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 »

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 »

 

Study Reveals Student’s View of School Lunch

Annika Haakonsen ’20
EE Contributor

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school-lunch initiatives were set into motion back in the early 2010s, school lunch menus across the country have been adjusted to provide better meal choices for their students.

The initiatives were put in place to battle childhood obesity and promote healthier eating habits. However, it is a popular belief among students that, despite the initiative’s good intentions, the quality of the food provided by school cafeterias has decreased, along with the variety of options. Due to these changes, many speculate that students no longer enjoy eating school lunches.

Students in the Trumbull High School commons and senior lounge were surveyed and research conducted through an in-school study attempting to address these questions: Are high schoolers more or less inclined to eat lunches provided by the school? And, why is that inclination?

The ultimate finding of my study was that a majority of THS students do indeed eat school lunches. Additionally, of those students, a majority tend to agree that school lunches are not of overall good quality. This challenged the general speculations that had provided a base for the study. The research also found that despite not liking the school lunches, students saw the school lunch options as being relatively healthy. So, what did this contradiction mean, and why was this additional finding significant?

Political Correctness in a Global Culture

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief

A revolution in communication has recently taken hold of the world. As every statement becomes increasingly politicized, the global conversation has shied away from painful truths and focused its attention on inane yet safe topics. Political correctness: the phenomenon where even ordinary citizens translate their thoughts into undeniably uncontroversial statements sure to protect every group from offense, has provided a mask behind which true crises can hide. 

With the past presidential election, this term has entered the spotlight, though its meaning has greatly evolved since it was first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Originally used to describe the correct way to enact policies, it has recently become synonymous with ‘hypersensitivity’. Once seen as a benevolent acknowledgement of human differences, it is now perceived as an affront on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. 

Yet, ultimately, the debate over whether political correctness inhibits or protects people is trivial when it is used to conceal urgent issues. And the hyperbolized need to address every minority group sensitively encourages prescribers to political correctness to deliberately parse for differences between people, often irrelevant to the subject at hand. The ‘squad’ in Congress, as they have come to be called, are identified first by their ethnicities and gender before the liberal policy they support. It is as though their opposition feels a need to preeminently refute any claims that their criticisms stem from the squad’s membership in minority groups rather than simply debating on real time issues in a factual and concise manner. 

@trumbullmemes: The End of the Decade Meets the End of a Town-Adored Instagram Page

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

The announcement posted on @trumbullmemes on Thursday, December 26, 2019, stating that the account would end on December 31 and featuring Tim Herbst, who was an “icon“ for the page.

As 2020 begins, many reflect on a past decade full of historical growth and technological progress. Within the last ten years, American life saw great changes, especially through the rise of touchscreen smartphones and other technology. 

With this digital surge, a wide variety of internet trends developed, reaching all types of people. As the decade progressed, numerous social media sites launched and soon became an instrumental part of American lives. This media has since been used by both global icons and the everyday man, allowing the cultural phenomenon of memes to spread and evolve.

These social media sites even began to serve as local entertainment hotspots for memes, as shown by the widely popular community Instagram page Trumbull Memes (@trumbullmemes). Starting the summer of 2017, this account posted original memes with local twists on topics ranging from the massive flooding of September 2018 to the former grocery store Porricelli’s. 

Gaining over 8,000 followers since its inception, the account became more of a community, with Fairfield County residents of all ages following and getting involved in the account by sharing photos, videos, and stories. However, this sudden popularity was widely unexpected by the account’s creator, who is a member of the Class of 2012 and prefers to keep a low profile and only be referred to as “Tommy.” 

Trumbull Mall Upgrades

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief

A general consensus among Trumbull teens is the utter lack of excitement in our small town. We have Westfield Mall, Bowtie Cinemas, a few odd shops here and there, and that is just about it. Yet new changes in our local shopping mall as well as throughout the town suggest that intriguing developments are being made.

As more people succumb to the appeals of online shopping, malls around the world are suffering a similar fate: few customers, empty retail spaces, and bankrupt stores. This trend is no different in the Trumbull Mall, where stores such as Denali, Charlotte Russe, and Tea La La have left. The result is a building full of empty lots with an abandoned atmosphere taking the place of a once lively and entertaining shopping experience. With the ease and comfort with which one can shop without ever needing to leave the house, the future of mall stores is precarious.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro says, “Big box stores just are not the same; people aren’t going to them anymore. This requires the need to add a factor of entertainment, which Seaquest is a great example of. This additional attraction of entertainment brings in customers, not just for the entertainment but for the stores. All around Trumbull, there is a lot of business opening. We are a very business friendly community. We want to attract them to come here and make sure that once they are here, they want to stay.”

Strobel Road Construction

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Entertainment Editor

Connecting Booth Hill Road and Daniels Farm Road, two of Trumbull’s main arteries, Strobel Road is an integral part of our town. However, Strobel is also one of the most dangerous roads in Trumbull, worrying the town about the safety of students walking and driving to the many schools located near the road: Trumbull High School, Hillcrest Middle School, Daniels Farm Elementary School, and Booth Hill Elementary School. The locations of these schools near Strobel makes it inconvenient to address these safety concerns, as construction only adds to the already extensive traffic jams, causing for the issue to be largely ignored until recently.

