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Erosion of Local Creek Threatens Habitats and Properties

Noemi Farkas ’25
EE Staff Writer

Ash Creek’s erosion problem continues, putting the wildlife habitat at risk of becoming a bay.

Fairfield and Bridgeport are teaming up to help save Ash Creek from turning into a bay. Ash Creek borders the city of Bridgeport and the town of Fairfield. It serves as both a crucial wildlife habitat and a natural shellfish bed. It also serves as a habitat for migratory shorebirds who use this area as a place to eat and take a break from their long journey. Additionally, Ash Creek houses many plants, one of them being spartina, a plant that can only exist in the conditions that tidal wetlands provide. 

Ash Creek is currently experiencing an erosion problem. One of the main causes of this is the dredging of the channel to Fairfield’s Marina over the past few years, and the bringing of sand to Jennings Beach instead of putting it back on the sand split. The impact of major storms such as Hurricanes Sandy and Irene has also impacted Ash Creek. 

The loss of wetlands will lead to the loss of many habitats and the destruction of different plants, some of which can only exist on tidal wetlands.

 “There is tremendous biodiversity in tidal wetlands and it would cease to be a habitat for many species”, according to Gail Robinson, President of the Ash Creek Conservation Association. “Scientists predict that given the current erosion trend, we could lose the sand spit within 15 years (or perhaps sooner, if there is a large storm)”.

The loss of this sand split could lead to more of these tidal wetlands disappearing. Tidal wetlands are very important because they collect/absorb flooding, similar to a sponge. They absorb water from high tides and storms, and without them, homes that line the shoreline would be open to direct wave action. Experts believe that if Ash Creek disappears, then Great Marsh Island would follow. This would lead to more destruction of habitats, which would increase the risk of flooding for properties located in Black Rock and eastern Fairfield. Those properties with flat land and filled in wetlands would see a larger increase in flooding. 

12 Angry Jurors Hits the Stage This Weekend

By Kylie Totten ’24
EE Sports Editor

THS THeSpians performing in the 2021 Fall play, 12 ANGRY JURORS, hear arguments and deliberate the fate of a man accused of murder. Standing: Medha Bnatnager. Sitting L-R: Bailey Chapin, Timothy Spillane, Mia Bekech, Isaac Lyne, Sara Kocinsky, Grace Codd, Isabella Mercado, Isabel O’Neill.

The THS fall play, 12 Angry Jurors, is about to hit the stage.

There will be two performances, this Friday (11/5) at 7:00 and Saturday (11/6) at 5:00 at the Trumbull High Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for the general public and $7 for students. 

12 Angry Jurors was originally known as 12 Angry Men, a play written by playwright Reginald Rose in 1964. 12 Angry Jurors just allows for a more gender-inclusive cast than seen in the original story. The play has been performed in theaters all over the world, and was adapted into a movie 1957.

The play follows twelve jurors as they deliberate on a murder case, considering the guilt or innocence of the accused teenage boy. Each character brings their own individual history and biases to the jury room, making it difficult for the jurors to come to a unanimous decision. When asked why 12 Angry Jurors was the choice for this year play, student director Nathan Ayotte commented, “In a time where social justice has gained traction among young people, as more and more teenagers are developing their own ethos and belief system to deconstruct the world around them, 12 Angry Jurors is a beautiful commentary on the Justice system in American Democracy”.

There isn’t a real “main” character in 12 Angry Jurors, it’s an ensemble piece with 12 leading roles. This years cast consists of freshman Bailey Chapin (Juror 1), freshman Bella Cabral (Juror 2), senior Mia Bekech (Juror 3), senior Issac Lyne (Juror 4), junior Sara Kocinsky (Juror 5), freshman Grace Codd (Juror 6), sophomore Sam Miller (Juror 7), sophomore Nora Watson (Juror 8), junior Bella Mercado (Juror 9), junior Paul Litchfield (Juror 10), sophomore Tim Spillane (Juror 11) and sophomore Medha Bhatnagar (Juror 12).

Everything You Need to Know About Wednesday’s PSAT

Kylie Totten ’23
EE Sports Editor

Prepare yourselves THS students, it’s PSAT season. It may not be the formal SAT, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important, because the PSAT is great preparation for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and it’s an opportunity for students to earn scholarships. So what is the PSAT all about, and what can you do to prepare?

