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On January 26th, the TCHS Crusaders for Life Club left early in the morning to travel to Washington D.C. to participate in the March for Life. We had a tour of the capitol where we saw memorials, museums and monuments. After the tour, we set up camp at Resurrection of Our Lord Church in Maryland.  We attended Adoration and Benediction services that evening and spent the night in the church hall. It was a night filled with faith and community.

Getting up early the next day was tough, but we all were excited to join the march to end abortion. We attended a Youth Rally, where several musicians played, and then the Mass for Life at the Verizon Center. After Mass, we walked to the Washington Monument and prepared to march. At the starting line, we listened to several speakers, such as the President of March for Life and Vice President Mike Pence.

After the speeches, we began to march. Even though our group was only twenty-five students and seven adults, we marched along with hundreds of thousands of others who hold the same belief. This was a life-changing experience. As one member of the Crusaders for Life expressed, “It was really great to march for such a good cause. It was even better that we were with our friends. It made me more aware of how many people are willing to rise up to make a difference.” It was great to be the voice for those who do not have a voice. 

Vincent Bellacicco '18 

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The one thing I always feared as an underclassman was the dreaded college application process. To start with, I was terrible at making decisions. If I could barely decide my meal at a restaurant, how would I be able to make one of the most important decisions of my entire life? I also had no idea how I would be able to balance all of the college research, visits and application process with the rest of my schedule and school work load. Now, as a high school senior, I can say the college application process and decision making are not nearly as difficult as I had always imagined. Trinity definitely made the college search and application process easier for me.

As a Sophomore, our Guidance Department helped me use the program Naviance to create a list of schools that I would be comfortable with. This all depended on my preference of student population, location and even the offered list of majors. From there, I utilized the frequent visits from college admissions officers to our school. These visits were significant to my search process because I had my questions personally answered. My counselor constantly kept me updated on college visits with schools I might be interested in. While this helped me narrow down my college choice, meeting with college admissions officers was also crucial in demonstrating my interest to the school. The college fairs after school in our gymnasium were very beneficial to me as well. These are opportunities to explore various schools, especially some that may not have been on my radar, meet some of the admissions team, and even get to know some Trinity Catholic alumni who are trying to recruit for their college or university.  

I’m very thankful my counselor was very efficient in ensuring I was making progress in the early stages of my high school career as well. I was very prepared by Junior year with a developed list of colleges to narrow down my decision; this made life so much easier and less stressful in the long term. My counselor was also always there to provide tips for college interviews and even hold mock-interviews to prepare me for the two real interviews I would later have. I had an advantage at Trinity because my counselors motivated and guided me to begin my college decision process early.  

When it comes to college applications, the support at Trinity is outstanding. Some colleges offer additional essays, aside from the standard one, and even special essays for scholarships. This means that, come Junior year, you will have to be prepared to write multiple college essays. Luckily for me, there are a surplus of staff at Trinity willing to look at multiple college essays. By having my guidance counselor review my essay, it would be critiqued from an admissions standpoint. My counselor knew what the college admissions were looking for in these essays and helped keep the essay centralized while still being informative and personal. Additionally, the help my English teachers provided has been tremendous. Before or after school, I used the opportunity to review my college essay with my English teacher line by line. This ensured that my essay would have perfect structure and organization, fluent sentences and no grammatical errors. Not many schools have the time, ability and resources to provide that much help for every single one of their students.

The guidance counselors at Trinity were always reliable and open to my questions. My best advice for Underclassmen or even those thinking about Trinity would be to start the college search process early. Utilize the summers to visit a handful of colleges you might be interested in. It notifies the colleges that you have interest in their school and have taken an early initiative in the search process. A last minute decision can have you worried that you may have made the wrong choice in schools. Because you started early, you have time to put more thought and research into schools than others. It makes it easier for you to choose your #1 school, and most importantly, feel confident that the school is best for you. 

