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20 years later, the CHS staff still remembers the feeling of not knowing what was going on the morning of the 9/11 attacks. https://unsplash.com/license

Memories of 9/11 burn bright for CHS staffers

Lillian Chen September 17, 2021

Very rarely is someone able to remember the details of their day on Sept. 10, 2001, but askmwhat they were doing a mere 24 hours later and it’s an entirely different story. Having opened its doors...

Lang steals the show as Mary Poppins at Count Basie Theater on March 3, 2020.

Lang sets the stage as producer for CHS drama club comeback

Julia Homza and Lillian Chen September 17, 2021

Since the age of two, senior Ainsley Lang of Shrewsbury has lived for the spotlight. It started with dance, but her life onstage only progressed from there. “I feel like I was always more of a theatrical...

Senior Vivianna Varlack of Manalapan was accepted into Princeton and Stanford,
schools with acceptance rates of 6% and 4%, respectively.

Varlack sets sights on Stanford and Princeton

Kara Gallagher June 17, 2021

When senior Vivianna Varlack of Manalapan found out that she got into Stanford University, she nearly threw her laptop in excitement, screaming and running down the stairs to go tell her parents. Leading...

Sexual assault incidents are occurring in schools even with protective acts in place. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Students discuss the presence of sexual assault in schools

Nina Kolodchak and Nicola DeGregorio June 17, 2021

In a world where movements like “Me Too” are on the rise, all forms of sexual assault and harassment are intolerable. The fact that incidents are still occurring and affect the lives of students is...

While juniors were unable to attend the
CHS prom, students took the initiative
and planned their own junior prom as a
way to celebrate the year.

CHS prom festivities divided between independent initiative and school run

Kaitlin Brice June 17, 2021

With prom season quickly approaching, upperclassmen are taking initiative and planning independent proms so this right of passage isn’t missed. With no school sanctioned junior prom, junior Elle Kumpf...

CHS students participate in the 2021 Spring Spirit Week Relay Race, the second spirit week event after numerous event
cancellations and alterations.

CHS’s tightknit community unravels

Julia Homza June 17, 2021

With a largely virtual Spring Spirit Week ending, many CHS students are left with memories of the highlights of school years past. These events are a large part of the community at CHS. Entering high...

While some students are returning to the building full time, others are still remaining virtual. https://unsplash.com/license

Finishing last semester in-person remains a virtual reality for some

Emma Makin June 17, 2021

As things return back to normal at CHS, the question of whether students are remaining virtual for safety reasons or personal preference is raised. Students at CHS were offered to attend remotely for...

The cafeteria food at CHS is now individually wrapped for sanitary precautions.
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Lunch Lady: A Year in the Life

Ruth Crawford June 17, 2021

Within the CHS community, the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected everyone’s lives in big and small ways. This year, Communications students have missed out on traditions that provide an ice breaker...

As the Class of 2022 begins the college process, many reflect on the virtual options colleges have offered.
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Virtual college fairs lack connection during COVID-19

Zaina Saif May 5, 2021

Junior Sam Skolnick of Hazlet had long looked forward to seeing her dream school’s campus. A digital slideshow of snapshots with pre-recorded narration wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Ever...

A survey of 55 students from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13

Mental health on their minds: Students reflect on changes to mental health in the pandemic

Nina Kolodchak May 5, 2021

As quarantine continues, mental health issues also continue to rise. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on mental health, about 53% of adults in the United States have...

McManus was inspired by her unique sense of style and love of fashion to launch The Zine fashion magazine

McManus dresses to the nines for The Zine fashion magazine

Sarah Rau May 5, 2021

Among the mundane chatter of an elementary school cafeteria, a little fourth-grader walked proudly by the supervising teacher. She was immediately stopped to receive a compliment on her socks. These were...

The transfer of power for clubs, as seen Photo Clubs 2019 council election, has been very hard this year, especially since most clubs were not able to meet over the 2020-2021 school year. Student are worried that the traditions and values of the clubs wont be handed down.

CHS clubs and the transfer of power

Lillian Chen and Brigid McCarthy May 5, 2021

Isabella Carmona-Ramirez of Long Branch, in her junior year, accepted the position of Art Director for the CHS Drama Club and started managing publicity for The Commons, CHS’s literary magazine, all...

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