The PSAT, or the NMSQT, is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. According to the College Board, it is a timed test that lasts two hours and 45 minutes and is generally taken by sophomores, and sometimes juniors, in high school. Trumbull High is having their first PSAT testing day on Wednesday October 13, 2021. 

PSAT scores are based on two sections, reading/writing and math. The total score is the sum of the two section scores, and there are 139 questions in total (91 reading/writing, 48 math). Scores can range from 320-1520, which is slightly different from the SAT that goes up to 1600. 50th percentile scores (average) are generally around a 1010, while 90th percentile scores are around a 1290. 

The PSAT isn’t looked at by college admissions, but it is a vital tool in studying for the SATs. The SATs are taken junior year, and it’s one of the four main things colleges look at when considering your application, along with grades, extracurriculars and the essay. The questions on the PSAT are very similar to the SAT’s, so it gives students a good idea of which areas they may struggle with and need to work on. The PSAT can also be good for working out test anxiety by giving students the opportunity to prepare for the time limit and testing environment as well as the questions. 

And They’re Off!

Click Here for a map view of where THS Class of 2021 graduates are headed.

 

 

The Eagle’s Eye is pleased to present its annual college map for the Class of 2021! As this most unprecedented school year comes to a close, we want to congratulate all of those moving on from Trumbull High, especially those members of our Eagle’s Eye editor team and staff. Thank you to all the graduates who have shared their post-secondary pursuits here. We wish you all the best!

 

 

AP Testing Nearing End

Hannah Adams ‘23
EE News/Feature Editor

This year is finally coming to a close, and with the end of this hectic school year comes an influx of AP exams for students in their different classes. 

As an AP student myself, I’ve been subject to the hardships of strenuous studying along with the additional work from other classes. This year, although bringing the cancellation of “authentic” finals, still has wrought our students with absurd amounts of stress. 

Despite the hardships of this year’s test-taking, we have finally made it through to the end of the testing windows in most of the AP classes. Although the testing is terminated, students still have many opinions to voice about this year’s AP testing.

For example, student Maggie Huang, a sophomore, who took two AP exams this year, said that “Looking back, I feel like I made AP classes way more of a deal than they actually are. It is really just like any other class. AP exams, on the other hand, are exactly what I thought they’d be: very stressful and expensive. The $100 fee did give an incentive to study, other than maintaining my grades, which can be read pretty subjectively I guess.”

On top of an incredibly difficult year of hybrid learning and mask-wearing, many students felt that the AP exams were another obstacle to tackle, despite there being so many.

 Like Maggie, students recognize the importance of AP exams, but still found them to be incredibly stress-inducing. Trumbull High School students are all dedicated to their studies, but it is also important to be dedicated to your mental health.

One student who preaches the importance of mental health, Samuel Russel, stated “I chose to not take any AP classes this year due to the amount of work, pressure, and expectations that come with the classes and exams. Some students, myself included, are also horrible test takers, so I feel that I have a higher chance of failing an AP test…The AP system is not healthy…in my opinion.” 

Netflix Clamps Down on Password Sharing

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Netflix has been beginning to introduce a new Two-Factor Authentication feature in order to keep accounts safe and attempt to diminish the amount of unpaid users borrowing friends’ passwords, according to a recent article from the University of Houston’s Cougar newspaper.

Two-factor authentication is where there are two barriers of security. There are many different types of authentication like passwords which are most commonly used. To have two-factors means on top of a password another form of security is implemented. For example a user might be asked a sensitive question only they would know the answer to in order to further verify their identity. Another form of authentication is the use of biometrics. This includes fingerprints, face, and eye scans that are original to the owner and unable to be reproduced. 

Netflix has created a messaging system where a notification will appear on the user’s Netflix account stating “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” After the user views this, they receive a notification via text or email containing a code which they have to input in order to continue watching. 

Many users have been sharing their account passwords with close peers so that they as well can access Netflix’s products without a paid subscription. This new factor makes it much more difficult for this to occur, resulting in many customers getting agitated this “hack” will be blocked. 

