Monthly Archives: December 2019

Strobel Road Construction

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Entertainment Editor

Connecting Booth Hill Road and Daniels Farm Road, two of Trumbull’s main arteries, Strobel Road is an integral part of our town. However, Strobel is also one of the most dangerous roads in Trumbull, worrying the town about the safety of students walking and driving to the many schools located near the road: Trumbull High School, Hillcrest Middle School, Daniels Farm Elementary School, and Booth Hill Elementary School. The locations of these schools near Strobel makes it inconvenient to address these safety concerns, as construction only adds to the already extensive traffic jams, causing for the issue to be largely ignored until recently.

In 2012, the town began a design for “The Strobel Road Construction Project,” which, after finally receiving state funding for the project, was put in effect in September. The construction was supposed to start in August but was delayed. This six million dollar project is a reengineering and paving project for the entire road and is predicted to take a few years to complete, causing a huge nuisance to the town’s community: parents, students, and citizens alike.

December Holiday Fun

Mishka Kapoor ‘21
EE Co-Editor-in-Chief

December marks the end of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the countdown to Winter Break. With holiday festivities, annual traditions, and a new year right around the corner, this month is busy and exciting for many. Eagerly anticipated snow falls, bright decorations are hung up, and smiling shoppers hurry to buy gifts for friends and family.

Everyone spends the holiday season differently, making this time of year especially unique. Some choose to be surrounded by family, some celebrate with friends, while others travel to warm and sunny places for their vacation. Junior Joelle Nutter and senior Navya Ajay share their December holiday plans in the following interviews:

What are your plans for the upcoming December break?
Joelle: “Over Winter Break my family usually takes at least one day to go skiing. Actually, my brother, my dad, and I go skiing, while my mom stays in the lodge. She doesn’t like the cold!”
Navya: “I am probably going to be finishing applying to college, and then celebrating Christmas with my family.”
Do you and your family typically do the same thing every winter break?

Indoor Track Begins a New Season With High Hopes

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20
EE Senior Sports Editor

As winter sports are finally starting, the Trumbull High School Boys’ Indoor Track Team had their first official practice on Thursday, December 5th. Their first meet of the season is on December 20th, at James Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Connecticut. The captains of the team are Junior Joseph Gregory, Senior Daniel McKeon, Senior Evan Seymour, and Senior Andrew Spillane.

Indoor track consists of many events. There are jumping events, such as high jump, long jump, and pole vault. There are also running events, including sprinting and distance.

Students who enjoy sprinting often participate in races such as the 50m; the 300m; or relays, such as the 4x200m or the 4x400m. Conversely, students who like long distance running more often race in events such as the 1000m, 1600m, or the 3200m. There is also a throwing event: shot-put.

A nice feature of the team is that unlike other sports, there are no cuts. As long as one shows up to practice everyday with a good attitude, he will be able to participate, without having to worry about performing better than his peers in order to make the team.

2019: A Year in Review

Abby Clark ‘22
EE Staff Writer 

2019: one more year has passed and yet another one is beginning. From sports to music to trends, this last year of the decade was packed with new experiences and memories. 

Starting off 2019, in the sports arena, the New England Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl against the Rams, tying with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins. Tom Brady told CBS News, “‘It was an unbelievable year.’” 

This quote was not only about football. In the summer, the USA Women’s Soccer Team made the country proud when they won their fourth title. Their win was a hard earned, well deserved one. In another area of sports, the Washington Nationals baseball team won their division and had all their fans wild. 

Yet sports wins were not the only hits during 2019. As far as movies go, there were many new films that took people’s emotions for a ride. At the top was Avengers: Endgame, a well awaited movie that made close to $3 billion globally and had fans on the edges of their seats. All over social media, directors, stars, and more raved about the movie’s astonishing twists and turns. 

Insights on the Class of 2019’s First College Semester

Katie DeRose ‘22
EE Entertainment Editor

Arnav Srivastava

Just as the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year is wrapping up at Trumbull High, Trumbull High’s most recent alumni, the Class of 2019, are finishing up their very first college semesters. To weigh in on this, Arnav Srivastava ‘19 and James Gallo ‘19 share their insights on the adjustment between college and high school with the THS community. Srivastava is currently studying Bioengineering at Harvard University, while Gallo is studying Theatrical Design and Production at Carnegie Mellon University.

