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 »

Rowing with the THS Spirit: Students Show Interest in Non-FCIAC Athletics

Katie DeRose ‘22 EE Senior Entertainment Editor As the 2019-2020 school year begins, Trumbull Athletic Department t-shirts, sporting the motto “PRACTICE LIKE A CHAMPION,” have once again become a common sight around More »

Science Academy Students Culminate Their Year with Trip to MIT

Katie DeRose ’22 EE Staff Writer As the 2018-2019 school year comes to an end, many clubs and other after school activities look to find memorable ways to put a close to their 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 to their cross-town rivals, the St. Joseph’s High School Cadets, on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Cadets started off strong with five touchdowns in the first half of the game. However, the Eagles eventually found their footing, converting three fourth-downs on their touchdown drive capped off with a twenty-four yard touchdown pass from Junior quarterback Riley Simpson to Senior Captain Kyle Atherton. The Eagles then held the Cadets down to two touchdowns in the second half, allowing none in the fourth quarter. The Cadets went on to win the FCIAC’s by virtue of Darien’s loss to New Canaan earlier that day, in tandem with their undefeated regular season. 

In reference to the game, Coach Marce Petroccio says, “We played as hard as we could but made a lot of mistakes. I’m proud of my kids, and we’ll get ready for next year.” Petroccio also notes that the team was very young this year, and he anticipates a stronger team for the coming years. The Varsity team finished with a 3-7 season; however, as Atherton puts it, “Our record may not reflect how much progress we’ve made during the season, but we’re really building up the program again.” With an 8-2 Freshmen team and a 6-3-1 Junior-Varsity team, one can be assured what Atherton can play out to be true.

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 served in the military.  The program started with an introduction from the staff and the emcee, and then all of the veterans introduced themselves, stated what year they served in, as well as what branch of the military they served in.  Later in the program, newly re-elected first select-women Mrs. Vicki Tesoro spoke about Veteran’s Day and what it meant to her.  

The Trumbull High School Chamber Singers sang two songs: “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Thank You Soldiers”, followed by the Trumbull High School Band who also played two songs. Before the band’s main event, they were introduced by Senior Nicholas Siwanowicz, who performed “Taps” on the trumpet.  Following this solo, the band played “God Bless America” and “Service Salute”.  

Interview With a Veteran

Neya: “What’s your fondest Veterans Day memory?”

Mr. Doyle: “My fondest Veterans Day memory is when my daughters made me homemade cards in school that thanked me for being a veteran.  Those little personal cards always make the day special.”

The Reigning FCIAC Champs: Boys Soccer Maintains Sebe’s Legacy

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

The late Coach Sebastian Gangemi holds up the 2018 FCIAC trophy after last year’s victory (top). “Sebe’s” wife after this year’s win (below).

After a disappointing 5-2 loss to Hall High School in the Class LL Boys’ Soccer State Semifinal on Monday, November 18, 2019, the Trumbull Boys Varsity Soccer team finished their season, defending their 2018 title as FCIAC champions. The team believes that they had an extremely successful season, filled with hard work and great effort.

Commenting on the team’s efforts, Senior Captain Tiago Frazao says, “The team definitely exceeded expectations. A lot of players stepped into bigger roles and did an excellent job.”

In addition to their efforts on the field, the boys felt one of the most important aspects of their season was that they were able to maintain the legacy of their former coach, Sebastian Gangemi, who passed away last May after fighting a yearlong battle with Leukemia. 

As Senior Captain Brendan Phelan best puts into words, “The goals this year were to make history and to make Sebe proud. I think we were able to do both this season.”

The boys ended the regular season with a 10-2-4 FCIAC record, making them the second seed going into the FCIAC tournament. However, that did not stop them from defeating the number one seed Fairfield Warde 1-0 in the FCIAC final, with a goal by Frazao. Senior Justin Horvath was named the MVP at the end of the game, making an assist for Frazao’s goal. This win led to the boys’ third FCIAC title within four consecutive FCIAC finals appearances, which the boys marked by dying their hair blonde as a team, just as the Varsity soccer team did back when this streak first started in 2016.

