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 »

 

PTA Reflections Winners Announced

Isa Lee ’23
EE Staff Writer 

Trumbull students have a place to showcase their talent through the National PTA Reflections program. Reflections provides opportunities for recognition in the arts and boosts self esteem. Every year, over 300,000 students, nationally, participate  in creating original pieces through various art categories in the program. 

This program was originally designed to help students explore their talents and go beyond their mere walls of everyday life. This is a way for teens and kids to express themselves in something they love.

This year, the theme was I Matter Because…  This theme was designed to help everyone remember why they matter and how they are important, especially because of the challenging year everyone has been through. 

In this contest, there are many different categories such as dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. 

Zdena Quinn, Reflections chairpersons for Frenchtown, Madison, and Trumbull High school has been a big asset to this program. She has been encouraging students for years to explore their talents and express themselves, while running the program. 

There is always at least one creation each year that takes my breath away”, said Quinn. “One of my favorites was a submission the year that ‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…..’ was the theme. I think the child was in first grade, they drew a picture of their mother and their artist statement said, ‘The world would be a better place if we all listened to our mommies’.”

Students submit their artwork to Local PTAs for initial judging. In Trumbull, school-level judging occurred in January and then all local Connecticut PTAs submitted their 1st place winning entries to the State Office. The state announced their winners in March and the top entries from our State PTA Reflections contest advanced to National PTA for the final round of judging. National PTA winners are announced each May.

The deadline this year for the submissions was December 21 and a few of many applicants were chosen as winners for the 2020-2021 year. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 winners!

In the dance category, there was one award. Rachel Weintraub won first place for her piece called Dance Positively Unafraid

In the photography category there were four winners. In first place, Olivia Ray; second, Christina Arduini; and tied for Third Johannes Rysse and Aidan Brunt. 

“The picture I submitted was taken on a holiday we celebrate in my culture, Diwali”, said sophomore Olivia Ray, who has been doing Reflections since third grade. “It was taken from a low angle to show all the clay lamps reflecting on the floor. I chose it because my culture is a big part of who I am and I want to embrace it. It shows how different cultures around the world are important too and diversity is what makes us all so great.” 

El Peligro y Contaminación de Plástico

Caitlin Ghent ’21
EE Contributor

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Eagle’s Eye en Español series

¿Sabes que la producción de plástico se ha duplicado en los últimos cincuenta años? ¿O el hecho de que la persona normal come setenta mil micro plásticas1 cada año? El problema de la plastico solo está creciendo en el mundo y la contaminación es muchísima peligrosa para todos.

Muchas personas usan plástico por su conveniencia, pero no comprendan que están contribuyendo al problema. Bolsas desechables son más fáciles para ir de compras o contener comida, porque no es necesario limpiarlas después de que son usadas. Sin embargo, las bolsas de plástico son usadas por doce minutos de media, pero necesitan mil años descomponerse2. También, las botellas de agua de plástico son más fáciles en la vida cotidiana porque las personas no necesitan llenarlas o limpiarlas. Aunque estos ejemplos son muy obvios, hay muchísimas otras cosas que son usadas en la vida diaria. Por ejemplo, plástico está en maquille y esponjas. En general, el uso principal del plástico es por la conveniencia de la gente. 

Si estos son los usos, es crucial mencionar los impactos negativos y dañinos que causan. El impacto en los animales es escandaloso3. De hecho, cada año el plástico está matando más de un millón de aves marinas y animales. Las acciones de los seres humanos tienen horrible efectos a los animales. Pero no sólo son animales marinos. Hubo un elefante en India que murió porque comió bolsas de plástico. Aunque este hecho es triste, la verdad es que hay muchas personas que no les importa el medio ambiente o animales. Sin embargo, el uso de plástico también tiene malas consecuencias para los seres humanos. Químicos en plástico pueden absorber en el agua subterránea4 o directamente en el cuerpo humano. Algunos de estos químicos pueden alterar hormonas o crear otros problemas de salud. Además, hubo un estudio publicado en Environmental Pollution, y ellos aprendieron que muchas superficies5, como platos, se acumulan micro plásticos. Muchas personas en el mundo están comiendo plástico sin darse cuenta. En total, hay muchos impactos peligrosos que causan los plásticos. 

