Trumbull Pulls Off Upset for Quarterfinal Win

Melvin Cabreja ‘23 EE Sports Reporter The Trumbull Eagles Football Team pulled off an incredible upset win vs #1 seeded Southington, 34-25, on Tuesday, November 29th in Southington. It was a special night More »

Varsity Field Hockey Setting/Reaching Goals

Lola Karimi ’25 EE Staff Writer The girls Varsity Field Hockey team, composed of 24 players, are currently 6-7-1 this season.  The captains seniors, Maura Carbone, and Lexi Santoro, “encourage us to try More »

Girls Varsity Volleyball Team on a Roll

Melvin Cabreja ’23 EE Staff Writer The Girls Varsity Volleyball team defeated Brien McMahon on Monday, October 24th, 3-0, in a game that saw the team hold their first annual thank-a-teacher night. This More »

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 »

 

Popular CoHo Titles Recommended

Alexis Kokosa ’26
EE Staff Writer

IT ENDS WITH US

Written from the point of view of Lily Bloom, a 23 year old, who moved to Boston after the death of her father, It Ends With Us, is a highly sought-after title from best-selling author Colleen Hoover who has a number of books that appeal to a crossover young adult audience.

All was well with Lily until she met the neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid, who she eventually falls in love with. Their relationship gets difficult over time when Bloom crosses paths with her first love, Atlas Corrigan.

The way Colleen Hoover addresses each character makes you love them just that much more. I wasn’t sure what to expect as an outcome of this book, but lets just say it was rather shocking. It is a story about domestic abuse and violence with a heartbreaking yet needed ending.

I still am unable to wrap my head around how while It Ends With Us is not considered a romance story–it is 100% a love story first and foremost. It puts you in a spot that forces you to choose yourself over someone you strongly love. Lily Bloom needed to put an end to the continuous violence she was experiencing to help herself in the long-run. I would give this read a 5/5 due to how it pulled at my heart and by how much enjoyment I received from this novel.

Tips for a More Traditional Holiday Revealed

Raphael Sullivan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Over Thanksgiving break, many students probably heard complaints about their table manners. That, back in your grandpa’s day, kids wouldn’t be glued to their phones. Auntie Sue would comment that when she was at the Thanksgiving table, she would actually talk to her relatives. Most probably ignored such advice, or simple put their phone away.

The brave ones, though, would just tell their relatives that they aren’t interesting. You, however, are different. You fight fire with fire. So tighten your corsets and practice your square dance because, in old times, people would drop dead at the ripe old age of 35 from tuberculosis. Way back then, the average person only had 3 pairs of pants. This Christmas, you are bringing back the Victorian era.

The first thing you’ll need to prepare is your clothes. Your parent’s era wears way too revealing clothing–I mean T-shirts? Atrocious.

For the more feminine students this Christmas, the first garments you will need are your drawers, stockings, and a decency skirt. Then you may dawn your Chemise, a nightgown-type undergarment meant to cover the unsightly drawers. Once your underwear is complete, you may move on to the next step, creating a figure.

Adults nowadays put in little effort to look good. You, on the other hand, shall adorn a corset to cinch your waist and a crinoline to create the shape of your dress. (A crinoline is a wire framework over which your skirt will lay which leaves a lot of room for smuggling prohibited goods).

If by chance any other members of your family appear with a crinoline, check for the telltale signs of a smuggler: walking oddly, clothing being too big or small, or wearing clothing that is too festive. If you see someone matching any of these descriptions, be sure to alert your local authorities. Finishing up the inner workings, all you need to do is dress in a petticoat to prepare for the skirt and a corset cover. Finally, you may adorn your dress. 

Male students looking to wear a suit have much less of a struggle. No complicated undergarments are necessary. A white button-down is in order and make sure you put it on after your trousers so the trousers straps go under your shirt. The next step is a waistcoat to be worn over your button-down. Then you can flip up your collar up and select a tasteful bowtie. For the winter, both a smoking jacket and an Inverness cape are needed. 

Newest Club is a Real Mystery

Sutton Caba-Bodie ’24
EE Staff Writer

There’s a new club here at Trumbull High! You may have seen it at the club fair earlier this school year. 

It’s the Detective Club, created by junior Yanxi Zhang, a creative, passionate, and kind student. It’s advised by Mrs. Ellis, who has greatly contributed to the club.

So how does it work? 

When interviewing Yanxi, she explained how the activities of the club are split into two sections, coordinating with the two semesters of the school year. For the first semester, each club meeting, which occurs once a month on Mondays at C22, revolves around one short story, typically a murder or crime. The goal is to solve the mystery by the end of the club meeting, which like most clubs, lasts about 40-45 minutes.

However, for the second semester, it kicks up a notch. Instead of separate short stories, the club meetings follow a particular mystery chosen by Yanxi. 

Committed to creating a memorable and clever experience for all, she translates Chinese language mysteries and creates a script that she will share with club members. Tensions build every meeting, as members begin to discover more and more about this selected story, and about their characters. Yanxi says that one of her favorite memories from this club was the final meeting from last year, when the longer story reached its end and all the club members voted for who they thought the true murderer was.

