As 2016 is speeding by, the trend of supporting and purchasing organic foods is becoming stronger and stronger. However, as many recent studies are starting to show, organic foods may not be as heavenly as we all had assumed.
The organic food business is definitely a booming industry. Numerous stores are stocking their shelves with this “healthier,” “cleaner,” and simply better food as the multi-million-dollar agricultural field is increasing in size by around 10% per year. In fact, with these flattering associations to these products, people are willing to pay 7% – 47% more to purchase organic foods compared to regular food items. The willingness of so many customers paying extra for organic has been dubbed as the “Halo Effect.” In spite of that, this extra cost may be going in vain.
As the school year comes to a close and we bid farewell to our outgoing seniors, I cannot help but think about how much hard work our current Editor – in – Chief, Rachel Tropp, has put into the Eagle’s Eye. It is almost daunting, as the shoes I will be filling are 10 times larger than what they used to be.
Yet, while she has immensely expanded the expectations for the Editor-In-Chief Position, she has also challenged our staff to be the best writers and workers we could be. Her passion and energy has transferred onto me, and I look forward to assume her role and carry on her legacy.
Being on the Eagle’s Eye staff since freshman year, I can easily say that our dynamic has transformed over the years. Our paper and online website have become more interactive and accessible than ever, pushing our voice across greater fields than we had ever imagined. But even more so, our team has grown to be stronger than ever. We have passionate writers and dedicated workers, and many are underclassmen. I am more than excited for the year that is to come, as the students younger than me that are taking initiative truly are impressive. It really is invigorating to have such a strong, motivated team of students ready to craft new articles or advertise to keep our paper going.
I know for a fact that we will have trouble after losing such a determined and experienced group of seniors, from our InDesign experts to our incredibly dedicated Core Three. However, with the support that I have gotten from these seniors over the past couple years and the enthusiasm of our team’s underclassmen, the opportunities are endless.
As I finish up my second year as part of the Eagle’s Eye staff, it’s an honor to know that I will be acting as Co-Managing Editor for the 2016-2017 editions! I’m super excited to work with my fellow writers to help the newspaper grow and be read by an even larger student population.
When I joined the paper as a freshman, I had no idea that I would one day be part of the Core Three. For me, journalism started as an activity that I pursued for fun, but has evolved into something that I am considering as a career.
Working as Senior Opinions Editor this past year, I was able to familiarize myself with page design, write more varied articles, and oversee a section in the paper. I look forward to becoming even more involved in the editing process and hope to encourage a new wave of writers to participate. It’s my goal for the paper to become a more widely accessed student resource.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the current Managing and Chief Editors for everything they’ve done this year. I can’t wait to share my love for writing with the THS community, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for next year!
From an early age, writing has always been a passion of mine. Whether it is creative writing or writing just for the sake of it, my journey as a writer through Eagle’s Eye has grown so much, and I am more than thrilled to be the Co-Managing Editor for the 2016-2017 Eagle’s Eye newspaper.
I have been inspired by the Core 3 this year to try to succeed in my role in the Core 3 for the following year. I am so excited to work with the new Core 3 to try and make the newspaper as successful as possible. After working my way up from a staff writer in freshman year to the Assistant Entertainment Editor this year, I am ready to take on this greater responsibility this September and make the year as exciting as I can.
I cannot believe that my Eagle’s Eye journey is closing so soon. In all honesty, I was trying to avoid my dad’s journalistic footsteps. Yet, I got pulled into The Eagle’s Eye my freshman year as I was taking journalism as an elective.
I loved it and wanted to pursue it as an afterschool activity. I had no idea how involved I would get. If you asked me then if I was going to take a leadership position in my senior year, I would have laughed.
It’s pretty strange to think that my days at THS are numbered as well as my days with The Eagle’s Eye. I have been deeply involved with The Eagle’s Eye in various different ways. My sophomore year, I was the Senior News Editor, which allowed me to write about different topics inside THS and outside of THS. In my junior year, my interest in photography led me to take on the newly created position of Staff Photographer. This position has allowed me to be even more innovative with a different creative perspective.
This year, as Co-Managing Editor, The Eagle’s Eye has definitely been a wild ride. I immensely enjoyed being one of the three primary student liaisons managing the overall paper. I’m so happy that we’ve definitely hit our target goal for the number of editions we wanted to print for the year. Also, our online website has had almost ONE MILLION hits and counting.