Alec Jania '17

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My name is Fr. Joseph Gill, and I’m the new Spiritual Director here at Trinity High School. When I began I was quite apprehensive about what I might encounter. You see, I never went to school in the traditional sense – I was homeschooled for most of my life – so the thought of going to a high school was a daunting new reality for me! But I have been overjoyed beyond my expectations at how awesome our kids and our faculty are.

Although I’ve only been here for a few months, I am amazed at some of the great things that are happening here at Trinity.

What a blessing it is to work at a Catholic school where we can speak about God freely. I've watched as the teens and faculty alike get into the Christmas spirit through “decking the halls."  It’s so cool to see entire hallways decorated with Christmas carols – not the ones about Santa and Rudolph, but the ones about Christ. It helps to keep the reason for the season always before us. We will be having a late-Advent Mass right before we dismiss for Christmas to help us recall the amazing gift of the Incarnation.

It was also wonderful to see how many kids took advantage of our Advent confessions. We had five priests here and each one was busy for a solid three hours. It was not mandatory, but the kids chose to go, knowing its value in their spiritual life. I think that’s a great testament to what we do at Trinity Catholic High School – our day, our year, our school - is centered around helping kids know and follow the Lord.

If you’re looking for a great Catholic school in lower Fairfield County, give us a look!

Fr. Joseph

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The Christmas season is in full swing here at Trinity Catholic High School, and our students spent some time after school yesterday turning the hallways in our little corner of Stamford into a veritable winter wonderland.  Organized by Trinity's Student Council, the decorating of the hallways is an annual tradition and a friendly competition of sorts between each grade to see who can make their wing of Trinity Catholic High School look the most festive.

Students were hard at work stringing lights from the ceiling and wrapping paper is adorning the walls as though it was wallpaper. Between all of this and our annual toy drive for Inspirica's Holiday Gift Collection and Toys for Tots, we must give a very special thanks to our hard working Student Council for beginning to make it look a whole lot like Christmas around here.

It's a bit too soon to decide which hallway looks the best and most festive, but at this moment, I'd say the seniors have the slight edge (they're old pros at this by now!).  This can all change of course.  

So why not come visit us and decide for yourself? These hallways are guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit and ready for Christmas in Connecticut.  

- Jon DeBenedictis
  Director of Admissions

 

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As I write this blog post, we are less than an hour away from an early dismissal here at Trinity Catholic High School. The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend is upon us, and it provides a much-needed time of rest for TCHS students, faculty and staff.  More importantly, it's a time for everyone to give thanks and enjoy time spent with family and friends.
Despite it being a short week, it's been an incredibly busy one here at Trinity Catholic and in Stamford, Connecticut.  Last Sunday was Stamford's annual Thanksgiving parade. Despite the cold and windy conditions keeping most of the large balloons grounded, it was still a fun and well-attended event.  
On Monday night, the superintendent of the Diocese of Bridgeport hosted a wonderful dinner for board members and school administrators at Vazzano's Four Seasons in Stratford. This proved to be a great chance to enjoy some food and drink with our peers from the other Catholic schools throughout Fairfield County, as well as an opportunity to visit with our Bishop, Rev. Frank Caggiano.  
Our Student Council hosted the school's annual Thanksgiving Food drive and over 5,900 lbs. of non-perisable food and turkeys were collected and donated to the The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County.
Last night, Trinity Catholic High School hosted it's annual Thanksgiving dinner for our international students and their host families. We are fortunate here at TCHS to have a diverse group of outstanding, hard-working international students. Last night was a great opportunity to expose them to food and customs commonly associated with what most consider to be the quintessential American holiday. 
And finally, Thanksgiving week at Trinity Catholic High School would not be complete without a little bit of football! Tomorrow morning our varsity football team travels to Fujitani Field in Wilton to take on the Wilton High School Warriors in a Thanksgiving FCIAC showdown! Kick-off is at 10:30am, so you can cheer-on our Trinity Catholic Crusaders before spending the afternoon enjoying your turkey dinner with family and friends.
Have a very happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

- Jon DeBenedictis
  Director of Admissions
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