Eagles Fly Out of the Nest

Mishka Kapoor Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21 EE Editors-in-Chief As this rather unorthodox school year comes to a close, Trumbull High School cannot be more proud of its graduating class of 2020. This class More »

Math Team Performed Better Than Ever In Recent Competition

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20 EE Sports Editor Sai Kolasani ‘21 EE Staff Writer The Trumbull High School Math Team placed 6th out of 29 teams at Wilton High School on February 5th, 2020. More »

Say “Hello” to Bye, Bye Birdie

Neya Kidambi ‘22 EE Features Editor After nineteen years, Bye, Bye Birdie will be coming back to the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre this spring, as the THeSpians prepare for their twenty-second production More »

Living to Serve

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20 EE News/Science/Tech Editor The big red barn adjacent to Trumbull High School is much more than just cows, plows, and sows, contrary to some beliefs. The Agriscience program offers More »

Football Ends Season Reflecting on Strong Growth

Evan Dadson ‘23 EE Staff Writer Marking the end of a season full of highs and lows, the Trumbull High School Eagles Football Team lost their last game of the season 52-7 More »

Veteran’s Day Recap & Interview with a Veteran

Joshua Dubreuil ’20 EE Sports Editor Neya Kidambi ’22 EE Features Editor On Veterans Day, Trumbull High School organized an assembly where twelfth graders and some staff members were able to recognize veterans who More »

 

March is Link Crew Application Month

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

As the first semester ends and spring is on the horizon, many students look for new opportunities to shape their high school experiences— summer internships, jobs, new clubs and activities galore! For the Trumbull High School organization “Link Crew”, this means the beginning of the search process for new student leaders who will welcome and guide incoming freshmen into the next school year.

Responsibilities of Link Crew leaders include showing freshmen around the building and leading them into icebreakers during a summer orientation, helping freshmen find their classes during the first week of school, and leading freshmen into skills necessary for a successful high school career, such as study skills that are taught in the Link Crew’s Cocoa and Cram midterm studying program.

The advisors are Mr. Artese and Mrs. Intemann, who have been organizing and running the program for several years now. They play a significant role in the overall success of the organization and work hard every year to ensure the freshman class is welcomed.

An Observational Study on Standardized Test Scores and Academic Performance

Cole Kurokawa ‘22
EE Contributor

Standardized tests and academic performance, among other things, are considered one of the most important aspects of a student in a college application. Although most, if not all, colleges review each application with a holistic approach, the GPA takes higher precedence since it is considered a reliable metric for academic potential.

Students either dread standardized tests or look forward to taking them. Remember taking the SBAC or the CMT during elementary and middle school? Well, forget about it; the SAT/PSAT is unlike any test you’ve taken before. These tests, especially the SAT, supposedly mean something different. With the argument that entrance exams such as the SAT are not an accurate reflection of a student’s academic ability and with the increase in test-optional schools, I set out to find whether there is a relationship between academic performance and standardized test scores.

For this study, twenty-five  Trumbull High School students were randomly selected and surveyed. Respondents were asked a series of questions on Google Forms regarding academic performance and test scores, in which unweighted GPA and most recent SAT/PSAT scores were collected. Not all students had already taken the SAT; however, every October, underclassmen take the PSAT. Therefore, as a substitute for the SAT score, the PSAT score was accepted. 

Grammy Awards Recap 2020

Abigail Clark ‘22
EE Staff Writer

From Billie Eilish breaking the record of being the youngest artist to win all three major awards in one night to stars honoring the late Kobe Bryant through song and speech, the 62nd GRAMMY Awards were full of excitement, tears, and breathtaking moments.

Starting off the night, host Alicia Keys began: “We’d never imagined in a million years we’d have to start the show like this,” referring to Kobe Bryant, a former NBA legend, who died earlier that day in a tragic plane crash along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna. In addition, to a beautiful remembrance song sung by Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men, many other stars recognized the death of an amazing basketball player and man.

