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The College and Career Center: The Place You Never Knew You Needed

Ali Karpowich ’19
EE Contributor

Ms. Shirley Tyszka and Ms. Samantha Eisenberg outside the College and Career Center

Applying to college can be a very stressful time for seniors. Between the Common Application, the FAFSA, the letters of recommendation, it can all be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, there are two women right here at Trumbull High to help: Ms. Shirley Tyszka and Ms. Samantha Eisenberg.

The College and Career Center is located right next to the Media Center. Ms. Tyszka has been working as the College and Career Coordinator at Trumbull High for 15 years and says the best part about her job is seeing all the kids and helping them through one of the most stressful times in their life.

Throughout the year, the College and Career Center brings in college representatives from all around the country to talk to students. The representatives who visit are generally the college admissions counselors for our area. This means the college representative, who you are talking to, will most likely be reading your application. “It’s a great opportunity to make another impression on the person accepting you into that college,” said Ms. Tyszka.

Coach Bray Reflects on Thirty-Two Seasons

Kelly O’Leary ’19
EE Contributor

Clifford Bray, better known as Buddy Bray, has been at Trumbull High School for a total of 36 years between being a student and physical education teacher, but most importantly, a coach.  Coach Bray has been coaching numerous sports for 32 years, such as baseball, track, volleyball and basketball. Basketball has always been at the top of Coach Bray’s list, but after the many seasons of hard work and dedication,  Coach Bray said it’s definitely time to start winding down.

“I don’t remember the last time I sat down on Christmas with my family and thought to myself ‘Oh, I’m having a great time,’ because I was always thinking about the next practice or big game.” said Coach Bray. He would spend not only his holidays watching film or answering emails, but any additional free time he had as well. Coaching was a full time job and for 32 years, it took a lot of time and effort. Bray said it’s time to start being with his family more, especially his wife whom he referred to as “an angel” after all of the support she’s given him since they began dating in high school.

National FFA Convention 2018: Just One

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE 
Science and Tech Editor

This year’s annual National FFA Convention and Expo was held in Indianapolis, Indiana from October 24th through the 27th. Trumbull Agriscience sent eight students on this once in a lifetime trip to represent Connecticut and the Trumbull FFA chapter. These students included sophomore John Novak, juniors Margaret Brady, Kathryn Wilkinson and Thomas Acri, and seniors Cade Toth, Klaudia Poplawski, Dana Jurgielewicz, and Kaitlyn Marcinko.

This years theme was titled Just One, focusing on the actions that one student can make to leave a long lasting impact on others and also their community. Over 69,000 FFA members were inspired by the words of keynote speakers like the National FFA 2017-2018 President, Breanna Holbert, and also motivational speaker and comedian Kyle Scheele. This year was also incredibly noteworthy because of  president Donald Trump’s address at the final session of this year’s convention. Donald Trump is among the few presidents that have spoken at the convention in person, including Harry S. Truman, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter in past years.

At the convention, students had the opportunity to attend workshops  in order to build skills such as leadership, interpersonal skills, and communication. They could  talk with past national FFA officers and alumni and FFA members from every US state and territory. The convention also boasted a huge exposition full of  vendors. FFA members could talk with numerous colleges and also individuals working in every different field of agriculture.

K-pop, BTS, and Their American Impacts

Rebecca Horton ’19
EE Contributor

Americans have seen it countless times before: stadiums packed with screaming teenage girls, dying in anticipation as they wait to see their favorite band perform live. The instrumentalists are queued in, and the deafening roar of the crowd progressively grows louder. Finally, the first lyrics are sung, but this time they’re in Korean.

Korean pop music, most commonly referred to as K-pop, has gathered a global cult following in recent years. In less than a decade, it has evolved from a small subculture to an almost $5 billion dollar industry.

In America, there’s one band to rule them all: BTS, the all-boy group that has gone as far as any K-pop band can go in terms of leaving a lasting mark on American culture. In fact, as cited by CNBC, “BTS was the No. 1 most tweeted about musical group in the U.S. in 2017, topping Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.”

From being featured on the cover of American Billboard magazine, to being the first K-pop band to debut an album at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts, to collaborating with well-known American singers and songwriters such as Nicki Minaj and The Chainsmokers, there’s no denying the band’s seven members were destined for stardom.

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.


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