Monthly Archives: January 2016

Winter’s Delightful Fashions

02a27edbe4299fae4dc3cf36cee53ca9Lia Horyczun ’16
EE Co-Managing Editor

As the colder months approach, the typical leggings and sweaters become dreary, while layering becomes necessary to keep warm. Revolt against the typical trend and pull out some pieces from your closet. You can end the year in a classy fashionable manner, and feeling put-together can help with the classic senioritis and sluggishness that comes every winter. Banish those feelings with the simple action of putting on some pretty earrings.

Outfit #1: Rainy Monday

Ugh, rainy days just ruined your plans to wear that new cute dress you have been dying to wear! No worries, because luckily you’ve got a back-up outfit plan.

  • Dark jeans
  • boots
  • Black and white striped shirt
  • Yellow rain jacket
  • Optional: Black umbrella and hair tied back

Sweets for the Holidays

Snickerdoodles-Recipe-1Sandra Mai ’19
EE Staff Writer

As we all know, the holidays are right around the corner and that calls for yummy treats to eat with your friends and family around the fireplace. You can never go wrong with warm and tasty snickerdoodles, especially when the weather outside is pretty cold. With that being said, why not try the recipe below for these delicious cookies!

For this recipe, you will need:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, plus more if needed
  • 2 large eggs

*note: this makes three dozens of 3-4 inch cookies

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°, with one rack in top third and one rack in bottom third of oven.
  2. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper
  3. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add eggs, and beat to combine.
  6. Add dry ingredients, and beat to combine.
  7. Leave the dough in your refrigerator for an hour (or you can overnight) before scooping it
  8. Once dough has chilled, in a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and the ground cinnamon.
  9. Use a small ice-cream scoop* to form balls of the dough, and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place about two inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  10. Bake until the cookies are set in center and begin to crack (they will not brown), about 10 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after five minutes.
  11. Transfer the sheets to a wire rack to cool about five minutes before transferring the cookies to the rack.

One Note at a Time

Zachary Gottschall ’16
EE Staff Writer

Fingerpainting, spelling bees, recess — these are the moments that define our childhoods. That is, for everyone except Nicolas Gomez-Colon. At just eight years old, Nicolas had discovered the inner composer inside him, a part of him that would take him through tough times and provide him the perfect canvas to paint his feelings.

Nicolas’s story began in the fourth grade where, like any fourth grader, he was introduced to the recorder. Most elementary schoolers don’t give much thought to the ten-inch piece of plastic, but then again, Nick wasn’t like most kids.

“I liked the idea of learning with tiny songs, so I started writing my own with all the notes I was learning. I eventually shared the music to my class and then one of my songs was performed in concert. I’ve continued writing since then,” said Nick.

His talent and breadth of musical knowledge have only expanded since. Today, he arranges and composes for choir (his main style), band, and strings, all with only two music theory classes he took at the Regional Center for the Arts under his belt. For Nicolas, it was as easy as riding a bike. Once he removed the training wheels, he’s been able to ride faster, tackling bigger hills and challenges. Oftentimes, the wheels can’t keep up with the pace he’s pedaling at.

World Language Honor Societies Host Annual International Dinner

PierogiKristi Bui ’16
EE Managing Editor

On December 1, the members of the Trumbull High school world language honor societies and clubs hosted their annual international dinner at the senior lounge. All of the clubs and honor societies, including the Spanish, French and Italian honor societies and the Spanish, French, Latin and Italian clubs, helped arrange and set up for the dinner.

The international dinner began with serving food. Students who participated in the dinner brought dishes associated with their ethnicity to share with the rest of the students present. The dinner featured appetizers, main entrees and desserts. A variety of foods from different cultures were served, including cannolis, pizzelles, pierogis, bint al sahn, chips and salsa with queso, meatballs, and other foods.

Hungry vs. Healthy

school-lunch-tray1-featuredGabriella Lindade ’16
EE Contributor

There is a new plate in cafeterias across the United States and it is being served with a side of complaints.

Schools are trimming down the lunch carbs and bumping up the fruits and vegetables, but these new regulations are causing a stir among the students. These “improved” meals brought to our school last year should be nutrient-dense and balanced, but students frequently complain about the soggy scoops of vegetables and mystery meat.

With First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign taking initiative on the school’s meal standards, the trays of food served should ensure that students have the energy they need to learn in class and be physically active. They are also aimed at reducing risk for obesity, diabetes, and other serious chronic diseases among adolescents in the United States . But there is concern that these new regulations provide anything but healthier options. The new slimmed down choices do not provide enough nutrition or calories to growing students, especially those that do sports and spend long days at school without proper food. With our menu change last year students lost their favorite go to snacks, and frequently complain about going “hungry,” yet trays of food get thrown out everyday. So is it really that the new meal options do not contain enough nutrients or are students just not used to healthy foods?

Blue Origin Successfully Creates Reusable Rocket

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE  Staff Writer

rocketIn the past, rockets built to go to outer space could only be used once. This had made space missions very expensive, as each time we needed to go to space, a new rocket had to be built, with the total cost to construct the vehicle being very expensive.

Recently, however, space company Blue Origin had successfully produced and tested a reusable rocket. The rocket New Shepard had taken off in Western Texas and had successfully taken off, travelled 329,839 feet into outer space, and then returned back to Earth and landed upright. The trip ran smoothly as planned and was a success. Named after Alan Shepard, the first person to go into outer space, this rocket is quite different from competition.

The Cup That Stole Christmas: Is Starbucks Ruining Your Holiday Season?

starbucks cupsKatherine Boback ’17
EE Staff Writer

With everything going on in today’s world it may be surprising to see what has the the United States in a controversy so early in the holiday season.  You may have heard about it, seen it, or drank from it.  That’s right, it’s the Starbucks 2015 holiday cup, and it has the online world in a storm.  

Starbucks, the largest coffeehouse company in the world, sparked a throng of controversy when it released it’s new holiday cup on Tuesday, November 3.  Unlike previous holiday designs, this cup sports a plain red body devoid of any holiday-themed decorations.  


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