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Excessive amounts of graffiti in the boys' bathroom has ruined the facilities

May 28, 2010

Spencer Fox '11 Staff Writer Vandalism has become a problem at Staples. Bathroom walls display a wide variety of phrases, words and illustrations from the bizarre to the vulgar. Inklings interviewed someone who was caught and those who cleaned up his tags. Staples’ Zak Rose ’10 was found ...

Attendance Troubles Persist During AP testing

Attendance Troubles Persist During AP testing

May 18, 2010

Image by antimony funk! via Flickr Jon Loeb '11 Staff Writer It’s first period on a Wednesday, and only half of Mrs. McNamee’s AP Language class is present. No, there is no bug moving around and kids aren’t sleeping in, instead many of her students are taking the AP Calculus exam. This is o...

Upcoming Senior Internships Excite Students but Worry Some Teachers

April 16, 2010

Stevie Klein ’12 Web Features Editor  From September until December, Joyce Eldh went town to town, searching for 200 new internship positions, going to company sites, brochures and emailing any that seemed applicable for the 2010 seniors. She was more than successful. This year, over 300...

Walkers Beat Wheels to Get to School on Time

Photo courtesy of SXC

April 6, 2010

Rachel Chernok '10 A&E Editor There is nothing like sitting in the never ending line of traffic on North Avenue at 7:25 a.m., knowing there is absolutely no way of getting to class on time. Yet once in awhile, a walker is spotted. From the distance, it seems impossible for that person to get ...

Why Did the Trees Cross the Road?

Graphic by Leah Bitsky '12

March 28, 2010

Leah Bitsky '12 Staff Writer I never knew how much a little wind could affect me until I was sitting with my family, freezing and wrapped in a Snuggie, playing Candyland, surrounded by flashlights and candles. The power outage was terrible. I was expecting the lights to go out, considerin...

Nominations for Green Task Force of Westport

March 12, 2010

The Green Task Force of Westport is asking the community to nominate anyone who attributes in a positive way to the environment. Businesses, community organizations, teachers, and even Westporters themselves are applicable for a nomination; just about anyone who has made a prior commitment to protecting...

The Redemption of Staples Basketball: How A Team Never Given A Chance Defied The Odds

GETTING STRATEGIC: Head Coach Colin Devine huddles together with his team during the team’s final regular season game against Trinity Catholic.

March 12, 2010

DJ Sixsmith '11 Sports Editor With many of the successful athletic teams and clubs in attendance to honor the best and brightest at Staples, the atmosphere could not have been any better. Hordes of parents, students, and community members packed into the Staples gym to watch the Staples b...

TRACK REVIEW: Boys’ and Girls’ Track Succeed at States

RACE TO THE FINISH: Varsity runner Walker Marsh ’13 (right) makes his way around the first bend of the track after receiving the baton from a teamnate.

March 12, 2010

Alix Neenan '12 Staff Writer Staples’ indoor track team fared well at both the CIAC Open Championships and Class LL Championships. The boys’ team placed third in Open and fifth in Class LL, while the girls placed 14th in Open and fourth in Class LL. “The kids had a very good season,” Coach Laddie Lawrence said. “We’re not done yet.” Lawrence said tha...

Gymnasts Place Sixth at State Championships

STICK IT: Emily Fishman ’12 finishes her bar routine at the CIAC State Championship. The team later placed sixth at the competition with a team score of 119 points. “I am happy with the way the season went, we did a lot better than we thought we would,” Captain Kara Tricarico ’11 said.

March 12, 2010

Sammie Hardy '11 Staff Writer On Feb. 27, the Staples Gymnastics team ended its season at the State Championships by finishing sixth in the overall competition with a score of 119. “Our team did alright,” captain Zoë Heller ’11 said. “There’s always going to be that comparing f...

Rebuilding the World with Builders Beyond Borders

March 12, 2010

 Alicia Lourekas ’12 Web Sports Editor In just a week, 30 B3 (Builders Beyond Borders) students can dig big trenches with heavy tools, make cement block lines to transport materials, build houses and latrines, bring sufficient water supply to impoverished countries, along with many other community...

Tips for Handling College Finances

Staples students explain how they handle their finances during college. | Photo courtesy of SXC

February 24, 2010

Sam Freeman '11 Web A&E Editor “Don’t spend your money on stupid things like scooters and bikes to get around campus, you’ll need almost all of your money for a lot of food and books,” said Zach Fishoff ’09, who is attending Keene State College in N.H. One could compose a list of essential items each month...

Getting Carded: Staples Students Experiment With Money Management

A wallet possessing credit cards, this is typical with many Staples students. | Photo from

February 24, 2010

Annie Nelson '11 Features Editor While most of today’s parents did not have exposure to credit and debit cards in their youths, many kids today already have their first money management experiences as cardholders. According to a 2005 survey conducted by Nellie Mae, a student loan company, 76 percent of undergr...

NCL: Not (Your Average) Charity League

NCL: Not (Your Average) Charity League

January 10, 2010

Annie Nelson '11 Features Editor As much of the typical Staples student’s time is devoted to sports and extracurricular activities, it seems peculiar that few students—if only members themselves—know about the National Charity League (NCL). According to its website, NCL is a philanthropic org...

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