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Midterm Prep: The Key to Success

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ’21
EE Staff Writer

Many consider midterm season to be one of the most stressful times of the year. But why make these exams more taxing than they need to be? With a few preparation strategies, these tests will become a piece of cake.

  1. Manage your time.

A lot of pre-exam stress is created when one procrastinates on their studying. By managing and organizing the times that you will study each subject, you will never again feel unprepared for midterms. An easy way to do this is to write a schedule, either in a journal, or even on a phone. Additionally, alternating where you study can be extremely beneficial. According to Benedict Carey, changing where you study each day is likely to keep the information in your head longer.

     2) Create a study group.

Everything is better with friends! Turn the dreary task of studying into a more entertaining task by inviting some people over. Not only will this motivate you, but any questions that you have are likely to be answered by at least one of the people with you. Just make sure that the study group actually is productive and not turning into a hangout as they often do.

     3) Complete all of the supplied material.

And The Cows Go Boo

Archana Ajay ‘18
EE Head Lifestyle Reporter

Every year, the Trumbull Agriscience and Biotechnology Center get together and set up Farm Fair. Members of the Trumbull community came to support the Agriscience center, while enjoying all the things that the center has to offer. People toured the farm and visited the horses, alpacas, llamas, and sheep all located at the farm.

“I think what people love most about farm fair are the animals— especially the sheep and the horses!” Makayla Albert, a senior in Animal science, says.

All year, the upperclassmen in Equine and Animal science take care of the llamas, alpacas, sheep, and other animals in the farm, and at Farm Fair, several students help to take care of the animals, cleaning their pens and giving a tour of the farmhouse.

In addition to touring the farmhouse, students got the chance to showcase their own personal, entrepreneurial projects.
Students in the Agriscience center all need to complete an SAE throughout their four years in the program, which can range from volunteer work to creating their own entrepreneurial project.

Students Slay Spirit Week

Seniors Kavya Ganugapati, Neha Rahalkar, Nancie Ziegler, and Megha Shankar

Rohit Gunda ‘21
EE Staff Writer

This year’s Spirit Week, which lasted from October 16 to October 20, was a huge success! Every year, the school community comes together to show their school pride by dressing up each day according to different themes. From people with crazy amounts of face paint to fake dinosaurs running around the halls, this week was surely one to remember.

On Monday, THS participated in USA Day. Students wore red, white, and blue to show school spirit as well as pride for our country. During lunch, the whole cafeteria was a sea of red, white, and blue.

On Tuesday, THS participated in Decades Day, where students dressed in outfits from their favorite decade. Many people wore leather jackets from the 50s, neon yoga pants from the 80s, and tuxedos from the roarin’ 20s. This was a very diverse day with a huge variety in clothing.

During the middle of the week. Wednesday was color wars! Freshmen wore green, sophomores wore red, juniors wore blue, and seniors wore white.

On Thursday, the school held its Sponsor-a Senior Day!.Many seniors wore costumes such as dinosaurs, the queen’s guard, and even boxer. This was a great day to lift many spirits and to give a laugh to those who needed it.

“My favorite part about Spirit Week was being able to dress up as a green M & M for Sponsor-a-Senior. Even though I changed for my college interview later that day, it was interesting walking in with green glitter still in my hair,” senior Sarah Margolnick said.

Finally, Friday was the school Pep Rally. Students wore black and gold to represent our school.

The Phone of the Future…in 2017

Ashley Matera ‘18
EE Contributor

Wireless charging, an all glass design, and the fastest, smartest chip ever. They all seem like things of the future but instead are happening now! These are just some of the features of the all new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. The two new additions to the iPhone family were released on September 22, 2017.

“I like the look of the iPhone 8 and I also like the new upgrades it has,” senior Ramije Egriu said.

Prices ranging from $699 to $949 may stop you from even considering to purchse this phone but the new features make it difficult to stay away. An all new design featuring Apple’s most durable glass, for instance, gives the product extra water and dust resistance.

Improved from older models, both battery life and storage capacity have been increased. The new iPhone can also have between 64 or 256 GB of memory, and the fastest and smartest chip to ever be in a smartphone.

Remembering Our Heroes: World War I

Mike Magut ‘20
EE Staff Writer

Nothing holds more power than our history. Events that occurred in the past have effectively created everything that we have and understand today. All periods of history should be remembered, as they gave us this very world that we have come to know.

