Monthly Archives: January 2017

Chambers Spread Cheer over The Holiday Season

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

The month of December was an exciting one for the Trumbull High School Chamber Singers, who have been busy with performances this winter. After weeks of daily practice and even after school rehearsals, they had multiple opportunities to showcase their hard work and spread some holiday cheer.

    Under the direction of Ms. Anne Tornillo, the Chambers performed a comprehensive list of festive pieces. Included were classics such as Deck the Halls (Shaw) and Silver Bells (Livingston and Evans), as well as two Latin pieces, Verbum Caro Factum Est (Leavitt) and Gaudete (Burrows). The men and women were each featured with their own respective songs, and the group concluded their set list with an upbeat jazz arrangement of O Christmas Tree (Shaw).

    All songs were performed a capella, some with the addition of percussion accessories such as the hand drum and shakers, which were provided by members of the group.

2017 Superintendent’s College & Career Readiness Forum Message: Success Subsequent to Schooling

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Features Editor

“No matter what it is you decide to do…you have to like what you are doing…[because] part of being good at your job is being passionate about what you do.” This message delivered by Mr. Eric August, a social studies teacher and Mock Trial Team Advisor, was thematic to the evening of January 4th at the 2017 Superintendent’s College and Career Readiness for Success Forum.

A panel of current students – seniors Victoria Estacio and Morgan Albert as well as junior Rudy Kurup and sophomore Kyle Beck – along with recent THS alumni was accompanied by a panel of business and education presenters to share their experiences and expectations for students furthering their education and/or entering into the workforce. Extensive effort from all of the panelists was put in to establish an environment that welcomed students and their families to give some thought to what is to come in preparing for and beginning life after high school.


Dr. Cialfi addresses the audience at the 2017 Superintendent’s College & Career Readiness Forum. Top Photo-Panel members (from left): Jennifer Parzych, Thomas Tesoro, Mark Ligas, Kate Hampford Donahue, Anna Bivona, Nicholas Lozinak, Erin Wingo, Rudy Kurup, Morgan Albert, Eric August, Victoria Estacio, Dr. Gary Cialfi, Kyle Beck, and Zac Chase

One of last year’s panelists and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Standard Motor Products, Mr. Tom Tesoro, advocated for students to prepare themselves by gaining experience as well as to begin to build their network of people who could potentially assist them in their college and career driven lives. He and fellow panelist Kate Hampford Donahue of Hampford Research in Stratford were also in agreement that when someone is involved in whatever extracurricular activities or hobbies they enjoy doing, it will help connect them to ‘their people’ in college and beyond.

BICEN Brings Home State Championship Once Again

Ethan Bachand ’18
EE Co-News Editor

bicenOn Friday, December 9, the 2017 Trumbull “We the People” team won the state championship to punch their ticket to the national competition in Washington, D.C.. The competition was strong, yet there was no deterring the sheer determination set forth by the team. This is the sixth consecutive year that the “We the People” (otherwise known as BICEN) team have won the state competition.

The competition was held at Central Connecticut State University, where six schools from across the state showed up to participate in this great historical comprehension contest.

Students prepare for months ahead of time, responding to certain questions that correspond to their unit. This whole concept  revolves around the constitution and the ways America was founded and has evolved.

Yet when the day arrives, it all boils down to only a few minutes. As Senior and BICEN member Jacob Fried stated, “After so much preparation and buildup to the competition day, each unit only had 10 minutes to show the judges all of the information we had learned and become experts on throughout the first part of the semester.”

Why should coding be implemented into the curriculum?

Manya Kidambi ‘18
EE  Co-Managing Editor

img_9808Technology. It’s simply a necessity in life that many of us cannot live without. Technology makes our lives simple and more orderly, and assists us immensely in our day to day activities.

People all over the world have access to a multitude of technology, including smartphones, computers, and even virtual reality devices, which can certainly help to augment the world around us. Because technology is such a vital part to our everyday success, it is essential for people to use it and express their creativity in the devices that they use.

In one sense, computers are just like people. Users input information into the computer using a variety of programming languages, such as Java, C++. and Python, to name a few. These programming languages, if learned at a young age, can help students to express their creativity and even design their own programs, which is excellent.

