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Global Cyberattack: Possible Link to North Korea?

Manan Manchanda ’19
EE Co-News Editor

Earlier this week, a massive cyberattack by a virus known as WannaCry, targeted over 300,000 machines in over 150 countries. The WannaCry virus is a type of ransomware, which encrypts one’s data on their machine and demands a ransom payment in the deep web cryptocurrency called Bitcoin.

Researchers have found possible links between the WannaCry software and a separate virus created by the Lazarus group, which does have connections to North Korea. The connections were found by multiple researchers, most notably, one researcher at Google on Monday this week.

College Decisions Have Seniors Heading Off to Unexpected Places

Carly Netting ’17
EE Contributor

University of Connecticut

Many seniors are finding that their choices on where to attend college are not choices that they saw coming. As college decisions are winding down and seniors are starting to plan for their next academic adventures, many are finding that the colleges that they are attending were not schools that they would have seen themselves going to during their years in high school.

“I never saw myself at a state school, and during junior year I was against going to UCONN even though I had never been. Once I visited the school, though, I couldn’t believe how much I liked it and now I can’t be more excited to attend in the fall” senior Natalia Paskevicz said. Paskevicz is not the only one who is surprised by their decision, though. Many students found themselves drawn to schools they never gave a thought to, and now their futures are much different than they originally thought.

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Mr. Basbagill Supplied With ECE Excellence Award

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor

ECE Economics teacher, Mr. Gregg Basbigill, received the Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction this past month.

You notice it as soon as you walk in the room. The energy, almost electric, is unparalleled to anything you have ever experienced before in a classroom. It flows throughout the room, creating an atmosphere not only conducive to learning, but sparks new life into what some may consider dull topics. Each student that enters is immediately energized, eager to learn whatever the day’s lesson plan entails for them. The source of all this? One devoted, inspirational history teacher: Mr. Basbagill.

An alumni and social studies teacher for 18 years at Trumbull High School, Mr. Basbagill has taught a wide variety of topics, ranging from United States History to Justice and Law. Yet, many would refer to as his niche is Economics. Aftering teaching the ECE (UConn) Economics class for 6 years, he was officially given with the Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction this past month.

Decathletes Shred Through the Competition

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor

This past weekend, the Trumbull High School Academic Decathlon team traveled to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the national competition for the second year straight. Over the course of four days, club members were tested on a variety of scholastic skills and subjects in a culmination of their year long study of World War II.

The club landed on Wednesday night, knowing that their biggest challenge of the year was just hours away from starting. Despite a majority of their agenda was taking exams, Junior Viraj Dongaonkar notes that the purpose of the competition exceeds just the testing room. “While one may say taking a bunch of test is not the most fun thing in the world, Academic Decathlon is much more than that”, said Dongaonkar. “I got to visit the beautiful city of Madison, WI and meet all sorts of new people.”

ModCon Has Bos-TON of Fun!

Ethan Bachand ’18
EE Co-News Editor

Last month, the Model Congress team traveled up to Boston, Massachusetts for the country’s premier competition hosted by Harvard University. Over the course of a 4 day weekend, members debated and proposed legislation on some of the most pressing issues facing America today. This was the first time our club participated in this particular conference, walking away with six awards overall.

Right from the start, the competition was like nothing the club had ever seen before. Even with its biggest contingency ever of 26 students, the massive size of the conference could immediately be seen.

Social Media Bandwidth Changes

iphone-6splus-colorsHaley Lynch ’17
Olivia Bonaventura ’17
EE Contributors

Trumbull High students created an uproar due to the ban of the one thing most important to them, social media. Just a few weeks ago, Trumbull High seemed to have banned all social media.

Students are not happy and have become increasingly frustrated due to the alleged social media ban. It seems that Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram have been blocked. Many students believe that this was put into place to make them less distracted and more focused in class. Understandably, they are not happy about it.

BICEN Charges Towards Nationals

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-News Editor

After a great win at states, the Trumbull High School We the People team is moving on to the national competition.
The Trumbull High School We the People team has been around since the 1980s, and it has gone to the national competition some 20+ times.

Ms. Boland, the current instructor of the class, has been teaching the We the People class for the past 6 years, and the team has gone to nationals ever since.

We the People students are a select 24 from the senior class taking the AP US Government and Politics class. Student selection involves teacher recommendation and even an interview process.

Oh, The Places They’ll Go

Jessica Parillo ’18
EE Co-Managing Editor

On Friday, March 17th, the Trumbull High Theatre Department brought the world of Dr. Seuss to life with their outstanding performance of Seussical The Musical. After months of intense rehearsal and daily practice, the group was thrilled to finally take the stage and showcase their talents for members of the Trumbull community to enjoy.

Under the direction of Trumbull High teachers Mrs. Jessica Spillane and Mrs. Shannon Bolan, students worked to perfect their performance skills to uphold their reputation as one of the top theatre programs in the state of Connecticut. Other members of the production staff included Frank and Abby Root, who directed choreography for the dance ensemble, as well as Jerold Goldstein, who served as a vocal coach.

THS Academic Decathlon Takes Gold

Vittorio Colicci ’18
EE Staff Writer

Following unprecedented success in its 2016 season, Trumbull High’s Academic Decathlon team has soared to great heights once again. On Saturday, February 27th, at the Connecticut USAD Championship, it swept the board, earning a record-breaking 63 medals and the title of state champion for a second consecutive year. The bar had been set high, but the team’s hard work and perseverance paid off.

Learning from last year’s victory, team members quickly got to work familiarizing themselves with this year’s theme, World War II. For the months leading up to the competition, there was no shortage in preparation. Lessons held twice a week prepared team members for testing, while comprehensive self-study provided the backbone for knowledge into specialized topics.

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