Senior Switch Day makes a comeback


Audrey Mannion

Senior Courtney Rademacher of Wall acted as Mrs. Clev for the day.

Allie Beekman

After a year without Senior Switch Day, the tradition returned to CHS on Nov. 24. Teachers sat back and listened as seniors took over their roles to teach classes throughout the day.

Senior class adviser Ginny Clevenger and the senior class council organized the day with teachers beforehand and had participating seniors sign up to teach based on preference, said senior council member Justin Boldt of Howell.

Clevenger made the final decisions on which students substituted for each participating teacher, said senior council member Allie Kuo of Tinton Falls. From there, it was up to the seniors and the teachers.

“The seniors had to talk to the teacher they were switching with and come up with a lesson plan that had to be approved by the teacher,” said Kuo. “The lesson plan was probably the most important part.”

Senior Julianna Belas of Monmouth Beach was selected to fill in for Visual Communications teacher Ryan Weber with senior Annie Diaz of Long Branch.

“We taught the students teamwork, problem solving and infographic-based design,” Belas said.

Sophomore Cailey Ruderman of Marlboro was in the Visual Communications class Belas taught.

“We watched an episode of Parks and Rec where they used a blueprint and other design elements for a festival and then recreated that for our school,” Ruderman said. “I thought the lesson was really fun and a good way to learn what we used in design in a laid back way before the break.”

Junior Felicia Aschettino of West Long Branch found both of her experiences with Senior Switch Day a lot of fun.

“Senior Switch Day this year was a lot of fun and it was also a lot of fun freshman year,” Aschettino said. “I love the different activities that the seniors put together this year. They were fun, yet they taught you something at the same time.”

Freshman Mary Eknoian of Wall also enjoyed her first Senior Switch Day.

“I thought that it was really cool and really fun and it was a good break from school,” Eknoian said.

Sophomore Jules Andersen of Howell enjoyed the day as well, and is considering signing up in two years.

“I feel like over the past two years I’ve become closer with some teachers and have a friendly relationship as well as a professional relationship with them,” Andersen said. “Switching with them for the day would be a lot of fun and also a learning experience to understand what teachers go through every day.”