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CHS Beast proves to be unique mascot

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Sophomore Summer Ward of West Long Branch wears the CHS Beast in pride

Sophomore Summer Ward of West Long Branch wears the CHS Beast in pride

Allie Kuo

Allie Kuo

Sophomore Summer Ward of West Long Branch wears the CHS Beast in pride

Jacqueline Geller

Marlboro High School has the Mustangs. Wall High School has the Knights. And Communications High School has the Beast.

Fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger established the mascot in 2004 when a student received red marks on her shoulders after she lifted a great deal of weight on the leg press machine.

Someone said, ‘You’re such a beast’ to her, and it kinda upset her, so I did my best to spin it into a compliment. CHS didn’t need a mascot, but all normal high schools do, so in an effort to be normal the Beast was born,” Clevenger said.

Clevenger said she has not found another school with the Beast as its mascot because the Beast is “unique like us.”

To this day, the Beast has made its way onto posters and CHS apparel.

Jessica Evans was co-president of the PSFA when the Beast apparel began to be sold. The design was created by a former CHS student, Bridget Gibson.

“We didn’t want to compete or diminish SGA sales, so we decided to use a different design and we sold the clothing in November, thinking parents may purchase it for the holidays. We went with the Beast because it was already an unofficial mascot for CHS,” Evans said.

Senior Mark DiSpigna of Lincroft said that a beast does not exactly embody the personality traits of a typical CHS student, but regardless, he is happy to have it represent the school.

“I never thought the Beast was a fitting mascot for CHS since most of us lack any kind of beast qualities, but I think the irony is what makes it hilarious and I would never change it,” DiSpigna said.

Even though “beast” may not be first thing that is used to identify a CHS student, Clevenger has made an acronym that presents a better correlation.

“Brave, Empathetic, Active, Supportive, Tolerant. That’s CHS too. And remember, it’s not about being the best, it’s about being the BEAST,” Clevenger said.

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