 is someone who has always wanted to know everything about everything. He is constantly asking questions and is anything but satisfied with a fact without a reason. “My parents have always told me to stop...

Zoe Brown

When it comes down to it, managing schoolwork can be tough to handle. Think about being someone who can manage double the work. Zoe Brown ‘16 does just that. Brown performs a stunning job juggling her status as a good student,...

Claudia Chen

From the time she could talk, Claudia Chen ’16 was always keeping herself busy whether it was scoring points on the tennis court or writing stories and poems. At a young age Chen ’16 knew she wanted to be a writer. She...

Caroline Cohen

Caroline Cohen ’15 is a team player. And in true MVP fashion, she has made a name for herself on Inklings with her pep and strong work ethic. Since taking Intro to Journalism freshman year, she has put in countless hours of...

Jackie Cope

Senior Jackie Cope is determined to “Make H15tory” this year,  as it is written on the windows of her car in hot pink writing. Cope is currently working on the Inklings staff as one of the features editors and is ready...

Aileen Coyne

This girl is a team player. Aileen Coyne ’16 loves the “camaraderie and the bonding of the swim team, and the closeness [... of] being a part of Inklings.” Coyne is passionate about her family and friends, school. In...

Olivia Crosby

When Olivia Crosby ’15 was a freshman, she signed up to make graphics for Inklings, but was never asked to help out. She came in three separate times that year, but still was never asked to join the staff. But, later in the...

Alexa Davis

Alexa Davis ’15 is the definition of a people-person. Her summer says it all: interning at a Public Relations firm, coaching kids gymnastics at the YMCA, and bonding with her team at cheer camp. As a senior, Davis was drawn...

Katelyn DeAgro

The sound of oars smacking the water occasionally gets in the way of Katelyn DeAgro ’16 hearing the cadence of her fingers tapping her Mac Book keyboard. “You have to give a lot up when you row,” DeAgro ’16 said. She...

Alexa Di Luca

Although an only child, Alexa Di Luca ’15 has a love for kids. When not writing an article for Inklings, Di Luca can be found with a tennis racket in one hand and children in the other. During Fall, Spring and Summer, Di...

Dylan Donahue

Nothing will get in Dylan Donahue’s way once she makes a commitment. Whether she is working on ski patrol in vermont, participating as a C.I.T. at Camp Wa-kio, or writing a news piece for Inklings News, Dylan will always display...

Will Dumke

To Will Dumke ’16, Inklings has not only brought him the opportunity to inform the school on the news, but it has let him jump in the back of a car and film screaming seniors as they drive from one end of town to the other....

Sarah Ellman

Sarah Ellman ’15 can be seen on the sidelines of Staples football games, exciting the throngs of people with her cheers every Friday night during the fall. However, Ellman can also be found in the classroom, in room 2032, actively...

Kit Epstein

Passive is not a word to describe girls’ varsity soccer player Kit Epstein ’17. After putting herself, during her freshman year, through weeks of grueling training to score a coveted spot on the soccer team, there’s no...

Bailey Ethier

Editor-in-Chief Bailey Ethier ’15 has self-described himself in one word as “Texan.” Growing up in Texas, Ethier dreamed of being a professional athlete. Soon enough, however, he realized he didn’t have the athletic...

Kaila Finn

Kaila Finn’s creativity is showcased not only in her writing forInklings but in her love for cooking. Finn loves all things food. She reads cookbooks, watches the Food Network, and even has her own blog about food called ...

Ben Foster

Benjamin Foster ’16 and his older brother, Jonathan, are similar in many ways. They both love baseball, especially the Mets. They both respect each other. And they both run. Foster’s brother actually suggested that he...

Andrea Frost

Andrea Frost ’15 is not only a great writer but a very committed dancer at Westport Company. She takes classes in just about every style of dance including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and point. Though her favorite style of dance...

Eliza Goldberg

Eliza Goldberg ’17, is one of many newcomers this year to the Inklings team, and is excited to be a part of the entire process. After taking Introduction to Journalism last year, she saw a great opportunity in taking Advanced...

Bella Gollomp

Isabella Gollomp ’15 is a people’s person.  Bella loves people. And people have a habit of loving her back. So it is no surprise that interviews are her favorite part to journalism. “I love getting to sit down with all...

Chase Gornbien

If one had to guess what fuels Chase Gorbien ’16’s career as an editor at Inklings and his penchant for writing, they would probably throw out all of the usual options: “He took a journalism class,” or, “He just likes...

Julia Greenspan

When Julia Greenspan ’16 is not accidentally calling her teachers "mom" or breaking beakers in the science lab, she is winning the "Italian class superlative: teacher's coconut". In other words, Greenspan never fails to leave...

Jesse Greenspun

Jesse Greenspun ’16 is eager to begin his junior year with hard work and determination. Greenspun’s schedule is packed tight all year long, as he’s actively involved in many extracurricular activities at Staples. He participates...

