Monthly Archives: June 2018


Jessica Parillo ‘18
EE Co-Editor in Chief

I always knew I would be a writer. My passion for print began at a very young age, and, combined with my interest in current events, it seemed inevitable that I would join Eagle’s Eye as a staff writer during freshman year. Now, as a senior and Co-Editor in Chief, I can honestly say that contributing to the newspaper has been a capstone of my highschool career.
From the moment I saw my first article in print, I knew that there was nothing more satisfying than publishing a piece you’ve worked hard to write. From features writer to opinions editor, I’ve been able to explore different styles of writing in an effort to tell the stories of Trumbull High students. As a core editor for the past two years, constructing the paper as a reflection of our school community has been challenging but incredibly rewarding.

My path through the paper was paved by a number of upperclassmen editors who helped me to establish my own editorial voice. This year, I strived to emulate their dedication and ambition as leaders, and it is my hope that our club’s newest members have been able to find their own role models in my Co-Editor in Chief, Manya, and I. Working with this incredible staff has made these past four years truly unforgettable.

Senior Eagles Soar To College

Manan Manchanda ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

As college acceptance season draws to a close, members of Trumbull High School’s graduating class have finalized where they will be spending the next four years of their life. This year, the Eagles have spread their wings to attend schools all across the United States, ranging from large state schools to prestigious private universities.

The college application process is tedious enough, but many fail to realize the difficulty of actually choosing which college they want to attend. “Above all, it is most important to find a school best for what you want to study, and one that financially makes sense”, says Mrs. Hilser, Department Chair of Trumbull High School Counseling.

Early Action and Early Decision are two popular trends among applicants everywhere. “A lot of kids want to apply early action to get their decision earlier. But for early decision, a student is making a promise to attend. You do not have the ability to compare schools, so you must be very certain that the school is one you would be committed to attend if accepted”, says Mrs. Hilser. While Early Action and Early Decision both have their perks and hindrances, they can certainly be used to a student’s advantage if utilized properly.

A variety of colleges are popular among Trumbull High graduates. Recently, schools that are gaining popularity include Ohio State, Northeastern, and variety of large state schools. Some examples are the University of Virginia, University of Delaware, and University of Maryland. “Kids are drawn to these schools for a variety of reasons. They give a good value for students’ money,” explains Mrs. Hilser.

From Former To Future Eagles

James Dubreil ‘19
EE Senior News Editor

It’s that time of year. Seniors are leaving and, soon enough, new freshman will be swarming the halls come September. The faces that we will soon miss will be replaced.

After stampeding through their first year of school at Trumbull High, some freshmen offer words of encouragement and advice to upcoming high schoolers:“Don’t be worried, you’ll naturally learn the school over the course of a few weeks,” says Trumbull High track sensation Joe Gregory (‘21).

Learning the school may seem like a task that you may never accomplish, however once you start going to class, you will quickly learn and know the school like the back of your hand.

One student, Gregory Manz (‘19), believes that, “It is tremendously helpful to print out a map of Trumbull High for the first couple of days each year in order to learn the location of your classes.”

This piece of advice is one of the essentials for every successful freshman. With a map in your grasp, you no longer have to worry about being late to your classes or just simply getting lost.

Roommate Roulette: How to Find Your New Best Friend

Julia Esposito ‘18
EE Staff Writer

Rooming is one of the scariest things to think about when starting college. A lot of time, there is pressure about finding the perfect roommate. Some people are afraid that they just won’t click, and it’ll make rooming difficult and awkward. Overall, the process can be quite stressful, which is why it’s important to not overlook this vital college experience.

Talking to THS alumni has revealed some important lessons when it comes to looking for a roommate. Most importantly, you need to make sure you ask your roommate all of the right questions. The first thing people think when finding a roommate is to try talking to people who have common interests. They don’t think about some of the smaller things; such as what time people wake up, how late they stay awake at night, and how cold or hot they like their room. Simple questions like these are necessary to ask. Otherwise, you might be left irritated at 1 in the morning while your roommate’s still Facetiming a friend.

The Paradox of AP’s: Advanced Placement or Added Pressure?

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Staff Writer

The end of the school year has arrived, and as students finish up their final exams and get ready for their summer plans, seniors prepare for graduation and what lies in store for them after high school. For many students, this means college.

Throughout their high school careers, students have built their resumés with extracurricular activities, test scores, and their performance in rigorous courses. All of these are important things done in an effort to look like the dedicated, passionate, and caring students that colleges search for. Often times, Advanced Placement (AP) classes play a major role in these students’ competitive journey towards college.

Advanced Placement classes are created by the College Board and offer high school students early exposure to college-level curricula, as well as the possibility to earn course credit at various colleges and universities through high scores (on a 1-5 scale) on standardized examinations. Millions of students across America participated in AP testing this May, and many of them find that so long as they are willing to put forth the effort, the benefits of these courses outweigh any added stress. in an excessively competitive education system, students may often be too pressured into taking on exceedingly stressful course loads.

