The Trumbull High School Academic Decathlon Team finished 3rd in the Connecticut Academic Decathlon competition held on Saturday March 1, 2014 in Waterbury, CT. Individual team members scored highly in many of the events, taking top honors in several, but an unforeseen absence and an inability to retain all team members in the hastily rescheduled event proved detrimental in the team’s effort to unseat New Fairfield High School as state champs.
Kevin Pacelli ’14
EE Co Editor-in-Chief
A recent cut in funding to Trumbull’s education budget by the Board of Finance may present challenges for next year’s town students, according to Trumbull Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Cialfi.
“This was a significant cut that was made just recently by the Board of Finance,” says Cialfi. “If we are not able to get the increase that we need from the Town Council, this will definitely impact staffing and programs.”
Paulina Howard ‘15
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor
Tender kisses, long hugs under the moonlight, walks hand in hand on the beach, and romantic dinners at fancy restaurants are the common expectations that girls have when Valentine’s Day, February 14th, comes around. Every year, it is the same expectations, some people consider them realistic, while others are just happy enough spending the day in each other’s undivided attention; not having every day responsibilities getting in the way of each other’s affection. But is Valentine’s Day just another Hallmark holiday? Or is it a day that should be celebrated to its fullest, coming up with endless ways to woo your certain significant other? Love is in the eye of the beholder, so it is up to you my friends.
Keerthi Yalamanchili ‘17
While dystopian novels are becoming more and more enticing to the young adult population, only a few have been widely accepted and marveled about by critics and teenagers alike – one of which being Divergent, written by the renowned Veronica Roth.
This engaging novel takes place in a futuristic society split into five factions based on virtues – Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (serenity) and Erudite (intellect). Beatrice Prior, one of many teenagers who must decide what faction they believe suits them best, is torn between choosing her family and her identity. Her jaw – dropping choice surprises everyone, and stirs up trouble as the novel goes on. Tris (the reinvented Beatrice) struggles through a difficult initiation process as well as choices that the average teenager makes today, such as romance and friendship. But the similarities end there, for Tris has a secret that can only cause harm to her “perfect” society. As Tris becomes more and more enthralled with this secret, she ends up with the capability to save the world she lives in – but that would mean destroying herself.
Jack Zhang ’14
EE Co-Editor in Chief
Disappointed couldn’t describe the depth of emotion emanating from Trumbull High students during their bus ride home from Hartford on December 18th. Downright devastated would be more like it. The students had been informed that they had placed second in the We the People state competition, an endeavor the team had prepared for during the entire first half of the year. Teammates leaned on eachother’s shoulders, comforted by their friends, others cracked jokes attempting to keep up morale, others were silent unable to even speak about what had happened.
Trillium Yearbook made history last month as they earned top honors in both the Columbia Scholastic
Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. The 2013 yearbook titled “We Make It
Work,” a humor-based theme centered on how students juggle the various aspects of their daily lives and
was a testament to how students battled unexpected setbacks.
Jack Zhang ’14
If you are one of those daring enough to suggest “Cheerleading isn’t a sport, “then you’ve clearly haven’t seen THS cheerleaders in their FCIAC competition. Tell that to Trumbull High Varsity Cheerleaders who have recently placed top tier with their performance.
Senior Sports Editor ‘14
For 38 ½ years there has been one constant at Trumbull High School. Whether he was teaching or being the Athletic Director, Mr. Herbst was always there with the best intentions of making Trumbull High better. One Thursday afternoon in February I had the honor to sit down for a while and talk to him about what his career at Trumbull High was like.
On January 30, 2014 Trumbull High School held its Fall Sports Award Ceremony and Banquet.
Photos by Ralph DeLuca
EE Senior Sports Editor ‘14
For the past couple of years the Trumbull Lady Eagles basketball team has been a major competitor in the FCIAC, and the 2014 season is no different. So far this year they are 10-6 overall and 9-5 in the FCIAC. Although they haven’t yet lived up to last year’s season where Lady Eagles went to FCIAC finals, this season is not one to overlook. This the team’s offense is off the charts, scoring 50 or more points in 8 of their 14 games up to January 31st, scoring 752 total and averaging 47 points a game. Now, their defense has been pretty solid, only allowing an average of 31.2 points a game and 499 total.