Now, as we approach the 100th anniversary of the Great War armistice, it is time to look back at one of the most important events in known history: World War I.

Starting November 17, Central Connecticut State University will host a World War I exhibit in the Burritt Library to commemorate the period of U.S. involvement.

The exhibit contains displays of rare, authentic uniforms and equipment of servicemen and sailors.
A special focus of the display will feature Connecticut veterans and their wartime experience.

The Orionids and More to Come

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Staff Writer

The evening of October 20th featured a spectacular show for everyone who happened to be looking at the night sky. The peak of the Orionid meteor shower, also known simply as the Orionids, sparked star gazers’ interest for more than just its beauty.
According to astronomer Bob Berman from an interview with Doyle Rice of USA Today, these meteors are special because they are actually “fragments of the most famous comet of all time, Halley’s Comet.”

The shower is caused by Earth’s orbit passing through the debris created by Halley’s Comet. This debris is what makes up the “shooting stars” we can see in the night sky. Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office predicts, “Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour.” In comparison to the average, about ten to fifteen meteors per hour, this is a much higher rate.

Model Congress Takes It To The House

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

As the first quarter ends, it is just the beginning for the Trumbull High School Model Congress team, under the direction of advisor Ms. Boland. By the end of a one month span, the club will have participated in three different conferences, the premier trip being to Washington D.C. in mid-November.

The club kicked off their fall competitions on October 21st, when eleven students attended a local day conference at Wilton High School. In preparation for the competition, each individual wrote their own bill addressing a topic of their choice. The day was spent debating issues from students loans to foreign policy, culminating with a crisis committee related to North Korea’s nuclear threat at the end of the conference.

Even for an experienced member of the club, the day conference proved to be rewarding, as senior Shane Carley (‘18) would note. “The Wilton Model Congress Conference was truly a great experience,” Carley recalled, “Not only did I get to spend a day with some good friends but I got to hone my skills in competition. Ultimately, this conference made me more confident in presenting bills.”

Technology Education Students Lead the Race to Innovation

Johnny McLeod driving in heat 2.

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief
Vittorio Colicci ‘18
EE Head Science Reporter

As fossil fuels slowly become obsolete, the application of alternative energies to everyday life is growing increasingly important. Innovations like electric cars will help free us from an unsustainable dependence on gasoline and could revolutionize how we view transportation. Focusing on developing more efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles could be the next step to creating a greener planet.

Recently, Transportation Technology students had the opportunity to build their own alternative energy vehicle and compete in a race at the Berlin Raceway in Berlin, CT. The vehicles (more specifically, go carts) each ran on a one horsepower DC electric motor and two 12 volt car batteries. Led by instructor Matthew Iaccarino, the students drove their way to success as they finished in first place for a second consecutive year.

Young Scientists Explore Secrets of DNA

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE Co-opinions Editor

On Tuesday, May 23, Mr. Winters’ AP Biology Class and Dr. Goodman’s Agriscience and Biotechnology Honors Biology Classes represented THS at Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Although the drive was long, it was well worth it: as Christina On explains, “the trip was an eye opening experience because we got to do things we wouldn’t usually do in a regular classroom environment, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity.”

Upon reaching the Center, students began their learning experience with a hands on laboratory experiment. Students were given the opportunity to expand their science skills by inserting the gene GFP from a jellyfish, which when expressed gives the organism a green bioluminescent property when exposed to UV light, into a strain of E. Coli bacteria. The goal was to experiment with recombinant DNA, and give the E. Coli the desired glowing property by manipulating its system and modifying its genetic code. James Dubreuil admits “it made feel like a real and professional scientist despite being a sophomore. It was really neat seeing a studied concept come together and physically witness an impactful change made by science.” The experiment consisted of professional tools and methods, and was able to give a truly insightful look into a science research-based career.

Samsung Galaxy S8: Super Smartphone!

Manya Kidambi ’18
EE Co-Managing Editor


The Samsung Galaxy S8 is the next phone in Samsung’s lineup.

On March 29, information about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus was finally revealed to the public, giving consumers a myriad of reasons why it may be the most technologically advanced smartphone on the planet. The release date for this new phone is said to be April 21, so look out world, here it comes!

At a starting price of $720, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the market’s most expensive smartphone. There are many reasons why it is priced so high, however.

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