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The girls’ tennis team comes together for a pre-match team huddle at home.

Girls’ tennis bounces back, bonds as team

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor May 16, 2023

The sun beats down on the shoulders of the girls as they huddle together, listening intently to their captains who are sharing strategy and words of encouragement. Their eyes are alive with the fire of...

Even though I am half Thai, I often feel like I don’t have a right to say I am as I am not “Asian enough.” I don’t speak Thai, I don’t know that much about the culture and I was born and raised in the U.S. These reasons make me feel as if I am an imposter when I say that I am biracial.

Embracing biracial identity involves conversation, acceptance

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor May 12, 2023

“What is your ethnicity?” a friend asks me as we exchange casual questions to get to know each other better.  My reply: “I’m half white, and half Asian.”  Right after I utter that one...

In 2022, 183 seniors received the Seal of Biliteracy. An additional 117 juniors were also qualified to earn the Seal. The Class of 2018 were the first Staples students to obtain the Seal of Biliteracy after Governor Dannel Malloy signed Public Act 17-29 on June 6, 2017, which established the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy.  Graphic by Lily Hultgren 25.

Seal of Biliteracy assessment approaches, teachers, students reflect

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor February 16, 2023

This March, Staples juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in a world language class will be taking the Seal of Biliteracy language proficiency assessment, the STAMP (Standards-based Measurement...

I was finally given a phone right before I started high school. It definitely comes in handy when it comes to texting my mom when to pick me up from after school activities or using it to help scan documents to submit for school work. But these are all uses that I didn’t require in middle school. The time my mom had to pick me up from after school activities was always consistent and my schoolwork never required a phone for assistance. Although I complained about not having a phone, now that I can take a step back and look rationally at my middle school experience, I never really needed one. It honestly benefited me more to not have one that it harmed me, if it even harmed me at all.

Why I’m happy I was forced to wait until high school to get a phone

Lily Hultgren ’25, Features Editor February 7, 2023

It’s a groggy Monday morning and as I slump into my chair I look around to see that everyone is hunched over their phones, tapping away to their heart’s content, scrolling through video clip after...

The Asian Students Association attend their second meeting of the year on Dec. 2 in room 2064. The Asian affinity group discusses their lives as a part of the Asian American community, as well as what some possible future goals of the group should be.

Asian Students Association establishes community, raises awareness

Lily Hultgren ’25, Paper Features Editor December 14, 2022

It was a Friday afternoon when Asian students from many different backgrounds came together in classroom 2064. They talked about all sorts of things from shared personal experiences, to frustrations as...

I have done ballet for a total of eight or so years. In middle school I started learning to dance with pointe shoes which was both painful and a good experience. I also did theater which I still love to this day even though I don’t participate in it anymore. I always did every school play and while I was far from having the talent of a lead I just enjoyed being in the ensemble and performing on the stage.

Lack of extracurriculars triggers isolation

Lily Hultgren ’25, Features Editor November 16, 2022

My elementary and middle school years were filled with two things: ballet and theater. I had been doing ballet since I was a toddler and went to dance practice around three days a week. In addition to...

Jack Marshall ’24 diligently works on his assignments outside of the school’s auditorium.

Different strategies prove effective for completing school work, managing schedules

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor October 4, 2022

At 2:45 p.m, Staples students can be seen exhaling a long breath. Finally, the school day is over! But then, suddenly, they remember all the after-school activities, jobs, the homework and studying that...

PE offers many activities, but not everyone enjoys all of them. There are some activities students would want to do more often, some they don’t want to do at all and some that havent even been done yet. However, for the most part, PE is limited to the activities specific to whatever course we are required to take.

PE class requires more opportunities

Lily Hultgren '25, Paper Features Editor September 16, 2022

It’s a groggy Monday morning when I walk into the school gymnasium with a leaping pulse even though we haven’t even started exercising yet. I attempt to take deep breaths to prepare myself for the...

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