Trumbull Baseball Defeats St. Joseph in Extra Innings

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Sports Writer On Monday, May 9th, the Trumbull Eagles traveled across town to play the St. Joseph Cadets. Anytime these rivals face off, it’s always a competitive match up More »

THS Rugby Takes the Field

Kylie Totten ’24 EE Sports Editor  Time to add rugby to the long list of Trumbull High sports! This spring over 60 THS students, both new and advanced players, came together to More »

Footloose is a Wrap!

Kylie Totten ’24 EE Section Editor  It’s time for the cast and crew to take their final bow, because Footloose is officially a wrap! This year’s school musical, Footloose, made its final debut 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 Boys Volleyball Advance to CIAC State Championship

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

After an already successful season with a record of 21-2, the Trumbull Boys Volleyball team has advanced to the CIAC Class L championship for the first time since 2002. Their matchup for the championship game is against the No. 1 Darien Blue Waves which will occur tonight, June 9th, 2022 at Pomperaug High School at 5:00.

So far in the state tournament, the Eagles have defeated No. 14 Norwalk, No. 11 Conard, and upset No. 2 Glastonbury on June 7th in the semifinals. 

The No. 3 Eagles will now face the undefeated Darien Blue Waves for a third time this season as they are a part of the FCIAC division as well. The only two losses the Eagles have this season are from Darien. One in the regular season and the other in the FCIAC championship game. 

In the semifinal game, the Eagles defeated the Glastonbury Tomahawks 3-1. The final scores of the four sets were 25-22, 19-25, 27-25, 25-19.

This win came from whole team efforts as every player had a role. Some valuable players include:

Ben Leeds (12): 8 digs, 2 kills

Brennan Cutter (11): 27 kills, 3 blocks

Matt Cherfane (11): 16 digs

Austin Ashby (11): 12 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs

Derek Ploski (11): 13 digs

Also of note is junior Kieran O’Sullivan who had 2 blocks and 13 kills, one including the game-winning kill. 

“It’s an awesome feeling knowing how hard we worked to have earned the opportunity to play for a state championship,” said senior Captain, Ben Leeds. “Playing in big games like this is something that we have looked forward to all season and we’re hoping to end it off with a win”. 

The Eagles will travel to a neutral site to play in their biggest game of the year and hope to bring the CIAC state champion title back to Trumbull.

Teachers Grateful for PTSA Recognition

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Teachers are the soul of any school, going beyond expectations everyday. The supportive environment that the Trumbull High faculty have created is something that students sometimes take for granted. Teacher Appreciation week is the week dedicated to reciprocating the care they have given students throughout the year. 

The PTSA sponsors Appreciation Week and truly accomplished their goal of expressing the gratitude Trumbull High has for the effort teachers put in. 

“It’s nice to feel appreciated,” said Mrs. Durand, a Trumbull High Arts teacher.

From May 2nd through the 6th, the PTSA provided breakfast, lunch, and ice cream as a sweet treat. The thoughtfulness from the PTSA made it an exciting week for teachers. The student community also wrote notes to teachers showing their appreciation and put up posters naming times when a teacher relationship has been invaluable. 

“It was the best one since I’ve worked here,” said THS Spanish teacher Mrs. Giordano, commenting on the events and festivities of this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

Especially through the stress of Covid, teachers were forced to adapt and experiment with new approaches to learning that will captivate students attention after spending most of last year online. The versatility of teachers alone makes this year even more deserving of appreciation.

A thank you to the PTSA for allowing these teachers to feel appreciated and acknowledged for the work that often goes unseen.

Trumbull Baseball Advances to CIAC State Semifinals

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull baseball team hasn’t made a trip to the CIAC state semifinals since 2013 but after a 2-0 win against the Staples Wreckers in the quarterfinals, they are moving on. The Eagles will play at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury on Tuesday June 7th, 2022 at 3:30. To get to this point, the Eagles have defeated No. 23 Hillhouse, No. 26 West Haven, and just recently, No. 13 Staples.

The Eagles will now face the No. 3 seeded Fairfield Warde Mustangs at a neutral site. This will be the 3rd time the Eagles have matched up against Warde this season after a rough loss in the FCIAC semifinals and a loss in the regular season. Senior captain Connor Johnston will get the start for the Eagles against Warde.

Senior Matt Cummings was on the mound against Staples. He pitched six innings for the Eagles and allowed no runs. Cummings struck out 10 and only allowed 3 hits total.

“It was great to get the win with the team; it’s a really big deal for us,” said Cummings. “But there’s still work to do, the job isn’t finished”.

The Eagles got the lead on an RBI single by senior Jack Ligouri. Junior Scott Gell scored. Ligouri then scored on two wild pitches allowing him to go to third and home.

Senior Logan Huzi relieved Cummings in the top of the 7th inning to close the game. Both pitchers combined did not allow a Staples runner to get past 2nd base, they remained in control throughout the whole game.

The No. 10 Eagles have a tough matchup for the state semifinal game as Warde has been dominant this year. Although, they do have experience against this fellow FCIAC team and they know who they are dealing with. In the Class LL there are three FCIAC teams remaining with Trumbull, Warde, and Danbury who will face Southington following the Eagles game. All in all, the Eagles are still on the chase for a ring and they are only 2 wins away from victory!

