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the Gauntlet

the official student-produced news site for Saint Stephen's Episcopal School

the Gauntlet

My sister and I visiting Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for the first time in 2008.

Find your marine science

Julia Craig, Associate Editor January 27, 2023

“Smile!” My mom said as she clicked her Canon camera. My sister and I, only four and five, were positioned in front of the humpback whale statue at the entrance of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium....

Art done by the Gauntlet’s Creative Director, Sarabeth Wester.

Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking

Reese Williams, Associate Editor January 17, 2023

40.3 million men, women, and children have been victims of human trafficking. Florida ranks third in the United States for the highest trafficking rate. Manatee County ranks third in Florida. These are...

A twist on a sun chips to show my distain for the snack . Art by Gauntlet Creative Director, Sarabeth Wester.

Settling for Sun Chips

Amelia Sabo, Staff Writer January 12, 2023

My body was shaking with excitement.  After eight long hours of sitting behind my desk and learning my multiplication tables, it was finally time for aftercare. In 2nd grade, aftercare was like a second...

Not belonging to a faith can make you feel alone. You look around and everyone around you belongs, but you.

My personal struggle with faith

Alex McLemore, Associate Editor November 16, 2022

April 21st, 2015, was the day the world’s light dimmed. My world grew dark, and I felt like I was all alone in a vast universe. This is the day my grandpa died. I remember this day vividly; the sun was...

Different moments captured during my time at camp.

How camp has shaped me

Reese Williams, Associate Editor November 16, 2022

I open my eyes and feel the cool summer breeze entering the cabin. I look around and see nine of my best friends and I think to myself, “Today is going to be a good day!” Tucked in the corners of...

Photo of Jackson Nealis 23 doing a concentration curl (Joshua Sket)

You don’t have to be a jock to hit the gym

Joshua Sket, Staff Writer November 15, 2022

For many, a weightlifting gym can be an intimidating place to be, but for some, it's a second home. Like many others, I frequently spend hours in the gym every week, but a question is always brought up...

Photo taken by Dr Jeungling

“Falcon Journey” Dr. Juengling

Danny Dodaj, Staff Writer November 14, 2022

Dr. Juengling is a Saint Stephen’s alumna and she graduated in 2006. Many of her school-age years were spent on the campus. As she looks back on her year here at SSES she recalls why she decided to come...

Photo by Ms. Turconi

Falcon Journey: Ms. Turconi

Danny Dodaj, Staff Writer November 2, 2022

After the retirement of Upper School Administrative Assistant Mrs. Lori Desmerais, the school had a challenging task of finding her replacement. After a long search, it seems like we've found the perfect...

The brains intrusive thoughts that lead to self deprecation.

Being your own cheerleader

Reese Williams, Associate Editor October 25, 2022

Recently, I was playing in a golf tournament. From the get go I was not playing very well. I was extremely frustrated with myself and felt as if I had totally messed up. My coach came over multiple times...

The Zuraiqi family gathered for a birthday party.

What it’s like growing up with foreign parents

Yara Nimer, Staff Writer October 19, 2022

You know that feeling when your parents try their hardest to explain something to you, but you're just not getting it? That has been my life since I started school. Except in my case I'm the one doing...

Mrs. Paleczny driving her boat while her daughter, Sally, is tubing behind her.

Falcon Spotlight: Mrs. Paleczny

Adam Graf, Staff Writer October 10, 2022

If you have gone through Modern World history, there is a chance you had Mrs. Paleczny as your teacher. Mrs. Paleczny left in 2019 and just returned to Saint Stephen's this year. If you’re not in her...

Being the golden child feels as though there are a million things trying to pull you down. Expectations from yourself and others can completely derail your sense of self.

The harsh reality of being the golden child

Alex McLemore, Associate Editor September 16, 2022

Imagine a pedestal placed beyond that of human reach and shielded against human emotion. On the ledge lies a child– a golden child. This golden child lives their life to please others; they are made...

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