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Staples displays holiday generosity with Cans for Candlelight

Nate Rosen

The holidays are a time for love, family, celebration and, most importantly, food. However, many less fortunate families struggle to put food on the table with the added stress of the holidays. This is where the National Honor Society (NHS) steps in to give Staples students the opportunity to lend a hand with the annual Cans for Candlelight fundraiser.

Each year the NHS runs a food drive for local food banks through the school. It is asked that students bring in non-perishable, canned foods and thus is named Cans for Candlelight. The drive takes place at the front of the school from Dec. 9 to 13. Its purpose is “to organize a way for staples students to help others during the holiday season,” Robby Gershowitz ’14 said.

Each year a group of students volunteer to take on running the drive. The four volunteers this year are Katie Zhou ’14, Robby Gershowitz ’14, Ali Thompson ’14 and the chairman of the committee in charge of the event, Khaliq Sanda ’14. These four are in charge of “[helping] get the word out to newspapers and other publicity and just generally set a framework for the logistics of collecting cans,” Zhou said.

“It is perfect to have the last day of the food drive outside the auditorium because usually nothing gets people more in the mood to give than listening to holiday classics,” Thompson said.

Every little bit helps, especially during holiday season. With holiday joy comes holiday stress. “Each year at this time, food banks are in need of food to provide for those in need, and we are attempting to help as much as we can,” Sanda said.

Students are encouraged to spread holiday cheer and help a family in need. “I am really excited,” Thompson said. “The food drive is perfect to get the community into the holiday spirit of giving.”

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Emma Berry
Emma Berry, Opinions Editor
Emma Berry ’15 is Inklings’ Opinions page editor, but wishes she was something more - something like Beyoncè. Emma was born in Paris and lived there for three years before she moved to London. Another three years later, she moved to Westport just in time to start Kindergarten at Coleytown Elementary School. She went to Coleytown Middle School, and now she attends Staples High School. This Senior girl spends her non-Beyonce-like days working hard for Inklings and being the captain of the Staples ski team. When she’s not on the slopes with her teammates, she continues to practice her skills in Vermont on the weekends. She is very dedicated to this sport that she says is “truly exhilarating.” Another thing Emma loves is her family, which consists of her parents, two brothers and dog. Together, they ski and travel. Her favorite destination they traveled to thus far was Dublin, Ireland, which is where her cousins, aunts and uncles live. Emma enjoys listening to all types of music ranging from pop to alternative. Although, she does have a disdain for country music. To her, each song is a three minute display of Americans trying to be as patriotic as possible. Nevertheless, she still loves her country. For her final year at Staples, Emma is looking forward to all the events and activities that come with being a senior. For years, she has been waiting for motorcade, homecoming and all the senior traditions. She is excited to see what her senior year has in store for her.
Nate Rosen
Nate Rosen, Graphics Coordinator

When flipping through the pages of a freshly printed Inklings on a Friday morning at Staples, text, novelty-fonted headlines and especially graphics and pictures jump out to the Staples students and faculty. And a big applause is long overdue to senior Nate Rosen ’14, who is Graphics Editor in Chief this year and is the man behind a number of graphics in both the paper and web versions of Inklings.

 “It’s a creative outlet for me,” said Rosen ’14 who can be called an artist for his graphics and photos but claims he cannot draw for his life.

Doing graphics for Inklings since freshman year he has created numerous different visuals. One of his favorites is the banner for an article about The Great Gatsby. With gold and metal like textures the banner closely resembles the logo for the 2013 movie.

“That graphic I actually did on my own time, it was more for me,” said Rosen ’14.

Rosen claims that graphics is really a hobby for him; he could be on the Adobe software creating new graphics all day long. However it is easier to have an assignment for a graphic instead of creating the idea on his own.

But no matter how he gets the creative spark or how he creates his artwork, Rosen’s graphics will be printed and posted proudly in Inklings throughout the year.

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