Monthly Archives: January 2019

Study Suggests Student Stress

Katie Ventresca ’19
EE Contributor

Whether you’re a freshman trying to navigate the demands of a heavy course load while studying for your first midterm exams, or you’re a senior taking multiple AP classes and juggling the pressures of approaching college application deadlines, a survey of 30 randomly-selected Trumbull High students suggests that a high percentage of THS students may be at “high”’ to “very high” risk of stress-related health concerns.

It is well-known that today’s high school students face a lot of stress: college applications, music and sport commitments, standardized testing, part-time jobs and at-home responsibilities are all contributors. Previous research preformed by stress-researchers suggests that advanced-level courses, a schedule full of after-school activities, and sleep deprivation all contribute to students’ stress levels. One recent THS student survey collected data on how these factors affect Trumbull High School students’ stress levels.

Students Affected by Lack of Sleep

Carmen Phan ’19
EE Contributor

Most students at Trumbull High may probably agree that they do not get enough sleep. According to a study by Jin and Shi, the optimal amount of sleep that high school students are supposed to get is 9 hours. This fact inspired a study that was conducted this January. The purpose was to determine if there was any association between the number of hours that a student slept for each night and their perceived level of healthiness. In addition, students’ perceived stress levels were also examined.

Thirty surveys were given out in the commons as well as the senior lounge of the high school. The surveys asked about the amount of sleep each student received on a school night as well as some questions to determine the amount of stress they were experiencing. Five questions were actually from a perceived stress scale that is approved by the American Sociology Association.

From the study it was found that student may be sleep deprived as the average amount of sleep received each night was 6.21 hours. In addition, the results suggest that as the average number of hours of sleep that a high school student gets each night increases, their perceived healthiness level also increases. During the survey, healthiness was defined as a mix between physical, mental and emotional health. The graph pictured shows the relationship between these two variables.

Almost Two Years In, The Switch Still Stands Strong

Chris Gayda ‘19
EE Contributor

Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con

Recently, I had a friend of mine come up to me in the middle of study hall and ask me a question which I had to ponder for but a few seconds:

“Hey, should I get a Nintendo Switch?”

I immediately replied, “Absolutely.” And while I didn’t go into much detail about why, really, I feel that now is my chance to rectify my missed opportunity during study hall.

The Nintendo Switch, released over one and a half years ago, is a hybrid console that you can use projected onto a screen or in handheld mode. Its main competitors are most commonly seen as Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, but the Switch occupies an entirely separate market. While appealing to long-time fans of the company and their products (such as myself), the Switch is a no-brainer for those looking for mobility without sacrificing the quality that traditional mobile games lack.

Windy City Musical Blows into Trumbull

Arnav Srivastava‘19
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

The cast and crew of last year’s musical, Curtains, outside of the THS auditorium.

The perfect A-major chord ripples through the stage and the audience cannot help but smile. Once again, Trumbull High School has begun fervently preparing for its spring musical: Chicago.

Set in Jazz Age, the musical is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The plot is a satire on celebrity and criminal justice, as well as criminal “celebrities,” and has achieved massive success as the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Ambitiously following this success, Trumbull High School recently held auditions for the musical, and the cast has been set! Everyone holds high prospects for the musical, as senior Douglas Flam explains, “the cast is super excited to see how Mrs. Spillane as director puts her own spin on Bob Fosse classic.”

Exciting InSight into the Red Planet

Eric Sorge ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The InSight Mars lander touched down on its new home just before 3 PM on November 26th, completing a rapid descent through the Martian atmosphere and its nearly seven month journey across 300 million miles of space. Cheers erupted from Mission Control in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and across the nation when signals finally arrived confirming the landing; with this first successful landing of a robot on mars since the Curiosity rover in 2012, there is much to be excited about.

“It was intense, and you could feel the emotion,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, a member of the InSight team at JPL. “It was very, very quiet when it was time to be quiet and of course very celebratory with every little new piece of information that was received.”

The Surprising Traditions Behind the Winter Solstice

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

The darkest day of the year is approaching: December 21st, 2018. This annual astronomical phenomenon, known as the winter solstice, produces a day with the least amount of sunlight, and the longest night of the year. On this day, one of the Earth’s poles experiences it maximum tilt away from the sun. On December 21st, at exactly 5:23 PM, the time when we will experience the solstice, the north pole will be tilted away from the sun. This happens twice a year, one time in each pole.

