Monthly Archives: October 2019

Spirit Week Recap

Hailee Daunis ’21
EE Staff Photographer


Day 1

Before first period, students came into school excited for what Spirit Week had to offer. Junior Leilani Brown had decided to participate in Spirit Week along with many others. Monday was Sports Jersey Day, and Leilani expressed her appreciation for the Red Sox. A majority of the student body decided to root for their favorite football team, but others sported jerseys from other sports.

Day 2
Although it was Hawaiian Shirt Day, students wore much more than just shirts. On Tuesday students wore leis, skirts, even shorts and flip flops, to school. It certainly did not feel like autumn with the atmosphere that the students were giving off. Anna Kacin, Emily Nguyen, and Shannon O’Shea (left to right) did not forget to show up with their school spirit.

Day 3
Halfway through spirit week  it was time for Color Wars Day. On Wednesday each grade was assigned their own colors. Freshman wore green, Sophomores wore blue, Juniors wore white, and Seniors wore black. Livi Gottschall wore nothing but the color white, supporting her classmates for the day. It’s hard to tell which class won the Color War.

Day 4
There were so many creative and amusing outfits on Thursday, Sponsor-a-Senior day. Gabriella Alarcon, sponsored by her younger sister Angelina Alarcon, went all out dressing up as a Hydro Flask, making a homemade outfit.  Picking up and dropping off underclassmen to class, seniors definitely had an exciting day, and the underclassmen enjoyed just as much watching their antics.


Day 5
Spirit Week culminated on Friday with a pep rally in the gymnasium. The Student Council, their advisors, school administration and staff worked very hard to put together this amazing event which allowed all of Trumbull High to celebrate their Black & Gold spirit!







Autumn at Agriscience

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science-Technology and News Editor

Trumbull Regional FFA’s chapter members have an exciting year ahead of them. The new officer team, which was announced at the May FFA meeting, was hard at work over the summer before the start of school planning events and preparing for the months ahead. Their goal is to host events that are not only fun for chapter members, but adhere to the core values of the National FFA Organization.

Before school had even begun, the annual Freshman Mixer had taken place on August 28th. This event welcomed the class of 2023 to Agriscience with games, tours, and the opportunity for new students to speak with the officer team. The officer team hoped to ease the nerves of new students before the first day of school.

Freshman Julia Wilkinson said, “The Freshman Mixer was a great event. I was happy to meet the officer team and connect with fellow students who were just as nervous I was to start high school and make new friends.”

Just recently, on September 20th, all of Agriscience took their annual trip the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts. The fun trip, enjoyed by all, allowed students to delve further into agriculture. The huge event, dubbed “New England’s Great State Fair”, featured exhibitions for every agricultural interest. From livestock, to giant pumpkins, and even a 600-pound butter sculpture, students from Agriscience had the day to explore. Of course, students also loved exploring the state buildings and filling up on the infamous Maine baked potatoes and New Hampshire macaroni and cheese.

Rowing with the THS Spirit: Students Show Interest in Non-FCIAC Athletics

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Senior Entertainment Editor

As the 2019-2020 school year begins, Trumbull Athletic Department t-shirts, sporting the motto “PRACTICE LIKE A CHAMPION,” have once again become a common sight around campus, with students focusing on the fall athletic season. Whether it be for field hockey or football, a vast majority of the THS student body can be found eyeing FCIAC and CIAC championships, as they stay true to this motto and work a sweat at practice everyday. And this Golden Eagle mindset certainly does not end as the students step off campus.

At Great River Rowing, a local rowing program off of the Housatonic River in Shelton, CT, approximately 30% of competitive rowers are Trumbull High students, with other Trumbull students participating in the developmental rowing program and in programs with other clubs. Five days a week, not including regattas, these students get on the water to train with the same mindset they hold as a student at Trumbull High: Practice like a champion.

The high school may not offer rowing on campus due to the fact that it is not an FCIAC sport, but that does not stop students from following their interests. Sophomore Kyle Benjamin, who has rowed with Great River for two years, says, “From my first day, I knew it was a sport I was passionate about and wanted to give my all to.” Therefore, these students, including Benjamin, take their rowing skills elsewhere, working as hard as the students who train on campus and without the recognition.

Summer 19’ Adventures

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE Science-Technology and News Editor

When most high school students think of summer vacation, they might imagine relaxation, pool parties, and most importantly, two and a half months to catch up on sleep! However, two of Trumbull High’s students spent their summer in an incredibly unique way, reaching out of their comfort zones for once in a lifetime experiences. Senior Piper Glass and junior Amaya Mikolic-Berrios called upon their interests and future career aspirations this summer. The following interviews give insight into their experiences.

