Monthly Archives: January 2018

And the Epic Story Continues…

Jonathon Moreno ‘21
EE Staff Writer

If you’re a Star Wars geek or just a person looking for a decent movie to watch, this electrifying yet heart touching film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is just the movie to get your adrenaline pumping.

From exciting space battles to a mission to save the Resistance from certain doom, the 8th episode in the Star Wars series features just about everything you could ask for in a Star Wars film. Star Wars: The Last Jedi starts off from the last scene in episode 7, “The Force Awakens” where Rey (Daisy Ridley) is shown offering Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) his original lightsaber. In the meantime, The Resistance is being chased by The First Order and with only a small fleet, they have no choice but to run with The First Order on their tail.

The Reality Behind Net Neutrality

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai presenting net neutrality policy.

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard two words come up a lot: net neutrality. There’s been a lot of talk about it on the Internet and in school classrooms. But what exactly is net neutrality? And what does it mean for us if we lose it?

Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISP’s) cannot favor any specific sites or services on the Internet. This means that they must give access to all websites equally. Therefore, AT&T cannot just decide to make your favorite blog run at a slower speed than Netflix. Essentially, everything that is on the Internet, with net neutrality, is equally accessible by any Internet user. During Obama’s presidency, he and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed regulations to prevent ISP’s like Comcast and Verizon from manipulating internet traffic. On December 14th, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission under a new chairman, Ajit Pai, held a vote on undoing these regulations. In a 3-to-2 vote, the majority chose to repeal the previously upheld regulations.

Writing the Right Notes: Redefining the Common Core

Arnav Srivastava ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The Common Core: a group of goals and guidelines for public education established by the government that outlines what has been deemed “important” for the success of all American students in college and beyond. The list calls for proficiency in english, social studies, science, and mathematics. Evidently, it has been determined that these subjects are important enough to a child’s education and success that they be made mandatory in public schools. However, today’s children require more than mere academic success to succeed as independent human beings, rather, the future requires skilled, thoughtful, and unique workers.

While academics are piled on students day after day, many students are found to be underprepared for the working world without the creativity that is found alongside successful workers. The Common Core does not achieve its own goal: the academic subjects it mandates for the success of students are not enough. This dilemma is due to the lack of widespread art education in the nation’s public school system. The arts, by fostering vital skills ranging from creativity to decision making and even independence help create students who are ready for self-driven success. Therefore, art programs must be promoted in America’s education system and be made a mandatory piece of all high school students’ education to better align with Common Core ideals of preparing children for the real world.

Eagles Go Two for Two

Ishan Negi ‘18
EE Senior Sports Editor

Senior Jessica Lipinski fending off an opponent.

Expectations for the Trumbull vs. St. Joe’s basketball game were high, but the boys and girls’ teams displayed that they could surpass any bars set by the fans. The competitive environment provided by Fairfield University on Saturday, January 13th pitted the cross town rivals against each other. In a thrilling double-header, with the girls game followed by the boys, Trumbull snatched two victories to improve its records to 10-0 and 8-1, respectively.

The Eagles soared to a 49-32 victory led by Cassi Barbato and Julie Keckler, with eight points a piece. Center Brady Lynch fought hard to regain possession of the ball ending the game with eleven rebounds.

The boys’ 63-61 victory was led by Chris Brown’s twenty-four points. Although the big lead that Trumbull established early in the game was lost, they quickly regained the upper hand on the Hog rivals thanks to the combined 28 points produced by Timmond Williams and Quentar Taylor.

Senior Jessica Lipinski was especially proud of her teammates’ prowess on the court, stating that “We came out strong right from the beginning and played very unselfish. The scoring was even across the board. No one player had all of our points.

Everyone was an equal contributor to the game and with this win we are now 10-0, which is a record that we are very proud of.”
The girls will face Westhill High School in an away game while the boys will defend their home court against the Vikings on Friday 1/26. Come support the Eagles!

College and Career Forum Shares New Insight

Photo courtesy of Julia Gold

Kate Ariano ‘18
EE Managing Editor

For the fourth year in a row, the ACE Foundation’s College and Career Readiness for Success Forum was held January 3rd in the auditorium. The event featured not only returning panelists such as Tom Tesoro, Vice President of Human Resources at Standard Motor Products, and moderator Mr. Eric August, but new voices including all the graduated and current students, and even the mother of a graduate and current student.

The knowledge the group shared with the audience ranged from experiences in the school system and lessons already learned in college, to what colleges and later, employers, will be looking for students upon graduation and beyond. As intimidating as thoughts about life that far ahead might be, the eight student panelists were prepared to reassure any worries. The graduates especially were proof that the students in the audience would get through their stressful search for success.

