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 »

Spirit Week Recap

Hailee Daunis ’21 EE Staff Photographer   Day 1 Before first period, students came into school excited for what Spirit Week had to offer. Junior Leilani Brown had decided to participate in Spirit More »

 

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.

FFA Week: A Special Week in Trumbull

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science/Tech and News Editor

FFA Week Line up

Every year, the National FFA Organization hosts a week long celebration of the FFA and all that the organization encourages. FFA Week, as it is formerly known, runs from Saturday to Saturday, and always encompasses February 22nd, George Washington’s birthday. Since 1948, this long standing tradition of the FFA has encouraged the agriculturalists and youth of the present to remember the the legacy Washington left as a farmer and leader.

It’s not only historically relevant, but this special week encourages enthusiasm for the organization and is beloved by all FFA members across the country. Every year, our own Trumbull Regional FFA Chapter joins in on the fun.

This year, FFA Week ran from February 22nd to the 29th. Trumbull’s own student led officer team began devising fun student activities early on in January to ensure that all chapter members had a memorable week. Agriscience students have not been let down! In addition to in-school dress up themes, there was an after school activity every day.

Is A Lot of Homework Actually Valuable?

Kunal Mehta (’21)
Shea Grant (’21)
Mike Rizzo (’21)
EE Contributors

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

Many people hold concerns about schools regarding the amount of homework assigned. Are larger volumes of homework really valuable to the success of a student? Or is this work merely “busy” work that has no real value in most cases?  We conducted a study to answer this question, surveying ninety-two Trumbull High School students about their academic achievement and the amount of homework they received per night. 

Comparing the average time a student reported doing homework a night versus the student’s cumulative weighted GPA, we found that a graph displaying this data (shown [insert layout location] would show higher GPA values corresponding to more hours doing homework if there was a relationship that showed that more homework increases academic achievement. However, the line observed was effectively flat, which means that no matter the amount of homework a student received, they had, on average, about the same GPA as their peers that received more or less homework than they did. 

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. They participated in the Fairfield County Math League (FCML) for their fifth competition, and they have been improving in all of their meets.

The team practices every Friday directly after school in C28, with advisors Mrs. Capobianco, Mr. Darrow, and Mr. Seamon. Mrs. Capobianco is the only teacher in the school to teach Multivariable calculus, and Mr. Darrow is the only teacher in the school for AP Statistics. Some say he is “Teacher of the Year”. With these three passionate teachers, the team is packed with spirit and fun.

The team captains are Cyrus Asgari and Howard Qian. They lead the team, set a good example, and help everyone out who needs help with their math-related problems.

Sophomore Yash Permalla has been the A-Team’s most consistent high scorer, leading the team to strong performances at each match this year.
The Trumbull High School Math Team is made up of the A-Team, and the B-team. While both of Trumbull’s teams scores points during a competition, only the A team’s score is used when calculating the team’s placement.

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 with Mrs. Jessica Spillane as director. Alongside Mrs. Spillane, producer Mrs. Shannon Bolan and technical director Mr. Matthew Bracksieck help guide around seventy-five cast and crew members to a successful production.

Inspired by rockstar Elvis Presley’s selection in the 1953 U.S. Army draft, Bye, Bye Birdie is a high energy, light-hearted show from the 1960s that tells the story of Conrad Birdie (Rob Goldstein ‘20), an adored rock-and-roll idol who gets drafted into the U.S. Army. Birdie’s agent, Albert Peterson (Nathan Ayotte ‘22), and Birdie’s on-again-off-again girlfriend, Rosie Alverez (Caroline Marchetti ‘21), plan a farewell performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, where they hope to sell Birdie’s new song “One Last Kiss” and ultimately save Albert’s record studio from going under. At the end of his performance, Birdie will actually give “one last kiss” to Kim MacAfee (Ella Miller ‘21), an avid fan.

However, as Albert and Rosie prepare for Birdie’s big final performance, things do not go as smoothly as planned; Kim’s father becomes starstruck at the thought of being on television, and Kim’s new boyfriend becomes jealous of Kim kissing Birdie on television.

As the story continues with these preparations for Birdie’s departure, the audience is serenaded with many other hit songs besides “One Last Kiss,” including “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie,” all accompanied with a live orchestra.
The following is an interview between sophomore Neya Kidambi and Director Mrs. Spillane on the trials and travails of the play:

March is Link Crew Application Month

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

As the first semester ends and spring is on the horizon, many students look for new opportunities to shape their high school experiences— summer internships, jobs, new clubs and activities galore! For the Trumbull High School organization “Link Crew”, this means the beginning of the search process for new student leaders who will welcome and guide incoming freshmen into the next school year.

Responsibilities of Link Crew leaders include showing freshmen around the building and leading them into icebreakers during a summer orientation, helping freshmen find their classes during the first week of school, and leading freshmen into skills necessary for a successful high school career, such as study skills that are taught in the Link Crew’s Cocoa and Cram midterm studying program.

The advisors are Mr. Artese and Mrs. Intemann, who have been organizing and running the program for several years now. They play a significant role in the overall success of the organization and work hard every year to ensure the freshman class is welcomed.


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