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CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

Brigid McCarthy

January 17, 2020

New Jersey is one of only nine states that require mental health education by law. In August of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that “required public school health education to include mental health,” according to NBC. This bill will take effect during the 2020-2021 school yea...

Rising EpiPen prices put lives at risk

Rising EpiPen prices put lives at risk

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 17, 2020

Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the American College of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology. For those at risk of anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction, the EpiPen can be a life-saving medication. Yet, with prices on the rise, accessibility to t...

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

Sally Ehlers

January 17, 2020

Senior Erin Palmer of Tinton Falls may no longer have wisdom teeth, but she has almost an entire bottle of Vicodin, an opioid narcotic medication, lurking in her medicine cabinet. Palmer is responsibly awaiting the opportunity to properly dispose of her unneeded medicine at a pharmacy’s take-back pro...

Abbreviations spell out confusion for older texters

Abbreviations spell out confusion for older texters

Beatrice Karron and Will McHale

January 17, 2020

As technology evolves, the ways people communicate with one another follow suit. Over the last few years, as phone conversations began to replace face-to-face communication, texting has become its own “language” as new slang develops and new emojis emerge.  Perhaps the most commonly used abbreviation,...

Public and private middle schools both shape long-term learning

Public and private middle schools both shape long-term learning

Zoe Conner-Bennett

January 17, 2020

Thirty years ago, CHS’s school nurse Dorothy Condon attended St. Rose Parish Schools. For 13 years, Condon dressed in a school uniform every morning and walked alongside nuns in the hallways. While she said that she received a very good academic education, the most prominent skill she gained from her years...

CHS teenagers work hard, play hard, sleep never

CHS teenagers work hard, play hard, sleep never

Tess Rempel

January 17, 2020

Pressing cold Powerade to your face to stay awake during World History. Napping during bus rides. Sleeping through fire alarms. These are just some instances of how CHS students deal with the toll of sleep deprivation. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers need about 8 to 10 hours o...

Students go the extra mile to attend CHS, despite distance

Students go the extra mile to attend CHS, despite distance

Michael Rau and Timothy Wilburn

January 17, 2020

Junior Ava Turner of Middletown wakes up to a 5:30 a.m. alarm each day in order to get ready for her bus, which picks her up at 6:20 a.m. She does not return home after school until after 3:30 p.m., forcing her to make a few compromises due to her long bus ride.  "Sometimes, it's annoying because I could be...

Cohen lives and leads in faith

Cohen lives and leads in faith

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 17, 2020

Despite growing up in Marlboro, junior Abi Cohen’s roots tie back to Israel, where she was born. Cohen moved to the United States as a baby, but with the majority of her extended family still living in Israel, she and her family make efforts to visit almost every year. Though she no longer lives in h...

Teachers pull back curtains on Instructional Council

Teachers pull back curtains on Instructional Council

Lillian Chen

January 17, 2020

It appears once per month on the school calendar, on display for all students and faculty: 10:30 am Instructional Council Meeting. A virtual mystery to a majority of CHS students, the purpose and inner workings of the Instructional Council remain a secret shared only by its members.  “The counci...

Seniors display tears and triumphs

Seniors display tears and triumphs

Lillian Chen

November 15, 2019

Stress is a natural occurrence in high schools across the nation, and CHS seniors have a unique way of dealing with it. The “Senior Cry Calendar,” as it’s been dubbed, resides in the senior hallway and instructs students to write their name and why they cried on the day it happened.  The c...

Life360 technology inspires a 180 in parent-child trust

Life360 technology inspires a 180 in parent-child trust

Beatrice Karron and Mackenzie Carey

November 15, 2019

Instead of calling out “be home before dinner,” the modern parent has not only the technology needed to text their child a curfew reminder, but also know where they are if they miss it. Life360 is one of many tracking apps that have risen in popularity among family audiences, surpassing 18 mi...

Advisers showcase their outside interests through clubs

Advisers showcase their outside interests through clubs

Tess Rempel

November 15, 2019

Math doesn’t have anything to do with religion, and debate doesn’t have anything to do with physics, but to CHS’s club advisers, that doesn’t matter.  While many advisers teach material very different from the clubs they advise, some teachers find it very easy to draw similarities. “It...

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