Eagles Get the Win in Tiger Town

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Sports Reporter Up in the valley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Eagles defeated the Tigers 28-14 on Friday, November 5th. With intentions of securing a spot in the playoffs, More »

Trumbull Girls Cross Country Heads To FCIAC Championships

Abby Poplawski ‘23 EE Staff Writer Ranked 7th in the state, the Girl’s Varsity cross country team prepares for the FCIAC Championships, held at Waveny Park in New Canaan, with just two More »

Trumbull Girls Volleyball Sweeps Danbury 3-0

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Staff Writer After losing many valuable seniors from last season’s squad, this year’s girls volleyball team has had a strong start to their season. Gaining their 5th win, the More »

Math Team Performed Better Than Ever In Recent Competition

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20 EE Sports Editor Sai Kolasani ‘21 EE Staff Writer The Trumbull High School Math Team placed 6th out of 29 teams at Wilton High School on February 5th, 2020. More »

Say “Hello” to Bye, Bye Birdie

Neya Kidambi ‘22 EE Features Editor After nineteen years, Bye, Bye Birdie will be coming back to the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre this spring, as the THeSpians prepare for their twenty-second production More »

 

Midterms 101

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

As midterms are mentioned more frequently these days, it’s important to understand what they are, the schedule modifications they invoke, and what preparations are necessary to be confident during these tests. Midterms are the exams around the end of the first semester, meant to measure how students have been performing and what knowledge they retain. These exams will start on the Thursday following Martin Luther King  Jr. day, the 20th of January. They will end the following week on Tuesday the 25th. The format of these exams is structured in two period blocks. On the first day of testing exams for period one and two will be taken. On day two of testing exams for periods three and four will be taken. This pattern occurs for day three and day four as well. 

Studying for midterms can be stressful and challenging for people who don’t know where to start. It’s important to first heed any advice given by teachers on what topics to study and complete any packets given. If you feel that you need additional support consult your teacher and see if they can offer anymore assistance. Looking over past tests can also be beneficial to see what you didn’t understand as well as review what you did. Looking over notes or assignments can also be helpful in reviewing what you need to know. Watching review videos on YouTube is also a great strategy as some students find it easier to listen than go over notes. It’s a good idea to talk to upperclassmen who might have taken the test already and can provide any advice on how they were successful when taking the exams.

“Don’t wait until the last minute and try and plan ahead,” advises senior Anju Rajah when asked for her perspective on successful midterm preparation. “For example, if there are five units, do one per night and then designate one night for review”.

She encourages students to utilize a spread out study plan like this, making sure they’re not overwhelmed by the amount of information they are trying to remember.

Midterm Study Tips Help Relieve Stress

Ashley Moran ’23
EE Staff Writer

The pressure of midterms and the upcoming closure of the semester causes a great deal of student stress. However, it’s important to remember that we are all in the same boat. Even with the change in date of the midterms to give us more time to prepare, it is still is a lot with the mountain of packets and other work we have to get done. Here are a few things that I do to relieve stress that might be of help to you too:  

  1. Take a breath: sounds basic but taking a moment to reset and ground yourself can help
  2. Do work in sections: Switch up topics when studying so you don’t get as bored studying
  3. Take study breaks: Grab a coffee or a snack to energize yourself. 
  4.  Organize a study group: Get together with friends who are talking the same class and review together 
  5. Move around: Don’t stay in the same place for all of your studying, changing your scenery can help

Trumbull Boys Basketball Brings Home the Holiday Tournament Trophy

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Senior Captains, Ray Vicente and Connor Johnston, receiving the Stratford Holiday Tournament trophy.

While the majority of Trumbull High’s community was enjoying their winter break, sports were still on the go; specifically the Trumbull Boys Basketball Team. 

In the middle of Trumbull’s week off, the basketball team traveled to Stratford High School to face the Red Devils. Originally, Trumbull was scheduled to play Joel Barlow first, then move onto the second round of the tournament. Unfortunately, circumstances changed when Joel Barlow had to postpone the game due to Covid-19 related issues. As a result of this, the Eagles advanced straight to the championship game to play the Stratford Red Devils after they defeated the Morgan Huskies in the first round.

With the Eagles going into this game having a 2-1 record and the Red Devils previously undefeated with a 3-0 record, this matchup was predicted to be close. 