What activities did you participate in when you were in high school? What activities do you currently participate in at college?

Arnav Srivastava— “During high school, I participated in The Eagle’s Eye, Academic Decathlon, Boy Scouts, Math Team, and BICEN, alongside some other activities! At Harvard, I’m involved in an engineering and synthetic biology club. I’m also doing a fellowship under a program called Effective Altruism, which focuses on effectively giving back to communities.”

James Gallo— “In high school, I was in the marching band, Thespian Society, BICEN, Tri M Music Honors Society, and NHS. Currently, as a Drama student, I am required to work on every production that The School of Drama puts on. I’ve worked on lighting, painting, props, costumes, and scenic building so far for all of the shows that have gone on this season. I’ve worked on about 5 shows.”

Swim Team Calls for Student Support

Hannah Adams ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Swimmers Lauren Walsh, Julia Nevins, Ashleigh Piro, Mia Zajac, and coach Bill Strickland at the CT State Open Championships on November 23rd, 2019

It is very well-known that Trumbull High School has a large variety of sports that students can participate in. From football to tennis, practically every sport is available to the student body. Along with the enjoyment of the sport for the players, there is also great excitement in watching a football game, and a very entertaining spectacle to behold when attending a soccer game.

However, it seems that only these certain sports get the most coverage and support, when in fact other sports deserve the presence of loud cheering and camaraderie. This includes swim, a sport that requires great endurance and stamina and provides great tension, suitable for the entertainment of any audience. Watching the swimmers glide down the lanes at amazing speeds, wondering with an anxious excitement who will be the first to touch the edge of the pool, attracts sports fans of all ages. Yet very few people come to support the high school swim team despite all of their success in the duration of the fall season, proving that this team is one of the best the school has ever seen.

During their season, the girls’ swim team was able to place 13th out of 51 teams in the state of Connecticut, placing as one of the best in the league. Yet they do believe that they could perform better and work harder with more people from their town to support them at their swim meets.

Living to Serve

Kathryn Wilkinson ‘20
EE News/Science/Tech Editor

The big red barn adjacent to Trumbull High School is much more than just cows, plows, and sows, contrary to some beliefs. The Agriscience program offers much more.

With the installation of a new officer team in May, the slate of student representatives had a new goal in mind: community service. The FFA is an organization based upon not only fostering leadership skills and student growth, but encouraging community development and service activities. The FFA motto, which all Agriscience students learn in their freshman year reads: Learning To Do, Doing To Learn, Earning To Live, and Living To Serve. Students and staff alike work to live up to this motto.

With the FFA motto in mind, the officer team set out to plan and implement new activities for the student body with a focus on serving Trumbull’s local community and giving back to those in need. The officer team began planning in July, well before the school year had even begun.

Football Ends Season Reflecting on Strong Growth

Evan Dadson ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Marking the end of a season full of highs and lows, the Trumbull High School Eagles Football Team lost their last game of the season 52-7 to their cross-town rivals, the St. Joseph’s High School Cadets, on Thursday, November 28, 2019. The Cadets started off strong with five touchdowns in the first half of the game. However, the Eagles eventually found their footing, converting three fourth-downs on their touchdown drive capped off with a twenty-four yard touchdown pass from Junior quarterback Riley Simpson to Senior Captain Kyle Atherton. The Eagles then held the Cadets down to two touchdowns in the second half, allowing none in the fourth quarter. The Cadets went on to win the FCIAC’s by virtue of Darien’s loss to New Canaan earlier that day, in tandem with their undefeated regular season. 

In reference to the game, Coach Marce Petroccio says, “We played as hard as we could but made a lot of mistakes. I’m proud of my kids, and we’ll get ready for next year.” Petroccio also notes that the team was very young this year, and he anticipates a stronger team for the coming years. The Varsity team finished with a 3-7 season; however, as Atherton puts it, “Our record may not reflect how much progress we’ve made during the season, but we’re really building up the program again.” With an 8-2 Freshmen team and a 6-3-1 Junior-Varsity team, one can be assured what Atherton can play out to be true.