Novel Foods Surface on TikTok

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Cloud Bread

Throughout quarantine, social media has kept relationships alive and has become such an influential part of how we connect and interact with one another. The variety of platforms makes people so much more accessible then we could have anticipated. Social media was our only tether to the world outside our confined houses for months, and for some of us even currently. 

One of the platforms whose popularity has exponentially grown is TikTok. With 689 million monthly users internationally, it is worthy to be deemed as one of the most appreciated and used social media apps. One of the most liked aspects is the range and types of videos presented. Videos range from comedic to informative. People can share their experiences or just scroll through hoping to cure their boredom. 

One of the most popular genres of TikTok videos is cooking. Users can share recipes or try out popular cooking trends. Some of the most popular recipes include cloud bread, whipped coffee, nacho table, dip night, pancake cereal, and nature’s cereal.

Cloud bread is more arts and crafts than it is food. It is edible as it’s made out of egg whites, sugar, cornstarch and optional food coloring, which is encouraged. It’s known for its texture and cloud like structure, admired for its squishiness and color. 

Vigorous Vaccine Distribution

Hannah Adams ‘23
EE News/Feature Editor

As we celebrate a full year since Trumbull High shut down due to COVID-19, we begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines are being distributed and rolled out throughout America.

This past month, our very own teachers received their vaccines and felt a rush of relief, despite their slight fear of needles. But as the demand for vaccines becomes greater, the government is revising plans and hoping they can fulfill the needs of those who want the vaccine.

In a recent report presented to Congress, entitled “From the Factory to the Frontlines,” a detailed outline of the planned distribution of vaccines is described. It discusses what is required, what the government is currently doing, and a phased structure of their plans. This 11-page report gives details of partnerships with the state and the importance of accommodation. 

In terms of the government’s requirements for an efficient and effective distribution plan, the report states that it “…must ensure safety of the products, maintain control and visibility, manage uptake and acceptance, ensure traceability of product, and maximize coverage…” This is an efficient, structured outline of the government’s goals and objectives when it comes to the distribution of a new vaccine to the public.

Along with an outline of the government’s objectives, the report included three key components of the distribution plan:

  1. Partnerships with state, local, and tribal health departments and federal entities to allocate and distribute vaccines.
  2. A centralized distributor contract for back-up distributors for storage and handling needs.
  3. A flexible and secure web-based IT vaccine tracking system for ordering, uptake, and management of vaccines. 

Partnerships with all 50 states are imperative for an effective rollout of vaccines, especially if venues are needed to set up numerous vaccination stations. 

The report goes into more detail on these partnerships, stating that the CDC has awarded grants to limited dose areas as a part of the Coronavirus Aid to help fund immunization programs that allow enhanced capacity to support staffing, communication, pandemic preparedness, and mass vaccination.

Centralized distribution contracts will be drawn, which allows the government full visibility, control, and ability to shift assets and use data to optimize vaccine uptake. These contracts help with the legality in terms of the possession of the vaccines.

Jurisdiction will be assigned, meaning specific areas will be given control over vaccines and will distribute the vaccines to their designated locations.

The third component of the government’s plan discusses an easy-to-use web-based site, where they can monitor the orders being made by each state as well as the status of the vaccinations given in each state.

Harvard Business Conference for Women Inspires

Isa Lee ‘23
EE Staff Writer

The fourth annual Business Oriented Leadership Development Conference (B.O.L.D.), an event for high school women interested in business, was held this year in a virtual format on January 30th and 31st.  The conference brings together speakers and panels made up of Harvard undergraduates and women leaders in the business world across a variety of industries ranging from finance and tech to fashion and entertainment.  

