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Don’t Become a Statistic: Grim Reaper Day Takes Over Staples

Gabrielle Feinsmith

Every 53 minutes another American is killed in a drunk driving crash. That astonishing number was just one piece of data shared with the Staples community during the 11th annual Grim Reaper Day.

The Teen Awareness Group, also known as TAG, placed posters touting heartbreaking statistics all over the school. One sign read, “In 2008 of Connecticut’s 264 fatalities as a result of auto accidents, 86 people died as a result of drunk driving.” Everywhere I turned in school, the signs seemed to follow me, drilling the statistics into my head. The posters were an effective move by TAG because the information was eye- opening.

A real car from a drunk driving crash was displayed outside of Staples for everyone to see. The side of the car was completely destroyed, making it evident that the crash had been fatal. Although the demolished car was very hard to look at, it left an everlasting picture in my mind. From now on, when Staples students like me think about drinking and driving, the image of this totaled car will remind them that there are life-threatening consequences for their actions.

The most effective element of the day was when police made an appearance in one of my classes informing us that our classmate had been killed due to drunk driving. The classmate then appeared, made up to suggest that she had been in a fatal crash. This was an extremely powerful tactic because it put a face to all of the statistics. It is very easy to forget that each number is a person- a person who had or has a life, a family and a future ahead of them.

During the assembly, an emotional video directed by Jack Craymer ’14 was presented to the student body. The video featured Westport residents who have somehow been affected by drunk driving incidents. That the people filmed were from Westport allowed the audience to feel connected to them and their experiences.

Prior to the video, a guest shared her drunk driving story. She explained how her mistake of drinking while under the influence caused the death of a man. Her story may have gotten through to more students if there had been more speakers. Additional speakers would have demonstrated that there isn’t just one way drunk driving could affect them.

Grim Reaper Day is an effective way to educate adolescents on the seriousness of drunk driving. The presentation today could save many lives by raising awareness.


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Gabrielle Feinsmith
Gabrielle Feinsmith, Sports Editor

Gabrielle Feinsmith is neither a star athlete nor fan of a specific sports team but she loves her position as Sports Editor of Inklings. "I love the positive vibes that sports create,” she explains. “Whether it be bringing people together to support a team or the teamwork and strong work ethic that is taught to an athlete, sports have an effect on people that nothing else can compare to."   Feinsmith is one of three sisters and the only sports fan of the three. Gabrielle acknowledges that her individual love for sports came without a push from her dad who  is a major sports fan. She got the bug at the beginning of her freshman year when she started attending Staples sports events.

By sophomore year Gabrielle joined Inklings and being the sports editor was her first choice position. Though she has written articles other than sports, such as her favorite piece about the conflict in Gaza last November, she   values sports news because of the broad array of topics it offers and their impact. Sports articles run the gamut from a biography of an athlete, to a recap piece on a game, to a breaking news alert about an athlete’s injury.

As Gabrielle goes into her junior year, she is a determined sports journalist, always looking to improve her craft. Her goals for this year are getting more quality action photography to accompany articles as well as getting more of the Inklings staff to attend sporting events and produce content for the Sports section.

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