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 »


Midterm Prep: The Key to Success

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ’21
EE Staff Writer

Many consider midterm season to be one of the most stressful times of the year. But why make these exams more taxing than they need to be? With a few preparation strategies, these tests will become a piece of cake.

  1. Manage your time.

A lot of pre-exam stress is created when one procrastinates on their studying. By managing and organizing the times that you will study each subject, you will never again feel unprepared for midterms. An easy way to do this is to write a schedule, either in a journal, or even on a phone. Additionally, alternating where you study can be extremely beneficial. According to Benedict Carey, changing where you study each day is likely to keep the information in your head longer.

     2) Create a study group.

Everything is better with friends! Turn the dreary task of studying into a more entertaining task by inviting some people over. Not only will this motivate you, but any questions that you have are likely to be answered by at least one of the people with you. Just make sure that the study group actually is productive and not turning into a hangout as they often do.

     3) Complete all of the supplied material.

BICEN Spends “Night with the Experts”

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

Trumbull High School’s BICEN class performed very well at their Night with the Experts on Monday December 11th.

All 6 units performed very well, earning great praise from their 4 judges: Principal of Madison Middle School Mr. Peter Sullivan, Mr. Tom Tesoro, Sacred Heart Professor Jennifer McLaughlin, and Sacred Heart Professor Steven Michels. The judges were very impressed with their performances and asked very insightful questions to each of the six units in preparation for their state competition.

The night was filled with heated questioning and passionate responses from the members of BICEN. The issues ranged from the economic and political ramifications of immigration to the issue of compelled speech in the case of a baker refusing to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The issues also “covered a lot of ground,” as Mr. Michels said, in terms of history, as the historic backing used ranged from Enlightenment era philosophers to legislation that is currently being debated in Congress.

The judges seemed very impressed with every unit. “I love what you had to say about the notion of compelled speech”, said Mr. Sullivan to Unit 5 after their remarkable performance. “It was very impressive, the kinds of examples you provided,” said Professor McLaughlin to Unit 2.

Despite all the great performances, the students still need to keep their heads down and focus for their next goal, which is a win at the state competition. “But I also need to tell you this – don’t let it get to your head, you still need to practice and you still need to rehearse,” advised Mr. Tim Tesoro.

Congratulations to Ms. Boland and the entire BICEN Class of 2018 for winning their state competition!


Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

The holidays are quickly approaching! While most people enjoy eating food, one of my favorite parts of this time of year is decorating the table to get everyone in the holiday spirit. This holiday season, spruce up your table with some of these DIY decorations.

Decoration #1: Pinecone Garland
– Pinecones
– Glue (mod podge)
– Glitter
– Twine/String
– Nails/Thumbtacks
– Cinnamon (optional)

1. Pour mod podge into a bowl and pour glitter of choice into a second bowl.
2. Optional: Pour cinnamon into a seperate bowl. Roll pinecones in cinnamon to get that holiday scent.
3. Roll pinecones in mod podge and then roll in glitter.
4. Set pinecones aside overnight until dry.
5. Use nails/thumbtacks to hang up your garland.
6. Optional: Hang up the garland with some fairy lights to add that holiday sparkle!

IT’s Horrifying

Jason Winegar ‘21
EE Staff Writer

“It” movie poster.

If you like horror movies then “IT” is the movie for you. Director Andrés Muschietti’s version of the Stephen King novel, “IT” is about the seven teen outcasts Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Bev (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Finn Wolfhard), Mike (Chosen Jacobs), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), and Stanley (Wyatt Oleff). They live in the town of Derry, Maine.

One summer, they are confronted by an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgaͦrd) that comes out of the sewers every twenty-seven years and kidnaps children. Each of them must face their greatest fear in order to find the missing children and stop Pennywise, but will they really be able to defeat this force of evil that has been terrorizing Derry’s children for years?

Model Congress Trumps the Competition

Joseph Piccolo ’18
Summer Zajac ‘18
EE Staff Writers

Members of the Model Congress club in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, November 16th, Trumbull High School’s Model Congress team embarked on a journey to Washington, D.C. to participate in a conference hosted by Princeton University. 26 students took part on the trip, as well as the club’s advisor Ms. Katie Boland and chaperone Mr. Michael Margonis.

The team participated in debates for approximately 25 hours over the course of four days, speaking on topics from the Voting Rights Act and free speech on campuses, to authorized use of the military and solar panels for schools.

To prepare for each conference, students are required to write their own bills ahead of time, and in smaller committees of 15 to 20 people, they are debated and voted upon.

Once a bill has been passed through a committee, there is a chance that it may be introduced in a Full Session of the House or Senate, meaning that it is debated again amongst a larger group of about 70 delegates. 20 out of 26 students had their bills passed through their committees, and seniors Jessica Parillo and Laura Rosales had their bills passed through Full Sessions of the House and Senate, respectively.

And The Cows Go Boo

Archana Ajay ‘18
EE Head Lifestyle Reporter

Every year, the Trumbull Agriscience and Biotechnology Center get together and set up Farm Fair. Members of the Trumbull community came to support the Agriscience center, while enjoying all the things that the center has to offer. People toured the farm and visited the horses, alpacas, llamas, and sheep all located at the farm.

