Math Team Performed Better Than Ever In Recent Competition

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20 EE Sports Editor Sai Kolasani ‘21 EE Staff Writer The Trumbull High School Math Team placed 6th out of 29 teams at Wilton High School on February 5th, 2020. More »

Say “Hello” to Bye, Bye Birdie

Neya Kidambi ‘22 EE Features Editor After nineteen years, Bye, Bye Birdie will be coming back to the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre this spring, as the THeSpians prepare for their twenty-second production More »

Living to Serve

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20 EE News/Science/Tech Editor The big red barn adjacent to Trumbull High School is much more than just cows, plows, and sows, contrary to some beliefs. The Agriscience program offers More »

Football Ends Season Reflecting on Strong Growth

Evan Dadson ‘23 EE Staff Writer Marking the end of a season full of highs and lows, the Trumbull High School Eagles Football Team lost their last game of the season 52-7 More »

Veteran’s Day Recap & Interview with a Veteran

Joshua Dubreuil ’20 EE Sports Editor Neya Kidambi ’22 EE Features Editor On Veterans Day, Trumbull High School organized an assembly where twelfth graders and some staff members were able to recognize veterans who More »

 

Food Pantry Seeks Donations

McKaylan Connolly ’23
EE Staff Writer

The pandemic has taken a lot from people: many have lost their jobs, their business, and are struggling to keep afloat. Coronavirus is hitting people and families even harder since the end of the holiday season. In the midst of the chaos of the pandemic and everything else going on around us, we can forget that there are people who are really struggling. Fortunately, there are many ways we can help within our community. 

Trumbull has many organizations that are available in a safe way  to help those in need. One of these organizations is The Trumbull Food Pantry. The Trumbull Food Pantry is available to all Trumbull residents who meet income guidelines or are facing food insecurity. In light of the current pandemic, their food donation procedure has temporarily changed.

Traditional food drives have been discontinued because of health concerns. Instead, the Trumbull Food Pantry is encouraging people to make more monetary and gift card donations, in light of this change. Gift cards are recommended to be from Stop and Shop, Big Y, Target, and/or Walmart. These contributions are accepted by mail to the Department of Human Services, addressed to 23 Priscilla Place Trumbull, CT 06611. 

The Trumbull Food Pantry will still be accepting food donations, but they will need to be pre-arranged with staff. Food pantry donations can be dropped directly at the Priscilla Place center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or dropped off at the Trumbull Stop and Shop on Quality Street.

Ways To Relieve Stress During These Anxious Times

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

As we all know, this devastating virus, better known as COVID-19, has put a pause on all our usual daily activities. Many of us have realized how we have not appreciated our normal lives enough. Greeting a friend in the hallway and even traveling without the fear of getting a dangerous virus is all in the past. We have adapted to this new way of living. Wearing masks, having to carry hand sanitizer everywhere we go, frequently washing our hands, and having to quarantine.

This new way of living has come as a shock to all of us. It felt surreal the first couple of months, being sent home with the mindset that we will be returning in a short two weeks. When weeks turned into months it seemed as though things would never look up. Many people became anxious, stressed, and depressed. Being alone is not in our nature and having to be isolated for months had a toll on everyone’s mental health. We had to stay away from friends, classmates, and extended family. 

With the limitations enforced by this virus we had to come up with other ways to keep ourselves busy. Articles started being published, giving people ideas on what to do trapped indoors. For example, when you look up “what to do during quarantine”, a list of articles and videos immediately pop up. USA Today published a piece listing 100 things for people to do during lockdown

Influencers have also made an initiative to help brainstorm activities for people to do indoors. They assured us that everyone is going through the same obstacles and difficulties, and showed that they are also struggling. Keeping yourself busy allows for you to feel like you are getting back to normal or nonetheless allows you to see the opportunities that alone time can bring, like accomplishing something you’ve always wanted to do. 

Many people found happiness in exercising. As studies have shown in the past, exercising is an easy way to increase serotonin levels. It releases endorphins, which triggers happy feelings, along with making you feel better and healthier. While conversing with some classmates, they were telling me about their experience throughout quarantine and how they utilized exercise to relieve their stress and negative feelings. Corinne Howell stated “I ran during quarantine to help cope with stress.” Exercising is a very useful outlet to get rid of negativity or bad feelings and clears the head. It is a great tool to use to get rid of anger or sad feelings in a healthy way. From my own experience, I too found stability in working out. I attended virtual rowing everyday and not only did it help me feel better but it also added structure to my day. Exercising helps motivate people mentally and give them a reason to get out of bed. 

Maia Launches 365 Days With mxmtoon

Hannah Adams ’23
EE News/Features Editor

From studying for a career in architecture, to singing her hit song Prom Dress in front of millions of fans, Maia, known as her stage name mxmtoon, has had life experiences unimaginable to many. Now, she wants to take a step back from her life of abundant fans and recording sessions, to talk openly about the past, specifically, the major events of history.