In 2012, the town began a design for “The Strobel Road Construction Project,” which, after finally receiving state funding for the project, was put in effect in September. The construction was supposed to start in August but was delayed. This six million dollar project is a reengineering and paving project for the entire road and is predicted to take a few years to complete, causing a huge nuisance to the town’s community: parents, students, and citizens alike.

December Holiday Fun

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

December marks the end of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the countdown to Winter Break. With holiday festivities, annual traditions, and a new year right around the corner, this month is busy and exciting for many. Eagerly anticipated snow falls, bright decorations are hung up, and smiling shoppers hurry to buy gifts for friends and family.

Everyone spends the holiday season differently, making this time of year especially unique. Some choose to be surrounded by family, some celebrate with friends, while others travel to warm and sunny places for their vacation. Junior Joelle Nutter and senior Navya Ajay share their December holiday plans in the following interviews:

What are your plans for the upcoming December break?
Joelle: “Over Winter Break my family usually takes at least one day to go skiing. Actually, my brother, my dad, and I go skiing, while my mom stays in the lodge. She doesn’t like the cold!”
Navya: “I am probably going to be finishing applying to college, and then celebrating Christmas with my family.”
Do you and your family typically do the same thing every winter break?

Indoor Track Begins a New Season With High Hopes

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Senior Sports Editor

As winter sports are finally starting, the Trumbull High School Boys’ Indoor Track Team had their first official practice on Thursday, December 5th. Their first meet of the season is on December 20th, at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut. The captains of the team are Junior Joseph Gregory, Senior Daniel McKeon, Senior Evan Seymour, and Senior Andrew Spillane.

Indoor track consists of many events. There are jumping events, such as high jump, long jump, and pole vault. There are also running events, including sprinting and distance.

Students who enjoy sprinting often participate in races such as the 50m; the 300m; or relays, such as the 4x200m or the 4x400m. Conversely, students who like long distance running more often race in events such as the 1000m, 1600m, or the 3200m. There is also a throwing event: shot-put.

A nice feature of the team is that unlike other sports, there are no cuts. As long as one shows up to practice everyday with a good attitude, he will be able to participate, without having to worry about performing better than his peers in order to make the team.

2019: A Year in Review

Abby Clark ‘22
EE Staff Writer 

2019: one more year has passed and yet another one is beginning. From sports to music to trends, this last year of the decade was packed with new experiences and memories. 

Starting off 2019, in the sports arena, the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl against the Rams, tying with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins. Tom Brady told CBS News, “‘It was an unbelievable year.’” 

This quote was not only about football. In the summer, the USA Women’s Soccer Team made the country proud when they won their fourth title. Their win was a hard earned, well deserved one. In another area of sports, the Washington Nationals baseball team won their division and had all their fans wild. 

Yet sports wins were not the only hits during 2019. As far as movies go, there were many new films that took people’s emotions for a ride. At the top was Avengers: Endgame, a well awaited movie that made close to $3 billion globally and had fans on the edges of their seats. All over social media, directors, stars, and more raved about the movie’s astonishing twists and turns. 

Insights on the Class of 2019’s First College Semester

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Entertainment Editor

Arnav Srivastava

Just as the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year is wrapping up at Trumbull High, Trumbull High’s most recent alumni, the Class of 2019, are finishing up their very first college semesters. To weigh in on this, Arnav Srivastava ‘19 and James Gallo ‘19 share their insights on the adjustment between college and high school with the THS community. Srivastava is currently studying Bioengineering at Harvard University, while Gallo is studying Theatrical Design and Production at Carnegie Mellon University.

What activities did you participate in when you were in high school? What activities do you currently participate in at college?

Arnav Srivastava— “During high school, I participated in The Eagle’s Eye, Academic Decathlon, Boy Scouts, Math Team, and BICEN, alongside some other activities! At Harvard, I’m involved in an engineering and synthetic biology club. I’m also doing a fellowship under a program called Effective Altruism, which focuses on effectively giving back to communities.”

James Gallo— “In high school, I was in the marching band, Thespian Society, BICEN, Tri M Music Honors Society, and NHS. Currently, as a Drama student, I am required to work on every production that The School of Drama puts on. I’ve worked on lighting, painting, props, costumes, and scenic building so far for all of the shows that have gone on this season. I’ve worked on about 5 shows.”

Swim Team Calls for Student Support

Hannah Adams ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Swimmers Lauren Walsh, Julia Nevins, Ashleigh Piro, Mia Zajac, and coach Bill Strickland at the CT State Open Championships on November 23rd, 2019

It is very well-known that Trumbull High School has a large variety of sports that students can participate in. From football to tennis, practically every sport is available to the student body. Along with the enjoyment of the sport for the players, there is also great excitement in watching a football game, and a very entertaining spectacle to behold when attending a soccer game.

However, it seems that only these certain sports get the most coverage and support, when in fact other sports deserve the presence of loud cheering and camaraderie. This includes swim, a sport that requires great endurance and stamina and provides great tension, suitable for the entertainment of any audience. Watching the swimmers glide down the lanes at amazing speeds, wondering with an anxious excitement who will be the first to touch the edge of the pool, attracts sports fans of all ages. Yet very few people come to support the high school swim team despite all of their success in the duration of the fall season, proving that this team is one of the best the school has ever seen.

During their season, the girls’ swim team was able to place 13th out of 51 teams in the state of Connecticut, placing as one of the best in the league. Yet they do believe that they could perform better and work harder with more people from their town to support them at their swim meets.


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