Category Archives: Opinions

Make Room for Art!

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Features Editor

Think back to your first day of art class in elementary school. Walking into that colorful room and smelling the fresh paper, newly unboxed watercolors, and observing all of the creativity surrounding you. For me, the art room became a beautiful splash of color in an otherwise drab, brick school. When I went on to middle school, that bright and blissful feeling associated with art class followed me. I dipped my hands into fresh clay as I sculpted hummingbirds and learned how to use brushes to give my acrylic paintings texture. Life was good.

Until High School. Until AP classes started. Until endless hours of homework per night became a thing.

Freshman year was a change. I no longer had a period of watercolor painting in art class or making metal rings in Tech-Ed or baking in FACS to get me through the day. Instead, for 8 periods straight, I sat in a classroom and took notes. This year, I was determined to change things. I needed a break in the day.

That’s when I stumbled upon Visual Design during my sophomore year. In the short 5 weeks that I have been in this class, I can assure you that the class feels like a family. Students agree that the curriculum is both fun and challenging and from painting outside to playing art jeopardy, Mrs. Durand and Visual Design have become something I look forward to in the day.

Observations on the High School Hierarchy

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Co Editors-in-Chief

With the beginning of a new school year comes a shift in the dynamic of high school. Seniors have graduated, juniors become the new seniors, and eighth graders, once the kings of middle school, are now the babies of high school. As the convenient scapegoats of the entire school, freshmen become the cause of every upperclassman’s (and even sophomore’s) grievances. A-Hall corner has stop-and-go traffic, lunch lines take an eternity, bathrooms are packed: It’s those dang freshmen again.

When the first day of school begins, anxious students stumble through the doors heading for their advisory classes. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this is a routine and mundane schedule: nearly automatic. Yet for incoming freshmen, bombarded by a sea of link crew shirts, the quest to find the right class is often overwhelming. “What’s ‘No-Name’? Why is C15 in the Literacy Center hallway instead of C-Hall? Where on Earth is M-Wing?” As rising juniors who no longer wander the halls in a stupor looking for their next class, it is sometimes slightly amusing to watch the struggling freshmen.

A Hello

Amaya Mikolic-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief 2019-2020

I have dreamed of becoming a writer since I was ten years old, but only a few years ago did I realize that journalism was the path for me. Ever since, I have done my best to enter the world of reporting. Joining the high school newspaper seemed an obvious for me, and I have loved being a part of the small community since the moment I had my first article published. As a freshman, I was ambitious and strove to make a mark on our school through my writing. I am ecstatic to have been provided with the opportunity to lead The Eagle’s Eye as Editor-In-Chief next year and I know next year is going to be exciting for THS and The Eagle’s Eye.

I would like to thank Arnav and Manan for the endless support they have shown the writers. They have shown that beyond being talented writers, the team at The Eagle’s Eye is a dedicated, passionate group, and I aim to even further enhance the sense of community felt there. A special thanks to Mr. Pelligra, who has guided me and inspired me to achieve my dreams. I know I would not be where I am today without his help. I cannot wait to work with the amazing writers and editors next year to create an evermore successful newspaper that continues to elevate the welcoming environment among students and staff. Enjoy summer vacation, everyone!

Some Goodbyes…

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Editor-In-Chief

Lured into Eagle’s Eye Newspaper as a mere freshman with ambitions of “trying something new,” little did I expect that I’d find myself an avid journalist. Yet one article led to another, and every article fostered a stronger love for writing.

By sophomore year, I found my home as Opinions Editor. Shaping readers’ perspectives with respectful and fair arguments, I was the messenger of truth, encouraging an exchange of ideas from Drivers’ Ed to organic food. Pizza-night in the library (we’re rebel-nerds) bonding with writers/editors as I edit articles and design layout – and I was hungry for more.

As Editor-in-Chief, my plate was full. Forming and coordinating article topics, guiding editors and staff, managing funding, editing articles, developing layouts, pushing deadlines – with my wonderful team, together, we make a more connected Trumbull High School.

Some Goodbyes…

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Managing Editor

They say you are what you eat, and I am not here to argue with them. They seem to be right about most things, and for that I admit that I am a Belvita Breakfast Biscuit. But, when I look in the mirror, who is the Belvita I see? I find that this is the question good writing drives us all to ponder. Do we have cream filling or rather a crisp chocolatey crunch? I myself struggle to answer this very question, and I find I often get bored of one flavor, and switch to perhaps a vanilla or multigrain breakfast biscuit for some time.

It is, so they say, good writing that holds a mirror up to society. Our reflection is found in the works of Shakespeare, the stories of Dickens, the triumphs and plights of religious figures, and, of course, the newspaper. Daily reports of our activities, our relationships, the world around us and our actions and interactions within it. Change and revelations are made when we dare to see ourselves. It is the muckrakers of the late 19th century, the headlines in the New York Times, and the papers put in the hands of citizens in every city, household, and school that are testaments to our very existence, and reflections of our essence. We are fed by the news that writers report, but just as we must be careful eaters, it is the reporter’s job to prepare our meals with care.

The Electoral College: A Relic of the Past

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The Electoral College is a relic of the past, and is a system that America should move past. The Electoral College is one of the most undemocratic practices that goes against many American values such as popular sovereignty and derived power from the people.

The Electoral College was a process put in place by the Framers that is used during presidential elections. This system is one where the states appoint electors to vote on behalf the states residents to determine who becomes President.

In my opinion, this system is very outdated. The Electoral College was put in place in the 1770’s to ensure that only the educated could vote because the Framers felt that the educated were the only ones who could successfully determine the leader of the country. In the opinions of the Framers, the Electors were designed to be well-educated, which meant that they were rich since the rich were the only ones who could afford a good education.

Editorial: The Time is Now to Change School Start Time

Honors Journalism Class ’19
EE Contributors

At the February 26 Board of Education meeting, the public learned that there is a committee looking into options for making a change to the start time at the high school.  Dr. Jonathan Costa, Assistant Executive Director at EdAdvance, one of Connecticut’s six Regional Educational Service Centers, and Superintendent Cialfi both said that the science behind changing the start time for high school students is clear: the American Psychological Association, the CDC, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, were all cited by Dr. Cialfi as institutions who concur.  He also said that the research is there and we “must listen to the medical profession.”

While the research on teenager’s sleep cycle is clear, what is less clear is how to go about making the change.  We recognize that any option would necessarily have challenges in implementation and would require compromises as well as some real adjustments on the part of the community as a whole.  A time change would impact not only students at the high school but at all schools. It would disrupt sports schedules, work schedules, and daycare schedules.

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.

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