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Students Affected by Lack of Sleep

Carmen Phan ’19
EE Contributor

Most students at Trumbull High may probably agree that they do not get enough sleep. According to a study by Jin and Shi, the optimal amount of sleep that high school students are supposed to get is 9 hours. This fact inspired a study that was conducted this January. The purpose was to determine if there was any association between the number of hours that a student slept for each night and their perceived level of healthiness. In addition, students’ perceived stress levels were also examined.

Thirty surveys were given out in the commons as well as the senior lounge of the high school. The surveys asked about the amount of sleep each student received on a school night as well as some questions to determine the amount of stress they were experiencing. Five questions were actually from a perceived stress scale that is approved by the American Sociology Association.

From the study it was found that student may be sleep deprived as the average amount of sleep received each night was 6.21 hours. In addition, the results suggest that as the average number of hours of sleep that a high school student gets each night increases, their perceived healthiness level also increases. During the survey, healthiness was defined as a mix between physical, mental and emotional health. The graph pictured shows the relationship between these two variables.

Agriscience Holiday Shop 2018

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science & Tech Editor

Trumbull Agriscience held its annual Holiday Shop and Plant Sale on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday the 9th. The Agriscience students worked hard planting, growing, and tending to all of the plants included in the sale. This plant sale boasted different varieties of poinsettias, cyclamen, and christmas cactus, which were planted in August, before the school year had even begun. Houseplants, such as spider plants and ferns were a favorite among customers, as well as the wreaths, each decorated by Agriscience students and adorned with a bow.

The annual event showcased not only plants, but also boasted professional and student vendors, as well as a bake sale. All students at Agriscience are required to maintain a project called a Supervised Agricultural Experience, or SAE, throughout their four years in the program. Those who choose to keep an entrepreneurial SAE, for example, are students who run their own business. These students have the opportunity to sell their items at the Holiday Shop. They vended candles, soaps, pottery, and succulents, all of which are homemade or homegrown products.

Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

Michael Cerulli ‘19
EE Contributor

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro personally commends each of the students involved in the Mane event.

$32,014.

That is the total amount of money raised by a determined group of 38 Trumbull High students and six faculty members, who were supported by the Infinite Love charity organization and the entire community of Trumbull.

Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, a volunteer-based charitable organization, seeks to fund research on various forms of childhood cancer. Every year, Infinite Love chooses to focus its efforts on a different form of childhood cancer. In past years, funds raised by this organization have gone to research on Rhabdomyosarcoma, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and Wilms’ Tumor, just to name a few. This year, proceeds will be allocated towards funding Neuroblastoma research, a cancer with survival rates just below 40% when discovered in developed stages.

Infinite Love’s executive director, Trumbull High english teacher Jim McCaffrey, noted in his remarks that fewer than 4% of national level cancer research funding focuses specifically on pediatric care. “Our mission is to bridge the gap in childhood cancer research efforts,” McCaffrey said.

Mock Trial, Real Win

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Features Editor

Two Mock Trial teams from Trumbull High will be competing against various schools across the state in hopes of becoming state champions. Under the leadership of Mr. August, these teams have worked since the beginning of the school year in preparation of the competition held on December 14th, 2018, in Waterbury.

Sophomore Sophie Malin is a big fan of the program and believes that it offers something unique to every participant. “The benefits of mock trial are definitely something that not many students have the opportunity to get: practicing fact based public speaking, backing up your claims, and debating those claims in front of professionals,” she says. “That’s not really something many can experience.”

This year’s case is Andy Archer vs. Detail Security. Andy Archer is a talented college athlete on his way to becoming an Olympian. He comes from a family that obtained the original Connecticut Constitution and held onto it for 134 years. The Archer family received a lot of hate due to keeping the Constitution for so long, especially from a Detail Security employee, Blair Sherman. During an event at the State House in Hartford, Blair Sherman fired a taser at Andy as he rushed inside the building to deliver a letter to the governor. This letter was a message asking to set the record straight about Andy’s family and the Constitution. Before this letter could be delivered, Andy was shot with a taser and severely injured his leg. Now, he can never be as fast of a runner as before, and no longer has the ability to go to the Olympics.

StEIGHT Champs

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

After weeks of hard work and practice, the students of Ms. Boland’s United States Government and Constitutional Studies (also known as BICEN) class finally had the opportunity to put their countless hours of research and practice to the test for their state competition at Central Connecticut State University. Since the beginning of the year, the students have been writing and memorizing essays, learning about the foundations of our country, and looking at how the Constitution and all facets of the United States government apply to everyday life.

Trumbull High School’s We the People team had been the reigning state champions in this competition for the past seven years. On Monday, December 17th, they were looking to continue the streak. Despite the rising competition, most notably Staples and Greenwich, it was definitely not impossible.

The students met and practiced in front of many different judging panels including teachers and members of the Trumbull community, BICEN alumni, and attorneys from the Schulte Roth & Zabel law firm of New York City. The students were asked countless questions and had to present their stance on three complex questions based on their interpretation of the Constitution.

Trumbull Flood Incites Drama with the Drama Club

Neya Kidambi ’22
EE Staff Reporter

Nathan Ayotte and Thomas Leonard rehearse a scene from the THeSpian’s production of The Good Doctor.

