Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Masterminds Behind Trumbull High School Post Prom

Hannah Auten ‘19
EE Contributor

Elaborate facade of the 2017 THS Post Prom.

Annually since 1988, with a goal to provide students with a safe environment to continue enjoying prom night, the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) plans, fundraises for, and executes a beloved tradition: post prom. However, with all the excitement of the party, many fail to realize is exactly how much time and energy people dedicate to the event.

“A lot people don’t realize how big of an event post prom is. The PTSA works hard to ensure everything runs smoothly,” said Britley Learnard, PTSA student vice president and post prom volunteer of two years. “To some, it may seem like everything was easily prepared and that it only took a few weeks to plan, but once the post prom for one year is over, it’s onto planning the next one shortly after.”

According to Christine Mckinney, former president of the PTSA and post prom volunteer of four years, around 550 students attend the event between the hours of 11 PM and 3 AM. That may seem long in itself, but for some volunteers, the ordeal is many more hours. Setting up at 2:30 PM, they stay until 3 AM, only to come back again at 8 AM to clean up. That is just the day of the event; the preparation starts long before that.

Prom Scheduled for The Amber Room: What Our Seniors Should Expect

Cassie Gallace ‘19
EE Contributor

Ticket sales for the prom will be held in the Senior Lounge from April 30 to May 3. Tickets are $90 each.

Senior prom, scheduled for May 31st, is planned to be held at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, unlike many of previous years where it was held at the Aqua Turf Club and the Matrix Conference and Banquet Center.

Miss Kremzar, one of the Senior Class advisors, explained the setup of the venue, saying there will be “intimate seating in separate rooms away from the noise of the main room. It’s a great option for students who want a more toned down environment to eat dinner, for example. There will still be music and they’re beautiful rooms with an outside view.”

A main criticism by students about the dances in the past is the lack of space on the dance floor due to the tables set up on it. However, The Amber Room’s main room has enough space where there will be no seating on the dance floor, so it will be open the entire night.

The Amber Room is an award-winning premier catering venue located in Western Connecticut. As a Danbury landmark, The Amber Room Colonnade has modern architecture and twenty-six meticulously-landscaped acres, according to The Amber Room’s website.

Slideshow: Spring Spirit Week

Photos courtesy of Mr. Ralph DeLuca
EE Photographer

The Electoral College: A Relic of the Past

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Co-Managing Editor

The Electoral College is a relic of the past, and is a system that America should move past. The Electoral College is one of the most undemocratic practices that goes against many American values such as popular sovereignty and derived power from the people.

The Electoral College was a process put in place by the Framers that is used during presidential elections. This system is one where the states appoint electors to vote on behalf the states residents to determine who becomes President.

In my opinion, this system is very outdated. The Electoral College was put in place in the 1770’s to ensure that only the educated could vote because the Framers felt that the educated were the only ones who could successfully determine the leader of the country. In the opinions of the Framers, the Electors were designed to be well-educated, which meant that they were rich since the rich were the only ones who could afford a good education.

THeSpians Make “Roxie” the Talk of the Town

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Staff Writer

Senior Jacqueline Mate and Sophomore Caroline Marchetti singing duet at Trumbull’s production of Chicago.

After three long months of thorough preparation and an outstanding two week run, the windy city has finally blown through the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre.

From the second the curtains were cued with the excitement of the orchestra’s big band jazz to the moment the entire company came together and bade the audience goodbye, there was never a dull moment as the cast, crew, and directors of Chicago marveled the audience with their musical talents and great precision in bringing the once Broadway show to Trumbull High.

When murderess Roxie Hart looks to reach for fame in Vaudeville using her new celebrity-like status from immoral actions, she battles her inmate and later friend, Velma Kelly, for attention on the media as she works to win her pending court trial with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn. As the cast of Chicago drives the audience to feel right with their characters, the theatre is transformed into a warm room full of drama, suspense, fun, and laughter.

Service Dog Changes Student’s Experience

Anushka Gangwar ‘19
EE Contributor

Jayson Caballero THS Class of 2022.

