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Teens allow self-diagnosis to get to their head

Teens allow self-diagnosis to get to their head

Nicola DeGregorio and Isabella Ji

January 17, 2020

The number of students suffering from mental illness continues to increase, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Yet, opinions still differ on whether or not CHS students take the issue seriously. The number of mental illnesses in teens is on the rise due to school-related stre...

CHS Students Share Their Approaches to De-stressing and Maintaining Good Mental Health

CHS Students Share Their Approaches to De-stressing and Maintaining Good Mental Health

Ainsley Vetter and Zaina Saif

January 17, 2020

Hundreds of students walk the halls of CHS everyday and, on the outside, it may look like they’re all fine; in reality, everyone is trying to cope with their own stresses. Minds are racing with countless thoughts about the tests they have to take and the homework that is piling up and many aren’t ...

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...

Plant-based Diets Produce Food for Thought

Plant-based Diets Produce Food for Thought

Kaitlyn Delaney

November 15, 2019

After undergoing five documented mass extinctions, experts believe that Earth is currently experiencing its sixth, according to Science Advances. These extinctions weaken the food chain on a major scale, limiting access to nature’s food sources. However, similarly detrimental effects on the environment can ...

CHS Students and Staff Advocate for Change

CHS Students and Staff Advocate for Change

Aidan Cole

November 15, 2019

With the effects of global warming growing more potent, the world has been scrambling for solutions. Communications High School has a few of their own.  Teachers have found ways to help protect the environment, including radio teacher Bill Bengle. “We used to print the news for the morning n...

Drivers Should Steer Away from Idling

Drivers Should Steer Away from Idling

Isabella Castelo and Isabella Ji

November 15, 2019

Idling, though a common issue in America, often goes unnoticed by drivers. While waiting for a friend or warming up the car in the morning frost, time ticks by as the engine runs and fumes spew out of the back of the car. Due to idling, about 150 million Americans live in areas that are not up to p...

CHS Custodians say Recycling Efforts Are a Waste Without Proper Education

CHS Custodians say Recycling Efforts Are a Waste Without Proper Education

Will McHale, Desiree Negrin

November 15, 2019

As society becomes more environmentally conscious in response to the threat of climate change, CHS students and staff alike will likely have to reconsider their waste amount and recycling habits. According to USA Today, the United States currently ranks third in the world in waste per capita, produci...

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...

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