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Underclassmen under the stars

Jessica Gross

Prom, Counties and Red and Whites are highlights of senior and junior year, and now there will be an upcoming dance for sophomores.

Rumors had been spreading around the school since the first few weeks of October that there would be a dance for the underclassmen titled “Under the Stars.” Questions ran through all the developing minds of sophomore and freshman students in Staples. “Do we have to ask people?” “Is it formal?” “When even is this thing?”

The information was finally given when Samantha Sheppard ’16 , administrator to the “Staples High School Class of 2016” group on Facebook, posted that the Sophomore/Freshman dance would be held in the basketball gym from seven to nine on Nov. 1st, 2013. Sheppard had been given all the details from Nicki Pendolphi who is the teacher in charge of the class committee for 2016.  According to the post on Facebook, “The dress code is semi-formal (not nearly as formal as prom or anything).”

After reading the post most students realized that this was not a Prom or a Red and White style dance.

Another administrator to the Facebook group, Steven Warshavsky ’16 says that, “Since juniors and seniors have their own prom, we thought that the freshman and sophomores should have their own prom too, but more of a social.”

Some students have been trashing the idea considering it another “Monster Mash,”  yet some have high hopes for the dance and can’t wait to see what it will be like.

Daniel Brill ’16 said, “It’s tough to tell how it will end up, but it is something new and it might be a good chance to meet new freshman.” Staying optimistic, Brill said that even though it may be awkward with the freshman and the sophomores, it is something new to try and it is a great idea.

Students aren’t the only ones with high hopes for the dance, however.

Assistant Principal, Karyn Morgan was very excited for the dance saying that, “It will be a great time to get to know each other and to dance, but you don’t have to dance.”

Whether its go to see friends, have some delicious snacks, or dance “Under the Stars,” the freshman and sophomore dance should be a great time.

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Will Dumke, Staff Writer
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. Raking in thousands of views last year, Dumke put together a short video that gave a glimpse of what the tradition of Motorcade was like on the inside. This video was by far Dumke’s favorite piece of his from last year and he aspires to keep working on his videography skills this upcoming year. But he’s not only in it for the multimedia aspect. Dumke likes being a part of journalism because it allows him to get information out to the public quickly. He loves to write both news and sports stories because he enjoys giving the “quick pop” of information that the readers are interested in. However, if you don’t find Dumke hunched over a computer writing a story or editing a video, he could easily be practicing the piano or skiing down the slopes of a challenging mountain. He is a member of both the Staples jazz band and the Staples ski team and loves being a part of both. Over the summers, he spends his time either helping little kids learn how to sail or hanging out with his friends. Going into his second year on the Inklings staff, Dumke hopes to work on his creative writing and put together a collection of pieces that he’s proud of.
Jessica Gross, A&E Editor
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 it makes perfect sense. The A&E Page Editor has lived in Hong Kong, been to Paris to see a rock concert, and even attended a Berklee College summer program for the performing arts. While she indulges her passion for performing arts through her involvement in Staples Players and her love for journalism in Inklings, Gross’ guilty pleasure is baking. Whether it’s for friends, family, teammates or co-workers, she is always able to put her own spin on any traditional treat. And it’s not just her friends who take note of her knack for baking; even her boss at the restaurant she works at has remarked on her talent, adding a dessert special to his menu featuring Gross’ homemade cookies and brownies. She has even ventured as far as making mini key lime pies, a favorite on the menu. When someone has so many different passions, it’s hard to pick their proudest moment. However, Gross’ came to mind easily: “My band and I opened up for Paul Simon at a concert,” she said, “it was incredible.” Gross is actually the lead singer for that band, created at the School of Rock in Fairfield. Few musicians were invited to join the band at School of Rock, only those with rare talent made the cut. Whether it is finding an interesting topic to cover for Inklings, practicing with her band to get the best sound, or even baking a delicious snack, Gross does it all with flair. So as she embarks on her senior year, take note of her name, because who knows, Jessica Gross might be headlining a tour, opening up a bakery, or even writing for The New York Times in the near future.

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