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Here is a portrait of the author as a young man devouring a chocolate-covered piece of bread.

Ode To Bread

George Frano, Staff Writer September 20, 2023

As you open the door to your favorite bakery, the fresh smell of cooked dough wafts into your nose, relaxing your body and creating a euphoric experience. Entranced by the smell of all the baked goods,...

Michelango once said, every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. I believe our lives are like stone, we must see the life we want and chisel it into existence.

Nothing is set in stone

Alex McLemore, Editor in chief September 18, 2023

Growing up, I thought I knew it all– little did I know– the course of my life was not set in stone. In fifth grade, I made my forty-year plan. I'd graduate high school with straight A+'s, get into...

Singing my way through the college applications.

How to take the road less traveled

Cassidy Miller, Podcaster/Staff Writer September 11, 2023

It’s college application season and the seniors are knee deep in the process. From populating their Common App to updating their academic resume and extracurricular list, there is no shortage of tasks...

We need to decrease the toxicity spread through GymTok.

Tik Toxicity: How the social media platform is ruining gym culture

Andrei Black, Staff Writer April 25, 2023

You just hit a new bench PR (personal record) and you couldn’t be more excited. All your hard work has paid off, and your once “impossible” PR is now a hard-earned accomplishment. The feeling is...

Alex McLemore pictured in a variety of performances throughout his theater career.

Falcon takes the stage: Alex McLemore

Julia Craig, Associate Editor April 18, 2023

the Gauntlet community knows Alex McLemore as an excellent writer and leader as an Editor in Chief. However, outside of The Gauntlet and our Saint Stephen’s community, Alex spends a majority of his time...

Performance arts are only fully appreciated when it is seen live. Find a local theater and see the wonder that is performing art.

Live art is dying

Alex McLemore, Editor in Chief April 12, 2023

The performing arts are vital to the livelihood of our society. We listen to music as we drive, we watch television at home, and we dance at every party. The three activities I mention all stem from the...

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...

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