Monthly Archives: April 2021

PTA Reflections Winners Announced

Isa Lee ’23
EE Staff Writer 

Trumbull students have a place to showcase their talent through the National PTA Reflections program. Reflections provides opportunities for recognition in the arts and boosts self esteem. Every year, over 300,000 students, nationally, participate  in creating original pieces through various art categories in the program. 

This program was originally designed to help students explore their talents and go beyond their mere walls of everyday life. This is a way for teens and kids to express themselves in something they love.

This year, the theme was I Matter Because…  This theme was designed to help everyone remember why they matter and how they are important, especially because of the challenging year everyone has been through. 

In this contest, there are many different categories such as dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. 

Zdena Quinn, Reflections chairpersons for Frenchtown, Madison, and Trumbull High school has been a big asset to this program. She has been encouraging students for years to explore their talents and express themselves, while running the program. 

There is always at least one creation each year that takes my breath away”, said Quinn. “One of my favorites was a submission the year that ‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…..’ was the theme. I think the child was in first grade, they drew a picture of their mother and their artist statement said, ‘The world would be a better place if we all listened to our mommies’.”

Students submit their artwork to Local PTAs for initial judging. In Trumbull, school-level judging occurred in January and then all local Connecticut PTAs submitted their 1st place winning entries to the State Office. The state announced their winners in March and the top entries from our State PTA Reflections contest advanced to National PTA for the final round of judging. National PTA winners are announced each May.

The deadline this year for the submissions was December 21 and a few of many applicants were chosen as winners for the 2020-2021 year. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 winners!

In the dance category, there was one award. Rachel Weintraub won first place for her piece called Dance Positively Unafraid

In the photography category there were four winners. In first place, Olivia Ray; second, Christina Arduini; and tied for Third Johannes Rysse and Aidan Brunt. 

“The picture I submitted was taken on a holiday we celebrate in my culture, Diwali”, said sophomore Olivia Ray, who has been doing Reflections since third grade. “It was taken from a low angle to show all the clay lamps reflecting on the floor. I chose it because my culture is a big part of who I am and I want to embrace it. It shows how different cultures around the world are important too and diversity is what makes us all so great.” 

El Peligro y Contaminación de Plástico

Caitlin Ghent ’21
EE Contributor

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our Eagle’s Eye en Español series

¿Sabes que la producción de plástico se ha duplicado en los últimos cincuenta años? ¿O el hecho de que la persona normal come setenta mil micro plásticas1 cada año? El problema de la plastico solo está creciendo en el mundo y la contaminación es muchísima peligrosa para todos.

Muchas personas usan plástico por su conveniencia, pero no comprendan que están contribuyendo al problema. Bolsas desechables son más fáciles para ir de compras o contener comida, porque no es necesario limpiarlas después de que son usadas. Sin embargo, las bolsas de plástico son usadas por doce minutos de media, pero necesitan mil años descomponerse2. También, las botellas de agua de plástico son más fáciles en la vida cotidiana porque las personas no necesitan llenarlas o limpiarlas. Aunque estos ejemplos son muy obvios, hay muchísimas otras cosas que son usadas en la vida diaria. Por ejemplo, plástico está en maquille y esponjas. En general, el uso principal del plástico es por la conveniencia de la gente. 

Si estos son los usos, es crucial mencionar los impactos negativos y dañinos que causan. El impacto en los animales es escandaloso3. De hecho, cada año el plástico está matando más de un millón de aves marinas y animales. Las acciones de los seres humanos tienen horrible efectos a los animales. Pero no sólo son animales marinos. Hubo un elefante en India que murió porque comió bolsas de plástico. Aunque este hecho es triste, la verdad es que hay muchas personas que no les importa el medio ambiente o animales. Sin embargo, el uso de plástico también tiene malas consecuencias para los seres humanos. Químicos en plástico pueden absorber en el agua subterránea4 o directamente en el cuerpo humano. Algunos de estos químicos pueden alterar hormonas o crear otros problemas de salud. Además, hubo un estudio publicado en Environmental Pollution, y ellos aprendieron que muchas superficies5, como platos, se acumulan micro plásticos. Muchas personas en el mundo están comiendo plástico sin darse cuenta. En total, hay muchos impactos peligrosos que causan los plásticos. 


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