Monthly Archives: December 2016

THS Model Congress Heads to Washington

Manan Manchanda
EE Co-News Editor

Last month, Trumbull Model Congress had the honor of attending Princeton Model Congress. These students were able to partake in heavy bill-debating that centered around real world issues, and were also able to meet and talk with one of our state senators, Chris Murphy, accompanied with an exclusive tour of Capitol Hill.

Model Congress gives high school students an opportunity to learn about, experience, and live under the American legislative system. Princeton Model Congress consists of small, specialized committees of approximately 15-20 students created after the actual committees in the U.S. House and Senate. Delegates from all over the country present their bills in these specialized committees using parliamentary procedure, the common debate procedure used by legislative bodies all over the globe. Bills passed in committee sessions earn consideration in the full House or Senate.

Those passed during full sessions reach the Princeton Model Congress president, modeling the United States president, who then decides with the cabinet whether or not to sign them into Princeton Model Congress Law.

“Everyone Knows Someone” Initiative Aims For Addiction Awareness

oneKate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor

According to Addiction, 100 people die from drug overdoses every single day. Matt DeLuca, founder of the C.A.R.E.S. group, is on a mission to break the stigma around those suffering from the illness so commonly known as addiction. In cooperation with the formerly SADD now Youth to Youth club, DeLuca created “Everyone Knows Someone” to share not only his personal struggles through addiction, but those of people in our own community. Last Thursday, DeLuca and the team shared the awareness with students that “Everyone Knows Someone” affected by drugs and alcohol.

The day of awareness kicked off with “1’s” written on the sidewalks while students walked into school. This ensured that the entire school community was exposed to the event immediately, but it did not stop there. When students arrived at their lockers in the morning, they discovered that each and every one was plastered with the “Everyone Knows Someone” logo and hashtag. Throughout the day, students and faculty were spotted wearing “Everyone Knows Someone” t-shirts, especially after DeLuca personally handed them out during lunch waves. By the end of the day, everybody knew that “Everyone Knows Someone”.

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

"Christmas Party" gift box from LUSH

“Christmas Party” gift box from LUSH

Anjeli Sambasivam ’18
EE Senior Lifestyle Editor

With the holidays approaching, everyone is running around trying to find amazing presents for their friends and family. Considering the multitude of gifts available, the holiday season can become very stressful for many people. Even with all the festive decorations and songs, the present purchasing is an ordeal for much of the population. For those last minute shoppers, here are six gifts under $25 to make your holidays less stressful.

Tech Gifts:

  1. Cable Keychain

This tassel keychain has a short charging cable concealed inside, so you can charge your phone on the go. For those busy people in your life, this would make the perfect present. This keychain also comes in a myriad of colors, making it an ideal gift for anyone.

Yearbook: See What I Mean?

Archana Ajay ‘18
EE Staff Photographer


The front cover of the THS Trillium’s 2015-2016 yearbook.

Every year, thousands of high school students buy a yearbook in order to preserve the memories from throughout the school year. Trumbull High School prides itself on having some of the best yearbooks in the country. Last year, students were inspired by the theme “Better for It.” Students who have made a difference in their own lives or in the community were showcased in the Trillium. This year, the theme is “See What I Mean?”. Sheryl John, a section leader for Academics, says,  “It’s about how people think 90’s kids are spoiled and self absorbed, but in reality, they’re wrong. It’s a take on how we see the world and school.” The yearbook is full of examples of people’s experiences and how they see classes, sports, and a plethora of other perspectives.  The Trillium should be coming out around May or June, and you can save money by ordering it before January 18, 2017. See the school website for more details.

Artificial Intelligence: The Pros, Cons, and Everything Else

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor


Is Artificial intelligence the future of science? Can robots take over the world?

Artificial Intelligence. When we hear the term, some might think of robots controlling the world, while others may think of computers being virtual geniuses and making our daily lives more efficient. In truth, artificial intelligence (AI) is truly an amazing discovery by scientists that exhibits a huge step in innovation and technology.