In her upcoming podcast 365 days with mxmtoon, listeners get to hear Maia talk about history and the many life-changing events within it. Each day brings a new scene and a new peculiar story.

In the free ten-minute episodes, Maia regales about everything, from the first anti-smoking public service announcement to Mexico gaining their independence, and even to Edgar Allen Poe’s mysterious death. The topics covered in this podcast not only appeal to history buffs, but to young adult fiction fans, comedy show watchers, and much more!

Winter Entertainment Preview

Thomas Ou ’24
Eagles Eye Staff Writer

Some of you may have heard of “COVID-19”, a virus that has us all in quarantine. While being at home 24/7 might not be fun, some of these upcoming shows, movies, and video games will make time at home just a little more enjoyable. *No spoilers will be included.

Movies
Soul– December 25 | Disney +

Pixar has a fantastic track record when it comes to releasing beautiful original stories with a lot of depths and they are the masterminds behind popular franchises such as The Incredibles, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Inside Out. It is no surprise that many people are excited about their latest movie, Soul.

Soul is about a music teacher who has finally gotten his chance to pursue his dream of playing jazz music on stage, but his soul becomes separated from his body after a tragic accident. His soul begins to proceed to the Great Beyond, but he manages to escape to the Great Before, a world where souls develop personalities, quirks, and traits before being sent off to Earth. From there, Gardner must work with other souls in training in order to return to Earth before his body dies.

Eagles Fly Out of the Nest

Mishka Kapoor
Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editors-in-Chief

As this rather unorthodox school year comes to a close, Trumbull High School cannot be more proud of its graduating class of 2020. This class has faced this unprecedented time with positivity, perseverance, and patience, and it has been nothing short of amazing to watch them grow into the confident young adults they are today. The Eagle’s Eye is extremely excited to present its annual college map for the Class of 2020! Please use the link to access our interactive map and see what exciting places our graduates are heading!

Click Here for a Map view of where THS graduates are headed.

 

 

*Disclaimer: Not all seniors responded to our survey

 

 

 

THS To Institute Strict Handwashing Protocol

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
FF CDC Director-In-Training

Editor’s Note: Happy April Fools’ Day

In light of events surrounding the coronavirus and the recent discovery that most teenage boys do not wash their hands before leaving the restroom, the administration has decided to enact strict guidelines for handwashing and hygiene for both students and staff upon returning to school. 

A lot of thought and planning, about twenty minutes and a handful of emails to be exact, has been put into this new policy to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the THS community. Everyone must understand these guidelines, so please read this carefully.  

In each and every bathroom, there will be a handwashing police, of the same gender, stationed by the sinks. The primary job of this new staff is to ensure proper handwashing of each and every student. Students are required to use one pump of soap and scrub for at least twenty seconds, then rinse. 

Failure to follow these incredibly elementary rules will result in consequences. The handwashing police has the right to reprimand. If a student chooses to not wash their hands at all, there will be a mandatory one day in school suspension. If a student does not wash their hands for at least twenty seconds or does not engage in proper scrubbing, the student will be asked to rewash their hands. If they still fail to follow protocol the handwashing police will issue a handwashing citation. If a student earns three citations, they will be subject to a lunch detention. 

However, there are benefits to properly washing your hands. All handwashing police will be equipped with gold star stickers. Earning five gold star stickers will earn you a free item at the school store. 

Student Gets A Good Night’s Sleep

Sandy Mann ‘8-10
FF Late Night Reporter

Cat Knapp (2nd from left) performing with the THS Unicycling Club

Last night, Senior Catherine “Cat” Knapp reportedly achieved the eight hours of sleep recommended by the American Sleep Association, becoming at once both a role model and source of envy to much of the student body.

“It was a lot of hard work to get here, but my new motto is ‘snooze it or lose it!’” remarked Knapp, citing the huge mental and physical strains consistently bad sleeping habits can have on teenagers.

Getting a full eight hours of sleep may not seem like such a noteworthy accomplishment, but for Knapp, who will be the first Trumbull High School student to attend the prestigious Sleepford University in New York City, balancing her busy academic schedule and extracurricular activities with a solid night’s sleep is quite the feat.

“It took hours of practice and preparation,” recalled Knapp. “Despite my substantial commitments as Captain of the Co-Ed Varsity Curling Team; President of the Unicycling Club; and the future Prime Minister of England, as well as having to balance the work of my nine AP classes, I felt it was my duty to work toward consistently sleeping a solid eight to ten hours a night. As I will soon be moving to ‘The City that Never Sleeps’, I need to get into a good sleep routine in order to avoid taking to the bad habits of my new neighbors.”