Summer, Where You At?

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Staff Writer

Summer. The one thing that every student wants more than anything. So why does it feel like summer is tomorrow when school’s not quite over yet?

With each day inching towards vacation, freedom, and fun, homework is the last thing on anyone’s mind. It becomes harder and harder to stay focused in class. The motivation to study is nowhere to be found. Teachers unwillingly write assignments on the board. Even the thought of taking finals is sickening.

Around this time of the year, the whole high school enters a funk, and it can get too easy to be sucked into summer filled thoughts while ignoring the pile of work that has to be completed.

So, how do the daydreams of beach days and endless weeks of excitement go away? How can students push through in the home stretch of their year, while keeping up their grades and activities?

Sustaining Safety and Security

Kyle Beck ’19
EE  Staff Writer

Students duck heads as the names of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting are read aloud.

March 14th: A day that changed Trumbull High School forever. Not since the 1960’s have Trumbull students gathered together to engage in a peaceful demonstration to join the national conversation regarding hot topic issues. A sincere tribute to memorialize the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and a way to join with the community to say enough is enough, the walkout was a signal that students at Trumbull High care deeply about their safety and are willing to voice their concerns until this is addressed. And address it they did, with the formation of a student safety committee.

This committee serves the purpose of creating a dialogue concerning school safety between the school’s administrators and students of various grades and backgrounds. The body works to promote dialogue between adults and students alike regarding emergency procedures.

An example of an issue the committee has worked to address is evacuation procedures. Back in early February, a smell caused the evacuation and early dismissal of the student body. The student safety committee has realized that it is imperative that procedures for particular circumstances like this be reconsidered and reevaluated in order to maintain student safety. There is always more that can be done to improve safety in the school community, and upon recognizing this, work has begun by both the student safety committee in addition to the Trumbull High Safety and Security Team to revisit general protocol of unforeseeable future situations involving evacuating the school in order to improve efficiency and fluidity in how these scenarios are handled. We may be one of the larger high schools in the area, but students and faculty have agreed this is no justification for the absence of innovation or even perhaps alteration of evacuation procedures.

How to Finesse College Finance

Arnav Srivastiva ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Welcome to college: never before did striving for your dreams have such a high sticker price. Thankfully, there are a plethora of aspects to counter the daunting task of affording college.

One of the most popular methods of paying for college is definitely student loans. However, student loans are often not the best way to pay for college simply because there are numerous paths to affording college without paying the money bank. Ultimately, student loans just offset the financial burden whereas there are options which can completely alleviate some of the costs of college.

Often times, the college institutions offer financial aid to incoming students in two forms: need-based aid and merit-based aid. Need-based aid is financial aid provided usually throughout all four years of college, determined by the applicant’s family’s financial situation and ability to pay for college without any external monetary aid. It is highly encouraged that most applicants apply for need-based aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to help afford college. Many colleges take a holistic approach on evaluating one’s financial need, including family income, parents’ marital status, siblings, and assets.

Trip to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Sneha Kelkar ’20
Kathryn Wilkinson ’20
EE Staff Writers

Students soaking samples in warm water to disrupt the porous cell membrane.

On May 2, 2018, sophomores from Trumbull High School enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors Biology attended a field trip to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Dolan DNA Learning Center in Long Island, New York.

The first stop on the trip was the Dolan DNA Learning Center in which the students had the opportunity to perform a bacterial transformation lab. To begin, the students learned that an organism can be modified by altering its genes and adding a foreign gene to the organism’s genome (GMO). Scientists can insert a particular gene into a plasmid, a small circular piece of DNA, which is then inserted into the bacterial cell. Once inside the bacteria, the plasmid will divide and be present in all of the Once the plasmid is reentered into the cell via a vector, the bacterial cell will continue its cell division with the new gene inside like normal. With this the host cell will begin to produce the proteins encoded by the gene that was inserted into the plasmid. In the lab the students were able to test this process by adding  a Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) gene into the plasmid. The plasmid, containing the genetic material of the bacteria E.coli, was cut with a restriction enzyme, allowing the foreign DNA to be incorporated into the bacterial genome. In order to transform the bacteria, calcium ions were added and the samples were repeatedly cooled and then heated, which disrupted the porous cell membrane, allowing the pores to open and for the foreign gene to be incorporated fully. Once competent, the plasmids are inserted into the bacteria one with antibiotic and one without. They are then fed and poured onto 4 petri dishes, two of which were antibiotic resistant, containing food (Luria broth). After the lab activity was finished the end results of the lab showed the different reactions and transformations of the cells that were antibiotic resistant. The plates containing growth showed a visible green glow since the GFP gene was successfully transferred into the cell through the plasmid.

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