“Joker” Leaves a Mark

Aidan Demshak ’23
EE Staff Writer

Joker is a movie that is going to leave a mark in cinematic history. From the profound messages about the lower class and mental health to the 1970s look of the movie, Phillips gives the audience a film worth way more than a movie ticket. Todd Phillips and the rest of the extraordinary cast have created a movie that will keep you thinking for a long time after you leave the theater. 

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Arthur Fleck, an aspiring comic with a life full of darkness. He has serious mental health issues and goes to counseling, but it all gets taken away by the city. This results in a roller coaster full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Todd Phillips introduces us to a world somewhat similar to our own, with the poor being mistreated while the rich thrive. He introduces us to the characters like mayoral candidate Thomas Wayne (Brett Cullen) and television host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro) who benefit from these circumstances,while the poor-like Sophie Dumond (Zazie Beetz) and the Flecks are struggling to survive. 

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 Week along with many others. Monday was Sports Jersey Day, and Leilani expressed her appreciation for the Red Sox. A majority of the student body decided to root for their favorite football team, but others sported jerseys from other sports.

Day 2
Although it was Hawaiian Shirt Day, students wore much more than just shirts. On Tuesday students wore leis, skirts, even shorts and flip flops, to school. It certainly did not feel like autumn with the atmosphere that the students were giving off. Anna Kacin, Emily Nguyen, and Shannon O’Shea (left to right) did not forget to show up with their school spirit.

Day 3
Halfway through spirit week  it was time for Color Wars Day. On Wednesday each grade was assigned their own colors. Freshman wore green, Sophomores wore blue, Juniors wore white, and Seniors wore black. Livi Gottschall wore nothing but the color white, supporting her classmates for the day. It’s hard to tell which class won the Color War.

Day 4
There were so many creative and amusing outfits on Thursday, Sponsor-a-Senior day. Gabriella Alarcon, sponsored by her younger sister Angelina Alarcon, went all out dressing up as a Hydro Flask, making a homemade outfit.  Picking up and dropping off underclassmen to class, seniors definitely had an exciting day, and the underclassmen enjoyed just as much watching their antics.

 

Day 5
Spirit Week culminated on Friday with a pep rally in the gymnasium. The Student Council, their advisors, school administration and staff worked very hard to put together this amazing event which allowed all of Trumbull High to celebrate their Black & Gold spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn at Agriscience

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science-Technology and News Editor

Trumbull Regional FFA’s chapter members have an exciting year ahead of them. The new officer team, which was announced at the May FFA meeting, was hard at work over the summer before the start of school planning events and preparing for the months ahead. Their goal is to host events that are not only fun for chapter members, but adhere to the core values of the National FFA Organization.

Before school had even begun, the annual Freshman Mixer had taken place on August 28th. This event welcomed the class of 2023 to Agriscience with games, tours, and the opportunity for new students to speak with the officer team. The officer team hoped to ease the nerves of new students before the first day of school.

Freshman Julia Wilkinson said, “The Freshman Mixer was a great event. I was happy to meet the officer team and connect with fellow students who were just as nervous I was to start high school and make new friends.”

Just recently, on September 20th, all of Agriscience took their annual trip the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. The fun trip, enjoyed by all, allowed students to delve further into agriculture. The huge event, dubbed “New England’s Great State Fair”, featured exhibitions for every agricultural interest. From livestock, to giant pumpkins, and even a 600-pound butter sculpture, students from Agriscience had the day to explore. Of course, students also loved exploring the state buildings and filling up on the infamous Maine baked potatoes and New Hampshire macaroni and cheese.

Rowing with the THS Spirit: Students Show Interest in Non-FCIAC Athletics

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

As the 2019-2020 school year begins, Trumbull Athletic Department t-shirts, sporting the motto “PRACTICE LIKE A CHAMPION,” have once again become a common sight around campus, with students focusing on the fall athletic season. Whether it be for field hockey or football, a vast majority of the THS student body can be found eyeing FCIAC and CIAC championships, as they stay true to this motto and work a sweat at practice everyday. And this Golden Eagle mindset certainly does not end as the students step off campus.

At Great River Rowing, a local rowing program off of the Housatonic River in Shelton, CT, approximately 30% of competitive rowers are Trumbull High students, with other Trumbull students participating in the developmental rowing program and in programs with other clubs. Five days a week, not including regattas, these students get on the water to train with the same mindset they hold as a student at Trumbull High: Practice like a champion.