When asking Yanxi about why she created this club, her inspirations, future goals for it, she first explained how her love for mystery, bringing justice, and seeking truth began when she was a middle schooler. She had taken a psychology class and it sparked an interest in studying and discovering just how our brains work and why we do what we do. 

Secondly, she takes inspiration from many places, but mainly from well-known and talented Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. He writes mainly mystery novels, and has won several awards and has had almost 20 turned into films. 

As for the future goals for the club- Mrs. Ellis and Yanxi’s minds stay focused on possible leaders for when Yanxi graduates in 2024. 

When asked what she wanted to say most- she expressed gratitude towards Mrs. Ellis and said “A big, big thank you to Mrs. Ellis for being our advisor, she’s done a lot for us”. 

This club provides a truly unique, creative, and witty experience and atmosphere. The concept, dedication, and passion of this club is truly inspiring and it will be excited to see what they do next.

Who Should Win The NFL MVP?

Jude Magnotti ’25
EE Sports Columnist

It’s halfway through the NFL season and it feels like we have barley even started. However, midseason gives us the opportunity to go back and reflect on the teams and players that have found success through this point in the season.

Let’s focus on what is potentially the most important award in sports: The NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).

This award has been notoriously dominated by quarterbacks in the past and this season looks to be no different. So far, the front runners for this award have been Jalen Hurts of the Eagles, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, and Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins.

Mahomes is the obvious choice, however due to voter fatigue, the MVP will probably be between Hurts and Tagovailoa, two quarterbacks from the 2020 class with underwhelming rookie and sophomore seasons (especially compared to Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert).

Through 12 weeks, the Eagles stand at 10-1 due in no small part to the efforts of Hurts. So far, he has had 2,560 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and leads the league in QB rushing touchdowns with 8. Last year the Eagles finished only 9-8 and already having more wins then they had last year through just 11 games is a huge jump.

While Hurts has definitely been helped by the weapons Devonta Smith and A.J. Brown as well as Coach of the Year candidate Nick Sirianni, he’s absolutely taken a big leap from years 2 to 3 and the franchise would not be where it is at right now were it not for him. If the Eagles continue their winning ways it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hurts up on the stage accepting the MVP in February.

In the AFC, we have a quarterback that is in a very similar situation to Hurts–Tua Tagovailoa. Like Hurts, he possesses deadly weapons in both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle with another Coach of the Year candidate in Mike McDaniel. The Dolphins have not had as much success as the Eagles, standing at only 8-3. However, it would be an understatement to say that Tua has had far superior individual numbers compared to Hurts.

Veteran’s Day Assembly Inspires Senior Class

Hannah Adams ’23
EE Editor-in-Chief

Trumbull veterans speak to the Class of ’23 on Veteran’s Day.

On November 11, this past Veteran’s Day, the class of 2023 gathered in the THS auditorium for a shared commemoration of the soldiers and veterans in the Trumbull community who have bravely served our country.

Twenty-five local veterans, accompanied by THS graduate Jake Moffat, attended the event to help teach and convey the importance of honoring our soldiers on Veteran’s Day, emphasizing that no service is insignificant.

Each veteran was given the opportunity to speak about their time in military service, with each one receiving well-deserved applause from the students. Veterans also answered students’ questions about communication between different countries, and how we as a community can best honor our veterans.

Using poetry from Maya Angelou and John McCrae, keynote speaker Dave Sacco expressed his intense gratitude in an impassioned speech to the students, with a notable oration of “In Flanders Field” to express the emotional and symbolic significance of the poppies that soldiers wear on Veteran’s Day.

Alongside Sacco’s speech, Trumbull High School’s Chambers choir group performed three ballads to honor the veterans, with beautiful renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Thank You, Soldiers,” and “God Bless America,” a wonderful tribute to those who served our country. 

“I stood upon the shoulders of your great-grandparents,” Sacco said while discussing the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” those that survived the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II, bringing light to those who fought and died in combat, and “gave up their tomorrows for our today.” 

Assemblies like this one ensure that we as a school collectively honor and remember those that have served and are currently serving our country, keeping in mind that our todays are preserved and maintained by the sacrifices of our veterans.

Trumbull Pulls Off Upset for Quarterfinal Win

Melvin Cabreja ‘23
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull Eagles Football Team pulled off an incredible upset win vs #1 seeded Southington, 34-25, on Tuesday, November 29th in Southington.

It was a special night for the football program at Trumbull High as it was their first appearance in the playoffs in the last 12 years. This game saw a strong performance by Jonathan Hall who exploded for 232 yards and an astonishing 5 touchdowns. He was really the focal point of the Eagle’s offense and kept them in the game given the back and forth battle.

Coming out of the half, the Eagles saw themselves up by one. Southington responded with a touchdown but the Eagles scored back nearing the end of the 3rd quarter.

