BICEN’s Road to States

Arnav Srivastava ’19 EE Editor-in-Chief Throughout the years, Trumbull High School has established an impressive record in the BICEN “We the People” program, where seniors debate constitutional issues and modern politics while More »

Girl’s Volleyball Team Are FCIAC Champs!

Manan Manchanda ‘19 EE Co-Editor-in-Chief After an electrifying win in the semifinal against Ludlowe, Trumbull Girls Volleyball competed in the FCIAC championship on Saturday, November 3rd. The girls had an impressive performance More »

Celebrating Sponsoring Seniors

Kyle Beck ’19 EE Senior Opinions Editor If you walked into Trumbull High School on Thursday, October 25th, you may have noticed something strange. Yes, the apprehension from the upcoming FCIAC competitions for More »

The Eastern States Exposition: A Big succEss

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘21 EE Science and Technology Editor On Tuesday September 25th, the students studying at Agriscience took their annual trip to the Eastern States Exposition. The Big E, showcasing livestock, horses, More »

Club Officers Look Forward to New Year With New Participants

Eric Sorge ‘19 EE Co-Managing Editor The commons were bustling on Thursday, September 20th, as hundreds of students represented, signed up for, and learned about the world of clubs Trumbull High has More »

New Turf, New Results?

Adam Tolk ‘19 EE Contributor The boys’ soccer team’s home games will no longer be played in McDougall Stadium, but rather on the new turf field in a whole new setting. No More »

Torrential Rain Floods THS

James Dubreuil ‘19 EE Co-Managing Editor Tuesday, September 25th seemed like it was going to be a relatively normal day at Trumbull High. Most students knew that it was supposed to rain, More »

 

Model Congress Starts the Year With Success at the Wilton Conference

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

Twenty-three members of Model Congress ventured to Wilton High School for the club’s first conference of the year on Saturday, October 13, with two seniors winning awards and many others participating in their first committee.

Trumbull and Wilton are part of the ‘Nutmeg League’, a coalition of local high schools that host day conferences. These conferences allow students to become familiar with the procedural nature of Congress, practice structured debate, and prepare for overnight conferences hosted by prestigious universities. They serve as a chance for new members to experience Model Congress for the first time, and for more seasoned participants to enjoy discussion in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Out of the 23 students that attended the conference, 19 of them were brand new to Model Congress,” said club adviser Ms. Boland, pleased by the willingness with which freshmen participated. “These conferences allow new members to get a taste of Model Congress and an introduction to parliamentary procedure and it allows the veterans to work on their skills and showcase their talents.”

The Wilton Conference was a bit unique in that delegates wrote their bills during the day. Those unfamiliar with making pieces of legislation to be presented in committee were afforded the opportunity to work with others to write effective and comprehensive bills. In this way, Wilton was very welcoming to newcomers and served as a great introduction to Model Congress.

K-pop, BTS, and Their American Impacts

Rebecca Horton ’19
EE Contributor

Americans have seen it countless times before: stadiums packed with screaming teenage girls, dying in anticipation as they wait to see their favorite band perform live. The instrumentalists are queued in, and the deafening roar of the crowd progressively grows louder. Finally, the first lyrics are sung, but this time they’re in Korean.

Korean pop music, most commonly referred to as K-pop, has gathered a global cult following in recent years. In less than a decade, it has evolved from a small subculture to an almost $5 billion dollar industry.

In America, there’s one band to rule them all: BTS, the all-boy group that has gone as far as any K-pop band can go in terms of leaving a lasting mark on American culture. In fact, as cited by CNBC, “BTS was the No. 1 most tweeted about musical group in the U.S. in 2017, topping Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.”

From being featured on the cover of American Billboard magazine, to being the first K-pop band to debut an album at No. 1 on the US Billboard charts, to collaborating with well-known American singers and songwriters such as Nicki Minaj and The Chainsmokers, there’s no denying the band’s seven members were destined for stardom.

Beware of Technology Spies

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Technology has infiltrated everyone’s home in the modern world, but what many do not know is that their handy new gadget may only be the guise of a household spy. More devices and applications are storing, recording, and even transmitting personal information. Although many such scenarios can be avoided, the terrifying reality is that major companies and even criminals have a front row seat to ins and outs of one’s life.