“I went through a lot of phases where I didn’t know what I wanted to do in high school…I ended up really committing to the fact that I was going to go into medicine…but I realized that wasn’t for me” Cristina Catana, Class of 2017, said.

Nukes in the Twenty-First Century

Mike Magut ‘20
EE Staff Writer

The day is August 6, 1945. The citizens of Japan are going through the motions of an average day. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary is happening. It is, by all means, normal. Suddenly, an American bomber jet is seen just over the horizon. The aircraft slows as it reaches its destination, Hiroshima. A great ball of light forms and is overtaken by a massive cloud in the shape of a mushroom. The earth shakes as an entire city is seemingly vaporized. The world has just witnessed the first use of a nuclear weapon.

The introduction of nuclear technology into the military in the mid-1940s was revolutionary. The concept was completely incomprehensible to most people at the time. Whether they were for or against the use of these so-called “nukes,” everyone could agree that the potential damage caused by a nuclear bomb was simply catastrophic.

2017 in Review: The Stories that Shaped Our Year

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Staff Writer

The year of 2017 brought with it political change, international conflict, as well as devastating events in our own nation as a result of hurricanes and, unfortunately, senseless acts of violence. This past year was truly a year like no other, bringing with it dramatic events that shaped our lives politically and socially as each story rose as a headline.

In January, the year was kickstarted with the unforgettable inauguration of Donald Trump. On January 20th, Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president. His campaign in 2016 was marked by deep political divisions and sparked controversy among Americans. So, his inauguration was significant as he promised that his agenda was to benefit all Americans. President Trump himself even acknowledged the importance of his inauguration by stating that after that day, “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” This day marked the beginning of a new chapter in our nation’s political history.

Trumbull Percussion rEVOLutionizes Music

Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

Winter break isn’t always a time for relaxation. While most students were sleeping in, the Trumbull High Percussion ensemble spent the last week of December rehearsing for over 15 hours in preparation for their 2018 program. This year’s show, titled EVOL, is a musical representation of the struggle between love and evil. Featured songs include “To Be Human” (Sia), “Who dat Boi” (Tyler the Creator), and “Love” (Kendrick Lamar). The music was arranged by writers Henry Gillard and Chris Whyte.
The ensemble will be kicking off the season in style with new System Blue Drums, recently purchased by the school. The update was very well received by the group, who had spent the past two years appealing for new instruments. This year’s lineup will also incorporate 4 marching tom drums, known as “flubs”, which will give the ensemble a unique sound compared to other groups.

“We really appreciate Mr. Horton fighting to get us new drums for this upcoming season,” said Morgan Kiely (‘19). “We are really looking forward to representing the school this year at the Dayton competition.”

In addition to the new equipment, THS Percussion will also be welcoming some new technicians who have experience working at other high schools and even marching with professional drum corps such as Cadets 2. Under the direction of Caption Head Austin Avery, as well as student Drum Captains Will Hnatuk and Rudy Kurup, the ensemble is gearing up for an exciting season.

Lucky Number 7: BICEN 2018 Stampedes States

Ethan Bachand ‘18
EE Co-Managing Editor

In a competitive world, streaks are and will continue to be the pinnacle of a greatness. The concept of staying at the top of one’s game for an extended period of time has always been a difficult challenge, and thus is celebrated and remembered when it occurs.

Yet a streak is measured in two different ways: by longevity and magnitude. The longer a streak runs, the more historic it becomes. The more meaningful and important the victories are, the greater recognition it receives. As rare as streaks are, they become much scarcer when you measure them on both of those accounts. Which is why this year, the Trumbull High School We the People Team (also known as BICEN) cemented its streak as one of the greatest we have ever seen.

On December 18th, BICEN 2018 won its seventh straight state championship. That victory tied the current streak with the longest in Trumbull High School history. Winning 5 out of the 6 units, three of which received perfect scores, the team defeated its rivals Staples and Greenwich by 40 points.

Midterm Prep: The Key to Success

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ’21
EE Staff Writer

Many consider midterm season to be one of the most stressful times of the year. But why make these exams more taxing than they need to be? With a few preparation strategies, these tests will become a piece of cake.

  1. Manage your time.

A lot of pre-exam stress is created when one procrastinates on their studying. By managing and organizing the times that you will study each subject, you will never again feel unprepared for midterms. An easy way to do this is to write a schedule, either in a journal, or even on a phone. Additionally, alternating where you study can be extremely beneficial. According to Benedict Carey, changing where you study each day is likely to keep the information in your head longer.

     2) Create a study group.

Everything is better with friends! Turn the dreary task of studying into a more entertaining task by inviting some people over. Not only will this motivate you, but any questions that you have are likely to be answered by at least one of the people with you. Just make sure that the study group actually is productive and not turning into a hangout as they often do.

     3) Complete all of the supplied material.

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