In the 4th quarter, the Eagle’s defense stepped up not allowing a single point to secure the win for Trumbull. The #8 seed in these playoffs, Trumbull, will now head to Fairfield to play the #5 seed, Fairfield Prep, on Sunday, December 4th at 12:30 pm. 

Photo courtesy: THS Football Twitter account.

Junior Katie Marchand Leads Trumbull Girls Cross Country

Abby Poplawski ‘23
EE Science/Technology Editor

Katie Marchand holds up the Connecticut State Flag after becoming the top CT finisher at the New England Championships.

Just joining the cross country team as a junior in high school this year, Katie Marchand has already left a mark in school history. After running a 10:36.64 3200-meter race in outdoor track, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), named her as one of the top athletes to keep an eye out for during the championship season for fall sports. 

After an individual second place finish at the FCIAC Championships in New Canaan, Katie and her coaches knew she had the ability to work harder and push for a first place finish in upcoming races. At the CIAC Division LL Girls Championship at Wickham Park, the Trumbull girls cross country team aimed to qualify for the CIAC State Open meet the following week.

Katie knew what her role in the race was, and she was determined to place in the top to help the team score the least points in order to advance to opens. With an outstanding twenty-five second lead, she became the Division LL State Champion, running 19:00 for a 5 kilometer race! The team placed third overall, claiming a spot to State Opens. Of all the Connecticut Divisional races that day, Katie ran the fastest female time.

With several workouts on the track dedicated to hitting specific race paces, the girls on the team were ready to race at State Opens, hoping to place in the top six teams to qualify for the  New England Interscholastic XC Championships in Rhode Island. Taking on Wickham Park again, the girls were hit with a very hot and sunny day, but that didn’t stop them from running hard.

Katie fought through the whole race, maintaining her position in front of the lead pack. She ended with a second place finish running 19:11 just six seconds behind the first-place runner from Glastonbury. Katie was able to lead the team to a fifth place finish, making Trumbull Girls Cross Country the top FCIAC team of the race and a New England’s Qualifier.

Fall Play Underway

Isabella Mercado ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Ali Hassan & Mars Czarnecki rehearse under the watch of their Director, Isabel O’Neil & Stage Manager, Elizabeth Caron. Almost, Maine premiers November 18th & 19th.

Most of us here at Trumbull High are familiar with the spring musicals put on every March, but one of the hidden underground gems of THS Arts is the fall play. While the plays are not as big in extravagance as the spring musicals, they have always been beautiful productions that never receive enough praise. This year, TheSpians is putting on the play Almost, Maine by John Cariani.

One of the unique elements of the fall play is that it is completely student run. This means that leadership positions such as directors, stage managers, designers, producers, and other crew leadership positions are filled by students. Some of these roles are filled by adults in the spring, so the fall productions give students a chance at showing off their leadership qualities, as well as preparing them for a future in theatre if they so choose.

“It’s been so great working with such amazing actors, and it’s awesome to work under the guidance of Mrs Spillane, especially since I want to go into directing later in life,” said Skylar Cuminotto-Reis, one of the directors of Almost Maine.

Anyone with a leadership position works under the guidance of Mrs Spillane and Mr Bracksieck, the THeSpian advisors, so that they are able to ask questions and perform to the best of their abilities. Some leadership was even determined last school year, so that work on the play could begin as soon as this year began. 

Boys Soccer Wins FCIAC Championship

Melvin Cabreja ’23
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull Eagles varsity soccer team defeated Darien on Thursday night 4-1 to secure the 2022 FCIAC championship. The victory puts an exclamation point on what has been a great year, finishing with an 18-1 record this season.

This is the school’s 4th Championship since 2016. The team has seen many contributions this year by key players like The MVP of the game which was awarded to sophomore goalkeeper Connor Hughes. He had nine saves in this game.

Junior Stefan Cordas and senior Sebastian Mesa each scored two goals.

Junior Owen Bull had an amazing season that saw him scoring the most goals in a season. The Eagles will now get ready to start their journey towards the State championship next week as the respected #1 seed

Varsity Field Hockey Setting/Reaching Goals

Lola Karimi ’25
EE Staff Writer

The girls Varsity Field Hockey team, composed of 24 players, are currently 6-7-1 this season.  The captains seniors, Maura Carbone, and Lexi Santoro, “encourage us to try our hardest and are extremely supportive during both games and practice,” said sophomore player Julia Lorant. 

One of the biggest values the Field Hockey team holds is being connected with one another. They participate in many team bonding activities, such as “trying to go to field hockey games together and having team sleepovers”, according to sophomore Lily Healy.

The Varsity Field Hockey team participates in the Spirit Week, Sponsor-A-Senior Day.

Cooperating as a unit is what makes the difference between a good and bad game for this team. A balance is super important to the field hockey team, so they made sure to “have so much fun traveling around together as a team”, according to Maura Carbone. 

With the season coming to an end, everyone has a goal they would like to accomplish, such as “getting to 15 goals for this season and reaching 100 total points by the end of the season”,  said Carbone.

She is very close to her goal as she is already at 91 total points right now in her four varsity years.


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