Winter Percussion and World Guard Prepare for WGI Finals

Katie DeRose ‘22 EE Staff Writer As spring finally blossoms into Trumbull, the winter percussion and color guard both prepare to culminate their seasons with strong performances at the World Guard International 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 »


The “S” in PTSA: Who it Stands For and What They Do

Hannah Auten ’19
EE Contributor

Trumbull High School’s PTA (Parent Teacher Association) has an extra letter in an acronym commonly used by schools all across the country; Trumbull High has an “S” which allows for student representation.

The concept of a PTSA is not unique to Trumbull; when searched on the National PTA website, there is a definition of a PTSA and why students should be involved.

According to the National PTA, “PTSAs actually provide youth members with the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.”

Nine Students Qualify For DECA National Competition

Grace Shay ’19
EE Contributor

Promotional message from the Connecticut Chapter of DECA

On Tuesday, March 5th, the Trumbull High School DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) Team attended the state competition at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT to compete against 20 other schools for a spot at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. According to DECA founders, DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in career clusters of finance, hospitality, marketing, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

The state competition consists of participating public high schools within the state. The students are able to choose which category they would like to compete in. From accounting to retail merchandising, the options vary so students can have a topic that interests them. Within each category, the students can choose if they want to have an individual or a team (two people) decision making event. Regardless of which option they choose, the students are given a case study specific to their business category. They are given thirty minutes to read over the case study and prepare a presentation given to judges who are professionals in the industry.

Senior Switch Strikes Again

Aleksandra Misiewicz ’12
EE Staff Photographer

A handful of Trumbull high seniors drop and add classes to their second semester schedules even after they have applied to colleges.

Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Kristen Thompson, thinks students change their schedule because their interests change from junior year when they pick the course to senior year when they actually need to take it.

Hailey Angelucci said straight off the bat that “I didn’t do it so it looks good for college.” Angelucci switched out of video production into bake shop and from film to peace, protest, and tolerance. When asked why, she said “[I] switched because I needed less stress… I did it to make senior year more enjoyable. I changed my mind because I am simply at a different mindset then I was when I chose those classes.”

Unlike Angelucci, Jackie Eid switched partially because of college and partially to ease her senior year. As she balances her job, school, and having time for herself, she decided to drop her eighth period entrepreneurship class so she has enough time to go home and eat before work.

Trumbull Wins the Fan Showdown Once Again

Francesca Tesei ’12
EE Contributor

Trumbull’s Black Hole

For the third time in the past four years, Trumbull dominates and wins the Ruden Report fan showdown. Every year, all 17 of the fan sections in the FCIAC get a chance to compete against each other in what’s called a fan showdown run by the Ruden Report.

The fan showdown includes two components, a voting poll and a video showing the fan section in action. The voting poll is open for a few days and each section has to promote and spread the word to vote for their student section over the others. The video is composed of different videos of the sports teams and the fan section to prove their school spirit visually. These two parts have different sets of points that can be earned to add to a total point and then a ranking. A few judges chosen by Dave Ruden judge the videos but stay anonymous. The school who wins, has the most amount of points, receives $500 that goes towards their athletic department and of course they also receive bragging rights.

Many people participated in helping the black hole to win the fan showdown this year. This includes Athletic Director Mr. King, the Black Hole leaders who organized and promoted the black hole, and of course the dedicated fans to make up the Black Hole.

Study Suggests Student Stress

Katie Ventresca ’19
EE Contributor

Whether you’re a freshman trying to navigate the demands of a heavy course load while studying for your first midterm exams, or you’re a senior taking multiple AP classes and juggling the pressures of approaching college application deadlines, a survey of 30 randomly-selected Trumbull High students suggests that a high percentage of THS students may be at “high”’ to “very high” risk of stress-related health concerns.

It is well-known that today’s high school students face a lot of stress: college applications, music and sport commitments, standardized testing, part-time jobs and at-home responsibilities are all contributors. Previous research preformed by stress-researchers suggests that advanced-level courses, a schedule full of after-school activities, and sleep deprivation all contribute to students’ stress levels. One recent THS student survey collected data on how these factors affect Trumbull High School students’ stress levels.

