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Zara Saliba ’26, Uma Choudhury ’26 and Caroline Banks ’26 at the Connecticut state National History Day competition at Central Connecticut State University. Their tri-fold poster on the medical and ethical impacts of HeLa cells earned them first place in the Senior Division Group Exhibit category.

Sophomores win big at National History Day state competition, secure bid to nationals

Mia Bomback ’25, Managing Editor June 3, 2024

Six students in Nell-Ann Lynch’s Honors U.S. History classes received first and second place in their respective categories in the Connecticut National History Day (NHD) state competition held last Saturday...

Dr. Daniel Cortright leads the BMS Science Olympiad team to victory. Cortright started out as the assistant coach in 2017 and became head coach in the 2021-2022 season.

Bedford Middle School Science Olympiad team places first in state tournament, advances to national competition

Ella Harrington‘25, Web News Editor March 29, 2024

The Bedford Middle School (BMS) Science Olympiad team placed first  at the Science Olympiad state competition in Coventry on March 16. Many participants received individual awards as well. With this victory,...

The emergence of post high school plan Instagram accounts has heightened stress among students and proved to be unproductive. Although intending to be positive, it fosters competition.

‘Post high school plan’ Instagram pages prove unproductive, generate competition

Jolie Gefen ’24, Web Managing Editor March 12, 2024

After months of waiting and excruciating anticipation, the moment finally comes to open the decision letter from your dream college. You open it, and there it is: the acceptance you have long awaited and...

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...

Pictured: Grace Zhang ’25, Anna Ji ’25, Abraham Lobsenz ’25, Tom Zhang ’23, Nikhil Kanthan ’23, Max Piterbarg ’24, James Cao ’23, Alex Mussomeli ’23 and Perrin root ’25. The math team prepares for their upcoming state competition in April.

Math team culminates season at county final, advances to state competition

Talia Moskowitz ’24, Web Sports Editor March 13, 2023

In room 3063 on Thursday afternoons, an open classroom door provides a view into the Staples math team, an enthusiastic, competitive and passionate group of high school mathematicians.  On Wednesday,...

The Grammy awards continue to reward performers who audiences agree shouldn’t have won their respective trophies. Additionally, the voting system for this award show is elusive and many people are starting to question if the unknown judges are qualified to make these decisions on music’s biggest night.

Grammy awards prove ineffective, fail to reward true success

Rachel Olefson ’25, Web News Editor February 17, 2023

After turning on the Grammy awards this year, you probably heard the same, tired victory speech repeated several times, ironically sounding like a broken record: “I’d like to thank my parents, my kids...

Cheerleader Jenny Bradshaw demonstrates a full, one of the most challenging tumbling skills, during her competition at the Cheerleading World Championships.

More than pom pom shaking: what it really means to be a cheerleader

Katherine Phelps ’25, Paper Opinions Editor October 6, 2022

Ever since the first day of freshman year, I have always dreaded the typical ice breaker question, “What sport do you play?” I swallow my pride and utter the words, “I cheerlead.” Those two words...

Satire image describing many viewers’ thoughts on the upcoming season of Disneys “Dancing with the Stars”

Graphic by Rachel Olefson ’25

‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiere leaves audiences with mixed reactions

Rachel Olefson ’25, Web News Editor September 29, 2022

The mirrorball trophy is back up for grabs, baby! Hit television show “Dancing with the Stars” is back and better than ever before… or so I thought.  In recent years, “Dancing with the Stars...

Staples High School has significantly higher standardized test scores compared to the rest of the country. Because of these high test scores, Staples High School is very competitive and high-achieving in academics.

Standardized testing competition must be eliminated

Audrey Kercher ’23, Breaking News Manager November 24, 2021

It’s just a normal day at school when I hear my phone start to buzz, alerting me of an email. I open it and my heart stops beating for a second.The ACT scores are out.  My phone floods with text...

Through comparing differing individual ideas with one another, creativity is then stripped of its purpose in order for one idea to be considered “better” than another. Society must respect each creative individual perspective and name no one better than the other.

A teenage girl’s view on society: Competition is the thief of creativity.

Abigail Nevin ’23, Web News Editor November 23, 2021

After listening to 20-year-old Youtuber Emma Chamberlain’s podcast, “Anything Goes,” on Spotify, I seemed to have a revelation about the concept of competition and its prominent role in diffusing...

Chess coach Thomas Sargent 22 welcomes new club members regardless of experience, as his passion for chess compels him to teach newbies.

Checkmate, Staples: Chess Club joins the Fairfield County Interscholastic Chess League

Chess is an individual game, the board acting as a battle-ground between two calculating minds employing wit and strategy, both striving to gain the upperhand. Nonetheless, the Staples chess team has found...

Rishabh Mandayam ’21, Katie Simons ’22, Alex Harrington ’22, and Natalie Bandura ’22 prepare for the competition via Zoom. The group covered Unit 5, which focuses on freedom of speech and the right to privacy.

We The People continues winning streak at state-wide competition

Poppy Livingstone '21, Editor-in-Chief February 12, 2021

Staples’ We The People (WTP) team placed first at the 2021 state competition on Feb. 8, 2021, continuing their two-year winning streak.  The WTP competition, which was held virtually, simulates congressional...

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