Although it is difficult to quantify how many people are victims of this abuse, it is estimated that about 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have had digital stalkers in the United States. Digital stalking often occurs through a user’s cellphone or laptop. Several apps allow remote access to messages, GPS, cameras, and more. Despite laws against stalking, digital spying frequently occurs through legal apps allowing the tracking of children or phones, making it challenging to take legal action.

Mobile phone and computer applications are a serious threat to privacy. Although many are disguised as trackers for children or phones, they are marketed as having uses for tracking spouses or partners. This is the case in many domestic violence incidents.

A Global Warning about Global Warming

Period 1 Honors Journalism Editorial
EE Contribution

The entire island of Puerto Rico was without power for more than a year.  North Carolina suffered $17 billion of damage due to hurricane Florence. The entire Florida town of Mexico Beach was flattened in hurricane Michael.  And right here in Trumbull, on September 25th, we received 7.3 inches of rain in a little more than an hour. The resulting flash flood forced the school to close for three days, and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the school and the community at large.

The weather is getting weird… and costly.  And the world has reached consensus about the cause.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently released a report that says if the global temperature continues to increase at the current rate, then by the year 2040, we will reach a tipping point of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels.

If this was to occur, then the cost of the damage worldwide could reach an estimated $54 trillion, not to mention the impact that it would have on the lives of people world wide–especially the poor and those who live in low lying, coastal areas.  Cities or even whole countries could disappear beneath rising oceans causing refugee crises on an unprecedented scale.

Hard work and Leadership Prepares Marching Band for a Successful Season

Harrison Bowen ‘19
EE Contributor

The Marching Band is conceivably one of the most prestigious programs at Trumbull High School with its multiple Regional Championships and appearances in events such as the Macy’s day parade. However, the Band takes time and commitment with the intense practice and preparation required.

The students’ dedication begins even before school starts. The Marching Band has one of the most intense summer programs at the High School. “Summer Camp” is a two week period at the end of August that has members working from 9am to 9pm. The scorching heat and intense exercise makes the days challenging.

“I remember breaking down into tears because I honestly hated it so much, but my parents didn’t let me quit, and I’m glad that I stuck around,” said Freshman Katie DeRose.

The days at camp are split into three blocks with lunch and dinner breaks in between. Although they are given time to eat, the band members are expected to continue practicing.

“Neighboring schools have as short as three day camps and it’s not as effective. We outshine them in competitions and it’s because we endured the pain and persevered through the two weeks while they didn’t put the time in,” said DeRose.

Mrs. Spillane Brings the “Razzle Dazzle” to the Stage

Ali Karpowich’19
EE Contributor

THS students shown rehearsing for the 2018 production of Curtains.

Next stop for Chicago, one of the longest running shows on Broadway: Trumbull High School’s stage. In the spring of 2019, THS will produce Chicago the Musical: School Edition.

Mrs. Jessica Spillane ㅡ a Connecticut High School Musical Theater Award winning artistic director ㅡ is returning for her 21st year working with THS students. “The storyline itself has not been touched, but some language has been changed to be less jarring,” says Mrs. Spillane, explaining how the Broadway version is different from the High School version. “We went with the version to be more in the comfort zone of a high school.”

Chicago focuses on the media portrayal of two women who have committed horrible crimes. “It was so different back then, even though these women committed heinous crimes, they were painted as celebrities,” explains Mrs. Spillane.

“Working with Mrs. Spillane is always incredible. Every time I work with her I always learn something new. She is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met and I am honored she has given me so many opportunities to learn and create,” says Harrison Gilberti, a senior at Trumbull High.

Social Issues Dominate This Year’s Fall Fashion

Gabriella Perez ’19
EE Contributor

Designer Jeremy Scott protests the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The 2018 autumn fashion week was during the midst of various social justice campaigns such as Time’s Up, #Me Too, and Everytown for Gun Safety. Designers are currently using their creative platforms to speak up on these important issues.

