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Junior counties dance cancellation causes mixed emotions

The annual County Assembly Charity Ball- known to students as counties- has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Valerie Dreyfuss ’22 and Shira Zeiberg ’22 Assistant Business Manager

October 6, 2020

Long dresses, suits and corsages consume the thrilling day as students prepare. Outfits are bought and dates are planned months in advance. Families get together for pictures of their children and watch them depart for the long awaited evening. Students carpool, some rent party buses, and make their way...

Counties leaves attendees feeling overdressed

Students gathered with friends before the dance to take pictures with their friends and their dates before they arrived at the dance.

Charlotte Smith '21, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

After having attended the Counties assembly dance (one of the most stressful events of junior year), I felt that the event was very underwhelming. The first problem that I found was that the designated attire was not fitting to the venue and agenda of the night. I spent weeks on end stressing about...

County Assemblies vote to permit male-male couples to attend future dances

County Assemblies vote to permit male-male couples to attend future dances

Rachel Suggs '21

February 14, 2019

Rachel Suggs ’21   The County Assemblies voted in December to allow male-male couples to attend their 2020 events, the Assemblies announced in an email to Staples’ Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) on Feb. 6. Staples’ GSA both welcomed and helped initiate the decision. “I’m ...

County Assembly Charity Ball does not offer equal opportunity to same-sex couples

The couple who fought in Aaron Fricke vs. Richard B. Lynch poses before a dance. The Rhode Island court case ruled that same-sex couples can take their partners to school dances.

Roxy Augeri ’20

November 27, 2018

For junior girls, the beginning of the year signifies the beginning of an age-old tradition: attending the County’s Assembly Annual Charity Ball, commonly referred to as “Counties.”  For the first few months as an upperclassmen, all minds are focused on choosing a date, buying a dress and preparing...

Counties are between midterms causing more stress

Counties are between midterms causing more stress

January 24, 2018

By Isabella Bullock '19   January is a time of new beginnings. It usually starts off happy, with the goals we set for the year, but that happiness soon ends for students when school starts and we realize that we now have to study for midterms.   That long relaxing break, where we forget mo...

Midterms and Counties Packed Into One Week

Midterms and Counties Packed Into One Week

January 22, 2018

By Madison Phelps '19 and Hannah Bolandian '19

The dance that counts

The dance that counts

November 28, 2017

By: Hannah Bolandian '19 The County Assembly Charity Ball, often referred to as Counties, is an annual tradition dance for juniors across Fairfield County. The 2018 dance, which is the 80th anniversary, is planned to be held on Jan. 20 for Staples, along with Wilton High School and Weston High Sch...

County Assembly Charity Ball Postponed

County Assembly Charity Ball Postponed

Jane Levy, Editor-in-Chief

January 22, 2016

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the Board of Directors of the County Assembly Charity Ball announced that they are postponing the Counties dance to Saturday, Feb. 6, due to the impending winter storm, “Jonas.” Juniors who planned to attend the dance are disappointed with this decision by the Assemb...

Students decide their themed after party

Students decide their themed after party

Ashton Dedona, Staff Writer

January 22, 2016

With the first dances of the year around the corner, such as Counties and Red and Whites, students put a lot of thought into this long process. Picking out dresses and getting a tux fitted as well as ordering a corsage and boutonniere for your dates may seem like some of the biggest decisions, bu...

Excitement of Counties affects underclassmen

Excitement of Counties affects underclassmen

Megan Doyle, staff writer

January 17, 2016

Computers across the classroom glow with pictures of dresses. My inbox is flooded with creative proposals. Counties is right around the corner, and it always brings a sense of frenzy. The crucial dances, like prom and Counties, have consistently been the classic high school experience that every m...

Students give the skinny on school dance diets

Students give the skinny on school dance diets

Katie Settos, Creative Director

April 2, 2015

Sitting in the cafeteria, a girl pushes around a salad she won’t dare to eat. Needing some encouragement, she steals a quick peek at a picture she saved on her phone of the model of her Counties dress, a dress she ordered several sizes too small. Slugging through the day on an empty stomach, she hauls...

Counties isn’t all that counts

Counties isn't all that counts

Jane Levy, Features Editor

January 25, 2015

With my eyebrows done, my skin sun-kissed and glowing and my nails painted a dark red, I type this article while glancing at my frantic Counties girls’ group-chat. My long black dress lonelily hangs from my closet door, and I’m haunted by the pending hair and makeup appointments that I need to cancel. If...

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