Category Archives: Features

Beware of Technology Spies

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Technology has infiltrated everyone’s home in the modern world, but what many do not know is that their handy new gadget may only be the guise of a household spy. More devices and applications are storing, recording, and even transmitting personal information. Although many such scenarios can be avoided, the terrifying reality is that major companies and even criminals have a front row seat to ins and outs of one’s life.

Although it is difficult to quantify how many people are victims of this abuse, it is estimated that about 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have had digital stalkers in the United States. Digital stalking often occurs through a user’s cellphone or laptop. Several apps allow remote access to messages, GPS, cameras, and more. Despite laws against stalking, digital spying frequently occurs through legal apps allowing the tracking of children or phones, making it challenging to take legal action.

Mobile phone and computer applications are a serious threat to privacy. Although many are disguised as trackers for children or phones, they are marketed as having uses for tracking spouses or partners. This is the case in many domestic violence incidents.

Hard work and Leadership Prepares Marching Band for a Successful Season

Harrison Bowen ‘19
EE Contributor

The Marching Band is conceivably one of the most prestigious programs at Trumbull High School with its multiple Regional Championships and appearances in events such as the Macy’s day parade. However, the Band takes time and commitment with the intense practice and preparation required.

The students’ dedication begins even before school starts. The Marching Band has one of the most intense summer programs at the High School. “Summer Camp” is a two week period at the end of August that has members working from 9am to 9pm. The scorching heat and intense exercise makes the days challenging.

“I remember breaking down into tears because I honestly hated it so much, but my parents didn’t let me quit, and I’m glad that I stuck around,” said Freshman Katie DeRose.

The days at camp are split into three blocks with lunch and dinner breaks in between. Although they are given time to eat, the band members are expected to continue practicing.

“Neighboring schools have as short as three day camps and it’s not as effective. We outshine them in competitions and it’s because we endured the pain and persevered through the two weeks while they didn’t put the time in,” said DeRose.

Hope for Pluto

Pluto holds uncertain fortunes: planet or dwarf plantet?

Amaya Mikolic-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Most students currently in school would agree that Pluto is not a planet. This simple idea has been taught since the dwarf planet was demoted from a planet in 2006. Although weak attempts have been made to regain Pluto’s planetary status, none of them were of much gravity. However, on September 13, a University of Central Florida professor proposed a shocking notion that may give Pluto another chance at being a planet.

According UCF professor Philip Metzger, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, there are hundreds of planets in our solar system. He and several coworkers labored through over two centuries of planetary science reports in an effort to unearth exactly why and when the definition of a planet had been altered.

When the International Astronomical Union voted on its definition of a planet, the criteria came entirely out of the blue. As many students are familiar with, the IAU’s measure of whether a celestial body qualifies as a planet is split into three parts: the body must orbit the sun, have a nearly spherical structure, and be the only celestial body in its orbit. The last point, which was the cause for Pluto’s demotion, is what many scientists since the IAU’s decision have disagreed with.

The Eastern States Exposition: A Big succEss

Lambs chilling at the Big E; photo courtesy of Kathryn Wilkinson

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘21
EE Science and Technology Editor

On Tuesday September 25th, the students studying at Agriscience took their annual trip to the Eastern States Exposition. The Big E, showcasing livestock, horses, poultry, and plenty more, was a great opportunity for agriscience students to enhance their knowledge of their specific subject area.

Over the course of the next year, juniors and seniors enrolled in the UCONN ECE Equine and Animal Science course offered at Agriscience will increase their comprehension of feeding and caring for the animals, understanding their anatomy, physiology, and genetics as well as judging and evaluating them. While at the Big E, these students had the opportunity to talk with individuals that raise and show their animals and learn more about their area of study.

How To Survive as a Freshman

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Features Editor

Freshmen year is full of opportunities to fill up as a freshmen, but sometimes it may become overwhelming.

Freshmen year. The first year of high school. A fresh start and a new chapter in life. It can seem scary, but at the same time, exciting.

A month has already passed, and by now the school year has taken full force. With the right mindset, maintaining good grades and staying on task will come easily. Unfortunately, it can also become easy to fall behind on assignments as coursework seems to increase in difficulty. Some anxiety is understandable, but fear not because there are so many ways to be successful. A few upperclassmen voiced their opinions in order to ensure a productive school year for freshmen.

Anushka Gangwar, a senior, believes that balance is key. “One thing to help get through high school is to balance everything,” Anushka explains. “Make sure you do your school work, but don’t make school work all you do.”

Club Officers Look Forward to New Year With New Participants

Students explore the vast variety of clubs THS has to offer; photo courtesy of Aleksandra Misiewicz

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The commons were bustling on Thursday, September 20th, as hundreds of students represented, signed up for, and learned about the world of clubs Trumbull High has to offer at the annual club fair, and many upperclassmen look forward to introducing the freshman class to the many activities available at the school.

