The Gauntlet

What it means to be a writer

What it means to be a writer

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

April 17, 2019


Filed under Features

When people hear I’m a member of The Gauntlet, chances are they’ll assume one of two things. The first is that I’m just another writing geek. The second is that I took it as an opportunity to catch a break from droning lectures throughout the day. While the latter may seem more likely to most ...

Facing the slump

Facing the slump

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

March 20, 2019


Filed under Features

Imagine settling down at your desk for another long block period. You expect it to be like any other day of the week, trying your best to pay attention to the arduous lecture. Suddenly, the room goes dead silent. You look up from your paper to see the teacher’s face alarmingly red, from his nose t...

The Gauntlet wants YOU

The Gauntlet wants YOU

Sully Maley, Design Editor

March 18, 2019


Filed under Features

The third interim ended last week, and that means two things: Pre-Calculus students are dreading their report cards, and it's almost time to pick classes for next year. And while you may not have considered it, I suggest you consider taking Journalism. I can honestly say it has been one of the most fun...

Adjusting to life without a sister

Adjusting to life without a sister

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

February 22, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Features

During my freshman year, it wasn’t uncommon for people to ask how I felt about my sister leaving for college, especially in the months leading up to graduation. In an effort to keep the mood light, I would often joke, “Well, I get to have a bathroom all to myself, so that’s something.” L...

Who will save the senior speech? (Editorial)

Who will save the senior speech? (Editorial)

Editorial Board

February 15, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Features

Note: The editorial board represents the opinions of the editors and staff of The Gauntlet. For those of us who have been part of the Saint Stephen’s community for longer than the past two years, we imagine senior speeches as engaging outlets for seniors to share stories and  reflect on their...

What really goes into your Starbucks coffee?

What really goes into your Starbucks coffee?

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

February 5, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Features

Many Upper School students simply can’t start their day off right without a Starbucks cup o’ joe in the morning before heading to class. Much of the country acts the same way–we just can’t get enough of our Starbucks.  But there may be a catch to that latte: a moral catch. A series of con...

Catching more z’s: How a later school start time affects SSES

Catching more z’s: How a later school start time affects SSES

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

January 14, 2019


Filed under Editorials, Features

Over the holiday break, I came across an article that addresses an increasingly prevalent issue in our national school system: how early school start times and resulting sleep deprivation are proving to be detrimental to the overall well-being of teens across the country, and how shifting that time coul...

Top Features of 2018

Top Features of 2018

Mark Gharby, News Editor

January 11, 2019


Filed under Features, Showcase

Feature stories are carefully crafted, well researched "longform" articles that can be read at any time of year and they always feel relevant. Features are the mainstay of good publications; they are the reasons readers come back. Some of The Gauntlet's Features this year were selected for Best of...

Seniors suffer from early case of “Empty Nest”

Seniors suffer from early case of “Empty Nest”

Emily D'Amico, Managing Editor

January 9, 2019


Filed under Features

Prior to break, faculty and administration noticed that students, primarily seniors, had been leaving trash behind after lunch and cookie breaks, and the consequences are starting to catch up with the seniors.  Throughout first semester, the sight of used used Tupperware, soiled utensils, empty wrappers,...

Five Christmas gifts your family and friends are sure to love

Five Christmas gifts your family and friends are sure to love

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

December 12, 2018


Filed under Features, Uncategorized

Everyone knows that one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is shopping for gifts to give to friends and family. Make a quick and easy trip to the mall this year by considering these ideas. 1. For mom - framed photograph or collage Your mom is bound to have tons of photos stored aw...

Changes coming to Student Council?

Changes coming to Student Council?

Cade Westberry, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under Features

Student Council’s role in the Upper School and across campus is something of a mystery to most. So when we heard there was some "change" brewing for the Council, we had to take a minute to figure out just what the Council is, and what those changes may mean. Student Council is a governing body of stude...

Becoming a teacher: The story of Mr. Yanelli

Becoming a teacher: The story of Mr. Yanelli

Jules Pung, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018


Filed under Features

Thirteen years after his arrival at Saint Stephen’s, Mr. Yanelli is still at the front of the classroom–and loving every minute of it. The students view the U.S. History and Economics teacher not only as an educator, but also as a mentor. Back in the 1980’s, however, you’d see him on his way to p...