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Staples Falls to Seventh

Ellie Kalatzi

Staples fell from the fifth best school in Connecticut to the seventh best school, according to a new report by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report based its ranking on reading proficiency, math proficiency and college readiness, among other factors.

Farmington, Wilton and Darien all leapfrogged Staples. However, Staples surpassed the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, which fell from first to 10th.

Even with the fall, students appeared to be unconcerned about Staples’ future and standing on the state level.

“[Staples] is still one of the best schools in the state,” said Hannah Myers ’14. She added, “We are a phenomenal school.”

In addition, although Staples fell in state rankings, it improved its standing on the national stage. Staples lifted its ranking to 296, six higher than its rank of 302 from the previous year.

For students, however, these rankings were little more than meaningless numbers.

“These rankings are all quantified systems, which makes it for schools to switch around in the rankings,” Jill Rappaport ’13 said. “I don’t really care about the ranking, and, regardless, seven is still good.”

Connor Hardy ’14 agreed. “It doesn’t matter to me what rank we are. [Staples] is number one in my heart,” he said.

The consensus from students is that, at the end of the day, rankings from a removed organization mean nothing.

“We should be less concerned about the number and more concerned about how we think Staples is doing,” said Rappaport.

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She may be new to Westport, but Ellie Kalatzi ‘13 is no stranger to Wordpress and page design. Kalatzi grew up in Greece and Germany before moving to the United States. Last year, in Los Angeles, she created the website for her school paper, the Calabasas Courier.  Although the site’s layout makes Kalatzi seem like an old pro at technology, she was new to website programming before designing the Courier’s page. “I didn’t even know how to copy and paste,” Kalatzi said. “It was rewarding to learn it myself.” Kalatzi is focused on details, down to the shade of gold used on the website, a hue that varies just slightly from the school’s official color. With her precise eye, Kalatzi earned the title of Web Master at the Courier. While looking at other high school news websites for design inspiration, Kalatzi came upon the Inklings website and got a glimpse of the paper before even knowing that she would be attending Staples. Now that she works on Inklings, Kalatzi wants to use her experience with InDesign and Photoshop and focus on the layout of the paper and web. Kalatzi already has ideas to keep Inklings in readers’ “favorites” list, envisioning a more eye-catching breaking news banner and an increased use of widgets and interactive technology. Although well-acquainted with picas and pixels, Kalatzi is less experienced with writing articles. Kalatzi is looking forward to broadening her horizons this year, but her main focus is keeping looking dapper.

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