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The best stories being published on the SNO Sites network

Best of SNO

Stories from Staples High School
Generation gap creates divide in political sphere    
Opinions

Lyah Muktavaram ’22 | October 19, 2021

When scrolling through the comments on Senator Richard Blumenthal’s most recent Instagram post, I am immediately met with a flood of “Anyone else come from that embarrassing video clip?” or “I…

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Drake’s ‘Girls Want Girls’ points to greater cultural issue, fetishizing queer women
Arts & Entertainment

Tierney Kugel ’22 | September 27, 2021

“Say that you a lesbian, girl, me too” and “I can’t wait to get off work to go and see you. Please bring your girlfriend along with you” are lyrics from a new Drake song released in early September…

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Ellery Bodell continues passion for songwriting professionally
Features

Anna Diorio '23 | May 27, 2021

As a community that prides itself in the musical arts, it’s no surprise that there are young, talented musicians in Westport looking to make their dreams a reality. Many aspiring artists pursuing their…

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Taylor Swift’s battle with Big Machine Records sparks student opinions
Arts & Entertainment

Hannah Kail | May 21, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on May 11, 2021.

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Staples’ first pride day provides the LGBTQIA+ community with hope, support
News

Elle Vail '23 | May 18, 2021

Staples High School will make history as the first high school in Connecticut to officially celebrate a Pride Day, which will take place on Friday June 4. This event consists of showing spirit by wearing…

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Piglet: the deaf, blind, pink puppy embarks on new chapter
Features

Lyah Muktavaram ’22 | May 14, 2021

When Melissa Shapiro, DVM decided to adopt Piglet, a deaf and blind puppy, she made a promise to him: he will have a productive, meaningful life. Four years later, the dachshund-Chihuahua mix has made…

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Religious exemption bill for mandatory vaccines terminated
News

Phoebe Miller ’23 | May 12, 2021

The Connecticut State Senate has passed a bill that will no longer allow religious exemptions from children’s vaccination requirements for schools, colleges and other educational facilities.

One such…

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Generate authentic happiness using this one trick
Audio

Grace Livecchi | May 4, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on February 12, 2021.

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Demi Lovato exhibits strength, resilience in docuseries ‘Dancing with the Devil’
Arts & Entertainment

Karina Murray | April 29, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on April 23, 2021.

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Connecticut must protect problem gamblers when legalizing online gambling
Opinions

Jake Fitzpatrick ’22 | April 27, 2021

Two years ago, a friend of mine told me that they had blown nearly $600 betting on the Super Bowl. At the time I laughed it off, but after I found out that he burned through nearly $2,000 on other sporting…

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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ falls short of ‘WandaVision’’s creativity
Arts & Entertainment

Eliza Barr ’21 | April 22, 2021

Less than a month ago, Marvel was riding a creative high. “WandaVision,” the revolutionary show that kickstarted “Phase IV” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was receiving such high praise…

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‘Varsity Blues’ effectively depicts admissions scandal
Arts & Entertainment

Anastasia Thumser ’22 | April 7, 2021

Before Netflix removed the eminent series “Gossip Girl” in the wake of 2021, I spent a good portion of quarantine binge-watching beautifully dressed, elite teenagers stressing over SATs and college…

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‘Super Super Straight’ trend provokes ire, discussions about transphobia 
Audio

Madeleine Casey | April 6, 2021

‘Super Straight’ trend provokes ire, discussions about transphobia

This story was originally published on Inklings on April 5, 2021.

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Curriculum neglects Women’s History month
Opinions

Amanda Rowan | March 22, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on March 19, 2021.

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Staples moves to 75% capacity hybrid model; elementary, middle schools open fully in-person
News

Natalie Bandura | March 1, 2021

A 75% capacity hybrid model, in which students are divided among four cohorts with three in person at a time, will be implemented at Staples starting March 1. Under this model, hybrid learners will attend…

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College board abolishes essay section of standardized tests, subject tests
Audio

Samantha Felner ‘22 | February 3, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on February 1, 2021.

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Accepted seniors attempt to connect with their schools in a COVID world
Audio

Grace Livecchi ’21 | January 29, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on January 26, 2021.

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Writing letters provides worthwhile connections
Arts & Entertainment

Poppy Livingstone ‘21 | January 29, 2021

This story was originally published on Inklings on January 27, 2021.

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Dylan Diamond ’17 lands Forbes 30 Under 30 list
Features

Karina Murray ’22 | January 13, 2021

Staples is the alma mater to many impressive and accomplished individuals. From its impressive acting and musical programs, academically rigorous classes and intense sports teams, Staples has fostered…

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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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