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Some are born with a smile

Some are born with a smile

Isabella Antoon

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Many of the physical features we are born with have been written into our genes. They are undeniable, unchangeable truths about ourselves that make us who we are. But with a recent increase in knowledge in the world of psychology, scientists and psychologists alike aim to discover if the genes you ar...

Student spending increases over summer break

Student spending increases over summer break

Allie Beekman

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

Anyone with a summer job can relate to the *NSYNC lyrics, “Thank God it’s Friday night and I just got paid.” Theoretically, this paycheck adds to savings to use year-round, but in reality the extra cash may make teens spend more in the summer. Though most part-time jobs pay little more than minimum wage, te...

What happiness really is

What happiness really is

Allie Beekman

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Happiness. A word believed to originate in the 15th century, it’s something we all feel, something we all consider uplifting, but it’s not something we ever really look to define. So, it is not surprising that people are often confused when tasked with how to define it considering that Merriam We...

Social media shapes travel experiences

Social media shapes travel experiences

Khushi Kadakia

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook this summer, you’ll likely encounter travel pictures populating your feed. These images of plane tickets and crystal clear waves fill social media platforms, with “60 percent of travelers [using] social media to showcase their vacation photos,...

Planning school-wide events poses challenges for clubs, class councils

Planning school-wide events poses challenges for clubs, class councils

Erica Sammarco

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

The final bell rings on Friday afternoon. Hundreds of students flow toward the doors, the joyful prospect of the weekend before them, but a small group stays behind. They gather in the cafeteria with a daunting task before them: four hours to set up a school-wide event for at least 100 attendees. ...

Freshman elections bring abut unfamiliarity and problems

Freshman elections bring abut unfamiliarity and problems

Evan Kuo

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

You step up to the podium and look out at the silent crowd. 80 unfamiliar faces stare back at you, forming a group of people you barely know or recognize. The silence is deafening, so you push out the first words on the paper in front of you. "Here's why I belong on your freshman council." Prior to ever...

Happiness is a luxury only few can afford

Happiness is a luxury only few can afford

Katherine Lombardi

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

“Money can’t buy you happiness” is a trite statement that many hear at least once in their lives. But with rising costs for necessities, enticing high-price indulgences and multiple studies proving the opposite of these words, the well-known phrase may not be as true as it seems. A higher ...

Martin pursues passion for medicine in Nigeria

Martin pursues passion for medicine in Nigeria

Evan Kuo

September 14, 2018


Filed under 1 in 300, Features

“There is a child running around Nigeria with a scar because of me, so that’s great,” senior Connor Martin of Spring Lake Heights said while recounting his trip. Despite what his story implied, Martin had only good intentions when he stitched up the child’s wound. In the summer of 2017, he tra...

Sunshine: the happiness vitamin

Sunshine: the happiness vitamin

Isabella Antoon

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features, In-Depth

Summer is a heavily anticipated time of the year for most, not only being a break from school, but also a time for warmer weather and sunshine. Many would argue that they are happier during the summer months, but is this happiness directly due to the increase in sunlight we are exposed to? The noti...

MCVSD summer work differs between schools

MCVSD summer work differs between schools

Khushi Kadakia

September 14, 2018


Filed under Features

Every school in the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) has its own distinct personality, and these differences manifest themselves through the varying amounts of summer work assigned to its students. Summer work at CHS typically consists of reading one of several assigned novels an...

‘Senioritis’ hits the Class of 2018, laziness arises

‘Senioritis’ hits the Class of 2018, laziness arises

Elizabeth Klemm

June 15, 2018


Filed under Features

“Can we do this later? I have to finish this first...it’s due today,” senior Ebenezer Shim of Spring Lake Heights said when asked for an interview about the disease plaguing the Class of 2018: ‘senioritis.’ According to a survey of 44 seniors held May 15, 2018 to May 22, 2018, 93.2 perc...

Teachers work second jobs to make ends meet

Teachers work second jobs to make ends meet

Madison Beekman and Riley Forrester

June 15, 2018


Filed under Features, Teacher Feature

After radio teacher Bill Bengle takes off his headphones and closes the radio studio at the end of the school year, he starts a summer full of painting and repairs for MCVSD. Bengle is one of many teachers at CHS with multiple jobs. He travels between the MCVSD schools and paints whatever is in n...

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