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After three weeks of no speaker, the House of Representatives elected Republican Mike Johnson of Louisiana after beating Democrat Hakeem Jefferies of New York in a 220-209 vote on Oct. 25. The former speaker, Kevin McCarhty was voted out by his colleagues on Oct. 3 after striking a deal with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.

BREAKING NEWS: Republican Mike Johnson elected as Speaker of the House after three weeks of vacancy

Demi Sasson '25, Paper Opinions Editor October 26, 2023

Republican Representative Mike Johnson of Louisiana won the election to be the 56th speaker of the House of Representative on Oct. 25 after the House was left without a speaker for nearly three weeks.  After...

Kindergarteners in Connecticut must turn five on or before Sept. 1 beginning the 2024 to 2025 school year. In previous years, kids young for their grade (who turn five after Sept. 1 but before Jan. 1 of their kindergarten year) have been proven to be under-prepared for school and eventually fall behind compared to their older counterparts.

New age cutoff for kindergarteners will equalize kids on social, educational levels

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor October 10, 2023

Back in 2015, I met this girl at my summer camp that lived in New York, whose birthday was in mid September. I was going into third grade at the time, while she was going into second, despite the fact...

Temperatures this spring have been unpredictable, leaving students weary about wearing sweatshirts or t-shirts to school. Although climate change is a factor, the natural variety of the atmosphere contributes to the temperatures.

Varying temperatures leave students not knowing what to wear

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor May 23, 2023

Would you rather be too hot or too cold? As we transition from the frigid weather of winter to the hot tropicality of summer, I find myself weary of what I should wear to school. I’ve got weather-whiplash,...

Reese McGarvey ’30 played Annie in the KHS production of ‘Annie.’ Amy Laurino, the KHS Chorus Director, borrowed the materials from Bedford Middle School. Laurino has been a music teacher in Westport for 18 years, teaching vocal music at Coleytown Middle School, then moving to KHS, where she has been working for seven years.

Reese McGarvey ’30 stars in KHS production of ‘Annie’

Demi Sasson '25, Paper Opinions Editor April 26, 2023

*Disclaimer: The writer attended the second cast’s show* House lights dim and stage lights shine as the curtains open, revealing fourth and fifth graders at Kings Highway Elementary School’s production...

Released on Feb. 10, “Your Place or Mine” lacked the attention-grabbing component of a good time-worthy romantic comedy film.

‘Your Place or Mine’ lacks charm vital for rom-com

Demi Sasson '25, Paper Sports Editor February 17, 2023

I’m a sucker for romantic comedies. Every time I watch Kat perform her iconic poem in “10 Things I Hate About You,” it brings me closer to the edge of my seat than the last. Harry’s love confession...

Isotretinoin, also known as Accutane, hit the market in 1982. It was invented in the 1960s by Hoffmann-LaRoche, a pharmaceutical company, who had originally developed it to prevent skin cancer. Later on, NCI Senior Investigator Gary Peck discovered that it was an effective way to treat acne. In 2020, 1.6 million people were on Accutane. It works by sucking out any bacteria from the skins oil glands, and it takes four to six months for the drug to work forever.

Accutane rebuilds self-esteem, but with a hefty cost

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor December 13, 2022

Everytime I look in the mirror, I cringe at the raging red bumps on my face. Why can’t I just have clear skin?  Acne has been prominent in most teenagers' lives for many years. Over time, scientists...

During remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countless students had trouble with motivation, leading to assignments not being completed.

Missing assignments decrease with post-pandemic schooling

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor November 15, 2022

As you’re trying to fall asleep, you can’t take your eyes off of the clock on your bedside table. It strikes 12 a.m., and immediately you’re reminded of all of the assignments that just changed from...

“The Woman King,” released on Sept. 16, 2022 starred Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu with their incredible acting skills.

Prince-Bythewood’s incredible ‘The Woman King’ is a must see

Demi Sasson ’25, Paper Opinions Editor October 17, 2022

​​I was completely captivated by Gina Prince-Bythewood’s 'The Woman King' and the true story it conveyed. Released on Sept. 16, 2022 and rated PG-13, it brought a smile to my face and tears to my...

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