As expected, this game was definitely a nail biter but it ended in Trumbull’s favor. On the night of December 29, the Eagles defeated the Red Devils 59-56. This year, the Eagles are young and pretty inexperienced on varsity courts. They also lack some height elements which makes their defensive game extremely significant in order to win games. But, this team showed their abilities in a close knit game and how their team efforts can bring them all the way.

Boys Basketball Split First Two Games of Season

Ava Insesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

After having strict limitations on spectators at basketball games last season, Trumbull supporters and especially the Black Hole, were able to fill the stands for the boy’s first home game. The energy was electric and the stands were roaring; this made for an exciting opening night for the Trumbull boys basketball team.

With losing a total of nine players from last season, there are tons of new faces. A lot of young talent exists within this team and there are hopes of success. The two senior captains Connor Johnston and Ray Vicente have led the team for the past two weeks and came prepared to get their season started against the Masuk High School Panthers. 

For the entirety of the game, Trumbull had the lead and was consistently getting shots up. Junior Luca Antonio led the team in points with a total of 13. Sophomore Brandon Fowler trailed right behind him with 12 points. Senior Ray Vicente scored 11 points, senior Connor Johnston with 9, and junior Sean Racette 8. 

“It was great to be out there again with the team, our chemistry was good and we all worked hard as a team to get the win,” said Antonio.

The Eagles beat the Panthers 60-49 on Thursday, December 16. 

This past Saturday, December 18, the Eagles traveled to Amity High School to play the Spartans for their second game of the season. In a hard-fought game with many ups and downs, Trumbull lost 52-59. It is still very early into the season and the Eagles hope to get back on track in their game against Harding on Wednesday, December 22. 

Trumbull Boys Ice Hockey Start Season with Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

The highly anticipated boys ice hockey team started their season on a positive note on December 15th at the Shelton Rinks. The Eagles defeated Watertown/Pomperaug 5-4 and had several players who were able to show their strong skill sets. The Eagles took an early lead and scored five goals in the first period. Shortly after the puck first hit the ice, senior captain Peter Antoniou scored the first goal of the season. He was assisted by senior captain Zach Jager and senior captain Luca Minopoli. 

“It felt unreal to score the first goal and it got the ball rolling in the first period. The team is absolutely buzzing right now,” said Antoniou.

Senior Luca Minopli led the team with two goals and two assists. Other goals were scored by senior Matt Farasciano and junior Austin Ashby with the game-winning goal. Goal assists throughout the game were by junior Giancarlo Montanaro with two, junior Tyler Hickey, junior Luke Ligori, and junior Jake Terlik. 

In the second and third periods, the Eagle’s offense slowed down but, fortunately, their defense was able to keep Watertown/Pomperaug at only four goals. Towards the end, the game got intense since WP was only one goal behind. Trumbull’s defense had to be at their best in order to keep their lead. In the final minutes, the Eagles were able to stop WP from scoring the game-tying goal even after they added an extra attacker to their offense. After the final buzzer went off, the Eagles celebrated their first win of the season on the ice.

 

Winter Holidays Around the World

Tessa Fabrizio ’25
EE Staff Writer

Sunrise between the stones at Stonehenge on the Winter Solstice

Czech Republic, St. Nicholas Day– During the month of December, the Czechs have a very different idea of the Santa we know and love. But, the origin of St. Nicholas was that of a Greek Bishop, who protected children. St. Nicholas Day is still regularly celebrated across Europe on December 6th, though the traditions vary.  In the Czech Republic, St. Nick dresses like a bishop and is attended by both an angel and a devil. Based on St. Nick’s opinion of a child’s behavior, the kid either gets a gift from the angel or gets terrorized by the devil. 

Greece, Christmas Boats-Christmas trees are common in Greece, but you’ll also find boats wrapped in strands of lights, whether in the water or in the main plaza. There are two reasons for boat-decorating: The first is the country’s ancient marine culture. The second is that St. Nicholas’ association with sailors, for he is the patron saint of them. These boats beautifully represent the country’s past as well as their joyfulness for the holidays.

Iceland, The Thirteen Yule Lads- The Thirteen Yule Lads similar to Snow White and her dwarfs, everyone has a name and a different personality associated with that name. The thirteen nights before Christmas, they give gifts to children. Unless children are bad, if they are, they get rotten foods, or even worse the Yule Lads’ mother Gryla. The group is said to be a mischievous bunch and is known for stealing and eating food.

Philippines, Simbang Gabi- Simbang Gabi is the nine days of predawn Catholic masses that end with the final mass on Christmas Eve. Though it sounds like there is no joy waking up before the sun for nine days consecutively, on your way to mass there are festive bands that fill the street, lit lanterns that light the way, and street vendors that offer holiday treats.

