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Social media fuels FOMO

Social media fuels FOMO

Mia Gallo

May 4, 2018


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Junior Greer Shanley of Fair Haven often finds herself constantly refreshing Snapchat and Instagram when her friends are all together but she is not there. Urban Dictionary defines the term “FOMO” as an acronym for “fear of missing out.” In other terms, FOMO means being scared to miss a p...

Parental pressure affects students at home, school and on the playing field

Parental pressure affects students at home, school and on the playing field

Emma Barofsky

May 4, 2018


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The John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth surveyed 800 families with students who were at or above the 97th percentile on a grade-level achievement test.  In the survey, 85.5 percent of parents said they are involved in their child’s school, with 39 percent of students agreeing that they feel “a lot of press...

Americans ask: do teachers need guns in the classroom?

Americans ask: do teachers need guns in the classroom?

Meredith Prud'homme

May 4, 2018


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Just turn on the television or listen to the radio and you are bound to hear dozens of news stories pertaining to gun violence. With the dangerous threats of the modern world come a need for self defense across demographic lines. However, each person chooses to defend themselves in different ways. For a 70-y...

The NRA and the 2nd Amendment cause controversy

The NRA and the 2nd Amendment cause controversy

Hannah Arbeitel and Alexis Colucci

May 4, 2018


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Since its addition to the Bill of Rights, Americans continue to debate the interpretation of the Second Amendment, with different organizations taking different stances. As an organization with a stance, the National Rifle Association (NRA) generates much controversy with their polarizing support for on...

Snowy days at home met with joy and frustration

Snowy days at home met with joy and frustration

Phoebe Drummond

May 4, 2018


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Tucked away from the cold under her white duvet cover, the view of a winter wonderland out her bedroom window and a binder in her lap, Tali Petto, a junior from Marlboro, has spent each of her snow days this year the same way: horror movies and homework. In 2018 alone, CHS students have been out of...

Organization habits vary among peers

Organization habits vary among peers

Sally Ehlers

March 2, 2018


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As Senior Rachel Wolson of Bradley Beach sits down for class, she flips through her binder and the array of dividers keeping all of the sections separate. Some students use planners while others swear by binders. Others take pride in having a neat bedroom, but some are simply content with their untidy...

Rasp taps into her artistic passions

Rasp taps into her artistic passions

Michelle Moroses

March 2, 2018


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Anyone who attended Coffeehouse in the past three years probably remembers seeing junior Alyssa Rasp of Hazlet perform one of her dance routines. Rasp started dancing when she was 3 years old at a studio in Aberdeen. She began tap dancing and has continued with that style throughout the years, developing...

Teens work to overcome disabilities with help from their friends, determination

Teens work to overcome disabilities with help from their friends, determination

Isabella Erskine

March 2, 2018


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For being the “best and brightest” of Monmouth County, no one ever talks about the fact that students with learning disabilities attend schools like CHS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 11 percent of American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...

Students reveal ‘quirky’ hobbies

Students reveal ‘quirky’ hobbies

Evan Kuo

March 2, 2018


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Students at CHS hail from all over Monmouth County, filling the school with a wide variety of characters. With these people come hobbies and talents of all types – some being a little more odd than others. A few of these talents can come in handy. Senior Samantha LaRochelle of Middletown learned...

Medical marijuana blazes a new trail

Medical marijuana blazes a new trail

Sarah McNey

March 2, 2018


Filed under In-Depth

Medical marijuana has a long history. The Chinese used marijuana, also known as cannabis, for its healing properties as early as 2700 B.C., and Arab doctors treated patients with marijuana during the Middle Ages. Even 19th century American medical journals recommend marijuana to relieve pain, according...

Students get blunt with their marijuana experiences

Students get blunt with their marijuana experiences

Elizabeth Klemm and Emme Leong

March 2, 2018


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Whether at a house party or in the backseat of a car, many students at CHS are no strangers to using marijuana, despite issues with its legality. One student, whose name will be kept anonymous, said they smoke marijuana almost every weekend. “It’s mostly in social contexts, so when I’m with...

The risks of marijuana: weeding out fact from fiction

The risks of marijuana: weeding out fact from fiction

Cailey Ruderman

March 2, 2018


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Heroin, LSD and ecstasy are widely known as some of the most dangerous drugs in existence, and the federal government agrees. These deadly substances are ranked by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as Schedule I drugs due to their high potential for abuse. But, among them is marijuana. Fatal...

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