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Snow days break up spring break

Ben Goldschlager

Westport Public Schools have had six school cancellations this year, which is one day over the allotted five. As a result, April Break could potentially be reduced by a weekend and that first Monday, making the vacation six days long instead of nine.

The general response from students toward this announcement was mixed. Quinn Hughes ’16 has just accepted the extra day and still plans on coming to school.

“A lot of schools are taking away from their April break [due to weather] so I don’t feel too upset about it,” Hughes said. Hughes feels that his indifference has to do with him having no plans for travel during vacation.

For other students, though, who will be going away, the response is a little more varied.

Ruby Steinberg ’14, who is planning on going with Builder Beyond Borders to the Dominican Republic in April, was worried about changes in the group’s travel plans.

“I was scared that my trip would be cut short,” Steinberg said.

In addition to B3 trips, spring break is a common time for students to do college visits. Those traveling plan on missing school regardless.

“My family’s going on college tours so we’re going to have to leave anyway,” Kit Epstein ’17 said.

Shelby Cataldo ’15 is in a similar situation. “I’m not showing up,” she said. “I have schools to see, and I can’t reschedule.”

Cataldo, Epstein and other students interviewed agreed that not many students would show up on this day. As a result, instruction in classes would be less effective.

“One day won’t matter too much,” Epstein said.

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Justine Seligson
Justine Seligson, Photo Coordinator
Being a self-described political junkie and a teen travel writer, Justine Seligson '15 is not only, without a doubt,  a well rounded student and basically a mother's dream, but also a very unique addition to the staff. Seligson is extremely modest about her accomplishments, but it is very clear that her extensive journalistic experience outside of Inklings has largely influenced her presence on the paper. "I have a column on teen travel on my parent's website, which is called Farewell Travels," Seligson said. "It's a very different type of writing [than Inklings] but it's definitely helped me to grow as a journalist overall." Seligson goes on to describe the plethora of exquisite articles she has written for her column over the years. Seligson further explained how her experiences in traveling have shaped her journalistic presence in a large way. She explains why she is nonchalant about the amazing experiences she has had traveling the globe, explaining that it has always been a way of life for her and her family. "My family travels all the time," she said. "It's just part of our business." However, Seligson says that "...[she] would a much different writer if [she] hadn't traveled so much." She casually mentions how much of an impact a pre-college Kenyan writing program had on her, as what an honor it was to be featured in the National Geographic Student Edition. "It made me realize that even though journalism may supposedly be a dying business, there may be some hope for me to pursue my dream career," she said. With her in-depth knowledge of travel and politics, Seligson is sure to be an interesting voice on the paper this year. She hopes to improve her writing and photography even more this year, as well as to help other staff members to increase the quality of their own photographs.
Ben Goldschlager
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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