Monthly Archives: October 2016

Student Seeks Extra Credit, but Discovers a World of Hidden Treasures

Carly Netting ’17
EE Staff Writer


Priceless opportunities. Senior Natalia Paskevicz takes advantage of her economics extra credit assignment by visiting the Yale University Art Gallery in October 2016. Paskevicz went to see the Jonathan Trumbull exhibit, and found herself looking at Van Gogh’s “Square Saint-Pierre, Paris” priceless work of art. “I would have never known such famous artists had pieces here, and it was cool to unexpectedly see these pieces, and for free.”

Azure skies open up open both creative minds and opportunities for school. The silence in “Square Saint-Pierre, Paris” coupled with the sound of the swirling fall leaves on Yale University’s green allowed senior Natalia Paskevicz to stop and appreciate the world around her.

Although Paskevicz was at Yale to fulfill an extra credit opportunity for her Honors Economics class, she found beauty and culture both inside the gallery and around downtown New Haven. Paskevicz was assigned to visit the Yale University’s Art Gallery to look into town culture in the Jonathan Trumbull exhibit. However, she was surprised to find the works of famous artists, such as Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh scattered throughout the museum. “It was great to get points added to my economics grade, but it was more rewarding seeing priceless works of art that I never knew were so close to home.”

Young Messi

Brian McPartland ’17
EE Staff Writer

200342_171755186210615_1701055_nCompetition fuels athletes. Senior Ryan Ruff has been playing soccer since grade three, but during the past year, Ruff decided he also wanted to compete as a Division 1 athlete.

Although having never played soccer for the school, Ruff is still regarded as one of the best strikers in the area thanks to his performance on elite club teams, which play and practice year round.

“When I was a freshman I realized that I wanted to play in college because the sport could get me into a good academic school and it could take my mind off the negative distractions that every college student faces,” said Ruff.

Ruff balances school work, soccer practices and football practices. He does this to prepare himself for what his life will be like in a year as a college athlete.

“The University of New Hampshire was the first school to reach out to me. I was excited because I had heard good things about the school however, I was very nervous to talk to the coach,” said Ruff.

Today Ruff has more than one scholarship offer including his number one school, The University of Connecticut. Although that seems like everything he could ask for, Ruff still has not committed to play at a school yet.

“I’m waiting to see what my best offers are. It’s still very early and better things could come. I don’t want to jump on the first offer and regret it in the future,” said Ruff. “My parents are leaving the decision completely up to me. They just don’t want me to go somewhere too far away from home or somewhere that’s too expensive.”

Train Ride To Success

Caroline Adams ’17
Lily Thompson ’17
EE Staff Writers

Train rides to New York City every weekend, interning for New York Fashion Week, starting a photography magazine filled with art and fashion, and working trade shows are not things that many people get to experience. However, Manuela Artia, Trumbull High senior and the Fashion Club founder, is the girl who gets to do that.

With arguably the best fashion sense in the senior class, Manuela is able to show how creative and talented she really is, and she is able to prove to many that she was born to make it in the fashion business.

Fantastic Fall Favorites

Anjeli Sambasivam ’18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

lifestyle4To kick off the season, the Eagle’s Eye is scouring for recipes that show what’s popular as the temperatures start to drop! When I think of fall, I think of pumpkin spice and warm apple pie fresh out of the oven. With cinnamon, brown sugar, and juicy apples, these wonderful treats will get you ready for fall. I’m always on the lookout for simple recipes, and when I saw these fall snacks, I was immediately hooked. These quick and easy recipes are great for warming up on a crisp autumn day!

Recipe #1: Apple Crumble
4 Granny Smith apples (cut in half)
¼ cup olive or canola oil
1 stick unsalted cold butter (melted)
8 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup granola
1 pint vanilla ice cream

THS Music Department Tunes Up for New School Year

Jessica Parillo ’18
EE Co-Managing Editor

Marching Band

For students in the THS Golden Eagle Marching Band, music isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life. At least, after two weeks of twelve hour day band camp in addition to Tuesday and Thursday practices, it certainly seems to be. Band members have been working on their fall show since the beginning of summer, and their hard work has definitely begun to pay off.

On September 17, the THSGEMB kicked off the start to their 2016 season with a performance at Brien McMahon high school in Norwalk. Their show, titled “Metalmorphosis”, features songs such as Gavorkna Fanfare, Foundry, Lyric Metal and Kala, which are heavy and rhythmic to fit the theme. They have also incorporated the use of “metal-stations”, large free-standing props structured from metallic pipes and materials, which help the band achieve their brassy sound.

This Year in Entertainment

Katie Boback ’17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor


The beloved Harry Potter series receives a breath of new life.

Now that September has rolled around again, we’re back to the homework, sports, and studying of the school year. Lucky for you, the 2016-17 school year looks like a big one for the entertainment industry, so here’s the condensed preview.

We’ll start with movies. In the next month, keep your eyes open for The Girl on the Train, an adaptation of the acclaimed book by Paula Hawkins. Another book soon to roll onto the big screen is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Written by J.K. Rowling, the newest edition to the world of Harry Potter is in fact, not focused on the beloved protagonist. It follows Newt Scamander in a timeline seventy years before Harry Potter makes his arrival at Hogwarts. More movies based on books soon to debut include: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Looking For Alaska, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

Academic Decathlon Eyes Return to Nationals

acadec3Ethan Bachand ’18
EE Co-News Editor

Last year; Academic Decathlon, one of the smallest clubs in the school, put on an amazing performance at states that would send them to the national competition in Alaska. There, all members of the team performed for their first time on the national level. Now, following such an incredible year, the club looks to head to Nationals once again.

Speaking on last year’s performance, junior Dajeah Woolery, who was a member of the nationals team, said that she was extremely surprised that the team made it to nationals. “I knew we had the skill, I knew we worked hard but we also had fierce competition,” said Woolery. “In fact, when they called our names I thought we got second.”

However, the highlights did not stop there. Speaking about Nationals itself, Woolery would go on to say that “Nationals felt mind blowing. If you don’t do decathlon it can be hard to imagine how it could be so much fun but we got to meet with people from all over the world who enjoyed the same thing we did. ”

Heroes of HOBY: The Leaders of Tomorrow

Kate Ariano ’18
EE Senior Features Editor

“You think that you’re strong? Try being in a place where your best friend can’t go to school because she’s a girl and you can because you’re a guy. And then people are trying to make you go into ISIS or something like that. It’s crazy”, explains junior Anirudh (Rudy) Kurup, the latest of our peers to attend both the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Connecticut as well as World Leadership Congress.

Sophomores from across the state joined Kurup at the HOBY Connecticut congress. They discussed issues relevant in their various communities and how they could use their leadership skills to address those problems. For Kurup, however, the adventure into a world with topic discussions regularly dominated by politicians and leaders of all kinds, was simply beginning.
He comments, “I was invited to go to the World Leadership Congress and basically what that is, is it’s students from fourteen other countries [who] all come together in one place and we’re there for a week and we basically just talk about leadership. So I went there and spent a week at that campus and we…learned about how to take leadership, the leadership that we learned, and how to make a difference in not only our community, but it was more on a global level since there were kids from all around, there.”