Easy Holiday Fudge

 

Tessa Fabrizio ’25
Noemi  Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writers

Ingredients needed:

  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Large pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Butter straight-sided baking pan. Then, line with parchment paper, and set aside. Also, butter a large, shallow, stainless-steel bowl and set it aside.

In a saucepan, whisk to combine the sugar, cocoa, and salt. Place over medium-low heat, and add corn syrup and milk, stirring until smooth. Then, add chocolate. Cook, stirring, until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolved before it reaches a boil. 

Pour into the prepared bowl without scraping the sides of the saucepan. Let cool for about 1 hour. Then, add in your vanilla. Using a plastic dough scraper, transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed until the butter and vanilla are completely incorporated. Increase speed to medium, and beat for around 3 to 8 minutes. Then, transfer to the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly. Let stand until completely cooled. Then, cut squares and enjoy!

 

Movie Review: Marvel’s Eternals

Eric Nteziryayo ’22
EE Staff Writer

With the new release of Marvel’s latest blockbuster, everyone’s most important question remains: is it that bad?

After the releases of by far the most colossal movies of the decade, this film was supposed to be the next juggernaut in the Marvel franchise. However, since its anticipated release, the film has received significant backlash. As many critics have rated the movie, the main issue of Eternals is that it’s too ambitious for its own good. The film is trying to be too many things at once.

Chaim Gartenberg, in his review for The Verge, best describes this overwhelming drawback of Marvel’s Eternals: The film bounds across thousands of years of human history, has no less than ten main characters, four villains, a love quadrangle, and even Marvel’s first on-screen erotic scene”.

The film strays away from focusing on specific characters and genres, leaving the film feeling dull. I wouldn’t call this movie boring, because I think that boring can be good sometimes. This film just feels underdeveloped and most likely leaves the viewer unsatisfied.

Despite Eternals suffering from trying too many ideas, it still has some qualities that make up for it. The CGI does look good, the presentation is suitable, and some of the shots are very pleasing. The characters have astounding action sequences. This movie had the potential to dive into some very interesting themes such as exploring the morality of beings beyond our understanding. Yet, this movie simply does not know what it wants to be. Ultimately, this film loses itself in its heavy ideas and gets caught in the trap of what an MCU film has to be.

Rugby to Debut in Spring

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Trumbull High is infamous for its expansive sports department and it is lucky to have a new edition this spring. The new rugby team is having it’s first season spring 2022.

Rugby is a skillful and aggressive sport that has much physical contact. It is similar to football but many of the rules differ and regulations regarding protection is less significant. One thing that is immediately noticed is that players are only required to wear a mouth guard when compared to football which utilizes full padding.

The goal, like all games, is to score against the opponent. Players try to get the ball to the try zone, the term for the opposition’s end zone. There are few rules of conduct, allowing players to essentially use any means to get the ball from their opponents and score. 

Junior Anthony Desautels was involved in exposing the sport to our school community. Destautels and others have “played for other clubs for multiple years” he says, and feels that Trumbull would benefit from having a team affiliated with the school. The sport is enjoyed by many and he feels “others at our school will love the game just as much as we do”.

Family Holiday Recipes Shared

Noemi Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writer

Kókuszgolyó, which is Hungarian for Coconut Balls, are quick and easy treats that are perfect for any family gathering. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of graham crackers (Goya Maria Cookies)
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 pack vanilla sugar
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cacao
  • ½ teaspoons of Rum Extract 
  • 100 grams of unsalted shredded coconut flakes
  • 200 milliliters of milk

Directions: 

First, you are going to start with grinding together your choice of crackers (if they aren’t already crushed), which are the base of this dessert. Next, you are going to add vanilla sugar and powdered sugar to the mix. Then, add your cacao powder and the rum extract before adding the butter and milk to the mix. You are going to want to combine together everything by using your hands until it forms a mass. Make sure you wet your hands while doing this so that the mix doesn’t stick to your hands. You want the consistency to be moist, however, you don’t want it to feel watery. 

Once everything is combined, you are going to take small amounts of the mixture, and are going to roll them together into small balls. Then, you are going to take each ball and will want to roll them in the coconut flakes, trying to coat each ball as best as you can. After this is done, you are going to want to leave the balls in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. This will allow the flavors of the mix to merge and will allow you to enjoy this tasty dessert!


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