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What it means to be a writer

For many students, staying up late to finish an essay is not uncommon. For The Gauntlet staff writers, it's no different.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer April 17, 2019

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...

Facing the slump

With spring break right around the corner, it's a bit tough for students and their teachers to keep focused in the classroom. Many think it's high time for a vacation.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer March 20, 2019

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...

The Gauntlet wants YOU

Our section editors get the perfect mix between leadership and writing in their daily activities.
Sully Maley, Design Editor March 18, 2019

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...

Adjusting to life without a sister

I used to welcome the silence of long study nights, especially after a hectic day at school. Now, it's often too quiet, even for my taste.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer February 22, 2019

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...

Who will save the senior speech? (Editorial)

Senior Speeches, in recent years, have diminished in quality.  What can we do to turn the tables?
Editorial Board February 15, 2019

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,...

What really goes into your Starbucks coffee?

The Starbucks chain has become a longtime favorite for many coffee lovers in the US, including those at SSES. But with both consumer critics and politicians bringing more of its corporate flaws to light, it's now finding itself under attack.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer February 5, 2019

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...

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

Senior Dalton Francis ('19) manages to catch a quick snooze during his English seminar.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer January 14, 2019

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...

Top Features of 2018

Top Features of 2018
Mark Gharby, News Editor January 11, 2019

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...

Seniors suffer from early case of “Empty Nest”

The Nest now sits empty in the Holmes building, right behind the front office.
Emily D'Amico, Managing Editor January 9, 2019

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...

Five Christmas gifts your family and friends are sure to love

With this list, you'll be able to give presents to just about everyone on Christmas morning.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer December 12, 2018

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....

Changes coming to Student Council?

Changes coming to Student Council?
Cade Westberry, Staff Writer November 28, 2018

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...

Becoming a teacher: The story of Mr. Yanelli

Mr. Yanelli and Mr. Aywua, the general manager of the Chuck E. Cheese's in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Jules Pung, Staff Writer November 16, 2018

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...

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