“I think what people love most about farm fair are the animals— especially the sheep and the horses!” Makayla Albert, a senior in Animal science, says.

All year, the upperclassmen in Equine and Animal science take care of the llamas, alpacas, sheep, and other animals in the farm, and at Farm Fair, several students help to take care of the animals, cleaning their pens and giving a tour of the farmhouse.

In addition to touring the farmhouse, students got the chance to showcase their own personal, entrepreneurial projects.
Students in the Agriscience center all need to complete an SAE throughout their four years in the program, which can range from volunteer work to creating their own entrepreneurial project.

Students Slay Spirit Week

Seniors Kavya Ganugapati, Neha Rahalkar, Nancie Ziegler, and Megha Shankar

Rohit Gunda ‘21
EE Staff Writer

This year’s Spirit Week, which lasted from October 16 to October 20, was a huge success! Every year, the school community comes together to show their school pride by dressing up each day according to different themes. From people with crazy amounts of face paint to fake dinosaurs running around the halls, this week was surely one to remember.

On Monday, THS participated in USA Day. Students wore red, white, and blue to show school spirit as well as pride for our country. During lunch, the whole cafeteria was a sea of red, white, and blue.

On Tuesday, THS participated in Decades Day, where students dressed in outfits from their favorite decade. Many people wore leather jackets from the 50s, neon yoga pants from the 80s, and tuxedos from the roarin’ 20s. This was a very diverse day with a huge variety in clothing.

During the middle of the week. Wednesday was color wars! Freshmen wore green, sophomores wore red, juniors wore blue, and seniors wore white.

On Thursday, the school held its Sponsor-a Senior Day!.Many seniors wore costumes such as dinosaurs, the queen’s guard, and even boxer. This was a great day to lift many spirits and to give a laugh to those who needed it.

“My favorite part about Spirit Week was being able to dress up as a green M & M for Sponsor-a-Senior. Even though I changed for my college interview later that day, it was interesting walking in with green glitter still in my hair,” senior Sarah Margolnick said.

Finally, Friday was the school Pep Rally. Students wore black and gold to represent our school.

Co-ed Isn’t the Best Ed: The Dawn of Girls in Boy Scouts

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Staff Writer

Boy Scouts. For years and years, it has been Boy Scouts. On October 11th, the 107-year-old organization known as the Boy Scouts of America announced that girls will be allowed to join scouting packs, troops, and even work to reach the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Have you ever heard of the Gold Award? How about Eagle Scout? These two awards are the highest rank in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Most people only recognize one, and it is probably the latter. As Harrison Gilberti (‘19), an active member of the scouting program for over 12 years, explains, “the Eagle Scout award is universally acknowledged by society, but what even is the Gold Award?” This is just one of the reasons that many girls wanted this plan of action to take place. One Eagle Scout, Arnav Srivastava (‘19), does not believe that “… allowing girls into Boy Scouts is a step in the right direction.” Rather than allowing girls into the Boy Scouts, he believes that it would be a more logical idea to fortify the Girl Scouts program and make it of equal foundation to that of the Boy Scouts.

A Right Turn For Driver’s Ed?

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Across the nation, finally turning the glorious 16-years-old comes with a dreaded opportunity of its own: Driver’s Education. In order for any highschooler of age to ultimately earn their driver’s license, they must first pass their state’s permit test, and then take a Driver’s Education course as well as gain on-road driving experience.

However, over time, high schoolers have began voicing their discontent with the Driver’s Education license obtaining process, and perhaps for a good reason too.

For one thing, the process of ensuring drivers’ knowledge seems a little illogical. To prove one’s proficiency if the Connecticut Driver’s Manual, one conventionally takes the CT Permit Test prior to Driver’s Ed, whereas the purpose of Driver’s Ed is to have students fully understand all information provided in the Driver’s’ Manual and teach students how to be a safe driver.

Although previously Driver’s Ed was offered before the written driver’s’ test, its current setup is a little strange, since drivers are essentially proving sufficient knowledge by earning their permit, making the class somewhat redundant for the overwhelming number of students who have earned their permit in advance.

Surviving School Stress

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Staff Writer

The sound of your alarm clock pierces your ears and you open your eyes. It feels like you were sleeping for 5 minutes, and you groggily roll out of bed. After changing and getting ready for school, you realize you don’t have enough time to eat breakfast. So, you grab a granola bar and run out the door to catch the bus.

Finally, after a long 7 hours, the last bell rings. You want to celebrate, until you realize you have to go to sports practice. The thought makes you annoyed and even more exhausted. The practice is long and hard, and all you can think about is going home and sleeping. Once you get home, however, you can’t relax or because there is a big pile of homework sitting in your backpack. You groan and slowly begin the process.

All this? A normal high schooler’s routine. Sounds pretty rough, right? In fact, this is reality for most of the students in high school. There is a point when you can feel really frustrated and overwhelmed, and stress emanates from your feelings. You have absolutely no idea how to handle your situation. You’re stuck.

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