The conference exemplifies women’s empowerment and inspires young women on how they can lead. The panels were also important for the college application process, as they gave great advice and ideas on college admissions and insights into the business world. The women featured in the conference showed how they create an impact on our society and shared their incredible success stories and advancements. Sunday’s event consisted of seven inspiring panels. Each student was only able to attend a certain number because they overlapped. Listed below are 4 of the panels, 2 keynotes and a master class. 

Panel #1, Applying to College Panel: The 4 panelists, consisting of Harvard undergraduates,  each explained who they were and what they were studying. Most spoke about how they applied and chose early-decision to Harvard. They all advised students  to be prepared to have a list of colleges for regular decision applications as well, just in case. Lastly, college visits helped these undergraduates to decide where they wanted to go and determined a lot of their decisions. 

Panel #2, Technology: The panelists  were four technology co-founders of companies focused on developing, powering technology, and marketing. Mada Seghete grew up in Romania and followed  a computer engineering path. Then, she started product managing and joined a startup. Seghete didn’t initially see  an issue with the lack of women working in tech because she didn’t feel any different, even though her co-founders were all men. But, she found a group of female founder friends and saw that what they went through as women was incredible. She realized that it was harder to raise money as a woman and they did not have check-writing power like men. The second panelist,Vanessa Liu, was a social commerce CEO in entrepreneurship. Having a personal board of advisors was also important to Vanessa. They helped her succeed and created opportunities for her. Lastly, she explained that working with women and people of color changed her views and motivated her to make a social impact in a technology company. When she first started working in  business, she was oblivious to how the world worked. Women and diverse entrepreneurs were coming to her because she is a Chinese-American, and a plethora of these women could relate to her. Another panelist faced similar challenges in her journey through the industry: Neeti Mehta Shukla. She is from India and started product marketing and consumer behavior. She founded “Automatic Anywhere”. The fact that she was a woman in technology did not bother her or hold her back because she knew she had a place. In the end, technology has the responsibility to change jobs and create new improvements. Artificial intelligence may be causing mass job loss, but if the end goal stays  in perspective, then society as a whole is changing for the better. An important question to keep in mind is “Will jobs become obsolete due to these special advancements”? These educated women show that creating jobs for the future, and local users, create more products and services that were once impossible. “I almost envy all of you young kids because the sky’s the limit” Shukla said. 

Single-Player Video Games to Play Right Now

Aidan Brunt ’24
Thomas Ou ’24
EE Staff Writers

Eagle’s Eye gamers, Thomas and Aidan, share their current “Best of” list for your playing pleasure:

Red Dead Redemption 2
Kicking off this list, we have Rockstar’s award-winning action-adventure game, Red Dead Redemption 2. In this game, you will experience the misadventures of an outlaw named Author Morgan in a fictionalized western world. You will find yourself dumping hours in this game without even realizing it as you explore its immersive and interactive open-world map with little to no restraint on your exploration. This game offers a wide variety of weapons and explosives to keep your foes at bay as you go from stealing horses to hijacking trains. Unless you want to be chased by bounty hunters, rival gangs, and law enforcement, you must maintain an honor rating throughout the game, with a bounty system much like the ones in Grand Theft Auto. According to MetacriticRed Dead Redemption 2 is the highest-rated game for the PS4 and Xbox One along with GTA V and also holds the title of the fifth-highest rated game overall.

Doom Eternal
The newest release in the infamous Doom series, we have a game that was able to combine both classic shooter elements while adding an intense and dark attitude spin. Doom Eternal takes place on an Earth that has been consumed by Hell, following the quest of Doom Slayer as he frees the Earth from the demonic hordes. You must manage your resources and fight with a nonstop pace of shoot & run, all the while praying that it somehow works out. This creates an adrenaline-filled game that is both fun and interesting to play. While the story is not revolutionary compared to other games on this list, it does have a decent one that fits this type of game. Eternal has plenty to explore and adds many features to the classic game we all know and love, being challenging but having rewarding outcomes. This game is definitely one of the darker and gory games on this list but actually fits the setting well. This nonstop nightmare will have you on your toes and your fingers on the trigger for the whole experience.

