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A Global Warning about Global Warming

Period 1 Honors Journalism Editorial
EE Contribution

The entire island of Puerto Rico was without power for more than a year.  North Carolina suffered $17 billion of damage due to hurricane Florence. The entire Florida town of Mexico Beach was flattened in hurricane Michael.  And right here in Trumbull, on September 25th, we received 7.3 inches of rain in a little more than an hour. The resulting flash flood forced the school to close for three days, and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the school and the community at large.

The weather is getting weird… and costly.  And the world has reached consensus about the cause.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a report that says if the global temperature continues to increase at the current rate, then by the year 2040, we will reach a tipping point of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

If this was to occur, then the cost of the damage worldwide could reach an estimated $54 trillion, not to mention the impact that it would have on the lives of people world wide–especially the poor and those who live in low lying, coastal areas.  Cities or even whole countries could disappear beneath rising oceans causing refugee crises on an unprecedented scale.

The Paradox of AP’s: Advanced Placement or Added Pressure?

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The end of the school year has arrived, and as students finish up their final exams and get ready for their summer plans, seniors prepare for graduation and what lies in store for them after high school. For many students, this means college.

Throughout their high school careers, students have built their resumés with extracurricular activities, test scores, and their performance in rigorous courses. All of these are important things done in an effort to look like the dedicated, passionate, and caring students that colleges search for. Often times, Advanced Placement (AP) classes play a major role in these students’ competitive journey towards college.

Advanced Placement classes are created by the College Board and offer high school students early exposure to college-level curricula, as well as the possibility to earn course credit at various colleges and universities through high scores (on a 1-5 scale) on standardized examinations. Millions of students across America participated in AP testing this May, and many of them find that so long as they are willing to put forth the effort, the benefits of these courses outweigh any added stress. in an excessively competitive education system, students may often be too pressured into taking on exceedingly stressful course loads.

Sustaining Safety and Security

Kyle Beck ’19
EE  Staff Writer

Students duck heads as the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting are read aloud.

March 14th: A day that changed Trumbull High School forever. Not since the 1960’s have Trumbull students gathered together to engage in a peaceful demonstration to join the national conversation regarding hot topic issues. A sincere tribute to memorialize the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and a way to join with the community to say enough is enough, the walkout was a signal that students at Trumbull High care deeply about their safety and are willing to voice their concerns until this is addressed. And address it they did, with the formation of a student safety committee.

This committee serves the purpose of creating a dialogue concerning school safety between the school’s administrators and students of various grades and backgrounds. The body works to promote dialogue between adults and students alike regarding emergency procedures.

An example of an issue the committee has worked to address is evacuation procedures. Back in early February, a smell caused the evacuation and early dismissal of the student body. The student safety committee has realized that it is imperative that procedures for particular circumstances like this be reconsidered and reevaluated in order to maintain student safety. There is always more that can be done to improve safety in the school community, and upon recognizing this, work has begun by both the student safety committee in addition to the Trumbull High Safety and Security Team to revisit general protocol of unforeseeable future situations involving evacuating the school in order to improve efficiency and fluidity in how these scenarios are handled. We may be one of the larger high schools in the area, but students and faculty have agreed this is no justification for the absence of innovation or even perhaps alteration of evacuation procedures.

How to Finesse College Finance

Arnav Srivastiva ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Welcome to college: never before did striving for your dreams have such a high sticker price. Thankfully, there are a plethora of aspects to counter the daunting task of affording college.

One of the most popular methods of paying for college is definitely student loans. However, student loans are often not the best way to pay for college simply because there are numerous paths to affording college without paying the money bank. Ultimately, student loans just offset the financial burden whereas there are options which can completely alleviate some of the costs of college.

Often times, the college institutions offer financial aid to incoming students in two forms: need-based aid and merit-based aid. Need-based aid is financial aid provided usually throughout all four years of college, determined by the applicant’s family’s financial situation and ability to pay for college without any external monetary aid. It is highly encouraged that most applicants apply for need-based aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to help afford college. Many colleges take a holistic approach on evaluating one’s financial need, including family income, parents’ marital status, siblings, and assets.

Gun Violence Protest Movement Sweeps Nation

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

March 14th, 2018, will go down in history as a lot more than just celebrating Pi Day. In fact, a matter even more irrational was being addressed: the unfortunate increase in gun violence plaguing schools and neighborhoods across the nation.

Facilitated by youth protest organization EMPOWER, the idea quickly caught along for schools across the country to walk out of class for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from a school shooting. Ultimately, Trumbull High School, alongside many other schools, took part in this symbolic movement to demonstrate their support against these horrific tragedies and honor the Parkland victims.

