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Camille Merganthaler ’25 sets up a table with images to represent women in the culinary industry and provide a place for her to bake her cookies.

Mergenthaler performs her way to NHD Nationals

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer May 15, 2023

Every year, students in U.S. History Honors classes are required to participate in an event called National History Day (NHD), where students spend months creating a project of their own that relates to...

Students record each other climbing the rock wall and using certain skills in order to receive full credit.

Gym class causes pressure instead of enjoyment

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer April 30, 2023

I was standing in my physical education class for the quarter, Lifetime Activities, worrying about an upcoming test I would soon have for the class. In a week, my class would be individually assessed on...

TikTok is on the verge of a ban, as can be seen during last week’s meeting with Congress. Some members of congress are concerned about what information China is getting and how they might use it.

Staples community divides over potential Tik Tok ban

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer April 2, 2023

The CEO of Tik Tok, Shou Zi Chew, testified in front of Congress regarding the potential banning of the app on March 23. The hearing was streamed live on multiple sources as numerous representatives questioned...

Young boys may spend their time on the weekends outdoors catching fish or swimming in nearby waters.

Traveling abroad provides purpose, value learning new cultures

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer March 23, 2023

Over the past February break, I had the special opportunity of traveling to South America and exploring parts of Colombia. When my parents first shared their idea of this destination, I was definitely...

The three finalists compete for first place during the fourth round. Photo by Cassidy Gutman 25.

Westport Library hosts 24th annual crossword puzzle contest, thrills participants

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer February 6, 2023

Feb. 4 marked the Westport Library’s 24th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest held from 1-4 p.m., hosted by The New York Times’ crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz. The 140 participants traveled from...

Students jump at the opportunity to steal a piece of gum from a peer. Gum is a highly requested item among peers to share.

Cafeteria lacks necessity: gum

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer January 3, 2023

You’re sitting in math class and open a new pack of gum to take a piece for yourself to help you focus for the test. Next thing you know, the entire pack is gone. The third pack of gum that you bought...

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Youth struggles with Kanye West’s recent anti-semitism

Cassidy Gutman ’25, Staff Writer December 6, 2022

Kanye West has recently been banned from Twitter and Instagram following anti-black and antisemitic remarks he made over the past few months. Additionally, Adidas announced that they would end their partnership...

A students future success in school connected to whether a student is sent to regular or advanced math in fourth grade.

Unfair middle school math tracking restricts students in high school math placements

Cassidy Gutman '25, Staff Writer October 26, 2022

In high school, there is a lot of pressure to get good grades and take the “right” classes, especially at Staples. In an already competitive culture, I believe some Staples students are being unfairly...

The topic of what pressure is doing to students was discussed on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Westport Public Library. Parents attended this discussion and took notes to listen to possible ways to help their children.

Library discussion reveals students’ mental health suffers from stress, pressure

Olivia Signorile '25 and Cassidy Gutman '25 October 26, 2022

Positive Directions and Westport Weston YMCA held a panel discussion at the Westport Public Library on “The cost of success: what pressure is doing to our kids” on Wed, Oct.19. Experts from Positive...

Staples and Darien show good sportsmanship by high-fiving each other after the game ends.

Girls’ JV field hockey ties Darien

Cassidy Gutman '25, Staff Writer September 30, 2022

After several weeks of preseason and training, the Staples girls' junior varsity field hockey team faced Darien on Sept. 27 for their fifth game, which ended in a 0-0 tie.  Darien High School is known...

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