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Service Dog Changes Student’s Experience

Anushka Gangwar ‘19
EE Contributor

Jayson Caballero THS Class of 2022.

Before, freshman Jayson Caballero was seen as any other Trumbull High student, but now he’s the talk of the school and all eyes are on him since he started bringing Martin, his service dog, into school with him.

Caballero has a service dog for his juvenile type one diabetes and has started to bring him into school, impacting his and his peer’s high school experiences.

Although Caballero has had to live with diabetes his whole life, he has only had Martin to assist him for over three years now. His service dog can detect if his blood sugar drops by his sense of smell and will let Caballero and/or his parents know by getting “excited” to get their attention.

“Ewe” Should Definitely Read This!

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

2019’s newly bred ewe feeding.

As Spring approaches, students enrolled in the Agriscience program know that lambing season is on its way. Each year, the ewes, or female sheep on the farm, are bred in hopes of having adorable lambs on the farm come springtime.

This year at Agriscience, eleven ewes were bred and after 145 to 150 days (about five months), the typical gestation period for a sheep, lambing season had officially started. For all Agriscience students this a particularly exciting time, but for those upperclassmen enrolled in the animal science major, the experience is quite hands on. They not only assist in the birthing process if needed, but they also help in take care of the lambs in the early stages of their life and make sure that all of the ewes remain healthy and well cared for.

Our Town, Our Home, Our School: A Story of Resilience

Kyle Beck ‘19
EE Opinions Editor

Mrs. Kravecs pictured with Miss. Kravecs.

“You are more than good enough, Kyle. Keep writing- you are going to be very successful someday.” On the back of my Honors English 10 essay entitled “Enneagram Response,” a writing project tasked with helping developing sophomore minds try to discover who they truly are, this comment is inscribed. This, I presumed, would be the easiest way for everyone to understand just why I am writing this piece. You see, Mrs. Kravecs–my sophomore year English teacher responsible for those words–left a mark on each of her students. She made her classroom into a nurturing laboratory for introspection and reflection, teaching us about growing up, keeping an open mind, and thinking for ourselves.

For these very reasons, it was heartbreaking to discover that someone so kind-hearted would be diagnosed with Stage IIIb rectal cancer. Looking back on March 20th, 2018, the day she found out, Mrs. Kravecs reflected in the style only described as a teacher caring for everyone before herself when she “immediately thought of [her] girls, who were five and a half years and two and a half months old at the time, and how [she would] tell [her] husband and the rest of our family.”

Almost Two Years In, The Switch Still Stands Strong

Chris Gayda ‘19
EE Contributor

Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con

Recently, I had a friend of mine come up to me in the middle of study hall and ask me a question which I had to ponder for but a few seconds:

“Hey, should I get a Nintendo Switch?”

I immediately replied, “Absolutely.” And while I didn’t go into much detail about why, really, I feel that now is my chance to rectify my missed opportunity during study hall.

The Nintendo Switch, released over one and a half years ago, is a hybrid console that you can use projected onto a screen or in handheld mode. Its main competitors are most commonly seen as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, but the Switch occupies an entirely separate market. While appealing to long-time fans of the company and their products (such as myself), the Switch is a no-brainer for those looking for mobility without sacrificing the quality that traditional mobile games lack.

Exciting InSight into the Red Planet

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The InSight Mars lander touched down on its new home just before 3 PM on November 26th, completing a rapid descent through the Martian atmosphere and its nearly seven month journey across 300 million miles of space. Cheers erupted from Mission Control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and across the nation when signals finally arrived confirming the landing; with this first successful landing of a robot on mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012, there is much to be excited about.

“It was intense, and you could feel the emotion,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a member of the InSight team at JPL. “It was very, very quiet when it was time to be quiet and of course very celebratory with every little new piece of information that was received.”

The Surprising Traditions Behind the Winter Solstice

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

The darkest day of the year is approaching: December 21st, 2018. This annual astronomical phenomenon, known as the winter solstice, produces a day with the least amount of sunlight, and the longest night of the year. On this day, one of the Earth’s poles experiences it maximum tilt away from the sun. On December 21st, at exactly 5:23 PM, the time when we will experience the solstice, the north pole will be tilted away from the sun. This happens twice a year, one time in each pole.