In short, AI can be defined as a machine performing a task where a human would need to use his or her own intelligence.

For example, an AI program developed by a researcher from New York City, Brenden Lake, can identify handwriting at the speed of humans, and all this skill requires is an algorithm.

Inferno: A New Take on the Old Myth

Madeline Nigro ’19
EE Staff Writer

infernoInferno was insanely good. If you enjoyed the book or watched the movie The Davinci Code, you will love Inferno.

Tom Hanks is at it again playing the code-breaking professor Robert Langdon. However, this time, instead of being called to solve a murder mystery dating back to the times of Jesus, Langdon is found in Florence with no memory of the last forty-eight hours.

When he meets medical doctor Sienna Brooks, played by Rogue One’s Felicity Jones, the professor is soon attacked by a woman shooting at him. After Langdon and Brooks escape the hospital, with some difficulty considering Langdon’s injuries due to a bullet wound to the head and a hard fall, the pair find out about Dante’s Inferno. This served as our vision of Hell ever since Dante, who apparently needed massive amounts of therapy, envisioned it.

Did Entertainment Predict Trump’s Victory?

Katie Boback ‘17
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

simpsons-trump-electionBy now you have probably heard about the episode of The Simpsons that supposedly predicted Trump’s Political win sixteen years ago. Word of this apparent foreshadowing has spread quickly through the media because of the striking accuracy of its prediction.

What you might not know, however, is that the writers of The Simpsons might not be the only apparent clairvoyants in the world of entertainment. Allusions to a Trump presidential campaign were also made by a Rage Against the Machine music video and a character in the Back to the Future franchise.

In 2000 the writers of The Simpsons wrote “Bart to the future,” an episode that showed a glimpse of the future lives of the main characters. Lisa was seen as the president elect, inheriting a financial mess from the previous president. This former leader just so happened to be Donald Trump.

The Most Difficult Worldwide Writing Contest

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer


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The month of November brings with it an annual widespread competition that you probably haven’t heard of – and it’s called Nanowrimo.

Every year, authors across the globe prepare themselves specifically for this month, where they take on a huge challenge.
The actual name Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. During the month of November, writers attempt to create an entire novel at least 50,000 words in length.

You may ask how this could be possible to do in only one month. You would be surprised to know that some young adult books you can find on the shelves of our Trumbull High School library were written in just the month of November.

Class of 2017 makes SAS Great Again

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-News Editor

Power Rangers, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and a Donald Trump. Not something you would regularly see at Trumbull High, but Sponsor a Senior is no normal day. It is a culmination of an entire class of students raising money at an uncomparable rate, while also giving seniors the opportunity to have fun.

The event is an annual phenomenon where seniors sponsored by underclassman dress up in a wide variety of costumes that never fail to entertain the entire school. Seniors truly seize the opportunity to wear elaborate attire to school for one day out of the year. Students spend hours organizing costumes with friends and the people renting them in order to capitalize on their one shot at Sponsor a Senior.

BounceBall Reaches New Heights

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor


BounceBall is an entertaining game for all ages!

Neal Keklik was right on the ball as he unveiled BounceBall, a game of his own creation, at the Pep Rally the last Friday in October. After three months of prototypes, planning, and patents, Keklik’s fascination with engineering allowed him to join forces with college friends and THS alumni Nate Walker and TJ Hadyuk to develop a simple idea into an expanding company. What they invented would become a trademarked game, merging Can Jam and Spike Ball into one.

After working as an ID checker at Tashua pool over the summer, Keklik united with lifeguards Walker and Hadyuk. Together they decided they wanted to start a company. Their idea to turn BounceBall into an app eventually diverted into making it a backyard game to prevent the interruption of needing to learn swift coding and obtaining an app license to make the game.

Keklik, proud co-founder of BounceBall, explains how the game came about. “We liked Can Jam, and we liked Spike Ball. But we didn’t like certain aspects of it. So, we found a legal way to combine both of the games into one. And that’s basically what BounceBall is.”

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