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CHS students take a hit from vape culture

CHS students take a hit from vape culture

Phoebe Drummond

May 22, 2019


Filed under Features, In-Depth

“Honestly, I think for any high school kid in any climate, there’s this new stigma that it’s cool to vape… like every time you go to party people are always vaping,” said sophomore Hannah Arbeitel of Marlboro. But what Arbeitel referred to as party foul is now making its way into schools ...

E-cigs cloud judgment

E-cigs cloud judgment

Emily Toro

May 22, 2019


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Originally used by ancient Egyptians to cleanse the mind and soul, vaping has now become a substitution to traditional smoking. According to Vaping Daily, contemporary vaping devices date back to 1963, when Herbert Gilbert invented the first smokeless non-tobacco cigarette. In the 2000s, Chinese pharma...

Vapes modernize over time

Vapes modernize over time

Isabella Antoon

May 22, 2019


Filed under Features, In-Depth

With a 78 percent reported increase in usage among high schools students in the past year according to the FDA, vaping is becoming more than just a “fad” in teenagers’ lives. But with an increase in sales of popular e-cigarettes like JUUL comes a decrease in knowledge of how these products affect th...

Administrator outlines the cost of a CHS education

Administrator outlines the cost of a CHS education

Will McHale and Luke LaTorre

May 21, 2019


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Collette Flatt, Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) School Business Administrator, recalls a surprise issue for the school budget after something in the radio station needed to be replaced on short notice. Flatt said that while the $40,000 equipment was a hit to the school budget, ...

Stengele recounts Special Olympics’ impact on daughters

Stengele recounts Special Olympics’ impact on daughters

Zoe Conner-Bennett

May 21, 2019


Filed under Features

There was nothing particularly special about this race. There was no one noteworthy in the pool. There was no record being broken. In fact, there was only one girl still swimming. Yet, every person in the crowd was on their feet. “She had basically only one good arm and one good leg,” said Scott Stenge...

Students shed insight into owning nontraditional pets

Students shed insight into owning nontraditional pets

Michael Rau

May 20, 2019


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Junior RJ Franzen of Allentown wanted a pet ever since he was a little kid, but couldn’t get a traditional pet because of his fur allergy. His parents surprised him one night with two pets: a hedgehog named Hedgie and a ferret named Carly, who were both a few weeks old. “Usually, Hedgie just sit...

Pull over, police and thank you: tales from the roadway

Pull over, police and thank you: tales from the roadway

Riley Forrester

May 20, 2019


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It was an ordinary day when senior Alex Herrmann of Brielle’s heart stopped as she drove to mentorship. The fear that paralyzed her was one that many new drivers face: getting pulled over by the police. According to a survey of 63 CHS student drivers, 23.8 percent have been pulled over all arou...

Shubov dances her way to international success

Shubov dances her way to international success

Madison Beekman

May 20, 2019


Filed under 1 in 300, Features

Standing behind the stage on which hundreds of people would watch her perform, freshman Renee Shubov of Marlboro practiced her solo over and over. After her final run-through, she fixed the ribbons of her pointe shoes and stepped in front of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) audience and judges. ...

Seniors work through the challenges of mentorship

Seniors work through the challenges of mentorship

Khushi Kadakia

May 19, 2019


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While other high school seniors are sitting in class or eating lunch at 11:15 a.m., senior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown, like a number of other CHS seniors, is traveling to her mentorship site, Six Overground in Asbury Park. On the drive, McCaffrey prepares to spend three hours coding and developing an ...

Online resources “sparknote” a student-teacher debate

Online resources “sparknote” a student-teacher debate

Brigid McCarthy

May 17, 2019


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Move over, Shakespeare.  The most-read material in high school English classes is not any play by Shakespeare, or any novel by Steinbeck. It is Sparknotes.   Thanks to the accessibility of the Internet and its resources, some students have turned to websites like Sparknotes, Cliffsnotes and Shmo...

Demographics affect abortion options

Demographics affect abortion options

Mia Gallo

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, In-Depth

As the central topic of many marches, animosity and questioning of the current law, the issue of abortion polarizes two drastically opposing sides. Based on the argument of where life begins and its application to religious standards, abortion remains the forefront of many political disputes. Ma...

Abortion ruling threatens to repeal legality

Abortion ruling threatens to repeal legality

Meredith Prud'homme

March 15, 2019


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Of every political issue, abortion remains the most disputed. Regardless of political party, advocates on both sides of the issue are passionate about the subject. The fight to criminalize abortion continues to increase in ferocity and now incites the consideration of whether a decision made over 40...

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