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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.”  

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.

Nukes in the Twenty-First Century

Mike Magut ‘20
EE Staff Writer

The day is August 6, 1945. The citizens of Japan are going through the motions of an average day. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary is happening. It is, by all means, normal. Suddenly, an American bomber jet is seen just over the horizon. The aircraft slows as it reaches its destination, Hiroshima. A great ball of light forms and is overtaken by a massive cloud in the shape of a mushroom. The earth shakes as an entire city is seemingly vaporized. The world has just witnessed the first use of a nuclear weapon.

The introduction of nuclear technology into the military in the mid-1940s was revolutionary. The concept was completely incomprehensible to most people at the time. Whether they were for or against the use of these so-called “nukes,” everyone could agree that the potential damage caused by a nuclear bomb was simply catastrophic.

2017 in Review: The Stories that Shaped Our Year

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Staff Writer

The year of 2017 brought with it political change, international conflict, as well as devastating events in our own nation as a result of hurricanes and, unfortunately, senseless acts of violence. This past year was truly a year like no other, bringing with it dramatic events that shaped our lives politically and socially as each story rose as a headline.

In January, the year was kickstarted with the unforgettable inauguration of Donald Trump. On January 20th, Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. His campaign in 2016 was marked by deep political divisions and sparked controversy among Americans. So, his inauguration was significant as he promised that his agenda was to benefit all Americans. President Trump himself even acknowledged the importance of his inauguration by stating that after that day, “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” This day marked the beginning of a new chapter in our nation’s political history.

Trumbull Percussion rEVOLutionizes Music

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

Winter break isn’t always a time for relaxation. While most students were sleeping in, the Trumbull High Percussion ensemble spent the last week of December rehearsing for over 15 hours in preparation for their 2018 program. This year’s show, titled EVOL, is a musical representation of the struggle between love and evil. Featured songs include “To Be Human” (Sia), “Who dat Boi” (Tyler the Creator), and “Love” (Kendrick Lamar). The music was arranged by writers Henry Gillard and Chris Whyte.
The ensemble will be kicking off the season in style with new System Blue Drums, recently purchased by the school. The update was very well received by the group, who had spent the past two years appealing for new instruments. This year’s lineup will also incorporate 4 marching tom drums, known as “flubs”, which will give the ensemble a unique sound compared to other groups.

“We really appreciate Mr. Horton fighting to get us new drums for this upcoming season,” said Morgan Kiely (‘19). “We are really looking forward to representing the school this year at the Dayton competition.”

In addition to the new equipment, THS Percussion will also be welcoming some new technicians who have experience working at other high schools and even marching with professional drum corps such as Cadets 2. Under the direction of Caption Head Austin Avery, as well as student Drum Captains Will Hnatuk and Rudy Kurup, the ensemble is gearing up for an exciting season.

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 for an extended period of time has always been a difficult challenge, and thus is celebrated and remembered when it occurs.

Yet a streak is measured in two different ways: by longevity and magnitude. The longer a streak runs, the more historic it becomes. The more meaningful and important the victories are, the greater recognition it receives. As rare as streaks are, they become much scarcer when you measure them on both of those accounts. Which is why this year, the Trumbull High School We the People Team (also known as BICEN) cemented its streak as one of the greatest we have ever seen.

On December 18th, BICEN 2018 won its seventh straight state championship. That victory tied the current streak with the longest in Trumbull High School history. Winning 5 out of the 6 units, three of which received perfect scores, the team defeated its rivals Staples and Greenwich by 40 points.

BICEN Spends “Night with the Experts”

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

Trumbull High School’s BICEN class performed very well at their Night with the Experts on Monday December 11th.

All 6 units performed very well, earning great praise from their 4 judges: Principal of Madison Middle School Mr. Peter Sullivan, Mr. Tom Tesoro, Sacred Heart Professor Jennifer McLaughlin, and Sacred Heart Professor Steven Michels. The judges were very impressed with their performances and asked very insightful questions to each of the six units in preparation for their state competition.

The night was filled with heated questioning and passionate responses from the members of BICEN. The issues ranged from the economic and political ramifications of immigration to the issue of compelled speech in the case of a baker refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The issues also “covered a lot of ground,” as Mr. Michels said, in terms of history, as the historic backing used ranged from Enlightenment era philosophers to legislation that is currently being debated in Congress.

The judges seemed very impressed with every unit. “I love what you had to say about the notion of compelled speech”, said Mr. Sullivan to Unit 5 after their remarkable performance. “It was very impressive, the kinds of examples you provided,” said Professor McLaughlin to Unit 2.

Despite all the great performances, the students still need to keep their heads down and focus for their next goal, which is a win at the state competition. “But I also need to tell you this – don’t let it get to your head, you still need to practice and you still need to rehearse,” advised Mr. Tim Tesoro.

Congratulations to Ms. Boland and the entire BICEN Class of 2018 for winning their state competition!


Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

The holidays are quickly approaching! While most people enjoy eating food, one of my favorite parts of this time of year is decorating the table to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This holiday season, spruce up your table with some of these DIY decorations.

Decoration #1: Pinecone Garland
– Pinecones
– Glue (mod podge)
– Glitter
– Twine/String
– Nails/Thumbtacks
– Cinnamon (optional)

1. Pour mod podge into a bowl and pour glitter of choice into a second bowl.
2. Optional: Pour cinnamon into a seperate bowl. Roll pinecones in cinnamon to get that holiday scent.
3. Roll pinecones in mod podge and then roll in glitter.
4. Set pinecones aside overnight until dry.
5. Use nails/thumbtacks to hang up your garland.
6. Optional: Hang up the garland with some fairy lights to add that holiday sparkle!

Model Congress Trumps the Competition

Joseph Piccolo ’18
Summer Zajac ‘18
EE Staff Writers

Members of the Model Congress club in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, November 16th, Trumbull High School’s Model Congress team embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C. to participate in a conference hosted by Princeton University. 26 students took part on the trip, as well as the club’s advisor Ms. Katie Boland and chaperone Mr. Michael Margonis.

The team participated in debates for approximately 25 hours over the course of four days, speaking on topics from the Voting Rights Act and free speech on campuses, to authorized use of the military and solar panels for schools.

To prepare for each conference, students are required to write their own bills ahead of time, and in smaller committees of 15 to 20 people, they are debated and voted upon.

Once a bill has been passed through a committee, there is a chance that it may be introduced in a Full Session of the House or Senate, meaning that it is debated again amongst a larger group of about 70 delegates. 20 out of 26 students had their bills passed through their committees, and seniors Jessica Parillo and Laura Rosales had their bills passed through Full Sessions of the House and Senate, respectively.

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