The high school may not offer rowing on campus due to the fact that it is not an FCIAC sport, but that does not stop students from following their interests. Sophomore Kyle Benjamin, who has rowed with Great River for two years, says, “From my first day, I knew it was a sport I was passionate about and wanted to give my all to.” Therefore, these students, including Benjamin, take their rowing skills elsewhere, working as hard as the students who train on campus and without the recognition.

Summer 19’ Adventures

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science-Technology and News Editor

When most high school students think of summer vacation, they might imagine relaxation, pool parties, and most importantly, two and a half months to catch up on sleep! However, two of Trumbull High’s students spent their summer in an incredibly unique way, reaching out of their comfort zones for once in a lifetime experiences. Senior Piper Glass and junior Amaya Mikolic-Berrios called upon their interests and future career aspirations this summer. The following interviews give insight into their experiences.

Can you give a brief overview of what you did this summer?
Piper Glass– “ I attended a program at Columbia University to further delve into the study of genetics and molecular biology, which is one of my main interests, and perhaps a career option for me in the future.”
Amaya Mikolic Berrios– “This summer I went to Chicago for a volunteer internship at a non-profit socialist magazine called In These Times. I found out about this opportunity through a close family relative. I lived in Chicago and worked from 9 ‘til 5 every day doing archival work, editing, and lots of fact checking.”

What did you learn from this experience?
Piper Glass– “I got to perform university level labs as an incoming senior in high school, which I thought was an amazing experience. I learned how to perform replica plating, how to grow yeast, and insert genes into plasmids, subsequently transforming bacterial cells.”
Amaya Mikolic Berrios– “I learned a lot about how the magazine and the journalism process works, like how in a full-fledged newspaper, editors meet and have headline meetings and pitch meetings. It is a lot more fun than just a regular office job, it’s more collaborative, and I was attracted to that. I learned a lot from the people I worked with and interviewed with.”

Make Room for Art!

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Features Editor

Think back to your first day of art class in elementary school. Walking into that colorful room and smelling the fresh paper, newly unboxed watercolors, and observing all of the creativity surrounding you. For me, the art room became a beautiful splash of color in an otherwise drab, brick school. When I went on to middle school, that bright and blissful feeling associated with art class followed me. I dipped my hands into fresh clay as I sculpted hummingbirds and learned how to use brushes to give my acrylic paintings texture. Life was good.

Until High School. Until AP classes started. Until endless hours of homework per night became a thing.

Freshman year was a change. I no longer had a period of watercolor painting in art class or making metal rings in Tech-Ed or baking in FACS to get me through the day. Instead, for 8 periods straight, I sat in a classroom and took notes. This year, I was determined to change things. I needed a break in the day.

That’s when I stumbled upon Visual Design during my sophomore year. In the short 5 weeks that I have been in this class, I can assure you that the class feels like a family. Students agree that the curriculum is both fun and challenging and from painting outside to playing art jeopardy, Mrs. Durand and Visual Design have become something I look forward to in the day.

Cross Country Starts Strong

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Senior Sports Editor

Captain Jackie Zhang leads the Cross Country team to victory.

The Trumbull Eagles Cross Country team is on to a terrific start to the season with a strong starting record. After their first away meet at Fairfield Warde High School against the Warde Mustangs, the St. Joseph’s Cadets, and the Greenwich Cardinals, the Eagles currently have a record of 9-3, and the future is only looking brighter.

During the race, the varsity runners had to run a 5000m race (approximately 3.1 miles). Trumbull’s top finisher was Senior Cyrus Asgari, who came in 3rd place out of 62 total runners. Asgari finished with a time of 17:26.31, and had a few words to say about the team: “Our key to success was having a well rounded effort from the entire varsity team. We were in the middle of a rough period of training and racing but needed to stay in a warrior mindset with a unified team effort.”

Right behind Asgari, Sophomore Varujan Edwards and Junior Joseph Gregory finished with times of 17:32.15 and 17:48.63.
Junior Devin Ferraria, placing 6th in the meet for Trumbull with a time of 18:36.10, also had something to say about the team: “The Eagles have been working tremendously hard since June,” said Ferrari, “The top seven have shown amazing improvements throughout the summer. We have definitely bonded as a team and I am excited to see what the future has in store for us.”


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