Mock Trial, Real Win

Mishka Kapoor ‘21 EE Features Editor Two Mock Trial teams from Trumbull High will be competing against various schools across the state in hopes of becoming state champions. Under the leadership of More »

StEIGHT Champs

James Dubreuil ‘19 EE Co-Managing Editor After weeks of hard work and practice, the students of Ms. Boland’s United States Government and Constitutional Studies (also known as BICEN) class finally had the 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 »

 

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover: The Subtle Appeals of Math

Yash Permalla ‘22
EE Staff Writer

Math tends to elicit moans and groans from plenty of people. Geometry, conics, and integration do not seem like exactly the most intriguing topics at face value. However, Mrs. Capobianco, a member of the THS Math Department, is hoping to change the public perspective with the introduction of a math team to Trumbull High School.

Full of enthusiasm, Mrs. Capobianco remarked, “Manan Manchanda asked that the program get started, since he participated in Mathcounts, and wanted a similar program in the high school. I loved the idea, because I love math! Math is awesome.”

The math team participates in the Fairfield County Math League, a countywide competition consisting of teams from twenty-seven public and private high schools. Each school sends an “A-team” made up of of six students. Only three seniors at most are allowed on an A-team, and there must be at least one sophomore or freshman. Other students can be sent to the competition as the “B-team”, although their scores aren’t counted for the school. The competition is broken up into seven rounds, consisting of six individual rounds and one team round.

Girls Ice Hockey Season Preview

Sophie Leeds ‘19
EE Contributor

Trumbull/St. Joseph Co-op Forward Rachel Zack skates against Wilton.

The Trumbull – St. Joseph’s High School Ice Hockey co-op team has returned to the ice this December. They will play eleven home games this year at the Shelton Rinks and nine games on the road. Despite last season’s outcome, players from the team are confident that with good communication and hard work their season will be unlike past years. Losing just two seniors from last year and gaining some strong freshmen players, this season marks the most amount of girls participating in Trumbull girls ice hockey history.

Some would think to play on a team consisting of both Trumbull and St. Joseph would be problematic given the history and rivalry among the two schools, however, junior defender Annika Haakonsen disagrees. “It’s so much fun… having people from both schools on one team makes the comeradery between us feel more expansive and interesting than if we just played with girls from one school. We all became friends very quickly, and the second we step on the ice, we’re one unified Trumbull team.”
Senior captain, Rachel Zack agrees, and is thankful for the opportunity to have “…met a lot of great people [she] otherwise wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for being on this team.” Zack is one of three captains this year, her role has been “to pump up the team, help organize practices with the coaches and co-captains and most importantly bring the team together.”

Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

Michael Cerulli ‘19
EE Contributor

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro personally commends each of the students involved in the Mane event.

$32,014.

That is the total amount of money raised by a determined group of 38 Trumbull High students and six faculty members, who were supported by the Infinite Love charity organization and the entire community of Trumbull.

Infinite Love for Kids Fighting Cancer, a volunteer-based charitable organization, seeks to fund research on various forms of childhood cancer. Every year, Infinite Love chooses to focus its efforts on a different form of childhood cancer. In past years, funds raised by this organization have gone to research on Rhabdomyosarcoma, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, and Wilms’ Tumor, just to name a few. This year, proceeds will be allocated towards funding Neuroblastoma research, a cancer with survival rates just below 40% when discovered in developed stages.

Infinite Love’s executive director, Trumbull High english teacher Jim McCaffrey, noted in his remarks that fewer than 4% of national level cancer research funding focuses specifically on pediatric care. “Our mission is to bridge the gap in childhood cancer research efforts,” McCaffrey said.

Mock Trial, Real Win

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Features Editor

Two Mock Trial teams from Trumbull High will be competing against various schools across the state in hopes of becoming state champions. Under the leadership of Mr. August, these teams have worked since the beginning of the school year in preparation of the competition held on December 14th, 2018, in Waterbury.

Sophomore Sophie Malin is a big fan of the program and believes that it offers something unique to every participant. “The benefits of mock trial are definitely something that not many students have the opportunity to get: practicing fact based public speaking, backing up your claims, and debating those claims in front of professionals,” she says. “That’s not really something many can experience.”

This year’s case is Andy Archer vs. Detail Security. Andy Archer is a talented college athlete on his way to becoming an Olympian. He comes from a family that obtained the original Connecticut Constitution and held onto it for 134 years. The Archer family received a lot of hate due to keeping the Constitution for so long, especially from a Detail Security employee, Blair Sherman. During an event at the State House in Hartford, Blair Sherman fired a taser at Andy as he rushed inside the building to deliver a letter to the governor. This letter was a message asking to set the record straight about Andy’s family and the Constitution. Before this letter could be delivered, Andy was shot with a taser and severely injured his leg. Now, he can never be as fast of a runner as before, and no longer has the ability to go to the Olympics.

StEIGHT Champs

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

After weeks of hard work and practice, the students of Ms. Boland’s United States Government and Constitutional Studies (also known as BICEN) class finally had the opportunity to put their countless hours of research and practice to the test for their state competition at Central Connecticut State University. Since the beginning of the year, the students have been writing and memorizing essays, learning about the foundations of our country, and looking at how the Constitution and all facets of the United States government apply to everyday life.

Trumbull High School’s We the People team had been the reigning state champions in this competition for the past seven years. On Monday, December 17th, they were looking to continue the streak. Despite the rising competition, most notably Staples and Greenwich, it was definitely not impossible.

The students met and practiced in front of many different judging panels including teachers and members of the Trumbull community, BICEN alumni, and attorneys from the Schulte Roth & Zabel law firm of New York City. The students were asked countless questions and had to present their stance on three complex questions based on their interpretation of the Constitution.

