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School supply charities fill backpacks for children in need

School supply charities fill backpacks for children in need

Kaitlyn Delaney

September 13, 2019

Each year, as back-to-school season approaches, teachers release lists of supplies for the upcoming year, sending parents on a hunt for these essentials. By the end of their child’s academic career, parents will have spent thousands of dollars on school supplies, leaving those who cannot afford the req...

Summer assignments are up for debate

Summer assignments are up for debate

Sally Ehlers

September 13, 2019

Summer work, whether it be reading a book or solving endless math questions, is a nuisance for many students. But with both benefits and drawbacks, the importance of summer assignments is up for debate. Some people believe that without continuous practice, students will lose knowledge during the s...

Second take on first impressions

Second take on first impressions

Sally Ehlers

September 13, 2019

In hopes of making a good first impression, senior Tess Rempel of Spring Lake sports a semi-dressy jean skirt and tank top on the first day of school.  “I normally do it just because it’s sort of a special occasion in the sense that it’s a new beginning,” Rempel said. “It’s also alwa...

Summer math classes add to the equation

Summer math classes add to the equation

Isabella Antoon

September 13, 2019

While students are often found spending their summers at the beach or in bed, some choose to spend their time in a less likely spot; back in school. CHS offers students an opportunity to advance in courses through classes taken throughout the summer, and students in all grade levels take this to their...

CHS students take a hit from vape culture

CHS students take a hit from vape culture

Phoebe Drummond

May 10, 2019

“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 10, 2019

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 10, 2019

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...

Vape accessibility grows

Vape accessibility grows

Kaitlyn Delaney

May 10, 2019

While e-cigarette companies advertise their products as a solution to help people quit smoking, the effects of e-cigarettes on minors could be detrimental. The nicotine in e-cigarettes can impact brain development in teens, said Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science co-PI Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. ...

Demographics affect abortion options

Demographics affect abortion options

Mia Gallo

March 15, 2019

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

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...

Sex ed starts contraception conversation

Sex ed starts contraception conversation

Jordan Durkin and Madeline Holobinko

March 15, 2019

Talking about contraceptives is the elephant in the room for most teenagers. But for a conservation on so many young adults’ minds, it surprisingly never takes place. When teenagers need advice from adults regarding birth control, many avoid bringing up the topic themselves out of shame, embarrassment or ...

Teen pregnancy declines, carries stigma

Teen pregnancy declines, carries stigma

Katherine Lombardi

March 15, 2019

Often met with uncomfortable looks and desperate attempts to change the topic, teenage pregnancy and abortion are far from light-hearted subjects of conversation. Associated with over-the-top reality TV shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” pregnant teens face not only the decision of po...

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