NAHS puts Communications on Snapchat map

The filter on the right, designed by junior Julie Alter of Freehold, was approved by NAHS and Mr. Gleason. The filter on the left was submitted by an unknown artist.

The filter on the right, designed by junior Julie Alter of Freehold, was approved by NAHS and Mr. Gleason. The filter on the left was submitted by an unknown artist.

Kylie Lamb

The National Art Honor Society has found another creative outlet for students: the Snapchat geotag filters. After hearing of similar competitions, NAHS Vice President Mike Hom of Manalapan said he thought having students design filters would be a fun way to get more people involved in the club.

Members submitted designs to the council, who narrowed the entries down to the three best based on style, color, placement and portrayal of the school, NAHS adviser Shelley Ortner said.

Those three were then brought to Principal James Gleason, who approved the filter he thought represented CHS in the most imaginative way.

Ultimately, NAHS and Gleason selected the design by junior Julie Alter of Freehold.

“Though I originally decided to make one for the hour of service towards the club, I liked how my design developed,” Alter said. “I wanted to simply show all the programs offered by the school, and I think the blue color scheme brought it together.”

The day after the winning filter was debuted, a second, non-NAHS-affiliated filter was added.

Art Editor Sally Bonecki of Middletown said at a meeting on Jan. 20 that she thought the addition of another filter was slightly disrespectful.

“We just think they should’ve considered their disrespect towards those who rightfully submitted their designs and were not chosen,” she said.

“They avoided the whole process while we were trying to choose the right design that best represented the school.”

NAHS member and senior Jennifer Villavicencio of Asbury Park disagreed.

Snapchat allows multiple filters for one location. and “having two doesn’t take away from the NAHS filter,” she said. “Although they didn’t submit through the contest, the school’s approval isn’t required to submit to Snapchat.”

Alter said she doesn’t mind.

“It could’ve just been an honest mistake by someone not in the club,” she said. “It’s fine, and both filters look good.”

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