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From autos to the arts: faculty recalls CHS’s history

According to Pricipal James Gleason, this photo was taken in 1999 when the Wall High School vocational building was under construction. This photo, Gleason thinks, is room 105 in the early stages of its construction. Today, the building is home to the students, teachers and classes of Communications High School.

Beatrice Karron

March 9, 2020

Before the back hallway of CHS decorated its cinder block walls with detailed murals, it was the single hallway of Wall Township’s Vocational High School. The rooms now used for mass media, art and print production once housed automobile body, electricity and automobile painting shops for students in ...

Teachers and students are worried sick over in-school illness

A survey of 57 students from Feb. 10 to Feb. 24, 2020.

Lillian Chen

March 9, 2020

It’s an iconic scene from the hit 1986 movie, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off:” a teacher taking attendance monotonously repeats “Bueller” to no avail, for the aforementioned high school student is faking sick and playing hooky for the day.  Flash forward to the present, where rather than feigning illness...

Seniors get schooled through dual enrollment

According to Brookdale's website, each three-credit course costs a total of $552.45, which includes in-county tuition and a general services fee.
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Michael Rau and Timothy Wilburn

March 9, 2020

After taking AP Calculus at CHS last year, senior Mary Eknoian of Wall decided to take Calculus 2 at Brookdale this past fall.  CHS upperclassmen have the option of taking weekly dual enrollment classes through Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. According to Brookdale's website, each three-cred...

Teens face parental pressure when choosing to apply to or attend CHS

After being accepted into CHS, students must decide to accept or deny the offer. This can be a challenge for both students and parents, especially for those who are unfamiliar with CHS. 
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Ryan Lemberger and Aaron Diament

March 9, 2020

Junior Steve Ostrom of Lincroft’s final decision to attend CHS reflected his own eagerness to attend the school, more so “than other people who were pressured by their parents.” “My mom wanted me to apply to an MCVSD in general, but she didn’t really have an influence on which one I pick...

1 in 300: Williams tunes into passion

Williams plays cello for the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra.

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 played the cello, so she really wanted me to play it too,” Williams said. However, she quickly devel...

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

According to a survey, 50% of teens with mental health conditions are treated.

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

According to Mother Nature Network, EpiPen prices have seen a 450% increase since 2008, and this upward trend will likely continue in the coming years.

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

According to research from the University of Michigan, people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription prior to or immediately after wisdom teeth removal are 2.7 times more likely than their peers to be filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, indicating misuse or abuse. 

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

Left to right, juniors Rachel Fisher of Ocean and Olivia McCarthy of Howell view a text.

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

A survey of 63 students from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, 2020.

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

A survey of 63 students from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, 2020.

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

A survey of 63 students from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, 2020.

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...

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