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The group visited the Panama Canal and took a boat ride with a biologist along the canal, observing local wildlife in the process.

Students hike, snorkel and save the wetlands on seven-day Panama trip

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief March 6, 2023

For chemistry teacher Dominick Messina, deciding to spend his vacation on a trip with over a dozen students was an easy decision. “I studied abroad when I was in school, so I think I knew what I was...

On Jan. 30 at Toquet Hall, Lighthouse hosted its “A Night of Queer History” event at Toquet Hall. Dan Woog (pictured above), Westport LGBTQ+ advocate, spoke on the history—and future—of the gay community.

Lighthouse, LGBTQ+ support organization arrives in Westport

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief February 7, 2023

Lighthouse, a LGBTQ+ youth support group within the Connecticut-based organization Kids in Crisis, opened an additional location in Westport. Currently, there are three Lighthouse locations: Stamford,...

According to FranklinCovey, approximately one third of resolutioners give up on their goals before the end of January, typically because of a lack of personal passion (i.e., setting a goal to conform to societal standards or pressures), practicality or specificity. However, by following the above steps when setting a goal—known as the “SMART” method, developed by the journal Management Review in 1981—you may be more likely to follow through with your resolution. All information taken from “How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution),” New York Times

New Year’s resolutions prompt self-reflection, growth

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief January 10, 2023

I rang in New Year’s by sleeping. In fact, I was asleep before midnight, meaning I indeed missed the Times Square Ball Drop, midnight fireworks and celebratory toasts to 2023. While many may find...

Over the years, I’ve collected my fair share of astrology paraphernalia, including a notebook, an informational book about Cancers and a Hello Kitty keychain dressed as a crab.

Generalized astrological assumptions are invalid, fail to encompass a person

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief October 13, 2022

I’m a proud Cancer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve strongly identified with my astrology sign—the crab that reigns over those who are born between June 21 and July 22. In my opinion, I’m...

As of the 2022-2023 school year, students will store their phones in holders for each class period.

Administration introduces, enforces new personal device policy

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief September 20, 2022

Superintendent Thomas Scarice announced on Aug. 25 the enforcement of a new cell phone policy for all Staples classrooms. This policy requires all students to submit their personal devices—such as AirPods,...

NHD participants create their projects in a variety of mediums, such as Annika Redding ’24, Tessa Tobias ’24 and Talia Varsano’s ’24 exhibit on the development of the polio vaccine amid the Cold War.

Coyne honored, recognized with Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief June 7, 2022

Academic papers, fully-functioning websites, embellished exhibits and self-directed performances are all viable and encouraged projects for the annual National History Day (NHD) Contest—a staple of the...

Classical music is a rich genre that is often overlooked by today’s youth—even within our own school community. At Staples, the Amati Chamber Orchestra (pictured) as well as the Stradivarius Chamber Orchestra receive little attention from administrators and students alike, reflecting the diminishing interest in classical music today.

An ode to classical music and its everlasting value

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief May 31, 2022

Dua Lipa, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, to name a few, are not among the artists that frequent my personal playlists, unlike the majority of my peers. Instead? I’m a diehard fan...

Jet Tober 23 developed a passion for music at the age of 3, and has since delved into songwriting.

Tober builds beats, constructs compositions

Julia Herlyn '23, News Editor April 4, 2022

When listening to the opening lines of Kanye West’s song “Touch The Sky,” an immediate, electrifying response bubbles in Jet Tober ’23—in only a few seconds, his head begins to bob, his eyes...

Reading for a few minutes a day can have numerous benefits, improving upon your mental wellbeing in addition to your physical health.

Lack of reading for pleasure, practicing self-care deteriorates the self

Julia Herlyn ’23, Editor-in-Chief March 7, 2022

As a wide-eyed, energetic fourth grader who was always eager to learn and grow, reading—to me—was one of, if not my favorite pastime. I recall dedicating December break of 2014 to the joy of reading—at...

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