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A Golden Performance Coast to Coast

Christine Jorquera ’18 Kayleigh Fleming ’18 EE Contibutors While most students were on vacation or just at home during spring break, members ofthe choir took a trip out west to San Francisco. The More »

Lucky Number 7: BICEN 2018 Stampedes States

Ethan Bachand ‘18 EE Co-Managing Editor In a competitive world, streaks are and will continue to be the pinnacle of a greatness. The concept of staying at the top of one’s game More »

Model Congress Takes It To The House

Ethan Bachand ‘18 EE Co-Managing Editor Jessica Parillo ‘18 EE Co-Editor in Chief As the first quarter ends, it is just the beginning for the Trumbull High School Model Congress team, under More »

THSGEMB Marches in Style

Jessica Parillo ‘18 EE Co-Editor in Chief When the Golden Eagle Marching Band performed at their first competition on September 16, they were almost unrecognizable. Gone were the familiar white jackets and More »


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All the Highs and Lo(u)ws

Lawrence Zhang ‘18
EE Staff Writer

There is an old adage that life is about the people you meet and relationships you make. From best friends, to marriage, to parent-child, there is no shortage of unbreakable bonds that everyone will experience during their lifetimes. However, there is a bond that a very miniscule percentage of people can attest to experiencing: the bond of identical twins. There are 2 students at Trumbull High that can lend some insight on that matter.

Julia and Lauren Louw, two of the captains of the tennis team, are fortunate enough to share the chemistry of twins. This is evident in their gameplay on the tennis court. For them, tennis is not only a game, but a sport that expresses their strong sibling relationship.

“Tennis is a game that has united my entire family, and has especially helped me bond with my sister Lauren,” Julia explains. “When we play doubles, I know she always has my back when I make a mistake and that level of trust is crucial when playing in matches.”

Change for Real Change

Lindsay Adams ‘18
EE Staff Writer

Following a powerful school walkout remembering the victims of Parkland’s shooting, a few students decided to start a fundraiser to combat gun violence. Money had been collected for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that trains students and adults to become aware of the signs of gun violence and prevent the loss of lives. In addition to educating communities, Sandy Hook Promise develops mental health and wellness programs, and advocates for state and federal policy regarding gun safety legislation.

“Change for Change” incentivizes donations by assigning values to coins and dollars ranging from 1 to 5,000 points. Coins count negatively and should be placed into opposing class jugs, while dollars are positive and should be added to your class’s own jug. The freshman class was off to a rough start following the first day of collection, holding a significantly larger amount of coins than any other grade. The fundraiser was automatically a success, as senior Ally Hazen would note. “The student body has been overly supportive and it’s inspiring to see the community come together- it’s a great reminder that we all have the ability to make a momentous change,” Hazen said.

Trumbull Agriscience Students Get First-Hand Experience in Lambing

Lucas Davis ‘18
Nancy Zeigler ‘18
EE Staff Writers

Spring is almost here and for the Trumbull Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center Honors Animal Science Class it is the most exciting time of the year: lambing season.

As of Thursday, March 15, seven of the eight ewes bred had given birth to a total of eight rams and five ewes.
The junior and senior students are learning a lot at the barn as they assist in lambing and raising the newborns. The students in class have been learning and preparing for months.

“The class experience helped with knowing the birthing process,” said Maddie Buzzeo a junior in the class, “because I knew what to expect what was to come from a normal birth and what was not normal”.

An Advanced Preview

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

With over a week’s worth of snow days racked up, AP students have lost hours upon hours of in-class preparation time for the upcoming exams. Since May’s tests will not be moved, teachers are pressed for time, adjusting curriculum to ensure their students learn the material they need to succeed. So, how can this year’s 972 AP class participates be ready in time for exams?
As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”, and in this case, perfect is the goal of earning credit on those AP tests, making all the work worthwhile. So long as a student receives a three or higher out of five total, chances are they can get college credit for that class and/or be considered for higher level courses at most nearly all universities and colleges, according to the College Board.

“Advanced placement classes expose students not only to the workload of college classes, but the style of instruction as well. In APs, students are much more independent. It teaches them time management and responsibility, which are both super important in college” senior Michelle Pavloff said. Throughout her four years, Pavloff has been enrolled in six APs and after May, will have taken five of the exams.