However, it is the purpose of the movement which ensues conflict, as many different schools protested for different agendas and pushed for various degrees of change. Universally, all schools protested to have a nation with no school shootings: a place where everyone is part of a safer and transitively happier community, a place with less hatred and greater help for those in need, and a place where innocent people do not unfairly suffer at the hands of others.

The Reality Behind Net Neutrality

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai presenting net neutrality policy.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard two words come up a lot: net neutrality. There’s been a lot of talk about it on the Internet and in school classrooms. But what exactly is net neutrality? And what does it mean for us if we lose it?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISP’s) cannot favor any specific sites or services on the Internet. This means that they must give access to all websites equally. Therefore, AT&T cannot just decide to make your favorite blog run at a slower speed than Netflix. Essentially, everything that is on the Internet, with net neutrality, is equally accessible by any Internet user. During Obama’s presidency, he and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed regulations to prevent ISP’s like Comcast and Verizon from manipulating internet traffic. On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under a new chairman, Ajit Pai, held a vote on undoing these regulations. In a 3-to-2 vote, the majority chose to repeal the previously upheld regulations.

Writing the Right Notes: Redefining the Common Core

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The Common Core: a group of goals and guidelines for public education established by the government that outlines what has been deemed “important” for the success of all American students in college and beyond. The list calls for proficiency in english, social studies, science, and mathematics. Evidently, it has been determined that these subjects are important enough to a child’s education and success that they be made mandatory in public schools. However, today’s children require more than mere academic success to succeed as independent human beings, rather, the future requires skilled, thoughtful, and unique workers.

While academics are piled on students day after day, many students are found to be underprepared for the working world without the creativity that is found alongside successful workers. The Common Core does not achieve its own goal: the academic subjects it mandates for the success of students are not enough. This dilemma is due to the lack of widespread art education in the nation’s public school system. The arts, by fostering vital skills ranging from creativity to decision making and even independence help create students who are ready for self-driven success. Therefore, art programs must be promoted in America’s education system and be made a mandatory piece of all high school students’ education to better align with Common Core ideals of preparing children for the real world.

Co-ed Isn’t the Best Ed: The Dawn of Girls in Boy Scouts

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Staff Writer

Boy Scouts. For years and years, it has been Boy Scouts. On October 11th, the 107-year-old organization known as the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls will be allowed to join scouting packs, troops, and even work to reach the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Have you ever heard of the Gold Award? How about Eagle Scout? These two awards are the highest rank in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Most people only recognize one, and it is probably the latter. As Harrison Gilberti (‘19), an active member of the scouting program for over 12 years, explains, “the Eagle Scout award is universally acknowledged by society, but what even is the Gold Award?” This is just one of the reasons that many girls wanted this plan of action to take place. One Eagle Scout, Arnav Srivastava (‘19), does not believe that “… allowing girls into Boy Scouts is a step in the right direction.” Rather than allowing girls into the Boy Scouts, he believes that it would be a more logical idea to fortify the Girl Scouts program and make it of equal foundation to that of the Boy Scouts.

A Right Turn For Driver’s Ed?

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Across the nation, finally turning the glorious 16-years-old comes with a dreaded opportunity of its own: Driver’s Education. In order for any highschooler of age to ultimately earn their driver’s license, they must first pass their state’s permit test, and then take a Driver’s Education course as well as gain on-road driving experience.

However, over time, high schoolers have began voicing their discontent with the Driver’s Education license obtaining process, and perhaps for a good reason too.

For one thing, the process of ensuring drivers’ knowledge seems a little illogical. To prove one’s proficiency if the Connecticut Driver’s Manual, one conventionally takes the CT Permit Test prior to Driver’s Ed, whereas the purpose of Driver’s Ed is to have students fully understand all information provided in the Driver’s’ Manual and teach students how to be a safe driver.

Although previously Driver’s Ed was offered before the written driver’s’ test, its current setup is a little strange, since drivers are essentially proving sufficient knowledge by earning their permit, making the class somewhat redundant for the overwhelming number of students who have earned their permit in advance.

PSAT – Practice for Practice?

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Opinions Editor

As the fall trends and styles roll into season, October also brings along the College Board’s renowned PSAT. Being a required assessment taken by freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Trumbull High School, the PSAT has some mixed perceptions by students.As the fall trends and styles roll into season, October also brings along the College Board’s renowned PSAT. Being a required assessment taken by freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Trumbull High School, the PSAT has some mixed perceptions by students.

But first, just what is the PSAT? Officially, College Board’s assessment is referred to as the PSAT/NMSQT, abbreviated for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although the PSAT now sounds significantly more intimidating, it still fits the flawed acronym that most students hold of the PSAT: the Practice SAT.

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