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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving behaviors changed significantly throughout the course of the pandemic. Speeding rates increased dramatically and still have not returned to normal levels.

Connecticut sees increase in traffic-related deaths, traffic on roads

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor December 13, 2021

Connecticut has recently experienced a 16% increase in traffic-related deaths, indicated by data from the state Department of Transportation. As of Nov. 12, there were 290 cases of traffic-related deaths...

Korean popcorn chicken serves as popular, tasty meal

Korean popcorn chicken serves as popular, tasty meal

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor November 1, 2021

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At Staples, the music department—including band, orchestra and chorus groups—does not receive as much attention as other school activities, such as academic groups, athletic teams and Players.

Staples music department lacks representation, attention

Julia Herlyn ’23, , Paper News Editor October 15, 2021

I attended a meeting after school on Friday, Oct. 1, for Tri-M (Music Honor Society). The meeting was held in the orchestra room, a space that I am more than familiar with, as I have been playing in grade-level...

The Staples Pops concert is the only live music performance of the 2020-2021 school year, taking place at the Levitt Pavilion on June 4 and 5.

Staples music department adjusts Pops concert, follows pandemic regulations

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor June 7, 2021

The annual Staples Pops concert kicked off the beginning of summer, marking the end of the academic year and served as the finale of a year of music at Staples. Held at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown...

The competitive Staples climate disregards students’ personal identities, instead labeling peers based on their academic and extracurricular-related characteristics.

Staples atmosphere is dehumanizing, labels students

Julia Herlyn ’23, Paper News Editor May 27, 2021

It was past midnight on a Sunday evening, when I received a text message from one of my friends. She wrote that the advanced math and science courses she is taking are “all she has going for her,”...

Westport citizens gathered at Jesup Green on March 27 to show their support for Asian Americans, who have been suffering from increased levels of violence and abuse in recent weeks.

First Selectman Marpe’s statement on Asian-American violence reflects sympathy from Westport community

Julia Herlyn ’23, Staff Writer April 5, 2021

Community leaders and Westport residents assembled on March 27 at Jesup Green to protest Asian American hate and honor the memory of lives lost in the Atlanta shootings on March 16  and other incidents ...

Some students, like Zach Brody ’23, created an exhibit for NHD. Instead of presenting it in-person to be scored, Brody submitted photos of his display.

NHD competition adjusts in accordance with COVID regulations

Julia Herlyn ’23, Staff Writer March 22, 2021

National History Day (NHD) is an annual nationwide competition open to students in grades six-12, promoting the study and appreciation of U.S. History. All Staples students enrolled in U.S. History Honors...

In the English department alone, it is more than evident that there is a great disparity between the course opportunities for underclassmen and upperclassmen.

Staples must provide more courses, freedom of selection to underclassmen

Julia Herlyn ’23, Staff Writer February 26, 2021

When I was in eighth grade, filtering through Staples’ vast program of studies in anticipation for freshman year was initially overwhelming. I immediately took interest in some classes--East Asian Studies...

In previous years, Staples held an official midterm week with a specific block-schedule designed for preparing for and taking exams. This year, however, the administration has axed such a week from the schedule.

Staples eliminates midterm week, prompts different responses from community

Julia Herlyn ’23, Supplement Editor January 20, 2021

The 2020-21 school year has been filled with surprises: the hybrid model, COVID-19 scares within the community and even institution of virtual concerts. As a result, life at Staples and other Westport...

Teachers adapt to distance learning, all-remote model

Julia Herlyn ’23 and Lily Klau ‘23 December 11, 2020

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Students can slow the spread of COVID-19 by taking measures such as having “Zoom holidays” with their families. Otherwise, many are at risk for contracting COVID; the schools must take preventative measures (such as closing until the new year) in order to ensure our safety.

Students should not return to schools until after holiday season

Julia Herlyn '23, Staff Writer November 25, 2020

At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, it seemed inevitable that schools would shut down within weeks (or even days) of reopening. My friends and I placed bets on when we thought our days under...

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