A Golden Performance Coast to Coast

Christine Jorquera ’18 Kayleigh Fleming ’18 EE Contibutors While most students were on vacation or just at home during spring break, members ofthe choir took a trip out west to San Francisco. The More »

Lucky Number 7: BICEN 2018 Stampedes States

Ethan Bachand ‘18 EE Co-Managing Editor In a competitive world, streaks are and will continue to be the pinnacle of a greatness. The concept of staying at the top of one’s game More »

Model Congress Takes It To The House

Ethan Bachand ‘18 EE Co-Managing Editor Jessica Parillo ‘18 EE Co-Editor in Chief As the first quarter ends, it is just the beginning for the Trumbull High School Model Congress team, under More »

THSGEMB Marches in Style

Jessica Parillo ‘18 EE Co-Editor in Chief When the Golden Eagle Marching Band performed at their first competition on September 16, they were almost unrecognizable. Gone were the familiar white jackets and More »


A Golden Performance Coast to Coast

Christine Jorquera ’18
Kayleigh Fleming ’18
EE Contibutors

While most students were on vacation or just at home during spring break, members ofthe choir took a trip out west to San Francisco. The choir performed at Grace Cathedral, Mission Dolores Basilica, and Stanford University. Besides performing, here were opportunities to go sightseeing as well.

Highlights of the trip included, visiting the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Monterey. When there was free time, members of the choir would walk on the pier and through the streets near their hotel. Senior Julie Spillane commented on her experience out in San Francisco.

“In San Francisco we woke up super early because we did so much everyday. My favorite things were our visit to Alcatraz and getting free time to hang out in parks or on the beach,” she said.

First Stop Philly, Next Stop D.C.

Lindsay Adams ’18
Derek Marble ’18
EE Contributors

The THS We The People Team, pictured here at the States. Photo courtesy of Katie Boland

On Thursday, March 29, Trumbull High School’s We The People team traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a three-day research trip in preparation for their national competition at the end of April. Accompanied by their advisors – Ms. Boland, Ms. Kremzar, and Mr. Margonis –  27 students spent their time in the City of Brotherly Love having calls with BICEN alumni turned lawyers, embarking on a Constitutional scavenger hunt, and visiting some historical sites along the way as the prepare for the national competition at the end of the month.

Lawrence Zhang, a member of Unit 5, found the trip to be very useful in terms of getting focused for Nationals. He relates, “After our victory at the State Competition, the class got to take it easy for about a month while we waited for the new round of questions to come out. It is no secret that getting back into the swing of things has been difficult, however, this trip definitely put my unit right back on track.”

Take Me Back to School, Country Roads

Derek Marble ’18
Lawrence Zhang ’18
EE Contributors

West Virginia Teachers on strike March 4, 2018

The nine day West Virginia teacher strike ended on Tuesday, March 6, making national headlines. The men and women that have refused to return to the classroom were outraged at their low pay and almost non-existent healthcare benefits. Despite the Governor raising teacher salaries slightly just before the strike started, the general consensus of those participating in the strike was that their living expenses and health-care benefits were still less than adequate. Pictures of the passionate teachers flooding the state capital captured just how turbulent the situation was, and led to national support for these administrators of knowledge. On the 5th day, teachers stormed the capitol building, chanting “We’re not gonna take it.” Members of the West Virginia State Senate were certainly sympathetic to their initial pleas, however, as relayed by Mitch Carmichael, President of the state senate, “West Virginia simply does not have the funds to allow for the proposed raise.”  

Raving For Radio Silence

Rebecca Horton ’21
EE Contributor

What if everything you’re supposed to be isn’t what you want to be? This is the question Radio Silence by Alice Oseman aims to answer. With the release of her third book, I Was Born for This, on the horizon (set to be released in May of 2018) all are scrambling to reread this testament to Osemans writing ability.

Oseman released her first book in July of 2014, when she was only nineteen years old. Since then, she has released Radio Silence, her most critically acclaimed book to date. The book follows the life of teenager Frances Janvier as she struggles to balance her promising academic career with her “social” life. Frances, who has always been a top student and is basically guaranteed a spot in the most prestigious universities, has her world turned upside-down when she befriends the unusual Aled Last, who also happens to be the mastermind behind her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Radio Silence contains everything that makes a YA novel great. It has relatability, love, diversity, and emotion- and not to mention puns, lots of puns. The characters carry a certain depth that makes you care about their struggles. And unlike most contemporary YA books, it has an incredible plot. It’s not just about high school drama and romance. It contains thought-provoking plot-points about creating art, being a fangirl, and being yourself- even if you have to discover who “yourself” is first.

Not a single person who reads this book will be disappointed, Goodreads critics agree. “This book was like, the spiritual equivalent of eating a perfectly toasted bagel… [It] was a show of unity to the millennial experience,” said user softlykaz.

Homestretch for Seniors

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

It’s that time of year again. Staying up until 2 AM binge-watching your favorite show. Not doing any homework or studying. Once you’ve finished all of your college applications, school just seems pointless. This serious condition can be commonly referred to as Senioritis.

