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Staples Awards Night Celebrates Students’ Accomplishments

The Staples Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in the Staples auditorium, to celebrate the excellence of students for their achievements. Awards were given to students of all grades for exemplary performances in school subjects or state and national competitions.

 The awards ceremony handed out two programs. The program distributed at the beginning of the ceremony listed all the awards that are going to be given (a full two pages of achievements and titles), but omitted the names of the student who won each award.

 As parents and students alike saw the list of possibilities, many could imagine their name or the name of their son or daughter listed beside the most prestigious of awards.

 The second program, which attendees received as they left the ceremony, was the program made for picture frames and letters to grandparents. It provided the accomplishments of the recipients, award titles that will be written on future resumes and bragged about to future college roommates.

 However, the mood remained amicable even with anticipation heavy in the air. As students approached the podium to receive their award and a warm look from the person handing the award to them (or even a hug from Karyn Morgan, assistant principal to the seniors), cheers filled the room for each awardee. Friends shouted nicknames, and the audience erupted with enthusiasm.

 This audience’s respect for the award recipients became clear as two awardees were given a standing ovation. Both valedictorian Matthew Silver and Key Award winner Jack Gibson received a standing ovation. As the lights shone on the award winners, the true purpose of the ceremony seemed to appear.

 “By far the most important part of the ceremony is the public recognition of achievement,” Principal John Dodig said.

 For seniors at the event, the Awards Ceremony represented a culmination of four years at Staples. As Key Award winner Jack Gibson ‘12 said “I think the most important part of the ceremony is that a bunch of seniors and students get to come together and celebrate their accomplishments.”

 After the ceremony, award recipients and family gathered outside the auditorium, congratulating one another with smiles and hugs.

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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 teachers on the first day of school. But in that case, most probably just mindlessly scribbled words onto their sheets such as “literally,” or “totally,” or “dude.” Cadence Neenan ’15, on the other hand, has thought about this deeply. Her favorite word is “loquacious.” Neenan grew up in a home that fostered a love for all things English. With her mom as a former Staples High School English teacher and her dad as a librarian, Neenan was destined for a love affair with vocabulary, grammar, and reading. “My mom always used to read to me ever since I was little,” she said. “I love to read because I was raised to be a good reader.” In school, Neenan has opted to create a heavy course load that reflects her love of English and reading. AP Lit, AP Lang, AP Euro, and AP Gov are just a few of the difficult classes Neenan has chosen to take on. For Neenan, however, much of the learning and “fun with English” goes on outside the class material. “The other night, I was reading a poem during English class,” Neenan said. “I really liked it, so I brought it home and showed my mom. We spent the whole 45 minutes at dinner rhetorically analyzing it and talking about the devices the author used. It was so fun.” Alongside typical English classes, Neenan has also become a part of Inklings to exercise her love of writing. After taking Intro to Journalism, she fell in love with newspaper writing and, since then, has proven herself to be an essential Inklings player, as she is now the Web Managing Editor. “When I found out that I got Web Managing I had a panic attack because I was so happy,” Neenan said. “I like being a managing editor because I love the freedom the web gives me to be creative with my ideas.” Neenan also plans to use her journalism and writing skills in college and, later, in her career. “In college I want to study political science, but I am considering using that to go into journalism,” Neenan said. “Going into journalism with a focus on politics is what I am really interested in.”

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