THS Poets Perform

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Poetry Slam Masters’ of Ceremony entertain the crowd in this photo from the 2017 Slam.

Trumbull High includes many initiatives to promote the arts within it’s community. A student favorite is the Poetry Slam which was held this year on Friday May 13th in the school auditorium. This event is a part of Trumbull High’s culture and gives students a platform to perform their poems. The event is a competition where there is a panel of judges, mainly teachers, that decide which poem was written the best. Most importantly, though, is the performance component that is key to engaging the audience. 

Competitors were asked to submit two poems. One to be presented in the first round and, if you proceed to the final round of five poets, you are asked to present another one. The difficult part about presenting is not only trying to convey emotion through performance, but each poem has to be fully memorized. By having it memorized students can really speak from the heart; it also simulates a real poetry slam by following the rules. 

“It’s really fantastic that there’s such a great opportunity here for students to express ourselves and put on display how much we’ve learned about poetry and ourselves in, and out of, the poetry elective”, said senior, Lake Zajac, a participant in this year’s slam. “It’s so fun and impressive how much two classes can get done in just a few months to put on such a great show”.

The poetry slam mostly consists of senior poetry class students who have been preparing for the slam. However others are encouraged to join as well. Zajac appreciates how poetry has allowed her to understand herself and how to portray emotions through words. 

The winner of this years event was senior Chloe Nestro. 

First Freshman Social Event Planned

Rithik Manchanda ’25
EE Staff Writer

Freshmen playing games on McDougall Field at a Link Crew orientation.

Throughout their high school career, everyone deserves something fun: seniors have prom, juniors and sophomores have a dance, and now it’s time for the freshmen to have some fun with their upcoming Field Day.

The Freshman Field Day will take place on June 8th, 2022, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at McDougall Stadium with a rain date of June 9th. The cost is $5 which, along with a filled-out permission form, should be brought to either Mrs. Payne (A33) or Mrs. Basbagill (A3) to sign up.  Permission slips are posted on the Class of 2025 Classroom.

This is the freshman class’s first exciting event of the year as other plans were canceled due to problems including Covid-19. At the event, there will be ice cream, pizza, and fun games including cornhole, spike ball, and can jam (with big prizes!).

“I think field day will be a great way for all of the freshmen to hang out and bond before the school year ends,” says Freshman Class President Luke Hatzis.  “Plus it will be a great way for everyone to have some fun before finals and with all of the stress of studying”. 

Considering the disappointment associated with the cancelled Freshman Social, the announcement of this event brought excitement to president Hatzis and the rest of the freshman class as they are finally able to have a good time together.

Freshmen students hope that this will be just the start of many memorable celebrations at Trumbull High over the course of their remaining years.

Seniors Prepare for Prom Tradition

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Prom is a staple in every high-schooler’s experience. As the school year ends, it signifies to seniors an appropriate goodbye, commemorating their time spent here. What better way for seniors be celebrated than by a dance?

Fortunately, Covid-19 has made immense progress and as the mask mandate has been lifted, safety concerns for prom are minimal. Returning to the normal traditions of Trumbull High is reassuring for seniors as their high school experience is returning to normalcy. 

This year the dance is held on June 3rd at The Amber Room in Danbury. Students arrive at 7 and stay until 11. Hillcrest is also hosting an after prom party where students can go afterwards to play games in the cafeteria. 

 “I’m really excited that we are able to have a prom this year”, said senior, Lia DeFelice, expressing her excitement for the upcoming event. “Cotillion was super fun, so I’m looking forward to another school dance”.

Reflecting on the school dance that took place last fall, she is excited to relive moments like those with her friends. Like DeFelice, Senior Adrish Das is thrilled for the dance. He describes it as “a send-off to a very good four years”. 

Trumbull students have hopes  this year’s prom might help compensate for the high school experiences lost and interrupted by Covid-19.

Trumbull Baseball Defeats St. Joseph in Extra Innings

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Writer

On Monday, May 9th, the Trumbull Eagles traveled across town to play the St. Joseph Cadets. Anytime these rivals face off, it’s always a competitive match up and this season it was definitely one to remember.

Junior Sean Francouer was starting on the mound for the Eagles with junior Scott Gell down at the plate.

Right off the bat, senior Jack Ligouri hit a solo homerun giving Trumbull an early lead of 1-0 in the top of the first inning. “I think this homerun really set the tone and sent the message that we’re here to play,” said senior captain Dylan Moran. 

Soon after in the top of the 2nd, the Eagles added a run to make the score 2-0. After St. Joes scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning, senior Dylan Moran responded with a solo homer to make the score 3-1 Eagles.

To break open the game up for the Eagles, senior Jack Ligouri struck for a second time with a 2-run double, extending the lead over St. Joseph to 5-1 in the 4th inning. 

In the 5th inning, senior Matt Cummings then came into the game to relieve Francouer. Cummings is up for the Ruden Report Fairfield County Bank player of the week voting poll for the week of May 9th after his recent pitching performance. 