Popular fashion houses like Prada and Alexander McQueen are releasing designs centered around these issues. This year’s autumn fashion line has an odd twist of hyper elegance and a slap of inspirational messages. Designers are pushing their message of wanting to make women feel good, protected, and unstoppable so they can go out and conquer the world.

Head designer of Moschino, Jeremy Scott showed his support against Brett Kavanaugh during his New York City fashion week show. Scott wore a white tank top with the phrase “Tell Your Senator NO on Kavanaugh 202-902-7129.”

In an interview with Vogue UK, Scott said, “These are aggressive times. We need to ensure that we keep LGBT rights, women’s rights, women’s reproductive rights, and affirmative action – there’s a lot at stake right now.”

The MLB’s Checkbook Champions

Greg Kaufmann ’19
EE Contributor

The Boston Red Sox have the highest payroll in Major League Baseball.

As October approaches, the MLB playoff hunt thickens, and champagne bottles pop as the league’s most deserving teams punch their tickets to the postseason. To achieve this feat, each contending team has a talent-filled roster with some of the league’s highest paid stars, thus creating massive team payrolls for contenders that are well over the league’s median. The correlation between the league’s top clubs and the highest payrolls is extremely strong, and it begs the question: Is a high payroll in the MLB worth it? And how can low-budget, small-market teams compete with the deep pockets of teams like New York, Boston and Los Angeles?

Frankly, it’s worth it to pay the big bucks, as according to Sportrac.com, nine out of the league’s fifteen teams above the $141 million median salary are teams in the playoff hunt. Undoubtedly, winning does not come without a price. The impact of high salaries on the team’s success is clear, as the league’s best team, a 103 win and 47 loss Boston Red Sox team, boasts both the league’s most impressive record and highest payroll, at $228,333,860. With this salary, the Red Sox have made a statement about the justification of paying anything to win. The Red Sox have splashed on expensive free agents in order to capitalize on a talented, young core of players before they too demand outrageous salaries. Other top performing and top payroll teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, and New York Yankees, to go along with the Sox, are not hard to find. The MLB’s group of winners is also the group with the deepest pockets.

Infinite Love For Kids Fighting Cancer Teams Up With THS Students and Teachers

Christina Abriola ’19
EE Contributor

Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, a locally known group fighting against childhood cancer, is run by one of our own teachers, Mr. McCaffrey. “[We do it] for the kids that do not have the chance anymore or lost their battle to cancer. You just need to live your life to the fullest everyday and remember things could be alot worse.” said Jaime Tolk, a Junior who cut off 10 inches of her hair and donated it for the cause.

Forty-one students and 6 teachers have teamed up with local hair salons and the Infinite Love organization to either cut off their hair, portions of their hair, or shave their head completely to help make wigs. This was Jaime’s third time cutting and donating her hair. She said being on the track team really inspired her to do this. Once she heard on the announcements that she could donate through the school, she knew that was exactly what she wanted to do. This is important to her because her track coach plays a huge role in the organization and he lost his daughter to childhood cancer.

Tolk said she went into the hair salon feeling excited but a bit nervous. She had been waiting for this day since May of last year. With all the fundraising they did since then and finally getting to cut her hair, she says it couldn’t have been better timing with September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Hope for Pluto

Pluto holds uncertain fortunes: planet or dwarf plantet?

Amaya Mikolic-Berrios ‘21
EE News Editor

Most students currently in school would agree that Pluto is not a planet. This simple idea has been taught since the dwarf planet was demoted from a planet in 2006. Although weak attempts have been made to regain Pluto’s planetary status, none of them were of much gravity. However, on September 13, a University of Central Florida professor proposed a shocking notion that may give Pluto another chance at being a planet.

According UCF professor Philip Metzger, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, there are hundreds of planets in our solar system. He and several coworkers labored through over two centuries of planetary science reports in an effort to unearth exactly why and when the definition of a planet had been altered.

When the International Astronomical Union voted on its definition of a planet, the criteria came entirely out of the blue. As many students are familiar with, the IAU’s measure of whether a celestial body qualifies as a planet is split into three parts: the body must orbit the sun, have a nearly spherical structure, and be the only celestial body in its orbit. The last point, which was the cause for Pluto’s demotion, is what many scientists since the IAU’s decision have disagreed with.


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