Monthly Archives: May 2017

President Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-News Editor

Last week, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey had served as FBI Director since September of 2013. For one, the President was not pleased with the way the situation with Hillary Clinton’s compromised emails was handled, being one reason for his firing. This sudden dismissal of Comey from his head FBI position also effectively ended all investigations involving ties with President Trump and whether or not his campaign had involvement with the Russian government or other Russian nationals to change the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election.

In a message to Comey, President Trump stated, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” The growing tensions between the investigation revolving around Russia’s interference and President Trump’s assertions about Russia’s noninvolvement clearly heated up into the ultimate action taken by the President last Tuesday.

Woolery Slam Dunks on the Competition

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor

Poetry slam MC’s: “Beans” and Danny Hoffman

Have you ever heard a poem about Donald Trump and Alexa, the Amazon device, using their powers to kill the bees and inevitably Beyonce? Or what about how a past love has shaped you into who you are today? Perhaps you heard the one about the bathroom epidemic and mexican food at school being too hot. As a matter of fact, that is the poem that won the entire Poetry Slam for junior Daejah Woolery last Friday night.  

Woolery expresses that “Most performers I’ve talked to will tell you they always either remember every detail of being on stage, or none at all. This year, I remember every action and I’m glad I do. It;s a highlight of my time at THS.”

Committees Debate at Model Congress Spring Conference

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-News Editor

This week, Model Congress had their second ever school-wide conference. For several hours after school, students debated a wide variety of topics, such as net neutrality, improved rehabilitation in prisons, and mandatory vaccinations for schooling children. Students were organized into two committees: the House Ethics Committee, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

The conference was a great success, with heated debate on a wide variety of topics, allowing our students to use their critical thinking skills and further develop their abilities to be able to think on their feet.

Global Cyberattack: Possible Link to North Korea?

Manan Manchanda ’19
EE Co-News Editor

Earlier this week, a massive cyberattack by a virus known as WannaCry, targeted over 300,000 machines in over 150 countries. The WannaCry virus is a type of ransomware, which encrypts one’s data on their machine and demands a ransom payment in the deep web cryptocurrency called Bitcoin.

Researchers have found possible links between the WannaCry software and a separate virus created by the Lazarus group, which does have connections to North Korea. The connections were found by multiple researchers, most notably, one researcher at Google on Monday this week.

Summer Recipes

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

School is almost over and summer is right around the corner! Here are some delicious recipes to make your summer a little sweeter.

Fresh Frozen Yogurt Ice Pops

Ingredients:

Small paper/plastic cups (or a popsicle mold)
Popsicle sticks
2 cups fresh fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and bananas)
2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt
¼ cup white sugar

College Decisions Have Seniors Heading Off to Unexpected Places

Carly Netting ’17
EE Contributor

University of Connecticut

Many seniors are finding that their choices on where to attend college are not choices that they saw coming. As college decisions are winding down and seniors are starting to plan for their next academic adventures, many are finding that the colleges that they are attending were not schools that they would have seen themselves going to during their years in high school.

“I never saw myself at a state school, and during junior year I was against going to UCONN even though I had never been. Once I visited the school, though, I couldn’t believe how much I liked it and now I can’t be more excited to attend in the fall” senior Natalia Paskevicz said. Paskevicz is not the only one who is surprised by their decision, though. Many students found themselves drawn to schools they never gave a thought to, and now their futures are much different than they originally thought.

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Girl’s Golf Taking Off

Alexa Brown ’17
EE Contributor

Senior Carly Netting practices her swing.

As a less recognized team of Trumbull High School, girl’s golf seems to be making a name for themselves. After defeating Wilton, Ridgefield and Fairfield Ludlowe in their first four matches, the girls golf team is three and one for the season, suffering a loss from only from Fairfield Warde.

“Losing our first match of the season was definitely defeating, but we bounced back very quickly and focused on what we needed to improve upon” said Junior Taylor Brown.

As the season progressed, the girls proved they were worthy of being known and they did in fact create a word around the school.

Mr. Basbagill Supplied With ECE Excellence Award

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor

ECE Economics teacher, Mr. Gregg Basbigill, received the Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction this past month.

You notice it as soon as you walk in the room. The energy, almost electric, is unparalleled to anything you have ever experienced before in a classroom. It flows throughout the room, creating an atmosphere not only conducive to learning, but sparks new life into what some may consider dull topics. Each student that enters is immediately energized, eager to learn whatever the day’s lesson plan entails for them. The source of all this? One devoted, inspirational history teacher: Mr. Basbagill.

An alumni and social studies teacher for 18 years at Trumbull High School, Mr. Basbagill has taught a wide variety of topics, ranging from United States History to Justice and Law. Yet, many would refer to as his niche is Economics. Aftering teaching the ECE (UConn) Economics class for 6 years, he was officially given with the Instructor Award for Excellence in Course Instruction this past month.


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