“Curtains” Closes on High Note

Jonathan Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer
Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief
Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

After a successful two week run, the curtains have finally closed on Trumbull High’s 20th musical production. The cast of Curtains: The Musical Comedy Whodunit delighted audiences of all ages over the course of five performances from March 16th-24th.

When the leading lady of a theatre company dies under mysterious circumstances, the entire ensemble of this play-within-a-play is put under investigation by theatre-loving detective Frank Ciolfi. The result? Two hours of fun, drama, and everlasting suspense.

Under the direction of Trumbull High teachers Mrs. Jessica Spillane and Mrs. Shannon Bolan, students worked for three months in order to put on a phenomenal production. Other members of staff included choreographers Frank and Abby Root, as well as vocal coach Jerold Goldstein.

Gun Violence Protest Movement Sweeps Nation

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

March 14th, 2018, will go down in history as a lot more than just celebrating Pi Day. In fact, a matter even more irrational was being addressed: the unfortunate increase in gun violence plaguing schools and neighborhoods across the nation.

Facilitated by youth protest organization EMPOWER, the idea quickly caught along for schools across the country to walk out of class for 17 minutes to honor the 17 lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from a school shooting. Ultimately, Trumbull High School, alongside many other schools, took part in this symbolic movement to demonstrate their support against these horrific tragedies and honor the Parkland victims.

However, it is the purpose of the movement which ensues conflict, as many different schools protested for different agendas and pushed for various degrees of change. Universally, all schools protested to have a nation with no school shootings: a place where everyone is part of a safer and transitively happier community, a place with less hatred and greater help for those in need, and a place where innocent people do not unfairly suffer at the hands of others.

A Unique Love Story…

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Love, Simon is the not-so-classic love story that the world has been waiting for. This inspirational rom-com based on the novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli follows a closeted gay teenager named Simon struggling through life while carrying the secret of his sexuality, a burden that many can relate to.

The movie begins with a description of Simon and his daily life, but is shortly followed by the revelation that he is keeping “one huge-ass secret”. Conflict begins to rise with increasing dramatic irony in which the audience is aware of Simon’s sexuality but his peers are not. Blackmail, peer-pressure, and unwanted outing keeps readers on the edge of their seats and on the verge of tears.

An immense hurdle the directors of Love, Simon had to overcome was to make their story just that: a story. The fact that Simon was gay should not have been over accentuated, since the point of creating a movie based on a gay protagonist was to show what little differences there are between the LGBTQ community and heterosexuals. This was accomplished extraordinarily with the common format of a drama that the world has grown to love.

Trumbull Model Congress Wins Best Small Delegation

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor
James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Staff Writer

From March 22 to 25, Trumbull High’s Model Congress Team brought their Varsity Squad down to Philadelphia to compete in the University of Pennsylvania Model Congress competition. With more than 700 delegates in attendance, these 14 students competed among the brightest minds from over 45 schools across the nation. In just 4 short years, Trumbull Model Congress went from being a club of just 8 members to coming home with the prestigious Best Small Delegation award at their 10th conference.

Model Congress gives thousands of students across the nation a chance to engage in debate and critical thinking on some of the the most pressing issues in the country. 14 elite students from Trumbull created bills in their specialized committees, which are modeled after actual committees in Congress. Over the course of the conference, students debate within their own committee, ranging anywhere from 12-20 delegates, and passed legislation moves on to the Full Session. This is a conglomeration of 5 different committees, where debate is usually to a higher caliber and requires delegates to think on their feet, provide ample evidence for their arguments, and work together to get legislation passed.

The Judges Have Ruled: Mock Trail Wins States

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

Mock Trial celebrates their March 14th win at the Connecticut Supreme Court.

On March 14th, the Mock Trial team won the state championship by defeating rivals Weston at the Connecticut Supreme Court. The team will now travel to Reno, Nevada in order to compete in the national competition.

This adds on to what is already an incredible run from the team under coach Eric August. Over the past six years, the team has brought home four state championship. All of which have come in back to back years: first in 2013 and 2014, then 2017 and 2018.

Yet this year has proven to be something special, with Mr. August saying that “By far, collectively, the most talented team I have ever had. Our motto this year was this idea of ‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard’. The reason behind that was because I recognized how much talent we had and I wanted to make sure they still worked hard, and that being said they did. Not only were they just talented, they didn’t rest on their talent alone. They worked their butts off to get to where they were.”

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