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Nine Students Qualify For DECA National Competition

Grace Shay ’19
EE Contributor

Promotional message from the Connecticut Chapter of DECA

On Tuesday, March 5th, the Trumbull High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) Team attended the state competition at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT to compete against 20 other schools for a spot at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. According to DECA founders, DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in career clusters of finance, hospitality, marketing, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The state competition consists of participating public high schools within the state. The students are able to choose which category they would like to compete in. From accounting to retail merchandising, the options vary so students can have a topic that interests them. Within each category, the students can choose if they want to have an individual or a team (two people) decision making event. Regardless of which option they choose, the students are given a case study specific to their business category. They are given thirty minutes to read over the case study and prepare a presentation given to judges who are professionals in the industry.

Senior Switch Strikes Again

Aleksandra Misiewicz ’12
EE Staff Photographer

A handful of Trumbull high seniors drop and add classes to their second semester schedules even after they have applied to colleges.

Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kristen Thompson, thinks students change their schedule because their interests change from junior year when they pick the course to senior year when they actually need to take it.

Hailey Angelucci said straight off the bat that “I didn’t do it so it looks good for college.” Angelucci switched out of video production into bake shop and from film to peace, protest, and tolerance. When asked why, she said “[I] switched because I needed less stress… I did it to make senior year more enjoyable. I changed my mind because I am simply at a different mindset then I was when I chose those classes.”

Unlike Angelucci, Jackie Eid switched partially because of college and partially to ease her senior year. As she balances her job, school, and having time for herself, she decided to drop her eighth period entrepreneurship class so she has enough time to go home and eat before work.

Study Suggests Student Stress

Katie Ventresca ’19
EE Contributor

Whether you’re a freshman trying to navigate the demands of a heavy course load while studying for your first midterm exams, or you’re a senior taking multiple AP classes and juggling the pressures of approaching college application deadlines, a survey of 30 randomly-selected Trumbull High students suggests that a high percentage of THS students may be at “high”’ to “very high” risk of stress-related health concerns.

It is well-known that today’s high school students face a lot of stress: college applications, music and sport commitments, standardized testing, part-time jobs and at-home responsibilities are all contributors. Previous research preformed by stress-researchers suggests that advanced-level courses, a schedule full of after-school activities, and sleep deprivation all contribute to students’ stress levels. One recent THS student survey collected data on how these factors affect Trumbull High School students’ stress levels.

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.


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