However Netflix has responded and stated this is strictly for security reasons. As users give away their passwords, they become more prone to hackers. With their passwords being poorly protected with their careless acts, hackers can get hold of them and access their account. Many people reuse their passwords on multiple platforms allowing hackers who have obtained that one password to access more critical and important accounts. 

PTA Reflections Winners Announced

Isa Lee ’23
EE Staff Writer 

Trumbull students have a place to showcase their talent through the National PTA Reflections program. Reflections provides opportunities for recognition in the arts and boosts self esteem. Every year, over 300,000 students, nationally, participate  in creating original pieces through various art categories in the program. 

This program was originally designed to help students explore their talents and go beyond their mere walls of everyday life. This is a way for teens and kids to express themselves in something they love.

This year, the theme was I Matter Because…  This theme was designed to help everyone remember why they matter and how they are important, especially because of the challenging year everyone has been through. 

In this contest, there are many different categories such as dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. 

Zdena Quinn, Reflections chairpersons for Frenchtown, Madison, and Trumbull High school has been a big asset to this program. She has been encouraging students for years to explore their talents and express themselves, while running the program. 

There is always at least one creation each year that takes my breath away”, said Quinn. “One of my favorites was a submission the year that ‘The World Would Be a Better Place if…..’ was the theme. I think the child was in first grade, they drew a picture of their mother and their artist statement said, ‘The world would be a better place if we all listened to our mommies’.”

Students submit their artwork to Local PTAs for initial judging. In Trumbull, school-level judging occurred in January and then all local Connecticut PTAs submitted their 1st place winning entries to the State Office. The state announced their winners in March and the top entries from our State PTA Reflections contest advanced to National PTA for the final round of judging. National PTA winners are announced each May.

The deadline this year for the submissions was December 21 and a few of many applicants were chosen as winners for the 2020-2021 year. Congratulations to the 2020-2021 winners!

In the dance category, there was one award. Rachel Weintraub won first place for her piece called Dance Positively Unafraid

In the photography category there were four winners. In first place, Olivia Ray; second, Christina Arduini; and tied for Third Johannes Rysse and Aidan Brunt. 

“The picture I submitted was taken on a holiday we celebrate in my culture, Diwali”, said sophomore Olivia Ray, who has been doing Reflections since third grade. “It was taken from a low angle to show all the clay lamps reflecting on the floor. I chose it because my culture is a big part of who I am and I want to embrace it. It shows how different cultures around the world are important too and diversity is what makes us all so great.” 

Vigorous Vaccine Distribution

Hannah Adams ‘23
EE News/Feature Editor

As we celebrate a full year since Trumbull High shut down due to COVID-19, we begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines are being distributed and rolled out throughout America.

This past month, our very own teachers received their vaccines and felt a rush of relief, despite their slight fear of needles. But as the demand for vaccines becomes greater, the government is revising plans and hoping they can fulfill the needs of those who want the vaccine.

In a recent report presented to Congress, entitled “From the Factory to the Frontlines,” a detailed outline of the planned distribution of vaccines is described. It discusses what is required, what the government is currently doing, and a phased structure of their plans. This 11-page report gives details of partnerships with the state and the importance of accommodation. 

In terms of the government’s requirements for an efficient and effective distribution plan, the report states that it “…must ensure safety of the products, maintain control and visibility, manage uptake and acceptance, ensure traceability of product, and maximize coverage…” This is an efficient, structured outline of the government’s goals and objectives when it comes to the distribution of a new vaccine to the public.

Along with an outline of the government’s objectives, the report included three key components of the distribution plan:

  1. Partnerships with state, local, and tribal health departments and federal entities to allocate and distribute vaccines.
  2. A centralized distributor contract for back-up distributors for storage and handling needs.
  3. A flexible and secure web-based IT vaccine tracking system for ordering, uptake, and management of vaccines. 

Partnerships with all 50 states are imperative for an effective rollout of vaccines, especially if venues are needed to set up numerous vaccination stations. 

The report goes into more detail on these partnerships, stating that the CDC has awarded grants to limited dose areas as a part of the Coronavirus Aid to help fund immunization programs that allow enhanced capacity to support staffing, communication, pandemic preparedness, and mass vaccination.

