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the Gauntlet

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

the Gauntlet

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

the Gauntlet

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...

Julia and Emma Craig at Taylor Swifts Red concert in 2013.

Taylor Swift: The songwriter who turned me into my “Fearless” self

Julia Craig, Associate Editor September 13, 2022

In elementary school, my blue iPod Shuffle was my lifeline. It joined me on the longest of cross country car rides, where boredom would get the best of any six year old. However, it wasn’t the blue iPod...

PTSD can come from any situation. It isnt a one size fits all term.

Behind the wheel

Alex McLemore, Staff Writer May 4, 2022

My palms sweat, my heart drops, my hands clench, there's only one place I could be– behind the wheel. Driving has become one of the most anxiety inducing challenges for me, but it wasn't always this...

Knowledge is more important than just a number.

Knowledge > Grades

Lauren Schindler, Staff Writer May 2, 2022

Picture this: It’s finally Friday and you’re ready to go home. At 2:50, right before the bell, your teacher begins strolling between desks, handing back the biology quizzes from earlier in the week,...

Some of the moments that have been captured of me with my friends and family over these past couple of weeks.

Finding love in heartache

Ansley Morris, Associate Editor April 26, 2022

On April 7th, 2022, I had my heart absolutely ripped out of my chest. I was blindsided by a truth that no one, including myself, could’ve ever seen coming. I heard words I never thought I would hear...

The mirrors reflection of me vs how I truly appear

Creature of Comparison

Alex McLemore, Staff Writer March 16, 2022

I go to the Urban Outfitters at UTC mall. I try on a green, patterned sweater and look in the mirror, suddenly my love for the garment diminishes. I see myself standing in the mirror, looking twenty pounds...

Gen Z and Baby Boomer members differ in aspects such as health and social media as shown by original art by Sarabeth Wester.

Changing Priorities

Ansley Morris, Associate Editor March 15, 2022

From Barbies to iPhones, Hot Wheels to real cars, and tag on the playground to winning prom queen, our priorities change as we go through life. As we get older, we value different things, and this shift...

The itch you can’t scratch

The itch you can’t scratch

March 3, 2022

In life, we are always itching. There’s an itch when you need to get out of the house, and there’s that itch when you think about something that bugs you.  And there’s the itch to do something great...

Why I make Mandalas

Why I make Mandalas

Evanthia Stirou, Artistic Director February 11, 2022

I’ve taken up a new hobby recently, one that makes me happy and brings joy to the people I love most. Every day, I make one special drawing for each of my friends. These drawings resemble mandalas, which...

You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes that they wear.

Walk a mile in my shoes

Lauren Schindler, Staff Writer February 1, 2022

They say not to judge a person until “you walk a mile in their shoes” and see the world from their perspective. Otherwise, you may be quick to make assumptions without even realizing what they have...

The age old question: What college is right for me?

Pick your college for you

Caroline Gans, Editor in Chief January 31, 2022

I spent years dreaming about attending Cornell. To me, it was perfect. It had just the right amount of prestige, without the daunting single digit acceptance rate of its fellow Ivy League members. It was...

Know thyself (and thy shadow)

Know thyself (and thy shadow)

Evanthia Stirou, Creative Director January 12, 2022

“It is only when you see your shadow in others that you can begin to understand it.” This is what my mother has told me all my life, but I never really understood what she meant until recently. We...

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