Monthly Archives: June 2022

Trumbull Boys Volleyball Advance to CIAC State Championship

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

After an already successful season with a record of 21-2, the Trumbull Boys Volleyball team has advanced to the CIAC Class L championship for the first time since 2002. Their matchup for the championship game is against the No. 1 Darien Blue Waves which will occur tonight, June 9th, 2022 at Pomperaug High School at 5:00.

So far in the state tournament, the Eagles have defeated No. 14 Norwalk, No. 11 Conard, and upset No. 2 Glastonbury on June 7th in the semifinals. 

The No. 3 Eagles will now face the undefeated Darien Blue Waves for a third time this season as they are a part of the FCIAC division as well. The only two losses the Eagles have this season are from Darien. One in the regular season and the other in the FCIAC championship game. 

In the semifinal game, the Eagles defeated the Glastonbury Tomahawks 3-1. The final scores of the four sets were 25-22, 19-25, 27-25, 25-19.

This win came from whole team efforts as every player had a role. Some valuable players include:

Ben Leeds (12): 8 digs, 2 kills

Brennan Cutter (11): 27 kills, 3 blocks

Matt Cherfane (11): 16 digs

Austin Ashby (11): 12 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs

Derek Ploski (11): 13 digs

Also of note is junior Kieran O’Sullivan who had 2 blocks and 13 kills, one including the game-winning kill. 

“It’s an awesome feeling knowing how hard we worked to have earned the opportunity to play for a state championship,” said senior Captain, Ben Leeds. “Playing in big games like this is something that we have looked forward to all season and we’re hoping to end it off with a win”. 

The Eagles will travel to a neutral site to play in their biggest game of the year and hope to bring the CIAC state champion title back to Trumbull.

Teachers Grateful for PTSA Recognition

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Teachers are the soul of any school, going beyond expectations everyday. The supportive environment that the Trumbull High faculty have created is something that students sometimes take for granted. Teacher Appreciation week is the week dedicated to reciprocating the care they have given students throughout the year. 

The PTSA sponsors Appreciation Week and truly accomplished their goal of expressing the gratitude Trumbull High has for the effort teachers put in. 

“It’s nice to feel appreciated,” said Mrs. Durand, a Trumbull High Arts teacher.

From May 2nd through the 6th, the PTSA provided breakfast, lunch, and ice cream as a sweet treat. The thoughtfulness from the PTSA made it an exciting week for teachers. The student community also wrote notes to teachers showing their appreciation and put up posters naming times when a teacher relationship has been invaluable. 

“It was the best one since I’ve worked here,” said THS Spanish teacher Mrs. Giordano, commenting on the events and festivities of this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week.

Especially through the stress of Covid, teachers were forced to adapt and experiment with new approaches to learning that will captivate students attention after spending most of last year online. The versatility of teachers alone makes this year even more deserving of appreciation.

A thank you to the PTSA for allowing these teachers to feel appreciated and acknowledged for the work that often goes unseen.

Trumbull Baseball Advances to CIAC State Semifinals

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

The Trumbull baseball team hasn’t made a trip to the CIAC state semifinals since 2013 but after a 2-0 win against the Staples Wreckers in the quarterfinals, they are moving on. The Eagles will play at Municipal Stadium in Waterbury on Tuesday June 7th, 2022 at 3:30. To get to this point, the Eagles have defeated No. 23 Hillhouse, No. 26 West Haven, and just recently, No. 13 Staples.

The Eagles will now face the No. 3 seeded Fairfield Warde Mustangs at a neutral site. This will be the 3rd time the Eagles have matched up against Warde this season after a rough loss in the FCIAC semifinals and a loss in the regular season. Senior captain Connor Johnston will get the start for the Eagles against Warde.

Senior Matt Cummings was on the mound against Staples. He pitched six innings for the Eagles and allowed no runs. Cummings struck out 10 and only allowed 3 hits total.

“It was great to get the win with the team; it’s a really big deal for us,” said Cummings. “But there’s still work to do, the job isn’t finished”.

The Eagles got the lead on an RBI single by senior Jack Ligouri. Junior Scott Gell scored. Ligouri then scored on two wild pitches allowing him to go to third and home.

Senior Logan Huzi relieved Cummings in the top of the 7th inning to close the game. Both pitchers combined did not allow a Staples runner to get past 2nd base, they remained in control throughout the whole game.

The No. 10 Eagles have a tough matchup for the state semifinal game as Warde has been dominant this year. Although, they do have experience against this fellow FCIAC team and they know who they are dealing with. In the Class LL there are three FCIAC teams remaining with Trumbull, Warde, and Danbury who will face Southington following the Eagles game. All in all, the Eagles are still on the chase for a ring and they are only 2 wins away from victory!

THS Poets Perform

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Features Editor

Poetry Slam Masters’ of Ceremony entertain the crowd in this photo from the 2017 Slam.

Trumbull High includes many initiatives to promote the arts within it’s community. A student favorite is the Poetry Slam which was held this year on Friday May 13th in the school auditorium. This event is a part of Trumbull High’s culture and gives students a platform to perform their poems. The event is a competition where there is a panel of judges, mainly teachers, that decide which poem was written the best. Most importantly, though, is the performance component that is key to engaging the audience. 

Competitors were asked to submit two poems. One to be presented in the first round and, if you proceed to the final round of five poets, you are asked to present another one. The difficult part about presenting is not only trying to convey emotion through performance, but each poem has to be fully memorized. By having it memorized students can really speak from the heart; it also simulates a real poetry slam by following the rules. 

“It’s really fantastic that there’s such a great opportunity here for students to express ourselves and put on display how much we’ve learned about poetry and ourselves in, and out of, the poetry elective”, said senior, Lake Zajac, a participant in this year’s slam. “It’s so fun and impressive how much two classes can get done in just a few months to put on such a great show”.

The poetry slam mostly consists of senior poetry class students who have been preparing for the slam. However others are encouraged to join as well. Zajac appreciates how poetry has allowed her to understand herself and how to portray emotions through words. 

The winner of this years event was senior Chloe Nestro. 

First Freshman Social Event Planned

Rithik Manchanda ’25
EE Staff Writer

Freshmen playing games on McDougall Field at a Link Crew orientation.

Throughout their high school career, everyone deserves something fun: seniors have prom, juniors and sophomores have a dance, and now it’s time for the freshmen to have some fun with their upcoming Field Day.

The Freshman Field Day will take place on June 8th, 2022, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at McDougall Stadium with a rain date of June 9th. The cost is $5 which, along with a filled-out permission form, should be brought to either Mrs. Payne (A33) or Mrs. Basbagill (A3) to sign up.  Permission slips are posted on the Class of 2025 Classroom.

This is the freshman class’s first exciting event of the year as other plans were canceled due to problems including Covid-19. At the event, there will be ice cream, pizza, and fun games including cornhole, spike ball, and can jam (with big prizes!).

“I think field day will be a great way for all of the freshmen to hang out and bond before the school year ends,” says Freshman Class President Luke Hatzis.  “Plus it will be a great way for everyone to have some fun before finals and with all of the stress of studying”. 

Considering the disappointment associated with the cancelled Freshman Social, the announcement of this event brought excitement to president Hatzis and the rest of the freshman class as they are finally able to have a good time together.

Freshmen students hope that this will be just the start of many memorable celebrations at Trumbull High over the course of their remaining years.