From a complete lack of motivation to utter laziness, senioritis is every teacher’s worst nightmare. It means more absences, work to catch up on, and making up tests. So how can seniors avoid falling into this endless abyss of procrastination?

1. Know that grades still matter. Even after you get accepted into college and know where you want to go, remember that your college will still receive your second semester grades. If your GPA lowers drastically then some colleges may reduce financial aid and scholarships or rescind their offer so just keep trying!

And the Epic Story Continues…

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

If you’re a Star Wars geek or just a person looking for a decent movie to watch, this electrifying yet heart touching film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is just the movie to get your adrenaline pumping.

From exciting space battles to a mission to save the Resistance from certain doom, the 8th episode in the Star Wars series features just about everything you could ask for in a Star Wars film. Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts off from the last scene in episode 7, “The Force Awakens” where Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown offering Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his original lightsaber. In the meantime, The Resistance is being chased by The First Order and with only a small fleet, they have no choice but to run with The First Order on their tail.

The Reality Behind Net Neutrality

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai presenting net neutrality policy.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard two words come up a lot: net neutrality. There’s been a lot of talk about it on the Internet and in school classrooms. But what exactly is net neutrality? And what does it mean for us if we lose it?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISP’s) cannot favor any specific sites or services on the Internet. This means that they must give access to all websites equally. Therefore, AT&T cannot just decide to make your favorite blog run at a slower speed than Netflix. Essentially, everything that is on the Internet, with net neutrality, is equally accessible by any Internet user. During Obama’s presidency, he and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed regulations to prevent ISP’s like Comcast and Verizon from manipulating internet traffic. On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under a new chairman, Ajit Pai, held a vote on undoing these regulations. In a 3-to-2 vote, the majority chose to repeal the previously upheld regulations.

Writing the Right Notes: Redefining the Common Core

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The Common Core: a group of goals and guidelines for public education established by the government that outlines what has been deemed “important” for the success of all American students in college and beyond. The list calls for proficiency in english, social studies, science, and mathematics. Evidently, it has been determined that these subjects are important enough to a child’s education and success that they be made mandatory in public schools. However, today’s children require more than mere academic success to succeed as independent human beings, rather, the future requires skilled, thoughtful, and unique workers.

While academics are piled on students day after day, many students are found to be underprepared for the working world without the creativity that is found alongside successful workers. The Common Core does not achieve its own goal: the academic subjects it mandates for the success of students are not enough. This dilemma is due to the lack of widespread art education in the nation’s public school system. The arts, by fostering vital skills ranging from creativity to decision making and even independence help create students who are ready for self-driven success. Therefore, art programs must be promoted in America’s education system and be made a mandatory piece of all high school students’ education to better align with Common Core ideals of preparing children for the real world.

Eagles Go Two for Two

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Senior Sports Editor

Senior Jessica Lipinski fending off an opponent.

Expectations for the Trumbull vs. St. Joe’s basketball game were high, but the boys and girls’ teams displayed that they could surpass any bars set by the fans. The competitive environment provided by Fairfield University on Saturday, January 13th pitted the cross town rivals against each other. In a thrilling double-header, with the girls game followed by the boys, Trumbull snatched two victories to improve its records to 10-0 and 8-1, respectively.

The Eagles soared to a 49-32 victory led by Cassi Barbato and Julie Keckler, with eight points a piece. Center Brady Lynch fought hard to regain possession of the ball ending the game with eleven rebounds.

The boys’ 63-61 victory was led by Chris Brown’s twenty-four points. Although the big lead that Trumbull established early in the game was lost, they quickly regained the upper hand on the Hog rivals thanks to the combined 28 points produced by Timmond Williams and Quentar Taylor.

Senior Jessica Lipinski was especially proud of her teammates’ prowess on the court, stating that “We came out strong right from the beginning and played very unselfish. The scoring was even across the board. No one player had all of our points.

Everyone was an equal contributor to the game and with this win we are now 10-0, which is a record that we are very proud of.”
The girls will face Westhill High School in an away game while the boys will defend their home court against the Vikings on Friday 1/26. Come support the Eagles!

College and Career Forum Shares New Insight

Photo courtesy of Julia Gold

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Managing Editor

For the fourth year in a row, the ACE Foundation’s College and Career Readiness for Success Forum was held January 3rd in the auditorium. The event featured not only returning panelists such as Tom Tesoro, Vice President of Human Resources at Standard Motor Products, and moderator Mr. Eric August, but new voices including all the graduated and current students, and even the mother of a graduate and current student.

The knowledge the group shared with the audience ranged from experiences in the school system and lessons already learned in college, to what colleges and later, employers, will be looking for students upon graduation and beyond. As intimidating as thoughts about life that far ahead might be, the eight student panelists were prepared to reassure any worries. The graduates especially were proof that the students in the audience would get through their stressful search for success.

“I went through a lot of phases where I didn’t know what I wanted to do in high school…I ended up really committing to the fact that I was going to go into medicine…but I realized that wasn’t for me” Cristina Catana, Class of 2017, said.

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