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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.

An Advanced Preview

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

With over a week’s worth of snow days racked up, AP students have lost hours upon hours of in-class preparation time for the upcoming exams. Since May’s tests will not be moved, teachers are pressed for time, adjusting curriculum to ensure their students learn the material they need to succeed. So, how can this year’s 972 AP class participates be ready in time for exams?
As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, and in this case, perfect is the goal of earning credit on those AP tests, making all the work worthwhile. So long as a student receives a three or higher out of five total, chances are they can get college credit for that class and/or be considered for higher level courses at most nearly all universities and colleges, according to the College Board.

“Advanced placement classes expose students not only to the workload of college classes, but the style of instruction as well. In APs, students are much more independent. It teaches them time management and responsibility, which are both super important in college” senior Michelle Pavloff said. Throughout her four years, Pavloff has been enrolled in six APs and after May, will have taken five of the exams.

“Curtains” Closes on High Note

Jonathan Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer
Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief
Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

After a successful two week run, the curtains have finally closed on Trumbull High’s 20th musical production. The cast of Curtains: The Musical Comedy Whodunit delighted audiences of all ages over the course of five performances from March 16th-24th.

When the leading lady of a theatre company dies under mysterious circumstances, the entire ensemble of this play-within-a-play is put under investigation by theatre-loving detective Frank Ciolfi. The result? Two hours of fun, drama, and everlasting suspense.

Under the direction of Trumbull High teachers Mrs. Jessica Spillane and Mrs. Shannon Bolan, students worked for three months in order to put on a phenomenal production. Other members of staff included choreographers Frank and Abby Root, as well as vocal coach Jerold Goldstein.

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.

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