Jessica Gross

Most kids might shy away from new experiences and dread trying something they’ve never done before, but not Jessica Gross ’15. “I’m totally open to new things,” said Gross, “Actually, I love trying new things.” And...

Sophia Hampton

Sophia Hampton ’15 can’t quite decide what she wants to do mainly because she wants to do everything. “I can’t tell you what I want to do,” she said, “Because it’s going to change.” Hampton described how,...

Taylor Harrington

Taylor Harrington ’15 has been through the ropes before. As Breaking News Managing Editor, Harrington enters her second year on Inklings with a prestigious position and nothing but a positive attitude.   There’s...

Talia Hendel

Talia Hendel ’16 manages to pursue her two lifelong passions, writing and basketball. Being the web sports editor she is able to write and read sports articles. As her second year at Inklings she has assumed the position one...

Kacey Hertan

With diving and gymnastics in full swing, Kacey Hertan ’16 must balance her busy schedule outside of school with her Inklings life, as well. From diving lessons to gymnastic competitions, Hertan somehow manages it all. Hertan...

Alice Hickson

Alice Hickson ’17 is always up for something new, and can find novelty and excitement in even the most familiar territory. This year, Hickson attended her sixth year at camp Mohawk in Litchfield, this time as a CIT. But even...

Anders Hovstadius

Anders Hovstadius ’17 is in his second year at Inklings, holding the position of Assistant Web Creative Director. In this role, Hovstadius is looking to improve the web. He wants to explore possible new themes for the web...

Mat Jacowleff

On the football field, Mat Jacowleff ‘15 is unstoppable. He is a ferocious linebacker, a boisterous leader, and a loyal teammate. To Jacowleff, football is more than a sport, it is a passion. After nine years of hard work...

Adam Kaplan

Adam Kaplan ’16 has one motto for his junior year: “just keep working.” And with all the stresses of the year that matters most for college, a motto like that is essential in order to be a success. Although Kaplan claims...

Daniela Karpenos

Daniela Karpenos ’15, a dedicated member to Inklings, is not just an important part of the paper, but she is also very educated in the field of psychology. When Karpenos isn’t playing Tennis for Trumbull or the Wreckers, or...

Adam Kaufman

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...

Caroline Lane

This summer, over 7,000 feet above ground, surrounded by close clouds and stone stairs, Caroline Lane ’16 breathed in the view from the top of Machu Picchu. Seeing this incredible sight from the top is something that not many...

Emma Lederer

Her heart is so big that is expands way beyond her chest. Such a phenomenon not just because of Emma Lederer’s work as a Staples student ambassador, church camp counselor and youth group member. It’s due to her willingness...

Jane Levy

Reluctant to join Inklings at first, Jane Levy ’16, took Intro to Journalism her freshman year after now Editor-in-Chief Zoe Brown told her to. Now entering her junior year, Levy rose through the ranks and is a Features editor...

Molly Liebergall

Molly Liebergall ’17, is someone worth getting to know. She is an intense soccer player, and is a starter for Staples girls soccer. This season the votes were taken and Molly was elected a captain due to her great leadership...

Larissa Lierbson

“I love thrill seeking. Going down a roller coaster, trying new things, taking risks,” Larissa Lieberson ’15 said. Well, high school is all about trying new things, whether it’s Kool to be Kind, community service, or student...

Jenny Lupoff

At Staples High School, you’ll find many kids, clipboard and to-do-list in hand, who think they have their entire life planned out. Jenny Lupoff, on the other hand, is taking a different approach to high school. Dabbling...

Margaux MacColl

This summer Margaux MacColl ’16 was cliff jumping in Africa. As she was preparing to jump, she looked around and realized that of the 200 people on the cliffs, she was the only girl. MacColl was amazed at the societal gender...

Brendan Massoud

Willing himself out of bed every morning in the summer at 6 A.M. to go to football, Brendan Massoud ’17 is far from a normal student. Massoud’s summer consisted of a healthy dose of training for football, working at Mitchell’s...

Michael Mathis

On any given day, Michael Mathis, Staples senior and Inklings’ Web Opinions Editor, is campaigning for governors, in the Inklings room editing stories, or on-stage, performing a stand-up comedy act. Mathis started journalism...

Jenna McNicholas

Jenna McNicholas ’15 is a charming girl with an equally stunning personality. She is both a good student and athlete, as well as a good friend and competitor. But finally she is the girl next door that you brag about going to...

Alison Morrison

What do you get when you add a “Hunger Games craze,” cookies and cream ice cream, an easy-breezy attitude, Canada, journalism and a deep adoration for peanut butter? The answer is staff writer Alison Morrison ’15. Let’s...

