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Juniors Inducted into National Honor Society

Ben Goldschlager
Forty-three students were inducted into the National Honor Society on May 25. The National Honor Society prizes students who display character, scholarship, leadership and service.

On Friday, May 24, 43 students were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS), an organization that recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Those who are selected to be a part of the society must partake in a service project during their senior year that will be determined by the new inductees.

The ceremony began with a speech from the President of Staples’s NHS chapter for the 2012-2013 school year, Ned Hardy ’13, who said, “Most, if not all, of the juniors in this room are about to embark upon a potentially frightening journey through the college application process. Some advice? Keep it easy. Yes, National Honor Society is about school and grades and grade point averages, but the people in this room ought to be able to use their minds to notice things beyond academics—to find all kinds of things interesting.”

According to NHS members of the 2012-2013 school year, they found NHS to be rewarding and they are excited for newcomers to make a difference.

“I had a really good time while learning about how to effectively serve my community,” Vice President Sarah Cooperman ’13 said.

Principal John Dodig and Faculty Speaker John Wetzel also shared a few words of wisdom and congratulated the new members of NHS on their accomplishments and success.

“Congratulations. You help make Staples the wonderful school that it is,” Dodig said.

New inductees were happy to join the society. “I feel privileged to be part of NHS, and I expect it to be a great forum to give back to the community,” Mrinal Kumar ’14 said.

Elizabeth Coogan ’14 agreed. “I was really excited and honored to be inducted into the NHS,” said Coogan. “Especially because Staples is such a competitive and prestigious high school, it made it feel like even more of an accomplishment to be admitted since the other applicants are so qualified.”

Parents were happy for their kids. “I feel very proud, and I’m excited for [Sara] that her hard work and accomplishments are being recognized,” said Wendy Banbury, parent of Sara Banbury ’14.

Congratulations to the new members of the National Honor Society.

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Sami Bautista, Web Sports Editor
While most Inklings staff members are spending time on their newest articles, Sami Bautista is busy being the captain of the lacrosse team--as well as writing her next article. How does she do it? She should take up a new sport: juggling. Although Bautista’s passion for sports, such as lacrosse and field hockey, continues to burn bright, she just couldn’t resist being a part of the paper.  Last year, she held the web features editor position, and this year Captain Sami will take on the roll of being the staff’s newest web sports editor. Bautista is ecstatic to take on her new paper position, as it will allow her to write about all aspects of sports. She feels as if it will give her the ability to bond her two interests together. Her articles will include game scores, statistics and news throughout the seasons. “Even though the practices for lacrosse are so hard each day, the feelings you get after winning a game makes it all pay off. I also feel the same way when I finish the article I have been writing,” said Bautista ‘13. Bautista’s ability to remain dedicated to both of her school activities proves that it really is possible to be an all-rounder. There’s only one thing left to say: aye aye, captain.
Ben Goldschlager, Web News Editor

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 America and Young Democrats.

Goldschlager has also spent time volunteering at the library working with the new 3D printers. He gets to train people from the ages of 7 to 60 on how to use them, and he can print things for fun and for practical reasons.

“We have a bookcase at my house that uses these little plastic pins to support the shelves,” Goldschlager said, “but we’d lost two, so I designed and printed two replacement pins and they work.”

After writing his favorite piece, “5 Ways to Seem Like You Get Pop Culture” last year, Goldschlager is excited to come back for a second year of reporting for Inklings.

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