Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

I always knew I would be a writer. My passion for print began at a very young age, and, combined with my interest in current events, it seemed inevitable that I would join Eagle’s Eye as a staff writer during freshman year. Now, as a senior and Co-Editor in Chief, I can honestly say that contributing to the newspaper has been a capstone of my highschool career.
From the moment I saw my first article in print, I knew that there was nothing more satisfying than publishing a piece you’ve worked hard to write. From features writer to opinions editor, I’ve been able to explore different styles of writing in an effort to tell the stories of Trumbull High students. As a core editor for the past two years, constructing the paper as a reflection of our school community has been challenging but incredibly rewarding.

My path through the paper was paved by a number of upperclassmen editors who helped me to establish my own editorial voice. This year, I strived to emulate their dedication and ambition as leaders, and it is my hope that our club’s newest members have been able to find their own role models in my Co-Editor in Chief, Manya, and I. Working with this incredible staff has made these past four years truly unforgettable.

Now, as I write my final piece for the Eagle’s Eye, I do so with complete faith in the future of Trumbull High’s student journalists. I’ve been able to watch the paper grow as I myself have grown as a writer, and I’m excited to see where my writing career will take me at Tufts University this fall.

While I’m going to miss the rush of meeting deadlines and the excitement of layout nights, I will continue to apply what I’ve learned from the paper to all of my future endeavors. Thank you to Mr. Pelligra and the Eagle’s Eye for giving me the confidence to speak my voice, and use my writing as an agent of change.

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Editor-In-Chief

The Eagle’s Eye, in truth, has been one of the most rewarding extracurriculars I have ever participated in. I’ve always had a passion for writing, but the ability to write about a plethora of topics ranging from science and technology to parking on the school roof has been simply amazing. In truth, I signed up for Eagle’s Eye by mistake – as a freshman, my awkward self nervously wandered into a club meeting for the school newspaper, when in reality, I had signed up for the Web Team. One print issue later, I knew that this was what my high school experience would revolve around.

To some, staying at school until nearly 9 pm may sound like near torture, but every minute spent perfecting the design of the newspaper was well worth it in the end. As the Managing Editor last year, I had the privilege of being able to start a Science/Tech section in order to promote STEM throughout our high school. I personally believe this has made the paper all the more inclusive and interesting.

Working with Jess as the Co-Editor-in-Chief this year has been an absolute honor. We have been able to put together many issues this year with exciting content and beautiful layout.

As a freshman, I would have never thought in a million years that one day, I myself would be bidding farewell to our beloved newspaper. I am so excited to see what Arnav, James, and Manan will achieve as the Core 3 next year.
And most importantly, I want to thank our advisor, Mr. Pelligra, for all the hard work he has put in for the last four years guiding me through the process of how to write for a newspaper. He has been an integral role to helping us stay organized, and for that, I am beyond grateful.

Endings shouldn’t be sad. They are the start of a new beginning.

As the saying goes, sometimes you have to find the ‘good’ in ‘goodbye.’ I hope to write for The Daily Bruin at UCLA next year and pursue my journalistic passion. My time with the school newspaper has elapsed, but I am so excited for the future of this paper and all the success it will bring to Trumbull High.

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

When you look back on high school, you often find yourself wishing you had more time to do the things you really loved. You ask yourself, why didn’t I spend more time doing this, or why did I not join that club earlier? With that same kind of hindsight, I find myself looking back on my career with the Eagle’s Eye and wish I spent more time with this club.

Along the way, the paper became more than just an outlet for my articles, but rather a place where I would meet and get to know some of the most important people in my life.

Every moment has been amazing, from writing last minute articles to late night layouts. I wish the very best of luck to the new crew taking over next year. Thank you for the memories.

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

To say I will miss the Eagles Eye is an understatement. I came in as a staff writer my sophomore year not knowing what to expect, but being sure that no matter what the topic was, I wanted to write. The paper gave me the opportunity to pursue journalism in a way I never thought I could. Nothing can top the feeling of seeing your own article take the front page of the paper for the first time. Fast forward to the summer after junior year when I found myself at a week long journalism camp at what would be my home for the next four years. UConn holds so many new and exciting possibilities that I cannot wait to explore, but I wouldn’t be able to get there if it weren’t for my involvement in the paper. Good luck to next year’s editors, go making it amazing.


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