Monthly Archives: October 2021

Tony Bennett Inspires in Latest Collaboration with Lady Gaga

Maggie Russell ‘24
EE Staff Writer

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett have collaborated again and released their second jazz album on October 1st, 2021. This makes it the 61st studio album (!) of Tony’s career and Gaga’s 7th. Their first collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, was released in 2014 while Love For Sale was recorded from 2018 to early 2020.

The new album consists of their jazz renditions by American composer Cole Porter, who the album is also a tribute to. To hype up the release of this album, the duo gave performances at Radio City Music Hall on August 3rd and August 5th, 2021. These concerts, called One Last Time: An Evening with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, would be the last for 95-year-old Bennett before he retired from performing live.

The album is fantastic. It is an amazing send-off for Tony Bennett’s career and brings jazz back to life.  He suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and the fact that he was still able to sing live with Lady Gaga at his advanced age is incredible. The young generation of jazz fans will love this innovative and unique album.

Postponed Met Gala Resumes During Fashion Week

Ishita Singh ’23
EE Staff Writer 

K-pop star, Rosé, and fashion designer, Anthony Vaccarello, at the 2021 Met Gala.

This year’s Met Gala was held on September 13, 2021 at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The featured theme was American Independence, and it was co-chaired by singer Billie Eilish, pro tennis player Naomi Osaka, actor Timmothie Chalamet, and poet Amanda Gorman.  The return of the event proved to be extraordinary just like the outfits.

The usual date for the Met Gala is the first Monday in May but, due to Covid, it was postponed and was held instead during fashion month. As a result, the outfits were under more pressure to impress. 

Usually only up to 500 – 600 people are invited to this exclusive event. The event is invite only and those who make the list are admitted because of the imprint they have made on society. It is a branding event held by Vogue Magazine and organized by Anna Wintour, Vogue editor-in-chief and chairwoman of the Gala event since 1995. She oversees the benefit committee and the guest list. The entrance price for the Met Gala is a pricy $3,500, so typically the guests are wealthy. 

The Met Gala is the fashion industry’s Oscars, and it brings together designers, models, and Hollywood celebrities who fight for media attention. It benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which is the only curatorial department at the Met that is self-funded. 

“We called the dress code this time — American independence,” said Vogue editor and organizer Anna Wintour in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts. “And we really want people to have fun and enjoy dressing up again”.

Some outfits in the Met Gala were definitely breathtaking while others you would simply stare at and question. 

The 2021 Met Gala might have been a little different due to Covid but many people tried to make it special. It was definitely a great return for Met Gala as well as an amazing time for many celebrities to show off their fashion skills.

Trumbull Swim and Dive Team Celebrates Senior Night Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull Swim and Dive seniors during their post-win celebration.

Saturday, October 16th was a big day for the Trumbull Eagles Swim and Dive Team. At the Orange Town Pool, they defeated Norwalk 103-80 while also celebrating their five seniors: Lauren Walsh, Erin Racicot, Norah Hampford, Olivia Zint, and Kailey Caballero.

This was a huge win for the Eagles as they went into this meet unsure of what the outcome would be since the matchup was tight. 

Trumbull placed first in all the relays which was a bulk of their points. Sophomore Kristen Racicot led off with a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

The Eagles earned top 3 places in the 400 yard freestyle relay as well as the 100 yard backstroke. In the 100-yard backstroke, senior Lauren Walsh placed first, senior Norah Hampford placed second and sophomore Audrey Kehley placed third. Another impressive performance was by sophomore Kylie Totten who placed first overall in the 500-yard freestyle race.

The Swim and Dive team had a lot to be happy about at this important point in their season and look forward to competing in the playoffs in the near future.

Fall In love With Fall Recipes

Ashley Moran ’23
EE Staff Writer

Pumpkin spiced lattes and brisk weather have hit the Northeast once again, leaving opportunities for your new favorite comfort recipes of the season. 

Who is tired of eating the same seasonal bread every year? I know I am! Today let’s take a look at this season’s hit recipe. 

Every year, we see variants of our favorite comfort pumpkin bread. Whether we satiate our pumpkin cravings with pies or cookies, it is a necessity sometimes to get a pumpkin fix.  

The “world’s best pumpkin roll”, according to Alyssa Rivers, the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic has been talked up by many. “It is a perfectly moist and tender thin pumpkin cake”, says Rivers.