Lizzo opened the show by singing two of her hit songs “Cuz I Love You” and “Truth Hurts.” She had the whole audience in applause and singing along to her incredibly catchy songs. Lizzo took away three awards that night; Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Traditional R&B Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary. She won three of her eight nominations.

Throughout the night there were many more amazing performances especially when Demi Lovato took the stage for the first time since her drug overdose in 2018 performing her debut single “Anyone.” Her extremely emotional performance had the room in tears and applauding her moving comeback.

School Study Shows Negative Relationship Between Screen Time and GPA

Cyrus Asgari ‘20
Jackie Zhang ‘20
Adrien Joseph ‘20
EE Contributors

Students rely on multiple electronic devices for convenient use and social networking on a daily basis, as well as to supplement their education. However, the increasing presence of technology in everyday life also carries associated risks, especially for a developing adolescent’s brain. The increase in screen time may be a contributing factor in limiting the quantity and quality of sleep students receive and detrimental to their academic performance. Our study sought to answer the question, “How does exposure to the screens of electronic devices affect a student’s sleep and academic performance?” 

Over one hundred Trumbull High School students were asked to report the time they spent on their cell phones and other electronic devices, as well as their average sleep. They also indicated their weighted GPA and number of Honors and Advanced Placement classes they enlisted in. 

The majority of students stated that they used their phone the most after school and believed that it interfered with their sleep. The study observed that decreased sleep leads to lower academic performance. It was found that as daily phone usage increased, a student’s GPA will decrease. This demonstrates that student phone usage can be detrimental to both their sleep and academic success, but some students continue to use their phone for extended times. Females’ GPAs were less affected by phone usage than  males’, indicating that males may be less capable of maintaining a high level of academic performance while facing an equal level of distraction from phones while female students are more likely to manage their time more efficiently overall.

Wrestlers Celebrate Senior Night

Aidan Demshak ‘23
EE Contributor

On Wednesday February 5th, the Trumbull High Wrestling Team had their senior night tournament against Fairfield Ludlowe. Senior wrestlers George Bomann, Ben Cousins, Owen Dion, Logan Miller, Issac Ortiz, Jack Ryan, Steven Tabacco, Ben Taubl and JR Vano were honored with senior manager Jeanie Nyguyen. They were given black and gold blankets with their names on it and their parents were given flowers.

The managers also made them posters filled with photos of some of their best moments on the mat. The Varsity wrestlers are now getting ready for several important tournaments coming up including the FCIAC Championships, Class LL, State Opens and New Englands. This year, there have been many important wins and hopefully many more to come before the season ends.

Study Reveals Student’s View of School Lunch

Annika Haakonsen ’20
EE Contributor

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school-lunch initiatives were set into motion back in the early 2010s, school lunch menus across the country have been adjusted to provide better meal choices for their students.

The initiatives were put in place to battle childhood obesity and promote healthier eating habits. However, it is a popular belief among students that, despite the initiative’s good intentions, the quality of the food provided by school cafeterias has decreased, along with the variety of options. Due to these changes, many speculate that students no longer enjoy eating school lunches.

Students in the Trumbull High School commons and senior lounge were surveyed and research conducted through an in-school study attempting to address these questions: Are high schoolers more or less inclined to eat lunches provided by the school? And, why is that inclination?

The ultimate finding of my study was that a majority of THS students do indeed eat school lunches. Additionally, of those students, a majority tend to agree that school lunches are not of overall good quality. This challenged the general speculations that had provided a base for the study. The research also found that despite not liking the school lunches, students saw the school lunch options as being relatively healthy. So, what did this contradiction mean, and why was this additional finding significant?

Political Correctness in a Global Culture

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief

A revolution in communication has recently taken hold of the world. As every statement becomes increasingly politicized, the global conversation has shied away from painful truths and focused its attention on inane yet safe topics. Political correctness: the phenomenon where even ordinary citizens translate their thoughts into undeniably uncontroversial statements sure to protect every group from offense, has provided a mask behind which true crises can hide. 