The significance of this event is observed by various cultures. Ultimately marking the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days, it is celebrated differently in each country. It was first recognized by the Pagans thousands of years ago, and has direct ties to the Christmas traditions of today. An emperor by the name of Aurelian established December 25th as the birthday of the “Invincible Sun” during his reign. This was part of the Roman Winter Solstice festivities, also known as Yule. However, in 273, the Christian Church recognized this day as the birth of Jesus, therefore Christianizing the celebration.

Flu Season Arrives

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Staff Writer

As the temperature begins to drop, and retailers stock up on Holiday decorations, we witness the return of two infamous winter “criminals”-those horrible frosted sugar cookies, and flu season. Yes, it’s that time of year where everyone around you is sniffling or hacking up germs. Ah, influenza, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

But why does flu season strike in winter?

According to Earth Network, some theories say that the virus itself survives better in the colder, drier conditions of winter, as opposed to the hot and humid conditions of summer. This is because in the summer, the water droplets, which are heavier than the humid air, fall to the ground. In doing so, these water droplets bring the influenza virus with them. On the other hand, the air is less humid in the winter, so the water droplets, and the virus, stay in the air for a longer amount of time.

Rhyming to Reach Out

Kyle Beck ‘19
EE Senior Opinions Editor

Mr. McCaffrey meets with his senior poetry student teachers while they work to plan a lesson for English classes.

We all come from different backgrounds. We all are different shapes and sizes. We all think differently and have our own opinions. However, one thing that never fails to bring us together is the magic of poetry.

On Tuesday, December 11th, and Thursday, December 13th, students from Mr. McCaffrey’s senior poetry classes visited Trumbull High School’s English classes to teach them a lesson in poetry. After experiencing a semester filled with learning different forms and styles of poetry, these experts spent weeks coming together to write a lesson plan, which they executed to perfection when teaching the students that represent English classes from grades nine through twelve.

This group of student teachers visited five classes during these two school days, which are currently taught by Ms. Nancy Conroy, Mrs. Mimi Seperack, and Mr. Matthew Landin. One such teacher, senior Regina Misercola, remarked on the program, “I taught two English classes today and I loved it. As someone who wants to be an English teacher, it was a really special opportunity to connect with our peers through writing. I think that’s exactly what writing, especially poetry, serves as – a form of connection.” She went on to describe how the experience changed her. “I connected with the students and I saw them jump right into the lesson and then into writing their own poem. I’m excited to continue working with these students and help them craft their final poems.”

Awards and fun for Trumbull High at Princeton Model Congress

George James ‘19
EE Contributer

Model Congress team competes at conference hosted by Princeton University in Washington D. C.

Twenty-four members of the Trumbull High School Model Congress team recently competed at the annual Princeton Model Congress conference in Washington D.C, and took home seven awards over the 4 day event.

Model Congress is a simulation of Congress where students propose legislation and debate it using parliamentary procedure, which is very similar to how proceedings take place on Capitol Hill. Each delegate at the Princeton Conference is a part of a specific committee, like Homeland Security or Foreign Relations, where all of the legislation debated is related to topics that would be debated in its counterpart committee in the real Congress.

The Princeton Conference was exclusively for upperclassman, yet there were varying amounts of experience among the group. For some, this was their 6th overnight conference, but for others it was their first. The conference was still a blast for all, even those who were learning during the trip.

Agriscience Holiday Shop 2018

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science & Tech Editor

Trumbull Agriscience held its annual Holiday Shop and Plant Sale on Saturday, December 8th and Sunday the 9th. The Agriscience students worked hard planting, growing, and tending to all of the plants included in the sale. This plant sale boasted different varieties of poinsettias, cyclamen, and christmas cactus, which were planted in August, before the school year had even begun. Houseplants, such as spider plants and ferns were a favorite among customers, as well as the wreaths, each decorated by Agriscience students and adorned with a bow.

The annual event showcased not only plants, but also boasted professional and student vendors, as well as a bake sale. All students at Agriscience are required to maintain a project called a Supervised Agricultural Experience, or SAE, throughout their four years in the program. Those who choose to keep an entrepreneurial SAE, for example, are students who run their own business. These students have the opportunity to sell their items at the Holiday Shop. They vended candles, soaps, pottery, and succulents, all of which are homemade or homegrown products.

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