Centralized distribution contracts will be drawn, which allows the government full visibility, control, and ability to shift assets and use data to optimize vaccine uptake. These contracts help with the legality in terms of the possession of the vaccines.

Jurisdiction will be assigned, meaning specific areas will be given control over vaccines and will distribute the vaccines to their designated locations.

The third component of the government’s plan discusses an easy-to-use web-based site, where they can monitor the orders being made by each state as well as the status of the vaccinations given in each state.

Harvard Business Conference for Women Inspires

Isa Lee ‘23
EE Staff Writer

The fourth annual Business Oriented Leadership Development Conference (B.O.L.D.), an event for high school women interested in business, was held this year in a virtual format on January 30th and 31st.  The conference brings together speakers and panels made up of Harvard undergraduates and women leaders in the business world across a variety of industries ranging from finance and tech to fashion and entertainment.  

The conference exemplifies women’s empowerment and inspires young women on how they can lead. The panels were also important for the college application process, as they gave great advice and ideas on college admissions and insights into the business world. The women featured in the conference showed how they create an impact on our society and shared their incredible success stories and advancements. Sunday’s event consisted of seven inspiring panels. Each student was only able to attend a certain number because they overlapped. Listed below are 4 of the panels, 2 keynotes and a master class. 

Panel #1, Applying to College Panel: The 4 panelists, consisting of Harvard undergraduates,  each explained who they were and what they were studying. Most spoke about how they applied and chose early-decision to Harvard. They all advised students  to be prepared to have a list of colleges for regular decision applications as well, just in case. Lastly, college visits helped these undergraduates to decide where they wanted to go and determined a lot of their decisions. 

Panel #2, Technology: The panelists  were four technology co-founders of companies focused on developing, powering technology, and marketing. Mada Seghete grew up in Romania and followed  a computer engineering path. Then, she started product managing and joined a startup. Seghete didn’t initially see  an issue with the lack of women working in tech because she didn’t feel any different, even though her co-founders were all men. But, she found a group of female founder friends and saw that what they went through as women was incredible. She realized that it was harder to raise money as a woman and they did not have check-writing power like men. The second panelist,Vanessa Liu, was a social commerce CEO in entrepreneurship. Having a personal board of advisors was also important to Vanessa. They helped her succeed and created opportunities for her. Lastly, she explained that working with women and people of color changed her views and motivated her to make a social impact in a technology company. When she first started working in  business, she was oblivious to how the world worked. Women and diverse entrepreneurs were coming to her because she is a Chinese-American, and a plethora of these women could relate to her. Another panelist faced similar challenges in her journey through the industry: Neeti Mehta Shukla. She is from India and started product marketing and consumer behavior. She founded “Automatic Anywhere”. The fact that she was a woman in technology did not bother her or hold her back because she knew she had a place. In the end, technology has the responsibility to change jobs and create new improvements. Artificial intelligence may be causing mass job loss, but if the end goal stays  in perspective, then society as a whole is changing for the better. An important question to keep in mind is “Will jobs become obsolete due to these special advancements”? These educated women show that creating jobs for the future, and local users, create more products and services that were once impossible. “I almost envy all of you young kids because the sky’s the limit” Shukla said. 

February is African American History Month

Kylie Totten ’24
EE Staff Writer

Banner of the National Archives website which holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience: www.archives.gov/news/topics/african-american-history

This month marks the 45th annual African American History month. With all the racial justice protests that have occurred throughout 2020 and 2021 in the United States, it is a fitting time to spread awareness about the struggles African Americans have been through to earn their freedom.

Since 1976, the month of February has been devoted to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of African Americans and their role in United States history. Countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the Netherlands have joined the United States in dedicating a month to the celebration of African American history.

The month-long celebration started as just a week in 1925. Originally called “Negro History Week”, it was an annual celebration that took place during the second week of February. This week was specifically chosen to coincide with the birthdays of African American advocates Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was responsible for the creation of the event.

The ASALH organization was founded on September 9, 1915 by Carter G. Woodson. Woodson is considered to be the “Father of Black History” and was one of the first scholars to study African American history. Woodson created the ASALH to study and educate people about the history and achievements of black Americans.


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