Strong Start to Trumbull Boys Basketball Season

Gregory Kaufmann ’19
EE Contributor

Members of the boys basketball team pictured (from left) Assistant Coach Matthew Landin, Chris Brown, Quentar Taylor, John Fromageot, Timmond Williams, and Head Coach Buddy Bray;

As winter approaches and temperatures drop, the long awaited basketball season returns and the courts start to heat up. After a heartbreaking FCIAC championship loss, the Trumbull High School Eagles are back in black and gold.

After great success – but falling short of their ultimate goal – the team is primed for another great run, and optimistic as well as determined to win that fabled Championship they were so close to last year.

Captain Chris Brown stated “our expectations for this year are to finish first and win a championship.”

Head Coach Buddy Bray similarly advocates, “we have high goals for this year and are returning 7 seniors. We want to play together, stay healthy, play at a high level every night, and make a deep run in the FCIAC playoffs.”

The goals and aspirations for the Eagles are clear, and since their season ended on a sour note last year, they are determined to change the narrative of Trumbull basketball. As Chris Brown explains, the team has been working hard all off-season, playing in fall and summer leagues such as PHD and DTX along with preseason conditioning and lifting to improve their game for the upcoming season.

The Science Behind The Flood

Adith Velavan ’19
EE
 Contributor

On September 25th, Trumbull experienced flash flooding and over seven inches of rain, the second most in the state, resulting in excessive damage in town. The high school was closed for three days, entire streets and areas were closed, and the fire department responded to 80 calls, rescuing 45 people, according to Assistant Fire Chief Alex Rauso. He went on to describe how the wet roads and ground could no longer hold any more water, and that the torrential downpour filled the storm drains, eventually overflowing and flooding the Town, four to six feet in areas.

Trumbull was hit with a weather event termed a flash flood. A flash flood is categorized as such when it occurs within six hours, in a mostly low lying area, and is often predated by a storm or other rain related event. While these floods can occur in a variety of situations and geography ranging from poorly absorbing soil to volcanoes that cause the melting of glaciers, all of these flash floods are predicated on the fact that they occurred within a short period of time.

Most people learn about rain as a simple process, and in terms of the weather cycle. Water evaporates, condenses, and then precipitates. Much of the evaporation, however, occurs in large bodies of water, which arise as a result of runoff. Due to the hill and valley topography, of Trumbull, the rain pooled in the lower areas of the town, acting as watersheds, and creating flash floods. Moreover, the amount of rain that fell in the short period of time was increased by a scientific process called coalescence, which is when rain droplets join together, as a result of a cold front, to form larger amounts, thereby allowing a greater amount of rain to fall in a shorter period of time.

The College and Career Center: The Place You Never Knew You Needed

Ali Karpowich ’19
EE Contributor

Ms. Shirley Tyszka and Ms. Samantha Eisenberg outside the College and Career Center

Applying to college can be a very stressful time for seniors. Between the Common Application, the FAFSA, the letters of recommendation, it can all be a little overwhelming. Thankfully, there are two women right here at Trumbull High to help: Ms. Shirley Tyszka and Ms. Samantha Eisenberg.

The College and Career Center is located right next to the Media Center. Ms. Tyszka has been working as the College and Career Coordinator at Trumbull High for 15 years and says the best part about her job is seeing all the kids and helping them through one of the most stressful times in their life.

Throughout the year, the College and Career Center brings in college representatives from all around the country to talk to students. The representatives who visit are generally the college admissions counselors for our area. This means the college representative, who you are talking to, will most likely be reading your application. “It’s a great opportunity to make another impression on the person accepting you into that college,” said Ms. Tyszka.

Coach Bray Reflects on Thirty-Two Seasons

Kelly O’Leary ’19
EE Contributor

Clifford Bray, better known as Buddy Bray, has been at Trumbull High School for a total of 36 years between being a student and physical education teacher, but most importantly, a coach.  Coach Bray has been coaching numerous sports for 32 years, such as baseball, track, volleyball and basketball. Basketball has always been at the top of Coach Bray’s list, but after the many seasons of hard work and dedication,  Coach Bray said it’s definitely time to start winding down.

“I don’t remember the last time I sat down on Christmas with my family and thought to myself ‘Oh, I’m having a great time,’ because I was always thinking about the next practice or big game.” said Coach Bray. He would spend not only his holidays watching film or answering emails, but any additional free time he had as well. Coaching was a full time job and for 32 years, it took a lot of time and effort. Bray said it’s time to start being with his family more, especially his wife whom he referred to as “an angel” after all of the support she’s given him since they began dating in high school.

Trumbull Flood Incites Drama with the Drama Club

Neya Kidambi ’22
EE Staff Reporter

Nathan Ayotte and Thomas Leonard rehearse a scene from the THeSpian’s production of The Good Doctor.

On Tuesday, September 25, Trumbull received a staggering 7 inches of rainfall, not only leading to school closings and delays, but damage to Trumbull High School. Entire carpeting needed replacement in the music rooms, while major repairs were needed in the gym flooring and the Robert E. McCarthy auditorium stage.

One group that was particularly affected by this damage was  the THeSpians Club. The club, consisting of aspiring actors and actresses, alongside a dedicated crew, relies on the stage for many aspects of their rehearsals.

The damage of the stage “put a lot of us in stress of the unknown,” Nathan Ayotte, a freshman and actor taking part in THeSpians said. “We didn’t know a lot of things, for we were mostly left in the dark.”

Consequently, Ayotte and his fellow THeSpians were uncertain of when the stage would be reopened. “Overall, a lot of time was spent wondering if we were going to have a show,” says Ayotte. This fear of wondering if the show would go on put an intense amount of pressure on the students taking part in the fall play, worrying that their hard work may not even be showcased.


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