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Ortiz is fluent in both Spanish and English and was placed into Spanish III in her freshman year.

Ortiz speaks fluently to her Latin American heritage in Spanish III

Kara Gallagher March 12, 2021

Building a little doll and throwing it into a fire is not a typical way people celebrate the New Year. Yet this is how Ecuadorians traditionally celebrate, and Freshman Ariana Ortiz of Long Branch was...

Oldenski celebrates winning “Most Improved Player” at a summer
basketball camp in August 2017. He was diagnosed less than a year later.

Oldenski wears his game face through sickness and Fortnite

Francesco Thorik-Saboia January 19, 2021

Sophomore Jack Oldenski of Middletown played in a Fortnite tournament on Dec. 13 with two teammates. This was far from an average tournament: he was up against over 200,000 competitors. Oldenski and his...

Young pitches the ball on the baseball field at Neptune High School on May 14, 2019.

Young hits it out of the park earning athletic scholarship

Julia Grau, Justin Longo, and Garrett Stemetzki November 25, 2020

Senior Brian Young of Neptune started playing baseball when he was 4 years old. His years of hard work are paying off now that he received an athletic scholarship to Rider University, making him one step...

Stark, left, sits on her brother Ryan’s shoulders in 2008 in her first home in
Westfield, NJ. She started a foundation in his name after his overdose.

Stark gives back through grief

Zoe Conner-Bennett October 9, 2020

“It has been said that grief is the final act of love,” says Ryan’s Love of Life Foundation and its co-founder, senior Brooke Stark of Manasquan, “and we’ve chosen to channel our grief into healing.”...

Jodry, left, holds friend Shiva on her back in January 2020 at One Life to Love Orphanage in New Delhi, India.

Music to their ears: Jodry uses her musical talent to give back

Zoe Conner-Bennett June 12, 2020

Instead of opening dozens of presents from family or celebrating with friends, freshman Mary Jodry of Neptune City has spent her last three birthdays using her musical talent to raise money for One Life...

A cropped version of Peng’s award-winning artwork, “Identity Propagnda.”

Peng’s art gets regional acclaim

Emily Toro May 8, 2020

“I don’t really like most of the things I draw,” said junior Alexis Peng of Marlboro. Two weeks prior to this interview, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, “one of the nation’s longest-running...

Williams plays cello for the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra.

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Will McHale March 9, 2020

Junior Madeline Williams of Wall began playing the cello when she was just nine years old. Although it may be an unusual choice for a fourth grade pastime, she was inspired by her mother. “My mom...

Cohen, second from left, poses with other USY Co-Regional Executive
Board members in April 2019 at the Westin Hotel in Princeton, NJ. after
being elected to their positions.

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...

Viggiano next to a computer displaying code he has written.

Viggiano speaks fluently in five digital dialects

Kaitlyn Delaney and Timothy Wilburn November 15, 2019

Like many young boys, freshman Mark Viggiano of Ocean spent his time in elementary school playing Minecraft with his friends. But, in fifth grade, the world of building digital homes and villages unexpectedly...

Lin competes at the Amateur Athletic Union Diving Nationals at Northside Swim Center in San Antonio, Texas in July of 2018.

Lin makes a splash in competitive diving

Kaitlyn Delaney September 13, 2019

After injuring her elbow from gymnastics in 2016, junior Melody Lin of Freehold Township found herself in search of a new sport to occupy her time. Though Lin lost interest in gymnastics, she explained...

Shubov performs at the 2018 YAGP finals in New York City

Shubov dances her way to international success

Madison Beekman May 10, 2019

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...

Umbs plays piano during the Crescendo Competition at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 27, 2018.

Liam Umbs hits the right notes at Carnegie Hall

Kaitlyn Delaney March 15, 2019

At the age of four, sophomore Liam Umbs of Monmouth Beach sat at the piano and plucked random notes, acquainting himself with the keys in front of him. Much to the surprise of his parents, Umbs quickly...

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