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Students face delays in event approval

While many student runs events are successful each year, some students ideas do not reach this due to lack of administration approval.

Vaughn Battista

June 20, 2019

It seemed like the perfect event; a small flag football fundraiser for the Student Government Association (SGA). The council was ready, the event was scheduled, and all that was necessary for preparation to begin was approval from Mr. Gleason. However, the approval never came and the SGA gave up on the...

Time to face the music: does music distract or aid students in their work?

With the convenience of music streaming in the modern era, many people constantly listen to music while working in order to boost their energy or get themselves in the right mindset to achieve their goals.
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Ella Lukowiak

June 20, 2019

Whether it’s curled up at home, reading a book while soothing music echoes through the speakers, or in a classroom, trying to squeeze out another page of a paper while drowning in the rhythm of rock and roll, people are constantly surrounded and impacted by music with the average person streaming mu...

Two’s company, three’s a crowd for new drivers

In 2001, New Jersey state legislature introduced the GDL, or Graduated Driver License, for the first time. In conjunction with other restrictions, the GDL is responsible for the one-passenger limit placed upon drivers during their first year behind the wheel.

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Zoe Conner-Bennett

June 20, 2019

When Officer Alisa Antunez from the Ocean Township Police Department was a teenager in 2001, New Jersey state legislature introduced the GDL, or Graduated Driver License, for the first time. In conjunction with other restrictions, the GDL is responsible for the one-passenger limit placed upon drivers durin...

Weather or not? Does climate have an effect on creativity

A common type of depression arises during the seasons called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to The Mayo Clinic, symptoms include low energy and most frequently, the loss of interest or inspiration. 
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Isabella Ji

June 20, 2019

 Some say it’s a good idea to spend time outside in the warmth to gain inspiration. But can inspiration be obtained during unfavorable and turbulent weather conditions? Despite the fact that spring is known as a season of growth and positivity, the weather can actually reduce productivity, accordin...

Teens work hard and play hard this summer

In the summertime, badge-checking is a popular job amongst teenagers. But this job may soon become obsolete due to increased technology.

Riley Forrester

June 17, 2019

To some, the end of the school year may mean no more waking up early for the next eighty days; nothing but sleep, eat, beach, repeat. Others, however, spend their summer days heading off to work. Freshman Drew Lepping of West Long Branch picked up a job for this summer at Joe’s Bagel and Grill in h...

CHS students take a hit from vape culture

JUUL has pods that come in a variety of flavors, a tactic many say is used to pull teens to use the product
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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

JUUL has been a popular brand of vape, especially for teens.
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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

The amount of nicotine in one standard JUUL cartridge is roughly equal to the amount of nicotine in a pack of cigarettes, or about 200 puffs, according to the JUUL website.
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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...

Seniors work through the challenges of mentorship

Moroses cares for a seal during her last day of mentorship at Jenkinson's Aquarium, Jan. 25.

Khushi Kadakia

May 10, 2019

While other high school seniors are sitting in class or eating lunch at 11:15 a.m., senior Grace McCaffrey of Middletown, like a number of other CHS seniors, is traveling to her mentorship site, Six Overground in Asbury Park. On the drive, McCaffrey prepares to spend three hours coding and developing an ...

Online resources “sparknote” a student-teacher debate

SparkNotes, which was founded by Harvard students in 1999, is now owned by Barnes & Noble.
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Brigid McCarthy

May 10, 2019

Move over, Shakespeare.  The most-read material in high school English classes is not any play by Shakespeare, or any novel by Steinbeck. It is Sparknotes.   Thanks to the accessibility of the Internet and its resources, some students have turned to websites like Sparknotes, Cliffsnotes and Shmo...

Students shed insight into owning nontraditional pets

Franzen plays with his ferret Carly in his home.

Michael Rau

May 10, 2019

Junior RJ Franzen of Allentown wanted a pet ever since he was a little kid, but couldn’t get a traditional pet because of his fur allergy. His parents surprised him one night with two pets: a hedgehog named Hedgie and a ferret named Carly, who were both a few weeks old. “Usually, Hedgie just sit...

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