Category Archives: Lifestyle

Yearbook: See What I Mean?

Archana Ajay ‘18
EE Staff Photographer


The front cover of the THS Trillium’s 2015-2016 yearbook.

Every year, thousands of high school students buy a yearbook in order to preserve the memories from throughout the school year. Trumbull High School prides itself on having some of the best yearbooks in the country. Last year, students were inspired by the theme “Better for It.” Students who have made a difference in their own lives or in the community were showcased in the Trillium. This year, the theme is “See What I Mean?”. Sheryl John, a section leader for Academics, says,  “It’s about how people think 90’s kids are spoiled and self absorbed, but in reality, they’re wrong. It’s a take on how we see the world and school.” The yearbook is full of examples of people’s experiences and how they see classes, sports, and a plethora of other perspectives.  The Trillium should be coming out around May or June, and you can save money by ordering it before January 18, 2017. See the school website for more details.

Fun Fall Activities

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor


Explore fall photography with pictures of pumpkin patches!

1. Get lost in a corn maze. Go to a corn maze with your friends and just explore and have fun.
2. Go apple picking. Stroll through the trees on a crisp fall day as you pick some delicious apples with your family.
3. Host a bonfire. Sit outside around a fire with some friends and talk as you eat some s’mores and drink warm apple cider.
4. Take a scenic drive. Hop into your car and drive down a road surrounded by vibrant and colorful trees.
5. Go pumpkin picking. Whenever you think of fall, pumpkins immediately come to mind. Visit a local pumpkin patch and buy some decorative pumpkins.
6. Go on a hayride. Take a ride in a wagon filled with hay. Sit under warm blankets surrounded by colorful autumn leaves.
7. Go camping. Cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and fewer bugs provide for a wonderful camping experience.
8. Take pictures. With the colorful leaves, autumn is the perfect time for some photography.

Tasty Thanksgiving Treats: How to get stuffed for Thanksgiving!

Archana Ajay ’18
EE Staff Photographer

With Thanksgiving coming right around the corner, it’s important to plan all those Thanksgiving desserts- not just Thanksgiving dinner! For most people, the most memorable part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert. With these quick and easy recipes, your friends and family will be amazed!You Thanksgiving day dessert table will be filled with delicious treats that everyone will definitely enjoy! Start your Thanksgiving day off right by making these delicious (and adorable!) Thanksgiving desserts.


Pictured above are the cinnamon roll turkeys. Use this image as inspiration for your own turkeys!

Recipe #1: Cinnamon Roll Turkeys

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
Various different candy pieces for the eyes, nose, etc. (ex. candy corn and black icing)
15 mini pretzel sticks, cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Separate the dough into 5 separate rolls. To make the neck of the turkey, tuck the dough into the roll. Make sure that your cinnamon rolls are far apart so that they don’t stick together.
3. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. When they are done, cool them on the side for about 5 minutes. Make sure that they are cool to the touch so that the icing and candy don’t melt off.
4. Cook bacon until the bacon is crisp, and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Make sure that the bacon is crisp before cutting.
5. Cut each in half. To make the tail feathers, tuck 4 pieces of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up.
6. Decorate! Drizzle tops of rolls with icing. You can decorate the turkeys with various candies and different foods to make it look like a turkey. Be creative! You can also add pretzels to the bottom of each cinnamon roll to look like a turkey’s feet.
7. Serve and enjoy!

Student Seeks Extra Credit, but Discovers a World of Hidden Treasures

Carly Netting ’17
EE Staff Writer


Priceless opportunities. Senior Natalia Paskevicz takes advantage of her economics extra credit assignment by visiting the Yale University Art Gallery in October 2016. Paskevicz went to see the Jonathan Trumbull exhibit, and found herself looking at Van Gogh’s “Square Saint-Pierre, Paris” priceless work of art. “I would have never known such famous artists had pieces here, and it was cool to unexpectedly see these pieces, and for free.”

Azure skies open up open both creative minds and opportunities for school. The silence in “Square Saint-Pierre, Paris” coupled with the sound of the swirling fall leaves on Yale University’s green allowed senior Natalia Paskevicz to stop and appreciate the world around her.