Students Affected by Lack of Sleep

Carmen Phan ’19
EE Contributor

Most students at Trumbull High may probably agree that they do not get enough sleep. According to a study by Jin and Shi, the optimal amount of sleep that high school students are supposed to get is 9 hours. This fact inspired a study that was conducted this January. The purpose was to determine if there was any association between the number of hours that a student slept for each night and their perceived level of healthiness. In addition, students’ perceived stress levels were also examined.

Thirty surveys were given out in the commons as well as the senior lounge of the high school. The surveys asked about the amount of sleep each student received on a school night as well as some questions to determine the amount of stress they were experiencing. Five questions were actually from a perceived stress scale that is approved by the American Sociology Association.

From the study it was found that student may be sleep deprived as the average amount of sleep received each night was 6.21 hours. In addition, the results suggest that as the average number of hours of sleep that a high school student gets each night increases, their perceived healthiness level also increases. During the survey, healthiness was defined as a mix between physical, mental and emotional health. The graph pictured shows the relationship between these two variables.

Almost Two Years In, The Switch Still Stands Strong

Chris Gayda ‘19
EE Contributor

Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con

Recently, I had a friend of mine come up to me in the middle of study hall and ask me a question which I had to ponder for but a few seconds:

“Hey, should I get a Nintendo Switch?”

I immediately replied, “Absolutely.” And while I didn’t go into much detail about why, really, I feel that now is my chance to rectify my missed opportunity during study hall.

The Nintendo Switch, released over one and a half years ago, is a hybrid console that you can use projected onto a screen or in handheld mode. Its main competitors are most commonly seen as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, but the Switch occupies an entirely separate market. While appealing to long-time fans of the company and their products (such as myself), the Switch is a no-brainer for those looking for mobility without sacrificing the quality that traditional mobile games lack.

Windy City Musical Blows into Trumbull

Arnav Srivastava‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

The cast and crew of last year’s musical, Curtains, outside of the THS auditorium.

The perfect A-major chord ripples through the stage and the audience cannot help but smile. Once again, Trumbull High School has begun fervently preparing for its spring musical: Chicago.

Set in Jazz Age, the musical is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The plot is a satire on celebrity and criminal justice, as well as criminal “celebrities,” and has achieved massive success as the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Ambitiously following this success, Trumbull High School recently held auditions for the musical, and the cast has been set! Everyone holds high prospects for the musical, as senior Douglas Flam explains, “the cast is super excited to see how Mrs. Spillane as director puts her own spin on Bob Fosse classic.”

Exciting InSight into the Red Planet

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The InSight Mars lander touched down on its new home just before 3 PM on November 26th, completing a rapid descent through the Martian atmosphere and its nearly seven month journey across 300 million miles of space. Cheers erupted from Mission Control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and across the nation when signals finally arrived confirming the landing; with this first successful landing of a robot on mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012, there is much to be excited about.

“It was intense, and you could feel the emotion,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a member of the InSight team at JPL. “It was very, very quiet when it was time to be quiet and of course very celebratory with every little new piece of information that was received.”

The Surprising Traditions Behind the Winter Solstice

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

The darkest day of the year is approaching: December 21st, 2018. This annual astronomical phenomenon, known as the winter solstice, produces a day with the least amount of sunlight, and the longest night of the year. On this day, one of the Earth’s poles experiences it maximum tilt away from the sun. On December 21st, at exactly 5:23 PM, the time when we will experience the solstice, the north pole will be tilted away from the sun. This happens twice a year, one time in each pole.

The significance of this event is observed by various cultures. Ultimately marking the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days, it is celebrated differently in each country. It was first recognized by the Pagans thousands of years ago, and has direct ties to the Christmas traditions of today. An emperor by the name of Aurelian established December 25th as the birthday of the “Invincible Sun” during his reign. This was part of the Roman Winter Solstice festivities, also known as Yule. However, in 273, the Christian Church recognized this day as the birth of Jesus, therefore Christianizing the celebration.

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