Before, freshman Jayson Caballero was seen as any other Trumbull High student, but now he’s the talk of the school and all eyes are on him since he started bringing Martin, his service dog, into school with him.

Caballero has a service dog for his juvenile type one diabetes and has started to bring him into school, impacting his and his peer’s high school experiences.

Although Caballero has had to live with diabetes his whole life, he has only had Martin to assist him for over three years now. His service dog can detect if his blood sugar drops by his sense of smell and will let Caballero and/or his parents know by getting “excited” to get their attention.

“Ewe” Should Definitely Read This!

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science and Tech Editor

2019’s newly bred ewe feeding.

As Spring approaches, students enrolled in the Agriscience program know that lambing season is on its way. Each year, the ewes, or female sheep on the farm, are bred in hopes of having adorable lambs on the farm come springtime.

This year at Agriscience, eleven ewes were bred and after 145 to 150 days (about five months), the typical gestation period for a sheep, lambing season had officially started. For all Agriscience students this a particularly exciting time, but for those upperclassmen enrolled in the animal science major, the experience is quite hands on. They not only assist in the birthing process if needed, but they also help in take care of the lambs in the early stages of their life and make sure that all of the ewes remain healthy and well cared for.

The Tracking Men

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Staff Writer

Junior Andy Spillane pole vaults over height during indoor track.

Wintertime is coming to an end and more sports are starting up again here at Trumbull High School. Track is a very popular sport at THS and since nobody gets cut from the team, there is no pressure of being the best on the field. It is a great experience for all of the participants.

The team captains for this years boys track team are Chris Lepore, Nigel Hayes, Hank Schober and Zach Iannucci. The coaches are Coach Banks, Coach Sages, Coach Tait, and Coach Gaines.

Junior Adrien Joseph, who has run track for his entire high school career, described his first year of track as, “A great way to meet new friends and try out a new sport.” He also added that,“It really impacted my freshman year in a great way and it was something I will definitely not regret.”

New Season, New Strike Zone

James Dubreuil ‘19
EE Managing Editor

A computer analyzing a professional pitcher’s pitch.

The MLB has been evolving to maintain its popularity among millennials and incorrect calls in the strike-zone could be the root of the next change. This spring training, the league is using a pitch clock to speed up games; however, the MLB also has the opportunity to turn to computerized home plate umpires that will be able to call balls and strikes with more accuracy than human beings, and could save hitters from bad calls made by home plate umpires.

PITCHf/x, created and maintained by Sportvision, is a system that tracks the speeds and trajectories of pitched baseballs. This system, which made its debut in the 2006 MLB playoffs, is installed in every MLB stadium. The data from the system is often used by broadcasters to show a visual representation of the pitch and whether or not a pitch entered the strike-zone. For more than a decade, PITCHf/x technology has shown television viewers of baseball an idea of whether the pitch was a ball or strike, and whether or not the home plate umpire made the correct call.

Changes to Graduation Requirements to be Implemented Next Year

Owen Hopwood ‘19
EE Contributor

In an effort to better prepare all students for their unique futures, the Connecticut General Assembly made major changes to the graduation requirements for high school students in Connecticut public schools. Although these changes were agreed upon in 2017, they will only be implemented starting next year for freshmen.

Major changes include an increase in the number of required credits, significant emphasis on flexibility and multiple pathways, less restrictive course requirements, and a new mastery-based diploma assessment requirement, which will take form as an exam.

Whereas, at the moment students must complete a minimum of 20 credits, with the new changes 25 credits would be required. However, guidance has confirmed that the vast majority of students currently reach that number by graduation at Trumbull High, so it shouldn’t be a big adjustment for most.

The specific credit requirements are now significantly different from the traditional study areas that students are used to. Now, social studies, English, and the arts are all in one category called “the humanities.” Then, another category called “STEM” includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There is also an added one credit required in health education, with one credit still required in physical education. A mandatory credit in world languages has also been added, along with a credit of mastery-based diploma assessment.

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