Monthly Archives: April 2017

THS Academic Decathlon Takes Gold

Vittorio Colicci ’18
EE Staff Writer

Following unprecedented success in its 2016 season, Trumbull High’s Academic Decathlon team has soared to great heights once again. On Saturday, February 27th, at the Connecticut USAD Championship, it swept the board, earning a record-breaking 63 medals and the title of state champion for a second consecutive year. The bar had been set high, but the team’s hard work and perseverance paid off.

Learning from last year’s victory, team members quickly got to work familiarizing themselves with this year’s theme, World War II. For the months leading up to the competition, there was no shortage in preparation. Lessons held twice a week prepared team members for testing, while comprehensive self-study provided the backbone for knowledge into specialized topics.

Star System Offers Hope for Life

This artist’s impression shows the view from the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. At least seven planets orbit this ultra cool dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth and they are all roughly the same size as the Earth. They are at the right distances from their star for liquid water to exist on the surfaces of several of them. This artist’s impression is based on the known physical parameters for the planets and stars seen, and uses a vast database of objects in the Universe.

Artist’s rendering of the TRAPPPIST-1 system. Depicted are the seven planets and their parent star.

Vittorio Colicci ’18
EE Staff Writer

Since the discovery of the first exoplanet back in 1992, the search for planets beyond our solar system has been on.
Large telescopes set up across and around the globe comb the sky for any candidates potentially harboring alien life. It was using one of these telescopes that scientists, on February 22, announced the discovery of a 7-planet star system named TRAPPIST-1, located about 40 light years away.

A Two-Way Road of Murder: The Detrimental Impact of Violent Video Games on Young Gamers

Arnav Srivastava ’19
EE Opinions Editor


The effect of violent video games displayed among youth.

“Shooting at those guys was just so much fun!”

Over the years, the violent video games industry has established a virtual world with dystopian themes where anyone can be a killer. Unfortunately, many gamers are spending too much time playing the role of an assassin, and unforeseen (and somewhat scary) consequences are becoming present amongst gamers. Nevertheless, the solution is simple: the playing of violent video games need to be restricted and monitored amongst the youth.

FOCUS On What’s Trending

Kate Ariano ’18
EE Features Editor

FocusSenior year: a time when your Focus diverts from school work to trying to Be Cappy. All the BANT about college is almost over and you are ready to Bounce(ball) out of herein The midst of all the chaos of life, you’re just trying to “Always Stay Happy”. But not without first purchasing merchandise from one of the several brands started by your peers! For the guys at Focus Outfitters especially, their senior year is about chasing their dreams.

“Spring” Into Fun Activities!

Anjeli Sambasivam ’18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

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Spring into spring with a myriad of fun activities, ranging from eating ice cream to zip-lining!

When people think of spring, the first saying that comes to mind is, “April showers bring May flowers.”

Instead of sitting inside on a windy spring day, grab some of your friends and have some fun! Here are some activities for those sunny spring days.

1. Go on a hike. Walk down a flower-filled path as you breathe in the crisp spring air. Take some friends and just explore!

After-School Clubs and Activities–Hot or Not?

Teresa Cetrangola ’19
EE Staff Writer


Trumbull High School’s “We the People” team.

So, what is the club or activity that comes out on top? Studies by Public Agenda suggest that in 2004, sports ranked number one as the most popular after-school activity. Out of 100%, sports ranked 54% of the vote. Many of the students taking this survey found this statistic true. Sophomore Ella Williamson, when asked what she thought the most popular after-school activity was, she responded by saying “Sports, especially soccer and football!”

Is Television Going Extinct?

Katie Boback ’17
EE Sr. Entertainment Editor

Netflix TVOur generation has everything at our fingertips. Contacts, social media, the internet, and more recently, our entertainment have been very readily accessible. With so many sources of TV shows and movies on the internet, such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube Red, just to name a few, it isn’t hard to believe that television viewing among teens has been rapidly declining.

According to the, teen television viewer numbers declined twenty percent from 2011 to 2015. With these numbers, it seems likely that TV will soon become extinct altogether. In fact, even Netflix’s chief executive claims that it will be dead by 2030.

Ricci’s Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy




Colonial on the outside and modern within, our barber and cosmetology school began as Ricci’s Academy of Cosmetology in 1992 and converted to Ricci’s TONI&GUY® Hairdressing Academy in September of 2013. Our easy-to-find location in Newtown’s bustling South Main Street Marketplace allows us to serve aspiring hair professionals from Danbury to Bridgeport, Waterbury to Shelton, and everywhere in between. Furthermore, our 7,800 square feet of modern, well-appointed classroom and salon space delivers an upscale feel with decidedly New England flair. Our students, staff, and clientele find our location to be extremely convenient, as the surrounding area is dotted with eateries and some of the most unique shops in all of Fairfield County.

Eagles Dominate the Hardwood

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Co-Sports Editor

trumbull-basketball-celebratesRanked number one in the state. It’s only that the team has a star player, right? Actually, the Eagles relied on an entire lineup of impressive scorers which have a great chemistry, instead of just one player in particular. Claudia Tucci may be a name prominent in headlines, but her teammates Taylor Brown, Aisling Maguire, Julie Keckler were also actively recognized for their selflessness in the game, which has led to an undefeated season record.

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