In recent years, the goal is to involve more girls in computer science, because many of them lose interest at an early age and want to go into other professions.

End of Marching Band leads to Start of Winter Percussion

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

what-goes-upRecently, the Golden Eagle Marching Band season has come to an end. With an amazing season, the THSGEMB finished off at their final show at Metlife Stadium, where they once again took the first place trophy!

You may be wondering: what do all of the marching band members do now that band is finally over? Many have to wait until next May for the new season of marching band to start, but others, such as the color guard and percussion sections of the band, don’t.

Specifically, the percussion section of the band has their very own continuation of marching band that goes throughout the winter season: winter percussion.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story: See it!

Ian Calandro-Bitjeman ’18
EE Staff Writerrogueone_onesheeta_1000_309ed8f6

Almost a year ago, the Star Wars franchise was officially revived with the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  Director JJ Abrams took it upon himself to start off where the franchise left off, making a hopefully new trilogy with new characters and a new scenario –  but all in the same universe with some familiar faces we all know and love. So it’s no surprise that this movie was a big hit, raking in a whopping 2.8 billion dollars at the box office and  making it one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Interestingly enough, the movie  doesn’t take place in this new universe created in the previous film, but instead goes back in time to the timeline of the original three movies. Not only that, JJ Abrams isn’t responsible for directing this movie, instead being replaced with Gareth Edwards.

Who’s Gareth Edwards? He’s a British film director, film producer and screenwriter to name a few. He is responsible for some movies such as “Godzilla” (2014) and “Monsters” (2010). These movies are, to say the least, “okay,”  but will “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” follow this trend? Will the movie be a big success for the director? Most importantly, is “Rogue One” a movie worth seeing?

iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge


The iPhone 7

Christina Yacoub ‘17
EE Co-Opinions Editor

With iPhone sales falling short in the most recent fiscal quarter, the question needs to be posed: is the iPhone the best smartphone on the market? Apple is adding superficial adjustments like more emojis and message effects, however the price continues to be exponentially higher than the previous model. It seems as though the era of Apple innovation has concluded. Apple is barely keeping up with the technology of the Samsung Galaxy series. So why is it that year after year people line up to get the newest iPhone?

The answer is simple: it’s totally worth it!  Apple removed the home button and there are five colors now available for purchase: glossy jet black, gold, silver, rose gold, and black. The iPhone 7 is water resistant and has a more colorful body.

“Fantastic Beasts” Casts its Spell over Hollywood

Katie Boback ‘17
EE  Senior Entertainment Editor

331103id1b_FantasticBeasts_NewtScamandar_Keyart_48x70.inddThis year has been a fantastic one for Harry Potter fans. On July 31, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released, and more recently came the debut of . The movie dives into the adventures of a new character in the Harry Potter world, Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne.

Though everyone’s favorite wizard doesn’t make an appearance in the spin-off, the movie certainly keeps the magic alive. With an action-packed plot line and dazzling special effects, the film is a hit with all Harry Potter fans.

The movie takes place in 1926 New York, certainly a different setting than the original films back in England. But the characteristic setting adds new flavor to the film and gives an interesting window into magical society in the United States.

News Brief – College and Career Readiness Forum Returns Wednesday Evening


Invitation/Flyer: 2017 Superintendent’s College & Career Readiness Forum

How can the town’s middle and high school students begin to prepare for future success? Find out at this year’s Superintendent’s College & Career Readiness Forum which will take place on Wednesday January 4th at 7:00 pm at the Trumbull High School Auditorium.

All of Trumbull’s students and their parents are invited to attend this now annual event that encourages and instructs  students on how they can explore the opportunities available to them in order to find their passion.  The forum is hosted by Dr. Gary Cialfi and sponsored by the Trumbull Board of Education along with The Trumbull ACE Foundation and Trumbull Business-Education Initiative (BEI). It features adult representatives from area colleges and business along with a panel of Trumbull High School students and recent alumni who share the secrets and strategies of their success.

This free event will provide examples and personal perspectives that demonstrate the benefits of extending classroom instruction to activities outside of school hours by highlighting the alignment between THS learning experiences and readiness for success at college and career levels.


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