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School supply charities fill backpacks for children in need

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

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

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

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

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

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

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

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...

Lin makes a splash in competitive diving

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

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 that she always enjoyed the “flipping around.” So, she searched for a sport where she could do...

Nature vs. nurture in personal politics

Children who are used to hearing political views at home are more likely to talk about similar topics in the outside world, according to The Atlantic.
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Zoe Conner-Bennett

September 13, 2019

Children learn to talk by listening to the world around them, and predominantly by listening to their parents. The same is true for how children develop political and religious beliefs; their views are at first limited to what senior Dane Tedder of Ocean refers to as their “family bubble.” But as ...

Travel benefits and matures students

A group of 21 CHS students traveled abroad to Spain this summer, a trip organized by Spanish teacher Sabina Campbell.

Brigid McCarthy

September 13, 2019

Not many parents would be comfortable sending their child to a foreign country alone for weeks at a time, nor would many teenagers be brave enough. But senior Adriana Poznanski of Middletown has visited “Canada, Mexico, some Caribbean islands, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria...

Teenagers go for the bronze, but risk the red

Survey of 47 students from August 18th to September 4th.

Brigid McCarthy

September 13, 2019

When summer hits, many teens and young adults head to the beach in pursuit of the perfect tan. However, the risks they’re grappling with may be more than skin-deep. “I guess in some way it was in hopes of achieving a tan, but I ended up getting a horrible sunburn, and… I missed two days of sch...

CHS students combat stress during the school year

Survey of 47 students from August 18th to September 4th.

Madison Beekman

September 13, 2019

After working through hours of homework, sophomore Drew Lepping of West Long Branch opens his container of ice cream and his Netflix app. He turns on one of his favorite shows, “Friends,” in order to help him destress after a long day of hard work. This is just one of the ways CHS students co...

Experiences at CHS influence seniors’ college decisions

All seniors interviewed said that their time at CHS influenced their college decision.
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Michael Rau

June 20, 2019

When senior Michael Topper of Ocean commenced his college search, he wanted a school that was larger than CHS but not a “giant” school. “I was looking for something new,” Topper said. “Having the small atmosphere has been nice, but I needed something a little bigger.” Next year, he...

Pledge causes students to stand up, or sit, for beliefs

In a survey of 92 CHS students, 8.7 percent reported sitting for the pledge.
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Brigid McCarthy

June 20, 2019

Every school day at Communications High School begins with a “Good morning CHS, everybody please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance,” from Principal James Gleason. A brief pause follows the announcement as students shuffle to a stand, and then the school recites the Pledge. This is a pattern every...

Seniors consider benefits versus stigmas of art school

CHS students have many opportunities to express their artistic creativity, such as at the annual NAHS art show.

Liam Umbs and Rebecca Heath

June 20, 2019

Out of 81 students in this year’s senior class, 11 made the decision to attend an art school. Six will attend Pratt Institute, two will attend the School of Visual Arts, and the others will attend Artcenter College of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. It is no c...

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