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Eagle’s Eye Announces Staff for New School Year

 

The Eagle’s Eye
Editors 2019-20

Co Editors-in-Chief
Amaya Mikolic-Berrios
Mishka Kapoor

News/Science Editor
Kathryn Wilkinson

Features Editor
Neya Kidambi

Entertainment Editor
Katie DeRose

Sports Editor
Joshua Dubreuil

A Year in Success

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Features Editor

The 2018-2019 school year has finally come to an end, and now Trumbull must say goodbye to its seniors. They have completed their high school careers and will start anew, initiating the next chapter of their lives some time in their future. With the Class of 2019 traveling all over the country to attend college, incoming freshman begin to prepare for their high school experience, while the sophomores and juniors will start thinking about colleges and life after graduation. Although summer has been heavily anticipated, the end of the year brings a melancholy feeling for many, especially the graduating senior class.

Trumbull High School succeeded in providing students with an exuberantly satisfying year for the graduating seniors. With events such as Sponsor-a-Senior Day, the World Language Cooking Contest, the Poetry Slam, Spirit Week, the musical Chicago, and Trumbull High’s first-ever Fashion Show, there were always numerous opportunities for students to get involved in the community and explore their varying interests.

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 time together. Between the We the People team’s trip to Washington, D.C. and FCIAC playoffs for spring sports, Trumbull High students are certain that they are creating unforgettable experiences. On May 17, 2019, one after school club, Dr. Goodman’s Science Academy, spent their final meeting touring Dr. Robert Langer’s laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and meeting with researchers there.

Science Academy is an after school biotechnology enrichment for freshmen students with a strong passion for STEM, particularly the biomedical fields. After spending their year learning skills such as DNA electrophoresis and genetic engineering, the seven Science Academy students took their science skills to the next level by exploring scientific research at the collegiate level.

Women Still Discriminated in Athletics through Unequal Pay

United States women’s national team.

Maggie LoSchiavo ’19
EE Contributor

The interest in women’s athletics has been on the rise for years. However, despite this expansion, there is a large wage gap in men and women’s sports. This wage gap contradicts the message about equality that the media has been portraying while trying to empower young female athletes, as it make them feel less valued than men.

According to Adelphi University’s Master of Science in Sport Management program, “The top female soccer players earn $177,831 less, or only 14.4% of what the men earn. This comes despite America’s women outshining the men on the field.”

These statistics convey that women are not viewed as equal in sports, despite their effort and competitiveness. The women’s soccer team is actually the most successful team in the world, compared to the men who are only ranked 25th. Recently, the women’s team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about this issue.

The Masterminds Behind Trumbull High School Post Prom

Hannah Auten ‘19
EE Contributor

Elaborate facade of the 2017 THS Post Prom.

Annually since 1988, with a goal to provide students with a safe environment to continue enjoying prom night, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) plans, fundraises for, and executes a beloved tradition: post prom. However, with all the excitement of the party, many fail to realize is exactly how much time and energy people dedicate to the event.

“A lot people don’t realize how big of an event post prom is. The PTSA works hard to ensure everything runs smoothly,” said Britley Learnard, PTSA student vice president and post prom volunteer of two years. “To some, it may seem like everything was easily prepared and that it only took a few weeks to plan, but once the post prom for one year is over, it’s onto planning the next one shortly after.”

According to Christine Mckinney, former president of the PTSA and post prom volunteer of four years, around 550 students attend the event between the hours of 11 PM and 3 AM. That may seem long in itself, but for some volunteers, the ordeal is many more hours. Setting up at 2:30 PM, they stay until 3 AM, only to come back again at 8 AM to clean up. That is just the day of the event; the preparation starts long before that.

Prom Scheduled for The Amber Room: What Our Seniors Should Expect

Cassie Gallace ‘19
EE Contributor

Ticket sales for the prom will be held in the Senior Lounge from April 30 to May 3. Tickets are $90 each.

