Monthly Archives: December 2022

Tips for a More Traditional Holiday Revealed

Raphael Sullivan ’23
EE Staff Writer

Over Thanksgiving break, many students probably heard complaints about their table manners. That, back in your grandpa’s day, kids wouldn’t be glued to their phones. Auntie Sue would comment that when she was at the Thanksgiving table, she would actually talk to her relatives. Most probably ignored such advice, or simple put their phone away.

The brave ones, though, would just tell their relatives that they aren’t interesting. You, however, are different. You fight fire with fire. So tighten your corsets and practice your square dance because, in old times, people would drop dead at the ripe old age of 35 from tuberculosis. Way back then, the average person only had 3 pairs of pants. This Christmas, you are bringing back the Victorian era.

The first thing you’ll need to prepare is your clothes. Your parent’s era wears way too revealing clothing–I mean T-shirts? Atrocious.

For the more feminine students this Christmas, the first garments you will need are your drawers, stockings, and a decency skirt. Then you may dawn your Chemise, a nightgown-type undergarment meant to cover the unsightly drawers. Once your underwear is complete, you may move on to the next step, creating a figure.

Adults nowadays put in little effort to look good. You, on the other hand, shall adorn a corset to cinch your waist and a crinoline to create the shape of your dress. (A crinoline is a wire framework over which your skirt will lay which leaves a lot of room for smuggling prohibited goods).

If by chance any other members of your family appear with a crinoline, check for the telltale signs of a smuggler: walking oddly, clothing being too big or small, or wearing clothing that is too festive. If you see someone matching any of these descriptions, be sure to alert your local authorities. Finishing up the inner workings, all you need to do is dress in a petticoat to prepare for the skirt and a corset cover. Finally, you may adorn your dress. 

Male students looking to wear a suit have much less of a struggle. No complicated undergarments are necessary. A white button-down is in order and make sure you put it on after your trousers so the trousers straps go under your shirt. The next step is a waistcoat to be worn over your button-down. Then you can flip up your collar up and select a tasteful bowtie. For the winter, both a smoking jacket and an Inverness cape are needed. 

Newest Club is a Real Mystery

Sutton Caba-Bodie ’24
EE Staff Writer

There’s a new club here at Trumbull High! You may have seen it at the club fair earlier this school year. 

It’s the Detective Club, created by junior Yanxi Zhang, a creative, passionate, and kind student. It’s advised by Mrs. Ellis, who has greatly contributed to the club.

So how does it work? 

When interviewing Yanxi, she explained how the activities of the club are split into two sections, coordinating with the two semesters of the school year. For the first semester, each club meeting, which occurs once a month on Mondays at C22, revolves around one short story, typically a murder or crime. The goal is to solve the mystery by the end of the club meeting, which like most clubs, lasts about 40-45 minutes.

However, for the second semester, it kicks up a notch. Instead of separate short stories, the club meetings follow a particular mystery chosen by Yanxi. 

Committed to creating a memorable and clever experience for all, she translates Chinese language mysteries and creates a script that she will share with club members. Tensions build every meeting, as members begin to discover more and more about this selected story, and about their characters. Yanxi says that one of her favorite memories from this club was the final meeting from last year, when the longer story reached its end and all the club members voted for who they thought the true murderer was.

When asking Yanxi about why she created this club, her inspirations, future goals for it, she first explained how her love for mystery, bringing justice, and seeking truth began when she was a middle schooler. She had taken a psychology class and it sparked an interest in studying and discovering just how our brains work and why we do what we do. 

Secondly, she takes inspiration from many places, but mainly from well-known and talented Japanese author, Keigo Higashino. He writes mainly mystery novels, and has won several awards and has had almost 20 turned into films. 

As for the future goals for the club- Mrs. Ellis and Yanxi’s minds stay focused on possible leaders for when Yanxi graduates in 2024. 

When asked what she wanted to say most- she expressed gratitude towards Mrs. Ellis and said “A big, big thank you to Mrs. Ellis for being our advisor, she’s done a lot for us”. 

This club provides a truly unique, creative, and witty experience and atmosphere. The concept, dedication, and passion of this club is truly inspiring and it will be excited to see what they do next.

Who Should Win The NFL MVP?

Jude Magnotti ’25
EE Sports Columnist

It’s halfway through the NFL season and it feels like we have barley even started. However, midseason gives us the opportunity to go back and reflect on the teams and players that have found success through this point in the season.

Let’s focus on what is potentially the most important award in sports: The NFL’s Most Valuable Player Award (MVP).

This award has been notoriously dominated by quarterbacks in the past and this season looks to be no different. So far, the front runners for this award have been Jalen Hurts of the Eagles, Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs, and Tua Tagovailoa of the Dolphins.

Mahomes is the obvious choice, however due to voter fatigue, the MVP will probably be between Hurts and Tagovailoa, two quarterbacks from the 2020 class with underwhelming rookie and sophomore seasons (especially compared to Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert).

Through 12 weeks, the Eagles stand at 10-1 due in no small part to the efforts of Hurts. So far, he has had 2,560 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and leads the league in QB rushing touchdowns with 8. Last year the Eagles finished only 9-8 and already having more wins then they had last year through just 11 games is a huge jump.

While Hurts has definitely been helped by the weapons Devonta Smith and A.J. Brown as well as Coach of the Year candidate Nick Sirianni, he’s absolutely taken a big leap from years 2 to 3 and the franchise would not be where it is at right now were it not for him. If the Eagles continue their winning ways it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hurts up on the stage accepting the MVP in February.

In the AFC, we have a quarterback that is in a very similar situation to Hurts–Tua Tagovailoa. Like Hurts, he possesses deadly weapons in both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle with another Coach of the Year candidate in Mike McDaniel. The Dolphins have not had as much success as the Eagles, standing at only 8-3. However, it would be an understatement to say that Tua has had far superior individual numbers compared to Hurts.

Veteran’s Day Assembly Inspires Senior Class

Hannah Adams ’23
EE Editor-in-Chief

Trumbull veterans speak to the Class of ’23 on Veteran’s Day.

On November 11, this past Veteran’s Day, the class of 2023 gathered in the THS auditorium for a shared commemoration of the soldiers and veterans in the Trumbull community who have bravely served our country.

Twenty-five local veterans, accompanied by THS graduate Jake Moffat, attended the event to help teach and convey the importance of honoring our soldiers on Veteran’s Day, emphasizing that no service is insignificant.

Each veteran was given the opportunity to speak about their time in military service, with each one receiving well-deserved applause from the students. Veterans also answered students’ questions about communication between different countries, and how we as a community can best honor our veterans.

Using poetry from Maya Angelou and John McCrae, keynote speaker Dave Sacco expressed his intense gratitude in an impassioned speech to the students, with a notable oration of “In Flanders Field” to express the emotional and symbolic significance of the poppies that soldiers wear on Veteran’s Day.

Alongside Sacco’s speech, Trumbull High School’s Chambers choir group performed three ballads to honor the veterans, with beautiful renditions of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” “Thank You, Soldiers,” and “God Bless America,” a wonderful tribute to those who served our country. 

“I stood upon the shoulders of your great-grandparents,” Sacco said while discussing the achievements of the “Greatest Generation,” those that survived the Great Depression and went on to fight in World War II, bringing light to those who fought and died in combat, and “gave up their tomorrows for our today.” 

Assemblies like this one ensure that we as a school collectively honor and remember those that have served and are currently serving our country, keeping in mind that our todays are preserved and maintained by the sacrifices of our veterans.

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