Thinking of the skills that she learned in AP Fatigue Elimination, thought to be the hardest class taught at the high school, Knapp started by working to make the best of her study time.

Knapp said, “I spent time learning how to read Braille in order to maximize the amount of books I could read at a time. This way, I could read four books at a time— two books with my eyes and two books with my hands.” This strategy allowed Knapp to cut her study time in half, even if she now suffers from eye strain and constant migraines.

Then, she had many unsuccessful practice attempts to reach her eight hour goal, having to overcome much insomnia over the nights, until it all eventually fell into place. Knapp recalled, “To the contrary of the common belief, I found that it was actually better to let the bedbugs bite.”

Knapp is hopeful that she will be able to keep a streak of nights well slept, saying that she will no longer partake in her regular “Two Hour” Tuesday’s and “What’s Sleep?” Wednesday’s. She encourages other students to aim to get sufficient amounts of sleep but suggests trying different methods to get there, saying, “Now that I think of it, my efforts were probably a bit extreme.”

WHO Declares COVID-19 a Global Pandemic, Should We be Worried?

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Human Coronavirus, also called COVID-19, is now widespread throughout the world with the exception of very few countries. The United States is one among many countries to have this new virus. In the U.S., as of March 20th, 2020, all 50 states have cases ranging from as few as 2 in West Virginia to as many as over 5,000 in New York according to the LiveScience U.S. case map. 

Here in Connecticut, there are 159 confirmed cases and 2 confirmed deaths from coronavirus. Schools and towns throughout the state of Connecticut have postponed and  cancelled large public gatherings and events.

According to the Trumbull Public Schools website and email that was sent out to students, parents, and staff, the local Trumbull Libraries are closed, school is cancelled until further notice, and many other public places and events throughout the town are cancelled.  

Colleges throughout the state such as University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University, have also cancelled classes and have switched to online learning alternatives. For some colleges, the rest of the spring semester is cancelled and students will now have to continue the rest of the semester online. College graduations are being cancelled and postponed due to the spread of the virus. This reaction from colleges from the virus lead to many college students coming back home from school. Families are all at home, spending more time at home and self quarantining to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   

With a new virus on the loose, not only have schools been affected throughout the country, but businesses have taken a toll from the virus as well. Stores like Stop and Shop and Big Y are completely out of things like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning products. Cleaning aisles are completely empty, and stores have limited customers to one or two products per person to ensure everybody has a chance to get the things they need. 

Little Women Has Big Impact

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE News/Science/Tech Editor

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a classic childhood novel that I read and grew to absolutely adore. I admired the strong female lead characters, the close bonds that the sisters shared, and the heartfelt messages threaded throughout the plot. It also reminded me of the antics that I engaged in with my own sister, so I was captivated by the story from the first page.

When I found that they were adapting the book into a screenplay, I was incredibly excited. The movies are never exactly like the books, so I was interested to see how the director, Greta Gerwig, chose to adapt the story.

After viewing the movie, I have to say, I was impressed. I loved the casting, and especially the choice of actresses. Saorise Ronan brilliantly captured the fiery spirit of Jo March, and her desire to stand out amongst a crowd. Emma Watson was the perfect choice for Meg March, capturing her mild temperament, and her desire to quietly help those around her without praise.

I loved seeing many of the iconic scenes that I had read about on the big screen. From the family gathered around the fire to read a letter from their father at Christmastime, to Amy falling through the ice, all of the integral parts of the story were expertly directed and executed onto the screen.

A Study on Political Ethics

Aileen Aizenshtat ‘21
Jacob Herman ‘21
EE Contributors

Editor’s Note: This submission was excerpted from a larger research project completed in Mr. Darrow’s AP Statistics class.

The search into a possible relationship between politics and morals through a statistics study surveying a random sample of Trumbull High School teenagers was interesting, to say the least. Through this, a final conclusion was reached: With differences in party affiliation, there are several identifiable distinctions in the core moral values of an individual.

Such beliefs and distinctions were found to have been heavily influenced by familial ties and values — in other words, it was the political beliefs of the subject’s family that came to be similar to the person’s own leanings. This makes it plausible that when one identified themselves to be conservative or liberal in this study, they could have been influenced by family opinions to do so, as their own ideals were not parallel to those held by the views of the political body they identified with. However, the findings of this study with political ideology still remain significant even with this confounding.

The most obvious divide between these political sects was within a puzzle that is not at all unheard of in the philosophical world of ethics. The dilemma itself is simple: a person close to you is dying of a disease that only your neighbor has the cure to. However, they ask for an outrageous price in exchange for the cure, one that you have no way of paying. The options are to either (a) steal the cure immediately, (b) only steal the cure after asking to pay for half of the cure’s price or, (c) refuse to break the law through theft, despite the repercussions to your friend’s life.


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