Who could go wrong with the perfect mixture of pumpkin and a thick frosting? Every year, there is an unspoken competition on who can bring the best dessert to the fall festivities. And every year, everyone ups their game. This pumpkin roll is just what you need to win this round. 

Well, you would assume these rolls would be hard to make, but to all of our surprise, these rolls are easy, and just about anyone can make these. Since your mouths must be watering at the sound of this delicious dessert…… LET’S MAKE SOME PUMPKIN ROLLS!
Pumpkin Rolls (based on a recipe by Alyssa Rivers)

     Ingredients: Pumpkin cake 
  • 3 eggs                                                                        
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda 
  • ½ tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Boys Soccer Win Against St. Joseph and New Canaan

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

The week of October 11th was very successful for the Eagles as they earned two wins. One of the games was a crosstown rivalry game against the St. Joseph Cadets and the other game was played against the New Canaan Rams. Both were home games, in which the Black Hole attended.

The final score of the game against St. Joseph on October 13th was 3-0. Goals were scored by sophomore Owen Bull and junior Bruno Brasil. Senior Phillip Pires was another key player who had two assists.

“It was a game all the boys that were on the team last season marked on their calendar coming into this season,” said Junior Sean Racette about the team’s win over the Cadets. “So getting the win the way we did felt very good”.

The student section was very vocal which added to all the tensions of the game. Trumbull had an obvious leg-up on St. Joseph, which brought a lot of exciting energy to the field.

The final score of the game against New Canaan, on October 15th, was 1-0. The lone goal in the game was scored by sophomore Stefan Cordas. Following his performance in Friday’s game, Cordas was named Ruden Report player of the week.

As the season slowly approaches its end for the Eagles, they look to win their last few games and finish their season on a positive note.


Trumbull Football Shuts Out Stamford with a 48-0 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull’s dominant defensive line prepares for attack.

Trumbull has improved their record to 4-1 after winning 48-0 against the Stamford Black Knights.

After having back to back home games, Trumbull was able to travel and bring home a win Saturday, October 16th at Boyle Stadium. The Eagles showed off their offensive and defensive skills by completely dominating the Black Knights.

Senior Corbin Smith has continued leading the Eagles offense by scoring three touchdowns. Other touchdowns were scored by senior Justin Delaney and junior Nicholas Tuccinardi. 

The Eagles defense has also been very successful by only allowing one touchdown to be scored in the last three games. They even chipped into the offense by scoring on a safety against Westhill in last week’s game. 

With the season at its halfway mark, Trumbull looks to keep their winning streak alive and secure a playoff spot. The Eagles are currently on a four game win streak after beating the Westhill Vikings and now Stamford. 

“Ever since the Ludlowe game we have not taken a step back,” said senior Captain, Jake Delfino, about his team’s last few wins. “The defense is playing lights out and has scored more touchdowns in three games than our opponents. We  have just been playing our style of football and not taking any opponent lightly! This is going to be a big week for us and we are ready for what’s to come”. 

Although the Eagles have proven their abilities as being one of the top teams in the state, their upcoming games are much more challenging as they are scheduled to play No. 15 Greenwich (LL), No. 6 Ridgefield (LL), and No. 1 St. Joseph (L). All these teams are highly ranked in the CIAC poll but Trumbull is currently ranked at No. 8 in the LL class, ready to compete.

The Irresistible Draw of Squid Game

Thomas Ou ‘24
EE Entertainment Editor

Recently, a largely unheard of show originating from South Korea has broken Netflix’s record of member views in most countries including the US and is set to become the biggest original show of all time. This record was previously set by widely watched shows with some of the most memorable characters such as Bridgeton, The Witcher, Stranger Things, and Tiger King. On the surface, it is just another gory and grisly almost-horror foreign show prevalent among a new era of television shows; in fact, even the premise of a survival battle royale/Hunger Games is far too common in today’s media. What sets it apart from other originals is the way it chooses to present its content; it has, in essence, cracked the formula in creating an addictive show that, honestly, burrows and sticks in the viewer’s mind long after they finish the last episode. 

 “People are attracted by the irony that hopeless grownups risk their lives to win a kids’ game,” Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk said in an interview. “The games are simple and easy, so viewers can give more focus on each character rather than complex game rules”.

The show brings back the nostalgia of playing children games with just a sprinkle of murder. What sets it apart from other shows, is how it combines the concepts to form a depressingly dark satire on human society while also tainting the innocent childhood memories a person once had. Desperate, impoverished people are offered the opportunity to have a second chance at living their life at the price of participating in a killing game. The game itself is much simpler than expected: play a variety of childhood games, with the losers dying a gruesome death. Of the 456 original participants in the game, audiences are able to watch as those numbers slowly dwindle. 