With the past presidential election, this term has entered the spotlight, though its meaning has greatly evolved since it was first introduced by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Originally used to describe the correct way to enact policies, it has recently become synonymous with ‘hypersensitivity’. Once seen as a benevolent acknowledgement of human differences, it is now perceived as an affront on the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. 

Yet, ultimately, the debate over whether political correctness inhibits or protects people is trivial when it is used to conceal urgent issues. And the hyperbolized need to address every minority group sensitively encourages prescribers to political correctness to deliberately parse for differences between people, often irrelevant to the subject at hand. The ‘squad’ in Congress, as they have come to be called, are identified first by their ethnicities and gender before the liberal policy they support. It is as though their opposition feels a need to preeminently refute any claims that their criticisms stem from the squad’s membership in minority groups rather than simply debating on real time issues in a factual and concise manner. 

@trumbullmemes: The End of the Decade Meets the End of a Town-Adored Instagram Page

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

The announcement posted on @trumbullmemes on Thursday, December 26, 2019, stating that the account would end on December 31 and featuring Tim Herbst, who was an “icon“ for the page.

As 2020 begins, many reflect on a past decade full of historical growth and technological progress. Within the last ten years, American life saw great changes, especially through the rise of touchscreen smartphones and other technology. 

With this digital surge, a wide variety of internet trends developed, reaching all types of people. As the decade progressed, numerous social media sites launched and soon became an instrumental part of American lives. This media has since been used by both global icons and the everyday man, allowing the cultural phenomenon of memes to spread and evolve.

These social media sites even began to serve as local entertainment hotspots for memes, as shown by the widely popular community Instagram page Trumbull Memes (@trumbullmemes). Starting the summer of 2017, this account posted original memes with local twists on topics ranging from the massive flooding of September 2018 to the former grocery store Porricelli’s. 

Gaining over 8,000 followers since its inception, the account became more of a community, with Fairfield County residents of all ages following and getting involved in the account by sharing photos, videos, and stories. However, this sudden popularity was widely unexpected by the account’s creator, who is a member of the Class of 2012 and prefers to keep a low profile and only be referred to as “Tommy.” 

Trumbull Mall Upgrades

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Editor-in-Chief

A general consensus among Trumbull teens is the utter lack of excitement in our small town. We have Westfield Mall, Bowtie Cinemas, a few odd shops here and there, and that is just about it. Yet new changes in our local shopping mall as well as throughout the town suggest that intriguing developments are being made.

As more people succumb to the appeals of online shopping, malls around the world are suffering a similar fate: few customers, empty retail spaces, and bankrupt stores. This trend is no different in the Trumbull Mall, where stores such as Denali, Charlotte Russe, and Tea La La have left. The result is a building full of empty lots with an abandoned atmosphere taking the place of a once lively and entertaining shopping experience. With the ease and comfort with which one can shop without ever needing to leave the house, the future of mall stores is precarious.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro says, “Big box stores just are not the same; people aren’t going to them anymore. This requires the need to add a factor of entertainment, which Seaquest is a great example of. This additional attraction of entertainment brings in customers, not just for the entertainment but for the stores. All around Trumbull, there is a lot of business opening. We are a very business friendly community. We want to attract them to come here and make sure that once they are here, they want to stay.”

Strobel Road Construction

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Entertainment Editor

Connecting Booth Hill Road and Daniels Farm Road, two of Trumbull’s main arteries, Strobel Road is an integral part of our town. However, Strobel is also one of the most dangerous roads in Trumbull, worrying the town about the safety of students walking and driving to the many schools located near the road: Trumbull High School, Hillcrest Middle School, Daniels Farm Elementary School, and Booth Hill Elementary School. The locations of these schools near Strobel makes it inconvenient to address these safety concerns, as construction only adds to the already extensive traffic jams, causing for the issue to be largely ignored until recently.

In 2012, the town began a design for “The Strobel Road Construction Project,” which, after finally receiving state funding for the project, was put in effect in September. The construction was supposed to start in August but was delayed. This six million dollar project is a reengineering and paving project for the entire road and is predicted to take a few years to complete, causing a huge nuisance to the town’s community: parents, students, and citizens alike.


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