Saying goodbye is very bittersweet for me. I will never forget the memories and experiences I had in the last four years.
I strongly believe that The Eagle’s Eye will continue to be in good hands next year. I hope that the online newspaper becomes even more popular and a place where any and all students can voice informed opinions. Thank you to all those who I’ve made friends with over laborious InDesign Layout Nights, and especially to Mr. Pelligra, for all those all-too-frequent visits during study hall, and Kristi and Rachel for dealing with my late night texts fretting about the newspaper. Editor edited and out.
As Rachel looks over my shoulder as I’m writing this approximately 2 periods before it’s due, I can’t help but feel emotional about leaving this organization (and the cool people in it – like Rachel)!
Being a member of Eagle’s Eye has been one of the best experiences of my high school career. Although I can vouch for both myself (and probably others in this organization) that scrambling to finish pages on the day of deadline isn’t the most enjoyable thing (who am I kidding – it’s obviously awesome), I wouldn’t want it any other way. Not only that, but being able to work with such cool people and do cool things like write articles, play around with InDesign and look at Gabby affectionately while I write this is awesome.
So, thank you to Rachel, for reminding me to do stuff and for being willing to embrace my weird personality. Thank you Lia for being an awesome co-Managing Editor and always staying on top of things. Thank you to the Editors and the staff for all your contributions both this year and previous years. Lastly, thank you Mr. Pelligra for all your warm support and help – you definitely deserve more praise than you receive on a daily basis for helping manage this (at times) crazy organization.
For anyone who is taking up a higher role in this organization in the years to come, good luck to y’all – it can be a tricky job! But I know that you guys will be able to do it, since I will spiritually watch over you forever and ever. Lastly, I’d like to end this off with a pun:
Question: Why don’t cats like online shopping? Answer: They prefer a “cat”-alogue! Hah! I’m out.
Walking into my first Eagle’s Eye meeting a confused freshman, dragged by a more interested friend, I could never have guessed I’d end up here. It’s been a long four years, with both ups and downs. The perks have been great: free admission to the World Language Cooking Contest (and hence free food), fun layout nights with pizza and friends, and the opportunity to share my thoughts with the school.
The weeks I’ve spent scrambling to produce a paper most people didn’t know existed have definitely been worth it, and I’ll miss the pride of seeing my articles in print, but I’m so excited for next year’s team to make the paper even better and hopefully increase readership. If you’re reading this, join Eagle’s Eye next year! Or just read it. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Help all the writers and editors who work so hard to make your accomplishments and interests known to be recognized and heard.
The three people taking our places are so capable and amazing, and I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish.
Bhavya Bhushan ’16
EE Senior Sports Editor
After a 15-7 season, boys baseball made it to the FCIAC Championship. The boys played the Darien Blue Wave on May 25th at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Unfortunately, the team, which entered playoffs seeded third, lost to the Blue Wave, but it was a hard fought battle.
The boys lost 3-2 in eight innings, a close battle with superb performances from the team. Joe Nemcheck threw six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts for the team. Head coach Phil Pacelli told the Trumbull Times, “That’s Joe. He’s a bulldog. He wiggles his way out of trouble. We couldn’t have asked for any more.”
In addition, Dustin Siqueira and Andrew Lojko scored on singles off the bat of Kris DiCocco.
Though they lost, the boys put up a challenge for Darien and played an incredible game.
On June 5th, the Team Caroline and Mia Tutu Trot will take place on the fields behind Trumbull High School. The 1.7 mile relay race is dedicated to two young girls at Jane Ryan Elementary School who are fighting cancer. One of the girls, Mia, is the daughter of Mr. James McCaffrey.
The race has two goals. The first is to show the girls that the community they live in can rally behind them and bring love, joy, and light into the daily struggles of fighting cancer. The second is to provide monetary support for both families as they each continue their treatment and daily lives.
Bhavya Bhushan ’16
EE Senior Sports Editor
Over the last three years, Katelynn Romanchick has earned the school record for the mile, consistently placed first for the cross country team, and has been voted captain for next year’s cross country and track teams. Her achievements as a runner are outstanding. Surprisingly, as a freshman Romanchick’s only plan was to play basketball.
Romanchick said, “I only ran a couple of 5k’s before and I thought running was gross. I never wanted to keep up with it.” However, Romanchick’s plans quickly changed when her mother signed her up for cross country without telling her.