Crusader Kings 3
One of the more underrated games on our list is Crusader Kings 3. The sequel to Crusader Kings 2 is from the renowned grand strategy game studio Paradox Interactive and is the newest grand strategy since Hearts of Iron 4. The name is fitting as it takes place in an era of the crusades, ancient kingdoms, and monarchies. Compared to many other fighting and war strategy games this one is truly special. Similar to Civilization 6, this game has an option-based story system, with each feature being extremely complex. You could spend hours managing your own domestic affairs within your kingdom without realizing that there are neighboring nations plotting against you. Sometimes characters play an even bigger role than the nations themselves and throughout the game, you will make choices for your heirs and how you interact with others. With the immersive and interactive masterpiece of a game, you can become the supreme ruler of the greatest nation Europe has ever seen. 

Rodrigo’s Driver’s License Hits Home

Jacqueline Virasak ’21
EE Entertainment Editor

Olivia Rodrigo

–“I got my driver’s license last week, just like we always talked about.” 

One of the most notable events of January 2021 has  to be the release of Olivia Rodrigo’s record-breaking debut: ‘Driver’s License’. 

Olivia Rodrigo is a 17 year-old actress and singer-songwriter best known for her role as NiNi in the Disney+ original show High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. 

Fans were excited to see this completed song, which, along with many of her other unreleased music, was first shared on her Instagram Live.

The song ‘Driver’s License’ is a heart-wrenching pop song in which Rodrigo describes finally getting her drivers license-an event that she always talked about with an ex-lover , and her residual feelings for him even now.  

This song has gained considerable recognition for its powerful vocals, poetic lyrics, and breathtaking bridge, as well as the alleged drama surrounding the boy mentioned in it. 

The song has reached millions on the social media app TikTok, where teens and young adults have both dissected its meaning and raved about it. 

Her music has been called reminiscent to that of pop-sensation Taylor Swift. Rodigo, a self-proclaimed “Swiftie”, has referred to her idol on numerous occasions as one of her biggest musical inspirations. Taylor Swift herself even commented on one of her posts, congratulating its release, much to Rodrigo’s delight. 

Many other popular artists have also shared their support for her and her musical career. Their praise has led to attention from the media such as the New York Times, Billboard, Vogue, and countless other news sites.

Among THS students, there is a differing of opinions:

“I really enjoy the song. Although I can’t say I have experienced anything similar to it, the emotion in the song is incredible and allows the audience to connect with the artist no matter what,” said junior Madhuvanthi Krisha. 

After watching Rodrigo on HSMTMTS, she was curious in hearing the release and like many other fans of the show, she was not disappointed. 

 “Not impressive, not horrible, but overhyped to no end. [It’s] a very generic indie song” said  junior Adrish Das. 

He is uncertain as to why Rodrigo has received so much attention when, as he has pointed out, there have been many other young artists- like Lorde -who have released similar songs.

Personally, I was shocked and filled with pride to learn that she broke a Spotify record for most streams in a single day for a non-holiday song at 15.7 million-the fastest song in the platform’s history.

The attention of her unreleased music suggests that Rodrigo will not be a one-hit-wonder. Teens everywhere are looking forward to seeing her upcoming album and future growth as an artist.

COVID’s Effect on the Entertainment Industry

Thomas Ou ’24
EE Staff Writer

It seems as if nothing can be saved from the curse that is COVID, and this remains true when it comes to the Entertainment Industry. The  past year has brought about many delays with major movie releases as well as popular television shows. TV shows that used to have live audiences are forced to make do with empty studios or have their production temporarily suspended. Video game releases are being pushed back with major video events such as E3 and the Tokyo Game Show as well as music festivals like the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and most other concerts being canceled. The entertainment industry has taken a big hit as a result of the disease, and only time will tell how the ripple effects of this will alter the future of entertainment.