Can you give a brief overview of what you did this summer?
Piper Glass– “ I attended a program at Columbia University to further delve into the study of genetics and molecular biology, which is one of my main interests, and perhaps a career option for me in the future.”
Amaya Mikolic Berrios– “This summer I went to Chicago for a volunteer internship at a non-profit socialist magazine called In These Times. I found out about this opportunity through a close family relative. I lived in Chicago and worked from 9 ‘til 5 every day doing archival work, editing, and lots of fact checking.”

What did you learn from this experience?
Piper Glass– “I got to perform university level labs as an incoming senior in high school, which I thought was an amazing experience. I learned how to perform replica plating, how to grow yeast, and insert genes into plasmids, subsequently transforming bacterial cells.”
Amaya Mikolic Berrios– “I learned a lot about how the magazine and the journalism process works, like how in a full-fledged newspaper, editors meet and have headline meetings and pitch meetings. It is a lot more fun than just a regular office job, it’s more collaborative, and I was attracted to that. I learned a lot from the people I worked with and interviewed with.”

Make Room for Art!

Neya Kidambi ‘22
EE Features Editor

Think back to your first day of art class in elementary school. Walking into that colorful room and smelling the fresh paper, newly unboxed watercolors, and observing all of the creativity surrounding you. For me, the art room became a beautiful splash of color in an otherwise drab, brick school. When I went on to middle school, that bright and blissful feeling associated with art class followed me. I dipped my hands into fresh clay as I sculpted hummingbirds and learned how to use brushes to give my acrylic paintings texture. Life was good.

Until High School. Until AP classes started. Until endless hours of homework per night became a thing.

Freshman year was a change. I no longer had a period of watercolor painting in art class or making metal rings in Tech-Ed or baking in FACS to get me through the day. Instead, for 8 periods straight, I sat in a classroom and took notes. This year, I was determined to change things. I needed a break in the day.

That’s when I stumbled upon Visual Design during my sophomore year. In the short 5 weeks that I have been in this class, I can assure you that the class feels like a family. Students agree that the curriculum is both fun and challenging and from painting outside to playing art jeopardy, Mrs. Durand and Visual Design have become something I look forward to in the day.

Cross Country Starts Strong

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Senior Sports Editor

Captain Jackie Zhang leads the Cross Country team to victory.

The Trumbull Eagles Cross Country team is on to a terrific start to the season with a strong starting record. After their first away meet at Fairfield Warde High School against the Warde Mustangs, the St. Joseph’s Cadets, and the Greenwich Cardinals, the Eagles currently have a record of 9-3, and the future is only looking brighter.

During the race, the varsity runners had to run a 5000m race (approximately 3.1 miles). Trumbull’s top finisher was Senior Cyrus Asgari, who came in 3rd place out of 62 total runners. Asgari finished with a time of 17:26.31, and had a few words to say about the team: “Our key to success was having a well rounded effort from the entire varsity team. We were in the middle of a rough period of training and racing but needed to stay in a warrior mindset with a unified team effort.”

Right behind Asgari, Sophomore Varujan Edwards and Junior Joseph Gregory finished with times of 17:32.15 and 17:48.63.
Junior Devin Ferraria, placing 6th in the meet for Trumbull with a time of 18:36.10, also had something to say about the team: “The Eagles have been working tremendously hard since June,” said Ferrari, “The top seven have shown amazing improvements throughout the summer. We have definitely bonded as a team and I am excited to see what the future has in store for us.”

Observations on the High School Hierarchy

Amaya Mikolič-Berrios ‘21
Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Co Editors-in-Chief

With the beginning of a new school year comes a shift in the dynamic of high school. Seniors have graduated, juniors become the new seniors, and eighth graders, once the kings of middle school, are now the babies of high school. As the convenient scapegoats of the entire school, freshmen become the cause of every upperclassman’s (and even sophomore’s) grievances. A-Hall corner has stop-and-go traffic, lunch lines take an eternity, bathrooms are packed: It’s those dang freshmen again.

When the first day of school begins, anxious students stumble through the doors heading for their advisory classes. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this is a routine and mundane schedule: nearly automatic. Yet for incoming freshmen, bombarded by a sea of link crew shirts, the quest to find the right class is often overwhelming. “What’s ‘No-Name’? Why is C15 in the Literacy Center hallway instead of C-Hall? Where on Earth is M-Wing?” As rising juniors who no longer wander the halls in a stupor looking for their next class, it is sometimes slightly amusing to watch the struggling freshmen.

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