Although Paskevicz was at Yale to fulfill an extra credit opportunity for her Honors Economics class, she found beauty and culture both inside the gallery and around downtown New Haven. Paskevicz was assigned to visit the Yale University’s Art Gallery to look into town culture in the Jonathan Trumbull exhibit. However, she was surprised to find the works of famous artists, such as Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh scattered throughout the museum. “It was great to get points added to my economics grade, but it was more rewarding seeing priceless works of art that I never knew were so close to home.”

Fantastic Fall Favorites

Anjeli Sambasivam ’18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

lifestyle4To kick off the season, the Eagle’s Eye is scouring for recipes that show what’s popular as the temperatures start to drop! When I think of fall, I think of pumpkin spice and warm apple pie fresh out of the oven. With cinnamon, brown sugar, and juicy apples, these wonderful treats will get you ready for fall. I’m always on the lookout for simple recipes, and when I saw these fall snacks, I was immediately hooked. These quick and easy recipes are great for warming up on a crisp autumn day!

Recipe #1: Apple Crumble
4 Granny Smith apples (cut in half)
¼ cup olive or canola oil
1 stick unsalted cold butter (melted)
8 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup granola
1 pint vanilla ice cream

Top Ten Activities For Summer

bizzaroChristina DeBenedetto ’16
EE Staff Writer

  1. Take a trip into NYC to see a Broadway play.
  2. Go to Six Flags or Lake Compounce.
  3. Set up a tent and a fire to camp in your backyard.
  4. Get a bunch of friends together to have a barbecue.
  5. Go hiking at Sleeping Giant State Park.
  6. Have a picnic at Five Pennies Park (or if you are feeling really adventurous – Central Park in NYC).
  7. Start a neighborhood game of Ultimate Frisbee or volleyball.
  8. Enjoy a day at the beach and start a collection of sea glass.
  9. Go on a scavenger hunt with a group of friends.
  10. Geocaching.

Four Free Apps Every Student Needs To Have To Stay Organized

Martha Hegley ’16
EE Lifestyle Editor

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This app is perfect for the procrastinators. If you, like me, find yourself checking social media or getting distracted while studying, this app lets you enter sites to block for a certain amount of time. For example, if you are tempted to watch Netflix instead of writing your history paper, you can choose to block the website for an hour so that you can write your paper distraction-free. This is available for Mac computers, but there are similar versions for other devices as well.

Tasty and Delightful Summer Treats

Geethika Kodakara ’16
EE Staff Photographer

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For a healthy and easy summer dessert, make some popsicles at home!

You will need:
-Yogurt (either greek or plain, and any flavor you’d like)
-Fresh fruit
-Agave or honey
-Popsicle mold

1)Blend 2 cups of the fruit you wish to use until it turns into a thick, creamy consistency
2)Mix in 2 tablespoons of agave or honey into the fruit blend
3)Add in 2 cups of yougurt and gently swirl the ingredients together (Tip: for a cool tie dye look, don’t mix together all the way, so that there are patches of color left unblended)
4)Pour into your popsicle mold and freeze overnight
5)Run the molds under warm water to remove the popsicles
6)Enjoy your tasty treat!

6 Simple Ways To Get Rid of Stress At Home

Home-and-Office-Organization-IdeasGabby Tropp ’16
EE  Senior News Editor

1) Get Rid of Your Clutter
Studies have shown the more stuff you have in your house, the higher your levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) will be. It may help to get it all in a closet or a bin, but removing all the excess papers and old clothes from your envormonment may help reduce stress levels.

Spring For Smoothie bowls

mango-smoothie-bowl-2Martha Hegley ’16
EE Lifestyle Editor

One of the new breakfast trends that have recently gained popularity are smoothie bowls. If you haven’t heard of these before, it is a mix of a smoothie and toppings that you eat out of a bowl like cereal. These healthy yet delicious bowls are a perfect way to start off spring. With so many delicious combinations to choose from, especially with all of the new fruits in season, the possibilities are endless. Here are two different smoothie bowl recipes to try at home.

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