The significance of this event is observed by various cultures. Ultimately marking the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days, it is celebrated differently in each country. It was first recognized by the Pagans thousands of years ago, and has direct ties to the Christmas traditions of today. An emperor by the name of Aurelian established December 25th as the birthday of the “Invincible Sun” during his reign. This was part of the Roman Winter Solstice festivities, also known as Yule. However, in 273, the Christian Church recognized this day as the birth of Jesus, therefore Christianizing the celebration.

Flu Season Arrives

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Staff Writer

As the temperature begins to drop, and retailers stock up on Holiday decorations, we witness the return of two infamous winter “criminals”-those horrible frosted sugar cookies, and flu season. Yes, it’s that time of year where everyone around you is sniffling or hacking up germs. Ah, influenza, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But why does flu season strike in winter?

According to Earth Network, some theories say that the virus itself survives better in the colder, drier conditions of winter, as opposed to the hot and humid conditions of summer. This is because in the summer, the water droplets, which are heavier than the humid air, fall to the ground. In doing so, these water droplets bring the influenza virus with them. On the other hand, the air is less humid in the winter, so the water droplets, and the virus, stay in the air for a longer amount of time.

Awards and fun for Trumbull High at Princeton Model Congress

George James ‘19
EE Contributer

Model Congress team competes at conference hosted by Princeton University in Washington D. C.

Twenty-four members of the Trumbull High School Model Congress team recently competed at the annual Princeton Model Congress conference in Washington D.C, and took home seven awards over the 4 day event.

Model Congress is a simulation of Congress where students propose legislation and debate it using parliamentary procedure, which is very similar to how proceedings take place on Capitol Hill. Each delegate at the Princeton Conference is a part of a specific committee, like Homeland Security or Foreign Relations, where all of the legislation debated is related to topics that would be debated in its counterpart committee in the real Congress.

The Princeton Conference was exclusively for upperclassman, yet there were varying amounts of experience among the group. For some, this was their 6th overnight conference, but for others it was their first. The conference was still a blast for all, even those who were learning during the trip.

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Subtle Appeals of Math

Yash Permalla ‘22
EE Staff Writer

Math tends to elicit moans and groans from plenty of people. Geometry, conics, and integration do not seem like exactly the most intriguing topics at face value. However, Mrs. Capobianco, a member of the THS Math Department, is hoping to change the public perspective with the introduction of a math team to Trumbull High School.

Full of enthusiasm, Mrs. Capobianco remarked, “Manan Manchanda asked that the program get started, since he participated in Mathcounts, and wanted a similar program in the high school. I loved the idea, because I love math! Math is awesome.”

The math team participates in the Fairfield County Math League, a countywide competition consisting of teams from twenty-seven public and private high schools. Each school sends an “A-team” made up of of six students. Only three seniors at most are allowed on an A-team, and there must be at least one sophomore or freshman. Other students can be sent to the competition as the “B-team”, although their scores aren’t counted for the school. The competition is broken up into seven rounds, consisting of six individual rounds and one team round.

The Science Behind The Flood

Adith Velavan ’19

On September 25th, Trumbull experienced flash flooding and over seven inches of rain, the second most in the state, resulting in excessive damage in town. The high school was closed for three days, entire streets and areas were closed, and the fire department responded to 80 calls, rescuing 45 people, according to Assistant Fire Chief Alex Rauso. He went on to describe how the wet roads and ground could no longer hold any more water, and that the torrential downpour filled the storm drains, eventually overflowing and flooding the Town, four to six feet in areas.

Trumbull was hit with a weather event termed a flash flood. A flash flood is categorized as such when it occurs within six hours, in a mostly low lying area, and is often predated by a storm or other rain related event. While these floods can occur in a variety of situations and geography ranging from poorly absorbing soil to volcanoes that cause the melting of glaciers, all of these flash floods are predicated on the fact that they occurred within a short period of time.

Most people learn about rain as a simple process, and in terms of the weather cycle. Water evaporates, condenses, and then precipitates. Much of the evaporation, however, occurs in large bodies of water, which arise as a result of runoff. Due to the hill and valley topography, of Trumbull, the rain pooled in the lower areas of the town, acting as watersheds, and creating flash floods. Moreover, the amount of rain that fell in the short period of time was increased by a scientific process called coalescence, which is when rain droplets join together, as a result of a cold front, to form larger amounts, thereby allowing a greater amount of rain to fall in a shorter period of time.

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