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Judith Altman tells stories about her life during the Holocaust. Altman gave a virtual presentation to the Westport middle schools, which was both engaging and informative as it gave students a better understanding of what happened to those living during Holocaust era.

Holocaust survivor Judith Altman presents to middle school. 

Ava Cordella , Opinion Editor June 8, 2022

Students everywhere flip through textbooks in history class to read a 300 word summary of one of the most tragic events in history, the Holocaust. Most will recall the jarring words and big numbers, but...

Evelyn Chudowsky ’24 celebrates a goal from her team in a game against Bermuda on April 28.

Evelyn Chudowsky ’24 embarks on Dominican Republic national team

Ava Cordella '24, Opinions Editor May 16, 2022

When Evelyn Chudowsky ’24 found out she made the Dominican Republic National soccer team, she couldn't have anticipated just how much she would gain from her experience.  The tryouts took place during...

Russian Standard Vodka is one of the most popular Russian-made brands of vodka and can usually be found in liquor stores across the US.

Liquor stores across Connecticut halt sales of Russian-made vodka in support of Ukraine

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer March 12, 2022

As of Feb. 24, many liquor suppliers across Connecticut have removed Russian-made vodka from their shelves in solidarity with Ukraine. In an article from CT Insider, Blake Leonard, Vice President of...

Staples takes precaution of COVID-19 to ensure safety for staff and studentsx

Staples takes precaution of COVID-19 to ensure safety for staff and students

Ava Cordella ’24 March 8, 2022

Beirne and her team huddle up moments before their competition. This helps the team settle their nerves.

Brenna Beirne ’25 demonstrates dedication to be synchronized skater

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer February 16, 2022

A full-time synchronized skater and freshman student here at Staples, Brenna Beirne ’25 certainly has her hands full. Beirne started figure skating at just three years old after her dad, who has been...

Some Staples teachers provide study guides or make time for extra review and questions during class in order to help students prepare for exams.

Midterm weighting, schedule revised as COVID cases rise

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

Principal Stafford W. Thomas Jr. announced on Jan. 7 that midterms would begin on a later date, the week of Jan. 19, as well as count for a quarter two grade, as a result of the new COVID-19 conditions. Taking...

Ice skaters of all skill levels enjoy spending time with family and friends on Saturday night, Dec. 18, 2021.

Westport PAL ice skating rink reopens amidst COVID-19

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer January 13, 2022

The Westport PAL Ice Rink at Longshore reopened on Dec. 10, marking the rink's 25th season.  Due to the rink being outdoors, many Westport residents anticipated the opening amidst COVID-19.  “I...

Travis Scott performs for a large crowd, as they press against the gate, while security walks around at a performance in August of 2015.

Dangerous turn of events at Astroworld creates new perspective for kids, parents

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer November 23, 2021

A whopping 50,000 people gathered in Houston, Texas for rapper Travis Scott’s annual Astroworld music festival, expecting the usual high-energy and amusement Scott brings to his shows. However, the event...

Despite mask mandates and other COVID-19 prevention procedures, children are still vulnerable to the virus.

FDA authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11

Ava Cordella '24, Staff Writer November 1, 2021

Starting Nov. 4, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be available to children 5-11 years of age.  The vaccine will be administered in two dosages. Each dose is a reduced 10 milligrams in comparison...

An American flag, for which students stand and face while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, waves in the air.

Silent respect is acceptable during the Pledge of Allegiance

Ava Cordella ’24, Staff Writer October 30, 2021

As the daily reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance blares over the loudspeakers, the classroom is silent. Most students stand silently, some with their hands on their hearts and others with their hands...

Kids 11 and under are more susceptible to getting Covid-19 because they are not eligible for the vaccine. Now, K-12 schools, like Westport Public Schools, face the impact.

Increased Covid-19 cases in students 11 and under

Ava Cordella, Staff Writer September 23, 2021

In just three weeks into the new school year, Westport Public Schools has had a total of 71 individuals with confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 and 168 individuals who have been quarantined, according...

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