Eagles Get the Win in Tiger Town

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Sports Reporter Up in the valley of Ridgefield, Connecticut, the Eagles defeated the Tigers 28-14 on Friday, November 5th. With intentions of securing a spot in the playoffs, More »

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 More »

Trumbull Girls Volleyball Sweeps Danbury 3-0

Ava Inesta ’22 EE Staff Writer After losing many valuable seniors from last season’s squad, this year’s girls volleyball team has had a strong start to their season. Gaining their 5th win, the More »

Math Team Performed Better Than Ever In Recent Competition

Joshua Dubreuil ‘20 EE Sports Editor Sai Kolasani ‘21 EE Staff Writer The Trumbull High School Math Team placed 6th out of 29 teams at Wilton High School on February 5th, 2020. More »

Say “Hello” to Bye, Bye Birdie

Neya Kidambi ‘22 EE Features Editor After nineteen years, Bye, Bye Birdie will be coming back to the Robert E. McCarthy Theatre this spring, as the THeSpians prepare for their twenty-second production More »

 

12 Angry Jurors Hits the Stage This Weekend

By Kylie Totten ’24
EE Sports Editor

THS THeSpians performing in the 2021 Fall play, 12 ANGRY JURORS, hear arguments and deliberate the fate of a man accused of murder. Standing: Medha Bnatnager. Sitting L-R: Bailey Chapin, Timothy Spillane, Mia Bekech, Isaac Lyne, Sara Kocinsky, Grace Codd, Isabella Mercado, Isabel O’Neill.

The THS fall play, 12 Angry Jurors, is about to hit the stage.

There will be two performances, this Friday (11/5) at 7:00 and Saturday (11/6) at 5:00 at the Trumbull High Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door: $10 for the general public and $7 for students. 

12 Angry Jurors was originally known as 12 Angry Men, a play written by playwright Reginald Rose in 1964. 12 Angry Jurors just allows for a more gender-inclusive cast than seen in the original story. The play has been performed in theaters all over the world, and was adapted into a movie 1957.

The play follows twelve jurors as they deliberate on a murder case, considering the guilt or innocence of the accused teenage boy. Each character brings their own individual history and biases to the jury room, making it difficult for the jurors to come to a unanimous decision. When asked why 12 Angry Jurors was the choice for this year play, student director Nathan Ayotte commented, “In a time where social justice has gained traction among young people, as more and more teenagers are developing their own ethos and belief system to deconstruct the world around them, 12 Angry Jurors is a beautiful commentary on the Justice system in American Democracy”.

There isn’t a real “main” character in 12 Angry Jurors, it’s an ensemble piece with 12 leading roles. This years cast consists of freshman Bailey Chapin (Juror 1), freshman Bella Cabral (Juror 2), senior Mia Bekech (Juror 3), senior Issac Lyne (Juror 4), junior Sara Kocinsky (Juror 5), freshman Grace Codd (Juror 6), sophomore Sam Miller (Juror 7), sophomore Nora Watson (Juror 8), junior Bella Mercado (Juror 9), junior Paul Litchfield (Juror 10), sophomore Tim Spillane (Juror 11) and sophomore Medha Bhatnagar (Juror 12).

Trumbull Bounces Back Against Fairfield Warde with 42-6 Win

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Senior Corbin Smith rushing to the endzone for the first touchdown of the game.

After a tough loss to Greenwich, Trumbull got back on track to defeat the Fairfield Warde Mustangs on October 29 at Tetreau-Davis Field. 

A game like this under the Friday night lights was just what Trumbull needed to gain some confidence back. 

One of Fairfield Warde’s mistakes in the game was their defensive plans. Right from the start, they were unable to stop the Eagles offense and by the end of the first quarter the score was 28-0 Trumbull. In the end, Trumbull had scored a total of six touchdowns. They were scored by seniors Owen Solano, Corbin Smith, and Justin Delaney. Junior Nicholas Tuccinardi also played a great offensive game for the Eagles. Trumbull enforced strong defense, limiting Warde to only scoring a single touchdown.

“It was a great team win and rebound from the Greenwich game,” Senior Justin Delaney said about his team’s win, “Now it’s time to prepare for the Ridgefield game, and focus on winning each game one at a time for the rest of the season.”

With only a few games remaining, Trumbull is making a big push to earn a spot in the CIAC playoff bracket, but it is going to be a challenge. The Eagles are very hopeful that they will prove their belonging in the playoffs after playing Ridgefield, Danbury, and St. Joseph to finish off the regular season.

The New “Meta” of Social Media: Facebook’s Revival

Thomas Ou ’24
EE Entertainment Editor

The youngest self-made billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, has no shortage of surprises as he develops a daring new master plan to take over the growing metaverse. The CEO and cofounder of Meta Platforms, formerly known as Facebook, has had his fair share of controversies and hurdles from privacy concerns to data usage within political campaigns. However, today marks an important day for both social media and technology as the company focuses more on the development of future innovations.

“From now on, we’re going to be the metaverse first, not Facebook first,” said Zuckerberg in the annual connect conference on Thursday, October 28. The company, in an effort to rebrand to better reflect their values and interest, has changed its name from Facebook to Meta. (Random side note to aspiring stock traders out there, a company known as Meta materials, which is completely unrelated to Facebook and the Metaverse, has seen a dramatic surge in stock prices. Please be sure to do research on the company before dumping your life savings on it). 

A metaverse, as the name implies, is a virtual universe of endless, interconnected virtual communities where people are able to meet, work, and play. This is done through virtual reality headsets, augmented reality glasses, smartphone apps, and other devices, reflecting the shift into VR and AR technology these past few years. Mark Zuckerberg plans to bring the internet back to life and create an experience so realistic, people will have a hard time differentiating between reality and technology. 

“It’s the next evolution of connectivity where all of those things start to come together in a seamless, doppelganger universe, so you’re living your virtual life the same way you’re living your physical life,” said Victoria Petrock, an analyst who follows emerging technologies, in a recent interview with NPR.

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. 


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