Sophomore Patrick McGovern commented on how the show “couples actions and great storytelling with a deeper meaning of how far someone will go to get money.” In a sense, Squid Game is a show all viewers can relate to a personal degree; both at the desperation and despair of its participants as well as the willingness to climb when met with rock bottom. 

Trumbull Girls Cross Country Heads To FCIAC Championships

Abby Poplawski ‘23
EE Staff Writer

Ranked 7th in the state, the Girl’s Varsity cross country team prepares for the FCIAC Championships, held at Waveny Park in New Canaan, with just two regular-season meets left to run. Last year had been difficult for the team due to restricted dual meets, but this year the girls have been able to race in various quad meets as well as invitationals with schools throughout the state. They have had an amazing start to the season by placing 2nd in the Large School Division at the Wilton Invitational, taking 1st overall at the Camp Sloper Invitational, and having a 10-2 win-loss ratio at regular meets. 

Despite losing several seniors from last year’s varsity team, sophomores Leela Kocinsky, Bridget Walsh, Isabel O’Brien, and junior Gabby Pavlov stepped up to join upperclassmen Kali Holden, Evelyn Marchand, and Abby Poplawski to form the varsity squad. Every practice, workout, and race all contribute to how well the girls will run at FCIACs. 

With the guidance of Head Coach, James McCaffrey, the girls are working hard every day with a positive attitude, ready to take on Waveny Park. “Since the beginning of the season we have trained to be a top 2 team in the FCIAC”, said McCaffrey. “As we enter championship season, we have done the work to put ourselves in a position to achieve our goals. These girls are tough”.

Everything You Need to Know About Wednesday’s PSAT

Kylie Totten ’23
EE Sports Editor

Prepare yourselves THS students, it’s PSAT season. It may not be the formal SAT, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important, because the PSAT is great preparation for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and it’s an opportunity for students to earn scholarships. So what is the PSAT all about, and what can you do to prepare?

The PSAT, or the NMSQT, is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. According to the College Board, it is a timed test that lasts two hours and 45 minutes and is generally taken by sophomores, and sometimes juniors, in high school. Trumbull High is having their first PSAT testing day on Wednesday October 13, 2021. 

PSAT scores are based on two sections, reading/writing and math. The total score is the sum of the two section scores, and there are 139 questions in total (91 reading/writing, 48 math). Scores can range from 320-1520, which is slightly different from the SAT that goes up to 1600. 50th percentile scores (average) are generally around a 1010, while 90th percentile scores are around a 1290. 

The PSAT isn’t looked at by college admissions, but it is a vital tool in studying for the SATs. The SATs are taken junior year, and it’s one of the four main things colleges look at when considering your application, along with grades, extracurriculars and the essay. The questions on the PSAT are very similar to the SAT’s, so it gives students a good idea of which areas they may struggle with and need to work on. The PSAT can also be good for working out test anxiety by giving students the opportunity to prepare for the time limit and testing environment as well as the questions. 

Trumbull Football Stuns No.7 Shelton with 41-7 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Corbin Smith and Cooper Dayton celebrating a Trumbull touchdown.

McDougall Stadium was rocking on October 1st as the Eagles played their first home game of the season. This Friday night game was highly anticipated by everyone but there were some doubts since the Eagles were facing the undefeated Shelton High Gaels.

Just two minutes into the game, though, Trumbull struck with the game’s first touchdown. Trumbull would extend the lead and was up 20-0 by halftime.  

Throughout the entire game, Shelton had a difficult time tackling senior Corbin Smith, allowing him to score four touchdowns. Smith was easily the best player of Friday night’s game with his incredible performance. Another touchdown in the game was scored by junior Ben Carley. Junior quarterback Hunter Agosti went 20-28 for 354 yards, throwing three touchdown passes.

Slowing Shelton’s offense down after they ran 332 yards in a 35-14 win against No. 4 Greenwich last week was key. Trumbull’s defense with seniors Cooper Dayton, Jake Peterson, Dylan Moran, and others, exceeded expectations for this matchup.

A big win like this definitely gets everyone on the team fired up. The Eagles have a lot of potential and this is only the start. This week, Trumbull is going into week four with a 2-1 record, to play Westhill this Saturday at noon.