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Stories from Staples High School
Creating a community: The Porch At Christie’s
Features

Phoebe Miller '23 | October 12, 2020

Giving back to the community was always something that Andrea and Bill Percoiello loved to do. After opening a bakery in Norwalk, where students with disabilities learned how to make pastries and work…

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Eversource response to Tropical Storm Isaias frustrates Westport, elicits PURA investigation
News

Natalie Bandura '22 | September 30, 2020

The aftermath of tropical storm Isaias has elicited an investigation into Eversource’s storm preparation and response rate by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), in light of…

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‘Mrs. America’ reifies relevance of ERA
Arts & Entertainment

Sophie Casey '20 | May 26, 2020

For me, “Mrs. America” is a gradually unfurling, forgone tragedy. I already know the ill-fated story of the fall of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). In the margins of a 10th grade notebook, I scribbled…

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Mandayam, Schussheim code stuttered speech recognition algorithm
Features

Audrey Bernstein '20 | March 26, 2020

It was summertime when Rishabh Mandayam’s ’21 phone lit up with a text from Benji Schussheim ’20. “I want to create a machine learning algorithm for stuttering,” it said. “Are you in or are you…

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Westport institutions adjust to potential COVID-19 spread
Coronavirus

Sophie Casey '20 | March 12, 2020

Following a party attended by approximately 40 students and adults on March 5, one attendee—who was not a Westport resident— who is now presumptively positive for coronavirus may have infected 14 other…

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Winter sports tournaments canceled due to COVID-19 threat
Coronavirus

Molly Gold '21 | March 11, 2020

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) has canceled all remaining state tournament games due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19. 

In an email sent out by the CIAC on…

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Lamont declares state of emergency, braces for COVID-19 pandemic
Coronavirus

Eddie Kiev '20 | March 11, 2020

Governor Ned Lamont declared both a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency Tuesday afternoon following two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Connecticut.

The former grants the state…

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COVID-19 threat prompts update of pandemic plan
Coronavirus

Eddie Kiev ’20 | March 10, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Westport Public School district will update its operational pandemic plan in the event of a prolonged school closure, including the continuity of teaching and…

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Students unwind and relax through Toquet Hall’s “Happy Painting” program
Video

Serena Ye | January 13, 2020

This story was originally published on Inklings on January 7, 2020.

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Equal Rights Amendment ratification fundamental to democracy
Opinions

Sophie Casey '20 | January 6, 2020

I first learned of the Equal Rights Amendment as a relic of history. In the room of my sophomore American history class, I committed to memory not only the sequence of presidents and a timeline of war,…

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Vail kickstarts her writing career
Features

Ella Alpert | November 4, 2019

Starting high school can be very overwhelming. On top of a new school and increased workload, many freshmen participate in extracurricular activities. Elle Vail ’23 is not much different than her peers;…

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Columbus Day should prompt sober reflection, not celebration
Opinions

Sophie Casey | October 14, 2019

Christopher Columbus is our national contradiction: a man simultaneously lauded for his determined spirit of exploration and reviled for unabashed imperialism. His status of aberration, however, makes…

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EEE disease reappears, takes second life in Connecticut
News

Giselle Oldani | October 10, 2019

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has taken the life of an unnamed resident of Old Lyme, Connecticut, the office of governor Ned Lamont confirmed on Sept. 24.

The…

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RTM rejects attempt to ban sale of recreational marijuana
News

Andreas Lolis | October 8, 2019

The Westport Representative Town Meeting (RTM) voted down an ordinance that would ban the sale of recreational marijuana in Westport for two years if and when the state legalizes it.

Jimmy Izzo, RTM…

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Plant-based diets sprout into Staples
Features

Karina Murray | September 26, 2019

Imagine a world where meat-eaters and dairy product consumers didn’t exist. Would it alter our health? Our daily lives? Our earth? The objective answer to all three of these questions is a definitive…

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Varsity girls’ soccer makes history funding female trophy case
Showcase

Lily Kane '20 | May 30, 2019

The varsity girls’ soccer team has recently committed to raising money for the construction of a girls’ trophy case to house their many championship trophies. After years of filling up the general…

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Behind the Scenes: Hair, Makeup, and Costume crews for Curtains Musical
Video

Tallula Taylor ’21 and Eliza Barr ’21 | May 16, 2019

This story was originally published on Inklings on April 27, 2019.

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See ya, Staples: Why Westport students choose private schools
Features

Claire Redmer ’21 | April 26, 2019

Hundreds of students shuffle through the hallways, their books and binders safely stored in backpacks slung across their shoulders. Friendly chatter echoes through the stairwells as students climb up and…

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