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Organization habits vary among peers

Organization habits vary among peers

Sally Ehlers

March 2, 2018


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As Senior Rachel Wolson of Bradley Beach sits down for class, she flips through her binder and the array of dividers keeping all of the sections separate. Some students use planners while others swear by binders. Others take pride in having a neat bedroom, but some are simply content with their untidy...

Rasp taps into her artistic passions

Rasp taps into her artistic passions

Michelle Moroses

March 2, 2018


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Anyone who attended Coffeehouse in the past three years probably remembers seeing junior Alyssa Rasp of Hazlet perform one of her dance routines. Rasp started dancing when she was 3 years old at a studio in Aberdeen. She began tap dancing and has continued with that style throughout the years, developing...

Teens work to overcome disabilities with help from their friends, determination

Teens work to overcome disabilities with help from their friends, determination

Isabella Erskine

March 2, 2018


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For being the “best and brightest” of Monmouth County, no one ever talks about the fact that students with learning disabilities attend schools like CHS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 11 percent of American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...

Students reveal ‘quirky’ hobbies

Students reveal ‘quirky’ hobbies

Evan Kuo

March 2, 2018


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Students at CHS hail from all over Monmouth County, filling the school with a wide variety of characters. With these people come hobbies and talents of all types – some being a little more odd than others. A few of these talents can come in handy. Senior Samantha LaRochelle of Middletown learned...

Medical marijuana blazes a new trail

Medical marijuana blazes a new trail

Sarah McNey

March 2, 2018


Filed under In-Depth

Medical marijuana has a long history. The Chinese used marijuana, also known as cannabis, for its healing properties as early as 2700 B.C., and Arab doctors treated patients with marijuana during the Middle Ages. Even 19th century American medical journals recommend marijuana to relieve pain, according...

Students get blunt with their marijuana experiences

Students get blunt with their marijuana experiences

Elizabeth Klemm and Emme Leong

March 2, 2018


Filed under In-Depth

Whether at a house party or in the backseat of a car, many students at CHS are no strangers to using marijuana, despite issues with its legality. One student, whose name will be kept anonymous, said they smoke marijuana almost every weekend. “It’s mostly in social contexts, so when I’m with...

The risks of marijuana: weeding out fact from fiction

The risks of marijuana: weeding out fact from fiction

Cailey Ruderman

March 2, 2018


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Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are widely known as some of the most dangerous drugs in existence, and the federal government agrees. These deadly substances are ranked by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule I drugs due to their high potential for abuse. But, among them is marijuana. Fatal...

Marijuana legalization hits new high

Marijuana legalization hits new high

Alexis Colucci

March 2, 2018


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With over 200 slang terms from “weed” to “Mary Jane” and its growing popularity in everything from music to recipes, marijuana influences the lives of adolescents and adults across America. Despite its rising acceptance in society, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. The Drug Enforcement...

Carmona-Ramirez uses her Columbian roots in Spanish III

Carmona-Ramirez uses her Columbian roots in Spanish III

Evan Kuo

February 10, 2018


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As the only language offered at CHS, every student takes Spanish class during their time here. Some may think of it as a struggle -- but for freshman Isabella Carmona-Ramirez of Long Branch, it’s second nature. As a native speaker, Carmona-Ramirez is the only freshman amongst a sea of juniors in her S...

Volunteers find happiness by helping others

Volunteers find happiness by helping others

Erin Brady

February 10, 2018


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People volunteer for many reasons. Many do it to benefit others. Volunteers help those around them, to support people in need and to offer assistance to those who need it. Freshman Emma Barofsky of Ocean Township goes to the house of an autistic child every week with one of her friends. They play gam...

Students spill school lunch habits

Students spill school lunch habits

Emma Barofsky

February 10, 2018


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Junior Clare Toman of Spring Lake Heights clicks “snooze” on a deafening alarm clock each morning. She has a tight morning schedule during the school week and typically does not save time to make her own lunch, along with many other students at CHS. Some are able fit this into their morning routine...

Stickers offer students self expression

Stickers offer students self expression

Izzy Erskine

February 10, 2018


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Over the years, bumper stickers have become a recognizable part of the way people express themselves on the road. The sticker trend has recently expanded and can be found on, not only cars, but the faces of laptops, too. Sophomore Mary Eknoian of Wall started to collect stickers last year when she got a...

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