It’s no surprise that movies are forced to take a production halt due to the risks of filming in a deadly pandemic. A delay within one movie can lead to a production setback for the coming decades as evidenced by the entire Marvel Phase 4 being pushed back a full year. Before the pandemic, there had already been a decline in film attendance and it has now worsened in most major countries, leading to the major studios such as Warner Bros., Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Universal going from releasing 20-25 major films in the 2000s to around nine in 2019 according to analysts.

The many downsides in this new age of entertainment have only been made worse by COVID. This virus has basically killed off the already-dying movie theaters, giving rise to the many online streaming services. While this could be looked at in a positive light, these numerous streaming services are really getting out of hand and it has no sign of slowing in the near future.

Streaming was created as an alternative to the expensive bundles that contain a bunch of useless shows and channels that come with cable TV plans. But now with the rising prices, each company taking their shows and putting them under only their services, and service-exclusive originals, the services have become the very thing they swore to destroy. Whereas before one could not watch Discovery Channel and NBC Sports without paying the $80 fee for both cables (as well as getting 50+ channels you won’t end up watching), nowadays one can not watch Umbrella Academy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Dickinson, Westworld, and The Mandalorian without paying for five different streaming services monthly (and now getting 500+ shows you won’t end up watching). While the TV industry is able to produce more original content every year, our wallets won’t be able to keep up with all the new services and , in the end, we will end up missing out on many great shows.

Winter Sports Begin

By Abigail Clark
EE Staff Writer ‘22

January 19th was an exciting day for athletes, as the winter sports season began. After making it through a successful and safe fall season despite the COVID-19 pandemic, athletes were eager for a new season to begin. 

This was a long awaited day for many. Due to the coronavirus, the start date for winter sports in the CIAC was pushed back multiple times. Although this was unfortunate for athletes, safety was the number one priority for healthcare and government officials. Thankfully, cases began to drop, so athletes were able to start practicing.

All teams have specific Covid precautions to keep the whole team and others around as safe as possible. Before practice, individuals must fill out a daily “Self-Screening Checklist.” Athletes must indicate that they have no symptoms of the virus and are following traveling guidelines in order to safely practice with the team. 

For indoor and outdoor sports, masks must be worn at all times, including active playing time. The only exception to this is the swimming and diving team. Even though this rule is a challenge, following these guidelines is keeping everyone safer. 

“As long as all rules are followed, our team will be putting in the work!” said senior Keira Grant, who is conditioning with the lacrosse team at this time.

Being in cohorts is another important tactic larger sports teams are using. Cohorts are made within each specific team. If someone within one of the cohorts gets the coronavirus, only the infected group has to quarantine. This allows for more of the team to stay safe and still be able to practice. Cohorts also have given athletes the opportunity to become closer with those in their group. 

Coach McCaffrey, the head coach of the girls indoor track and field team, has been organizing fun events for the girls to participate in such as a scavenger hunt. “When it comes to having a season that’s out of the ordinary, you have to think of different ways to engage your athletes and keep them happy,” McCaffrey said.

February is African American History Month

Kylie Totten ’24
EE Staff Writer

Banner of the National Archives website which holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience: www.archives.gov/news/topics/african-american-history

This month marks the 45th annual African American History month. With all the racial justice protests that have occurred throughout 2020 and 2021 in the United States, it is a fitting time to spread awareness about the struggles African Americans have been through to earn their freedom.

Since 1976, the month of February has been devoted to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of African Americans and their role in United States history. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands have joined the United States in dedicating a month to the celebration of African American history.

The month-long celebration started as just a week in 1925. Originally called “Negro History Week”, it was an annual celebration that took place during the second week of February. This week was specifically chosen to coincide with the birthdays of African American advocates Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was responsible for the creation of the event.

The ASALH organization was founded on September 9, 1915 by Carter G. Woodson. Woodson is considered to be the “Father of Black History” and was one of the first scholars to study African American history. Woodson created the ASALH to study and educate people about the history and achievements of black Americans.


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