Monthly Archives: November 2016

Self Plagiarism: Fact or Fiction?

self-plagairsmDaejah Woolery ‘18
EE Staff Writer

The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.” For many of us the first time we hear the word is in middle school; then the word is cutting, terrifying, and constant. The truth is that by the time we sit down in freshman foundations it’s a joke. With sources like the plagarism checker, it’s getting harder and harder to plagiarize, yet every year thousands of kids are caught and even more get away with it. But what about taking your own work? Is it still plagiarism if you use an essay from one class for another?

Self plagiarism or “recycling fraud” is re-using your own work in another place or for another purpose without referencing or citing that fact. Going back to the definition, we are faced with a double negative of taking your own ideas and passing it off as your own, so… telling the truth.

Model UN Dominates UCONN Conference

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor


Jessica Parillo, Manya Kidambi, Dario Arganese, Matthew Kuroghlian, Joseph Piccolo

The weekend of November 4-6 was an exciting one for the twenty Model United Nations students participating in UCMUN, the annual conference hosted by the University of Connecticut. During the three day event, Trumbull High students worked diligently with others from the New England area to discuss, debate, and attempt to resolve pressing international issues.
Under the direction of club advisor Mr. Jack LaBarca, students spent the weeks leading up to the conference researching and preparing for a vigorous weekend of competition.

“I have a regular routine when preparing for MUN conferences,” says senior Dario Arganese. “I begin by printing out and reading the background guide that they offer…After I read it, I utilize the sources that are offered in the works cited of the background guide to gain more information regarding my country and their stance.”

Following Opening Ceremonies featuring an informative speech by UConn’s Professor of Political Science, delegates divided into their respective committees to begin a weekend of intense competitive debate.

Golden Eagles March to Victory: Band Brings Home 14-Foot National Champions Trophy

Trumbull High School Marching Band receives trophy.

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Lifestyle Editor

On Saturday November 12th, the Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band headed to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey to compete in the USBands National Championships. After a long and successful season, band members were excited and sad to head to their final competition.

The bands show this fall, entitled Metal-Morphosis, featured four songs titled Gavorkna, Foundry, Lyric Metal and Kala. Band members have been working on their fall show since May, and their hard work has clearly paid off.

Fun Fall Activities

Anjeli Sambasivam ‘18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor


Explore fall photography with pictures of pumpkin patches!

1. Get lost in a corn maze. Go to a corn maze with your friends and just explore and have fun.
2. Go apple picking. Stroll through the trees on a crisp fall day as you pick some delicious apples with your family.
3. Host a bonfire. Sit outside around a fire with some friends and talk as you eat some s’mores and drink warm apple cider.
4. Take a scenic drive. Hop into your car and drive down a road surrounded by vibrant and colorful trees.
5. Go pumpkin picking. Whenever you think of fall, pumpkins immediately come to mind. Visit a local pumpkin patch and buy some decorative pumpkins.
6. Go on a hayride. Take a ride in a wagon filled with hay. Sit under warm blankets surrounded by colorful autumn leaves.
7. Go camping. Cooler weather, beautiful scenery, and fewer bugs provide for a wonderful camping experience.
8. Take pictures. With the colorful leaves, autumn is the perfect time for some photography.

Tasty Thanksgiving Treats: How to get stuffed for Thanksgiving!

Archana Ajay ’18
EE Staff Photographer

With Thanksgiving coming right around the corner, it’s important to plan all those Thanksgiving desserts- not just Thanksgiving dinner! For most people, the most memorable part of Thanksgiving dinner is the dessert. With these quick and easy recipes, your friends and family will be amazed!You Thanksgiving day dessert table will be filled with delicious treats that everyone will definitely enjoy! Start your Thanksgiving day off right by making these delicious (and adorable!) Thanksgiving desserts.


Pictured above are the cinnamon roll turkeys. Use this image as inspiration for your own turkeys!

Recipe #1: Cinnamon Roll Turkeys

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
Various different candy pieces for the eyes, nose, etc. (ex. candy corn and black icing)
15 mini pretzel sticks, cut in half

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farhenheit. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Separate the dough into 5 separate rolls. To make the neck of the turkey, tuck the dough into the roll. Make sure that your cinnamon rolls are far apart so that they don’t stick together.
3. Bake the rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. When they are done, cool them on the side for about 5 minutes. Make sure that they are cool to the touch so that the icing and candy don’t melt off.
4. Cook bacon until the bacon is crisp, and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Make sure that the bacon is crisp before cutting.
5. Cut each in half. To make the tail feathers, tuck 4 pieces of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up.
6. Decorate! Drizzle tops of rolls with icing. You can decorate the turkeys with various candies and different foods to make it look like a turkey. Be creative! You can also add pretzels to the bottom of each cinnamon roll to look like a turkey’s feet.
7. Serve and enjoy!

Spirit Week Soars to New Heights

Ethan Bachand ’18
EE Co-News Editor

Mr. Guarino addresses students at the October 28th pep rally, the culminating event of Spirit Week 2016.

Once again, Spirit Week was a huge hit with the Trumbull High School community. For one week, students from all grade levels were able to participate in daily celebrations of school spirit. Whether it was through wearing their favorite pajamas or wearing every article of a certain color clothing, students displayed their spirit at full effect. There was no holding back this year, with every person showing what a golden opportunity it is.

It is one of the specific times throughout the year that the community collectively participates in a well organized event where school spirit is at the forefront. It becomes competitive as to who can come up witht the best outfit of the day and truly optimize the theme. Each class and student craves the spotlight as they try to rise to the top as the most spirited.

Photos courtesy of Archana Ajay ’18
EE Staff Photographer

Interplanetary Travel on the Horizon?

Vittorio Colicci ‘18
EE Staff Writer


An artist’s rendering of the Interplanetary Spaceship’s approach to Mars.

There was once a time when the sky was the limit for one’s dreams and aspirations. Now, with the help of companies like SpaceX, human opportunity has begun to soar even higher.

Speaking at the International Astronautical Conference this past September, Elon Musk, CEO of the aerospace manufacturer, broke new ground by finally revealing his plan for Martian colonization. His goal: to make the human race multiplanetary.

Due to the immense cost of space travel, commercial exploration has always been difficult. In the past, achievements like the moon landing necessitated the use of government resources, but in recent years, dependency on decreased funding has only led to stagnation.

Mia McCaffrey Stars in “Fighter” Music Video

Kate Romanchick ’17
EE Co-Sports Editor


Mia McCaffrey from a scene in the Taylor Tote Band’s “Fighter” video.

Mia McCaffrey, daughter of THS teacher Mr. McCaffrey, is creating a huge impact on the community. Mia was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood cancer. Saying that Mia is a “Fighter” is an understatement. Every day, she deals with treatment and the effects of it. Despite this, she goes to school when she can, and continues to be a ray of sunshine to the McCaffrey family.

To add to Mia’s recent resumé of being awesome, she starred in an empowering new music video. The song “Fighter” by Taylor Tote Band highlights the strengths of those battling cancer and the never ending love and support their family and community feels for them. These aspects ring true for Mia as she plays a young girl battling cancer. The actual video sends a beautiful message of love and togetherness, two things the McCaffrey family are champions of. “The video represents Mia’s amazing spirit and strength,” said Mr. McCaffrey, commenting on his feelings after watching the video. “When I watch it I feel both very proud and very sad because no child deserves what Mia is going through, but I know she had a great time acting in the video.”