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The idea of money in exchange for a “night to remember” feels outdated for the modern state of Prom at Staples.

Prom costs pay for moments, not materialism

Alex Gaines ’25, Creative Director May 24, 2024

In all the romanticized versions of prom my favorite high school movies have cooked up - “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Mean Girls,” “She’s All That” -  not a single one shows the process...

Wreckers Wealth Management team members Andrew Rebello ’25, Alex Sod ’25, Srish Popuri ’25 and Mack Haymond ’25 pose with their second place awards from the Wharton Global High School Investment Competition.

Everyone’s Investing in Wreckers Wealth Management

Rachel Olefson '25 and Alex Gaines '25 May 20, 2024

When Alex Sod ’25, president of the Staples High Investment and Trading Society, eagerly asked one of his teachers to advise his newly-created club, he was shocked by the response he received. “He...

Connecticut is widely considered a “blue” state, but has used its 7 electoral votes for a fair number of Republicans in the past century.

Presidential primaries provide first voting opportunity for some students

Alex Gaines '25, Creative Director March 18, 2024

The Presidential Primary in Connecticut will be held on April 2, allowing any Westport resident to vote for their preferred Democratic and Republican candidate for the presidential election this November. While...

The 66th Grammy Awards will take place Feb. 4, 2024, with artists such as Taylor Swift and SZA sweeping the nominations.

Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift should lead Grammy wins

Alexandra Gaines '25, Creative Director December 6, 2023

Nominations for the 66th annual Grammy awards, which celebrate the biggest names and work in the music industry over the past year, were announced on Nov. 10. While every nominee has displayed clear musical...

Staples Players’ production of “The Prom” this November tells the story of a lesbian couple not being allowed to attend their school’s prom and the Broadway actors who try and help them.

Players’ ‘The Prom’ demonstrates acceptance through fun-filled production

Alexandra Gaines '25, Creative Director November 20, 2023

“The Prom” is an outlier in contrast to Staples Players’ recent productions. Having drawn huge crowds every night for classic musicals like “Grease” and “Guys & Dolls,” “The Prom”...

Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album, “GUTS,” features 12 tracks that range from depressing heartbreak ballads to rock anthems.

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘GUTS’ proves shockingly good artistic evolution

Alex Gaines ’25, Staff Writer September 19, 2023

When Olivia Rodrigo released her first single, “drivers license,” in 2021, she immediately shot to stardom, as the song hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 made Rodrigo the youngest artist to ever...

Staples’ last day of school each year is a two-hour finals block, but do students deserve something more fun than a testing day? 

Graphic by Alex Gaines ’25

Last day finals spark debate on end of year activities

Alex Gaines ’25, Creative Director June 6, 2023

Some of my happiest memories from school were those “last days” before breaks in elementary school. Whether we were crowding around a smartboard watching “The Polar Express” the day before Christmas...

The 22 one-act plays utilize casts of two to four Staples Players, telling short 10-minute stories to the Black Box theater audience from April 22-23.

One-Acts gives seniors exclusive directing opportunity

Alex Gaines '25, Creative Director May 1, 2023

There have now been 24 shows put on by Staples Players this year. Two of them might be recognizable - “Guys and Dolls” in November and “Twelfth Night” in March - but the other 22, all of which...

NHD exhibits created by U.S. History Honors students filled an entire room at Sacred Heart University.

NHD competition exhibits sophomores’ research talent

Alex Gaines ’25, Paper Arts Editor March 22, 2023

When the 10th grade U.S. History Honors students opened the doors of the Mahogany Room at Sacred Heart University on March 18, they were faced with anesthesia masks, recreations of Atari video game machines...

Co-presidents Freddie Aldridge ‘24 and Noah Salpeter ‘23 are advocating for the complete restoration of the Compo Beach skate park. They are currently communicating with Westport Parks and Recreation and the Westport Youth Commission to figure out the budget plans for the project.

Staples Skate Club advocates for mainstream, inclusive culture through Compo Park renovation

Allison Gillman '23 and Alex Gaines '25 March 3, 2023

It takes English teacher Jesse Bauks a couple seconds to quiet down the room. About 10 students across all grades are busy chatting, reacting to skateboarding videos on the smartboard and distributing...

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