Senior prom, scheduled for May 31st, is planned to be held at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, unlike many of previous years where it was held at the Aqua Turf Club and the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center.

Miss Kremzar, one of the Senior Class advisors, explained the setup of the venue, saying there will be “intimate seating in separate rooms away from the noise of the main room. It’s a great option for students who want a more toned down environment to eat dinner, for example. There will still be music and they’re beautiful rooms with an outside view.”

A main criticism by students about the dances in the past is the lack of space on the dance floor due to the tables set up on it. However, The Amber Room’s main room has enough space where there will be no seating on the dance floor, so it will be open the entire night.

The Amber Room is an award-winning premier catering venue located in Western Connecticut. As a Danbury landmark, The Amber Room Colonnade has modern architecture and twenty-six meticulously-landscaped acres, according to The Amber Room’s website.

Slideshow: Spring Spirit Week

Photos courtesy of Mr. Ralph DeLuca
EE Photographer

Changes to Graduation Requirements to be Implemented Next Year

Owen Hopwood ‘19
EE Contributor

In an effort to better prepare all students for their unique futures, the Connecticut General Assembly made major changes to the graduation requirements for high school students in Connecticut public schools. Although these changes were agreed upon in 2017, they will only be implemented starting next year for freshmen.

Major changes include an increase in the number of required credits, significant emphasis on flexibility and multiple pathways, less restrictive course requirements, and a new mastery-based diploma assessment requirement, which will take form as an exam.

Whereas, at the moment students must complete a minimum of 20 credits, with the new changes 25 credits would be required. However, guidance has confirmed that the vast majority of students currently reach that number by graduation at Trumbull High, so it shouldn’t be a big adjustment for most.

The specific credit requirements are now significantly different from the traditional study areas that students are used to. Now, social studies, English, and the arts are all in one category called “the humanities.” Then, another category called “STEM” includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is also an added one credit required in health education, with one credit still required in physical education. A mandatory credit in world languages has also been added, along with a credit of mastery-based diploma assessment.

Lost and Found Makeover

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Jenna Schlatter stands near the new lost & found cart located which she manages. It is located in the Senior Lounge.

This year a major change has been made to the lost and found system and Trumbull High School. No longer is this black hole of student possessions shuttered away in an obscure closet. Now, the lost and found items are in a prominent location: the senior lounge. Students are finally able to find their lost items thanks to Jenna Schlatter, the student behind the wonderful transformation.

Jenna, a senior, loves working at the lost and found and decided to move it at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year for easier access.At the end of the semester, she personally cleans and donates the unclaimed items to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America non-profit organization, which aims to provide children facing adversity with adult mentors.

According to Mr. Fisco and Jenna, “This year we actually built the lost and found cart, a metal cart, it’s got a sign on there. We did the commercial in the homerooms for people to see and learn about it. And then we worked together to contact the place where we were going to donate the clothes.”

A Global Uprising

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Student teams begin orienteering exercise at the 2017 CT High School Geography Challenge.

A new club is on the rise at Trumbull High School. A mix of academics and competition, the geography club caters to those eager to learn. Although not a formal club yet, the ACE foundation has sponsored the group’s participation in the Connecticut High School Geography Challenge. THS is being represented by two teams of five students who will compete with high schools around Connecticut.

The competition, held on Wednesday, May 22 at Central Connecticut State University, includes four challenges that test the students’ knowledge of geography as well as the annual theme of the competition. This year, the competitors must be knowledgeable on the topic of global health and disease and should be informed on current developments, such as recent measles outbreaks and anti-vaccination trends. Beyond this, the students must have an extensive knowledge of the physical and human geography of the world.

The two advisors, Mrs. Brienza and Mr. Guertin, are aiming to make the group a formal club next year, after placing in the competition. Currently, the students are gathering information on topics of global health and disease, such as mental health, healthcare, and immunizations, while continuing to study their basic geography in preparation.


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