By St. Joes scoring one a run in the 4th inning and two in the 5th, they were able to make the score 5-4 with Trumbull still leading at the start of the 7th inning.Trumbull being one out away from victory, the Cadets got a runner to second to then score on a passed ball by the Eagles. This sent the game into extra innings.

“It was really fun because we would score, they would score, then we would again, and so on. It was one of the most fun games I’ve ever been a part of,” said Moran. 

Trumbull Baseball Shuts Out Top-Seeded Ridgefield

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Writer

Captain Connor Johnston at the mound, dominating the Tiger’s lineup through 6 innings.

The Trumbull baseball team convincingly beat Ridgefield 7-0 at home on Friday April 22nd.

FCIAC baseball has been very competitive this season, and outcomes of games aren’t always as expected. With this game being Ridgefield’s next game following their statement win over top seeded Fairfield Warde, the Eagles were aware that the Tigers had some momentum rolling. Trumbull knew that they had to come into this game playing their best baseball.

Starting pitcher Connor Johnston took the mound for the Eagles at home with junior Scott Gell as catcher. Throughout the game, with Gell at the plate and the rest of the fielders playing tough defense against the Tigers, they prevented any runs from scoring. Senior captain, Johnston, pitched a shutout for the Eagles through six innings. He allowed four hits and had 10 strikeouts.

With Johnston’s performance, he made the Ruden Report Fairfield County Bank player of the week voting poll for the week of April 25th.

After scoring early in the game, senior captain Dylan Moran added to the score in the 3rd inning with a 2-run homerun putting Trumbull up 3-0. To add insurance for the Eagles, senior Paul Visconti scored and extended the Eagles lead to 5-0. Then, to top off the offense, in the bottom of the 5th, senior Kevin Katragadda hit a 2-run home run. At the end of 7 innings, Trumbull defeated Ridgefield 7-0 and improved their record to 5-4.

“It was a great team win all around”, said Katragadda of his team’s performance. “We knew coming into the game that we were up against a really solid team, and we came to play. Connor threw a gem, we played solid defense and obviously the bats came alive. Dylan put some runs up early for us with that big swing and it felt good to tack on some more with my homer”, he added.

The Eagles continue to compete multiple times a week as they are in the middle of their regular season. They hope to keep up these kinds of wins and gain a spot in the FCIAC and CIAC playoff brackets.

Inclusion Spirit Week Celebrated

Isa Lee ‘23
EE News Editor

THS students join the SHADES club in celebrating #THURSDAYSINBLACK.

Trumbull High came together with an Inclusion Spirit Week from March 28 to April 1. It was a week where everyone could celebrate their true selves and show support for mental health challenges, diversities, the LGBTQ community, and women of color. Students and staff made their support known through their fashion choices.

The beginning of the week began with Mental Health Monday or Neon Day. We joined Youth Advocating for Youth (YAY) and wore neon to shine a light even during dark times.

YAY wants you to know you are not alone and help is always available. YAY promoted mental health resources and distributed bracelets with positive messages on them. This was a major success, with the ability to spread mental health resources around the school to help students when they are struggling. The lunch tables had carefully curated, laminated, lists containing resources for an array of situations.

The bright neon yellow posters around the school also had the resources listed. Mathew Which, a member of YAY, explains his participation: “It was wonderful to see the Trumbull High School student body come together to build a more inclusive environment for all students. It is of utmost importance for every student to feel welcome at Trumbull High School, and the Inclusion Spirit Week provided an opportunity to continue to build our community with that in mind.”

Winch also reminds us to follow @youthadvocatingforyouth on Instagram to see more ways to spread positivity and access resources. 

Next, the Peer Leaders Club created a diversity day to wear colors that showcase heritage and unique experiences.

“Through my efforts of helping to plan inclusion week, I felt it was important for me to participate in each of these days to show my support”, said junior, Reshma Kode, who showed her diversity through her clothing. “Specifically, for diversity day, I wore orange and green to represent the colors of the Indian flag and represent my culture. It was amazing to see how everyone proudly showed off their different cultures, allowing the school to come together as a community and promote acceptance”.

Time For Spring Cleaning

Ashley Moran’23
EE Staff Writer

Spring cleaning: A time to reset our lives and declutter from winter stress and anxieties. Taking this time to open the curtains and see the sun shining in and getting to decluttering our lives is exactly what we all need. These moments set us up for success. Cleaning and living in a decluttered environment can de-stress your life and improve your focus and mood.

When you live and function in a clean environment; it makes it easier to get your tasks done while also making you feel put together because your room is put together. Not only does functioning in a clean environment benefit you. But I find taking the time to clean and listen to music is all I need to feel productive and enhance my mood. 

Katlyn Nielson, A Junior says, “I love spring cleaning because it helps me feel good and fresh about not only the new chapter in my life with the new season, but also with how clean and complete I feel after I am done”.  

 Another way to shed yourself from the winter and leap into spring is decluttering. Getting rid of clothes and other belongings that do not fit you or you have no need for is beneficial. Giving to a local Goodwill or other community programs is a great option. So take this time to shed the winter anxieties away and make room for summertime and end-of-year festivities.

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