Every year, club officers and advisors, equipped with posters, sign up sheets, and snacks,
gather in the commons to attract potential club members. The goal is to give students an opportunity to see the many options they have to get involved in after school activities. Codes to a Google Classroom are often provided by representatives of clubs at the fair, granting students easy access to updates and information for numerous clubs they are interested in participating in or learning more about.

“To be a productive member of the school, go a little outside your comfort zone when it comes to activities in and after school,” advised Link Crew Leader and Treasurer of the Ethics Club, senior Chris Gayda.

Goodbyes

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

I always knew I would be a writer. My passion for print began at a very young age, and, combined with my interest in current events, it seemed inevitable that I would join Eagle’s Eye as a staff writer during freshman year. Now, as a senior and Co-Editor in Chief, I can honestly say that contributing to the newspaper has been a capstone of my highschool career.
From the moment I saw my first article in print, I knew that there was nothing more satisfying than publishing a piece you’ve worked hard to write. From features writer to opinions editor, I’ve been able to explore different styles of writing in an effort to tell the stories of Trumbull High students. As a core editor for the past two years, constructing the paper as a reflection of our school community has been challenging but incredibly rewarding.

My path through the paper was paved by a number of upperclassmen editors who helped me to establish my own editorial voice. This year, I strived to emulate their dedication and ambition as leaders, and it is my hope that our club’s newest members have been able to find their own role models in my Co-Editor in Chief, Manya, and I. Working with this incredible staff has made these past four years truly unforgettable.

Roommate Roulette: How to Find Your New Best Friend

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

Rooming is one of the scariest things to think about when starting college. A lot of time, there is pressure about finding the perfect roommate. Some people are afraid that they just won’t click, and it’ll make rooming difficult and awkward. Overall, the process can be quite stressful, which is why it’s important to not overlook this vital college experience.

Talking to THS alumni has revealed some important lessons when it comes to looking for a roommate. Most importantly, you need to make sure you ask your roommate all of the right questions. The first thing people think when finding a roommate is to try talking to people who have common interests. They don’t think about some of the smaller things; such as what time people wake up, how late they stay awake at night, and how cold or hot they like their room. Simple questions like these are necessary to ask. Otherwise, you might be left irritated at 1 in the morning while your roommate’s still Facetiming a friend.

Summer, Where You At?

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Summer. The one thing that every student wants more than anything. So why does it feel like summer is tomorrow when school’s not quite over yet?

With each day inching towards vacation, freedom, and fun, homework is the last thing on anyone’s mind. It becomes harder and harder to stay focused in class. The motivation to study is nowhere to be found. Teachers unwillingly write assignments on the board. Even the thought of taking finals is sickening.

Around this time of the year, the whole high school enters a funk, and it can get too easy to be sucked into summer filled thoughts while ignoring the pile of work that has to be completed.

So, how do the daydreams of beach days and endless weeks of excitement go away? How can students push through in the home stretch of their year, while keeping up their grades and activities?

Trip to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Sneha Kelkar ’20
Kathryn Wilkinson ’20
EE Staff Writers

Students soaking samples in warm water to disrupt the porous cell membrane.

On May 2, 2018, sophomores from Trumbull High School enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors Biology attended a field trip to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Dolan DNA Learning Center in Long Island, New York.

The first stop on the trip was the Dolan DNA Learning Center in which the students had the opportunity to perform a bacterial transformation lab. To begin, the students learned that an organism can be modified by altering its genes and adding a foreign gene to the organism’s genome (GMO). Scientists can insert a particular gene into a plasmid, a small circular piece of DNA, which is then inserted into the bacterial cell. Once inside the bacteria, the plasmid will divide and be present in all of the Once the plasmid is reentered into the cell via a vector, the bacterial cell will continue its cell division with the new gene inside like normal. With this the host cell will begin to produce the proteins encoded by the gene that was inserted into the plasmid. In the lab the students were able to test this process by adding  a Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) gene into the plasmid. The plasmid, containing the genetic material of the bacteria E.coli, was cut with a restriction enzyme, allowing the foreign DNA to be incorporated into the bacterial genome. In order to transform the bacteria, calcium ions were added and the samples were repeatedly cooled and then heated, which disrupted the porous cell membrane, allowing the pores to open and for the foreign gene to be incorporated fully. Once competent, the plasmids are inserted into the bacteria one with antibiotic and one without. They are then fed and poured onto 4 petri dishes, two of which were antibiotic resistant, containing food (Luria broth). After the lab activity was finished the end results of the lab showed the different reactions and transformations of the cells that were antibiotic resistant. The plates containing growth showed a visible green glow since the GFP gene was successfully transferred into the cell through the plasmid.


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