Thomas Nealon

Thomas Nealon ’17 is a true Inklings pioneer. A native Bermudian, Nealon joins the Inklings staff as the first writer in Inklings history to hail from the small island of Bermuda. Nealon, an Inklings rookie, will look to learn...

Cadence Neenan

By the age of 18, most kids have not yet chosen their favorite word. In fact, most teenagers have never even thought about such a question. Perhaps a few have been asked on a “Getting to Know You” sheet handed out by English...

Caroline O’Kane

From steering a sailboat, to flipping down a balance beam, to being behind the lens of her very own Canon camera, Caroline O’Kane ’16 is in her element. Always wearing her white pearl earrings and brightly colored outfits,...

Ivy Prince

For someone so young, Ivy Prince ’17 is a seasoned traveler, traveling to Panama and Wyoming this past summer. Her favorite places? Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Minorca, an island in the Mediterranean Sea owned by Spain. She has...

Becca Rawiszer

Multi-faceted would be one word to describe Rebecca Rawiszer  ’17, who happens to be better known by her nickname Becca.  Rawiszer’s outgoing personality and willingness to learn has allowed her to shine in all her passions...

Megan Root

Megan Root ’15, never stops running, whether it is on the soccer field or chasing a story. She began her Inklings career her second half of junior year as a staff writer and has recently transitioned into a position as a news...

Blake Rubin

When asked what career she wants to pursue, Blake Rubin ’16 replied, “Doctor, definitely.” Not many high school students know exactly what career path they want to follow, but Rubin is confident in her choice. “I’ve...

Justine Seligson

Being a self-described political junkie and a teen travel writer, Justine Seligson '15 is not only, without a doubt,  a well rounded student and basically a mother's dream, but also a very unique addition to the staff. Seligson...

Katie Settos

While many students at Staples spent their summers bumming it at Compo beach, Katie Settos was busy hiking the tallest mountain in Northern Europe. Katie spent three weeks of her summer on an action packed, challenging, and frankly...

Grant Sirlin

Grant Sirlin ‘16 spends his days playing soccer, skiing, and throwing a baseball, while simultaneously doing a handful of extracurriculars. Throughout the summer he enjoyed being a counselor in training, informally known as...

Sarah Sommer

A self-declared music lover, you would expect Sarah Sommer ’16 to be a natural at any instrument she plays. But that’s not the case, she says. “I’ve always enjoyed music,” Sommer said. “But guitar, I’m not very good...

Alix Sommers

Alix Sommers is no creature of habit. Born in Hong Kong, she was exposed to a diverse culture from the start, and throughout her life she has traveled to unique places all over the world to such as Bali, Thailand, and Bangladesh...

Jimmy Ray Stagg

Jimmy Ray Stagg ’16 is quite the diverse person. He likes kids, sports, but, in his words, “music-wise, I have no taste.” He said his love for writing came from a teacher who got him interested in it in fifth grade. His...

Lulu Stracher

To say Lulu Stracher ‘17 has writing in her blood would be an understatement. Being the daughter of two published authors and the sister of Simon Stracher, former social media editor and writer for Inklings, Lulu has always...

Jackie Sussman

On the surface Assistant Business Manager Jackie Sussman ’17 seems to be a classic staples student, she participates in a myriad of clubs, she dreams of going to a good college and she has high expectations for herself. However,...

Rachel Treisman

Since the time that she could remember, Rachel Treisman ’15 always loved reading and writing. And with a long list of titles read, she kept track of her favorite words that she found in books. Inklings was always something that...

Francesca Truitt

For an active, energetic, friendly member of the Staples community, Francesca “Frenchy” Truitt ’17 sure does apologize a lot. In fact, don’t let her read this bio - she’ll probably feel the need to apologize for it. A...

Izzy Ullmann

This may be Opinions Editor Izzy Ullman ’17’s first year on the Inklings staff, but she certainly has ample experience with journalism. Ullman,  who rightfully describes herself as “driven,” attended not one, but two...

Andrew Vester

It’s a scorching afternoon in mid-July. The sun, sitting high above, has blanketed everything in an unbearable heat— most of us are lounging out by the pool, cool drink in one hand, half-liquid Popsicle in the other, seemingly...

Alexia Vickers

Self-described as being loud, outspoken, and free of spirit, Alexia Vickers ’16 is far from being an average high school student. Her vivacious spirit is equally matched with her busy schedule. Vickers plays softball, is...

Emily Wolfe

Emily Wolfe ’15 personifies the word creative. In addition to playing multiple instruments, Wolfe sees her role as an A&E editor as yet another expression of her creativity. Playing violin, piano, and teaching herself guitar,...

Jack Zeldes

Whether junior Jack Zeldes is speeding down the soccer field, working on a Calc problem, cheering on Sunderland AFC, or just hanging out with friends, he approaches everything he does with passion. Soccer is a huge part of Zeldes’...

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