On Tuesday, September 25, Trumbull received a staggering 7 inches of rainfall, not only leading to school closings and delays, but damage to Trumbull High School. Entire carpeting needed replacement in the music rooms, while major repairs were needed in the gym flooring and the Robert E. McCarthy auditorium stage.

One group that was particularly affected by this damage was  the THeSpians Club. The club, consisting of aspiring actors and actresses, alongside a dedicated crew, relies on the stage for many aspects of their rehearsals.

The damage of the stage “put a lot of us in stress of the unknown,” Nathan Ayotte, a freshman and actor taking part in THeSpians said. “We didn’t know a lot of things, for we were mostly left in the dark.”

Consequently, Ayotte and his fellow THeSpians were uncertain of when the stage would be reopened. “Overall, a lot of time was spent wondering if we were going to have a show,” says Ayotte. This fear of wondering if the show would go on put an intense amount of pressure on the students taking part in the fall play, worrying that their hard work may not even be showcased.

BICEN’s Road to States

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE Editor-in-Chief

Throughout the years, Trumbull High School has established an impressive record in the BICEN “We the People” program, where seniors debate constitutional issues and modern politics while developing civic responsibility and a greater understanding of the US government. Since THS’s initial participation in the BICEN program 31 years ago, Trumbull has established an impressive record, having earned 7 consecutive victories from 2012 to 2018 to add to their 23 state champions in total.

As BICEN team member George James explains, “there’s a lot of pressure to win States. Eight years in-a-row isn’t going to be easy.” Nevertheless, the daunting task of upholding Trumbull’s reputation in the competition is a challenge that BICEN Class of 2019 is driven to take on. Since the beginning of school year, team coach Ms. Boland has been rigorously training BICEN students to grow as dynamic citizens of our community competent in American history and current events.

“Over the summer, I spent a lot of time learning court cases and American history, and all of this hard work set up a good foundation for our success in class,” explains BICEN member Katie Megale. “During the school year, I’ve been meeting a lot with my Unit, and the more time I spend, the better we perform overall.” Evidently, success stems from hard work, and the students’ determination to win states is clearly demonstrated in their rigorous study of the American government.

Boring Walls Get Some Fresh Faces

Ali Karpowich ‘19
EE Contributor

Photos of past THS Musical productions now hang near the auditorium.

Over the past few years, pictures showcasing athletes had been put up near the gymnasium and throughout the front of the school, but to the surprise of many students, photos from past musicals were hung up in the lobby near the auditorium on Friday, September 21st.

Gabriella Alarcon, a junior and participant in the Spring musical said, “I think it’s a great start on making all the students feel more accepted.”    

“The school wanted to create a much more homey feel for the students and blowing up these amazing action shots of our students really brought a new life to the school” said Mr. Pijar, the Dean of Students. Pijar has been an avid photographer for years and thinks the pictures are “a great spirit and moral boost.”

Mr. Pijar wants all kids in Trumbull High to feel welcomed and thinks that images of students engaged in classroom activities or labs would also spice things up a bit. “The walls are too boring,” he admitted.

Celebrating Sponsoring Seniors

Kyle Beck ’19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

If you walked into Trumbull High School on Thursday, October 25th, you may have noticed something strange. Yes, the apprehension from the upcoming FCIAC competitions for the Boys Soccer Team and Girls Volleyball Team mixed with a nerve-racking Night with the Experts Competition for the We the People Team did rest on the minds of many of our seniors, but this school day was a nice break from the regular routine of everyday life. Why, you ask? This particular Thursday was Sponsor-A-Senior Day.

The tradition of Sponsor-A-Senior has continued through decades of Trumbull High School students, as a day in the spirit week prior to Halloween when seniors can dress as almost anything they choose. Meanwhile, underclassmen are walked to and from each of their classes by these characters, and the crazier the costume, the better. This year’s lineup included students dressing as aliens, FBI agents, flood cleanup crew members, crossing guards, Disney movie characters, celebrities including the Spice Girls, and so much more.

Senior Chris Lepore commented on how much this day meant to him and his classmates. “Sponsor-A-Senior was a really great day. It seemed like everyone enjoyed dressing up. It would have been unfair if they tried to cancel this special day since we haven’t contributed to any of the problems in the past,” he remarked.

Model Congress Starts the Year With Success at the Wilton Conference

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

Twenty-three members of Model Congress ventured to Wilton High School for the club’s first conference of the year on Saturday, October 13, with two seniors winning awards and many others participating in their first committee.

Trumbull and Wilton are part of the ‘Nutmeg League’, a coalition of local high schools that host day conferences. These conferences allow students to become familiar with the procedural nature of Congress, practice structured debate, and prepare for overnight conferences hosted by prestigious universities. They serve as a chance for new members to experience Model Congress for the first time, and for more seasoned participants to enjoy discussion in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Out of the 23 students that attended the conference, 19 of them were brand new to Model Congress,” said club adviser Ms. Boland, pleased by the willingness with which freshmen participated. “These conferences allow new members to get a taste of Model Congress and an introduction to parliamentary procedure and it allows the veterans to work on their skills and showcase their talents.”

The Wilton Conference was a bit unique in that delegates wrote their bills during the day. Those unfamiliar with making pieces of legislation to be presented in committee were afforded the opportunity to work with others to write effective and comprehensive bills. In this way, Wilton was very welcoming to newcomers and served as a great introduction to Model Congress.


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