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The Luck of the Draw

16 years and 4 months is the length of time that teenagers in Connecticut have to wait until they can have the freedom to drive themselves around without a passenger. These students wait patiently, having to deny opportunities to be with friends or go to practices if no parent can fit it around their schedule. Day after day of rushing to the bus stop with plenty of time before school starts, but still not making it to class on time.

Finally after 196 months (assuming they attend Driver’s Ed and pass their test), they can transport themselves around with ease and convenience. But even that doesn’t solve every problem.

11th graders still can’t park in the Staples Parking lot unless they win the Junior Parking Raffle that takes place around Halloween.

In order to be eligible for this privilege, 11th graders must have a valid drivers licence and “cannot have any parking infractions,” said Assistant Principal James Farnen.  All students have to do is register online, cross their fingers, and provide documentation in the office when they pay.

Many Juniors enter the Parking Raffle to avoid being stuck parking at Wakeman, which can be inconvenient for many. “I think it’s really annoying especially when I have to walk all the way back after practice,” said Emma Laney, ‘15. Emma hopes to be one of the lucky winners this year so that she can shorten her lengthy morning and afternoon walks.

However, others aren’t as bothered by the walk, but they have different reasons why they would want a spot closer to the building. “I really didn’t mind the walk from Wakeman (except I didn’t really experience that in the freezing winter) but parking at school allowed me to leave a good 15 minutes later in the morning which actually makes a huge difference,” said Natalie Pulvino, ‘14, who won a ticket during last year’s Junior Lottery.

Last year, approximately 50-60 students entered and about 25 won spots, according to Pulvino. They were able to start parking there in early November and kept their spots for the remainder of their Junior year.

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Julie Bender, Web Opinions Editor
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 baby sitting families and friends. She was extremely dedicated to her job, practically becoming the neighborhood babysitter. Her baby skills easily compliment to her journalism skills as “dealing with children is like dealing with interviewees.” Using her same dedication towards her baby sitting monopoly, Bender hopes to improve her writing skills before she leaves Staples in 2015. There is no rush, however, as Bender “loves getting the info out” through journalism. After three years of being ruled over by seniors, Bender finally finds herself at the top of the food chain in high school. The best moment of the summer was “taking off the junior parking sticker” Bender said. Finally bursting through the doors as a senior girl, covered in feathers and whistles is a moment that all high school girls can’t wait for. Her excitement as a senior has added on to her excitement for journalism this year. Bender has a passion for opinions and news articles; she loves the fun, fast-paced language that is used in the writing style. It also gives her opportunities to interview unique and interesting people. Her favorite article she wrote, in fact, was an article on Hookah and E-Cig usage in high school because the interview process was one of the most awkward. Whether it is journalism or caring for children, Julie Bender brings all aspects of high school to the table in her last year writing for Inklings. She hopes to end the year strong and keep up with her hard work and dedication in and out of high school.  

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