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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.

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.

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. 

Trumbull Agriscience Prepares for the Fall Farm Fair

Abby Poplawski ‘23
EE Staff Writer

The leaves are starting to change colors, and the air is becoming colder which means it’s finally time for the annual Fall Farm Fair at the Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center. Stop by on Saturday, October 23rd from 10 am to 3 pm to visit the animals, play games, join raffles, enjoy the food trucks, and shop from our local and student vendors!

Each year, the students in agriscience take part in an SAE or a supervised agricultural experience. From volunteering at local businesses, to getting paid jobs, or becoming entrepreneurs and selling their own products, these students can do it all. Products made by the students include homemade jams and jellies, jewelry, wine glasses, maple syrup, crochet crafts, room decor, soaps, and so much more! These products will be sold during the farm fair and are the perfect gifts for family members.

This is also the perfect event for children, who are welcome to arrive in their Halloween costumes. The volunteers have put together many different games and activities such as decorating pumpkins, bowling, planting seeds, ring toss, and more. Children can also choose a prize after completion of each activity. Each game requires 1-2 tickets which can be purchased at the front table by the entrance, otherwise admission is free.

One of the most popular things to do at the farm fair is to visit the animals which are very friendly. Currently, there are two horses, one cow, one alpaca, fifteen sheep, and two recently added miniature donkeys. They will be outside on the fields and you may even be able to see some of the large animal science students training or feeding them.

 “Besides offering families the opportunity to visit our farm and interact with our large animals, it provides a venue for our Agriscience students to assist our parent organization, the Friends of the Farm, in this fundraising event”, said Dr. Linda Paslov, Agriscience Director. Dr.  Paslov is very excited to help host the Farm Fair.

The Friends of the Farm is an organization made of dedicated parents that helps enrich the Trumbull Agriscience program through social events, fundraising, and community awareness.

The weather is supposed to be great on Saturday, so feel free to stop by. The Farm Fair is a great place to enjoy on a weekend with your family. From sweet treats, to games, animals, and pumpkins, this event will set the perfect mood for a cozy autumn day. But don’t fret if you can’t make it, the Spring Farm Fair will be here before you know it.


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.

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.

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”.

Winter Percussion Heads to National Competition

Amanda Cottica ’23
EE Staff Writer

The THSGEMB Winter Percussion Show, “Beautiful Angels”

The Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band takes their show “Beautiful Angels” to the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. Between April 21 and April 23, the group will perform against other winter percussion ensembles from various states. Their sets include musical numbers from Beethoven and Michael Jackson, maintaining their theme of using music from deceased artists.

Following their Winter Guard, who competed in early April, the THSGEMB will compete in the Truist Arena in Northern Kentucky for the preliminary rounds. Advancing past the preliminary rounds will result in a trip to Dayton, Ohio where the finals will be held.

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