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Administrator outlines the cost of a CHS education

National informational from the National Center of Education Statistics.

Will McHale and Luke LaTorre

May 10, 2019

Collette Flatt, Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) School Business Administrator, recalls a surprise issue for the school budget after something in the radio station needed to be replaced on short notice. Flatt said that while the $40,000 equipment was a hit to the school budget, ...

Stengele recounts Special Olympics’ impact on daughters

Stengele hugs Hannah after she won a gold medal at the 2014 Special Olympics National Games.

Zoe Conner-Bennett

May 10, 2019

There was nothing particularly special about this race. There was no one noteworthy in the pool. There was no record being broken. In fact, there was only one girl still swimming. Yet, every person in the crowd was on their feet. “She had basically only one good arm and one good leg,” said Scott Stenge...

Pull over, police and thank you: tales from the roadway

23.8% of 63 CHS students have been stopped by the police, while 76.2% have not.

Riley Forrester

May 10, 2019

It was an ordinary day when senior Alex Herrmann of Brielle’s heart stopped as she drove to mentorship. The fear that paralyzed her was one that many new drivers face: getting pulled over by the police. According to a survey of 63 CHS student drivers, 23.8 percent have been pulled over all arou...

Shubov dances her way to international success

Shubov performs at the 2018 YAGP finals in New York City

Madison Beekman

May 10, 2019

Standing behind the stage on which hundreds of people would watch her perform, freshman Renee Shubov of Marlboro practiced her solo over and over. After her final run-through, she fixed the ribbons of her pointe shoes and stepped in front of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) audience and judges. ...

Vape accessibility grows

Vaping has become an increasingly dangerous hobby for teens.

Kaitlyn Delaney

May 10, 2019

While e-cigarette companies advertise their products as a solution to help people quit smoking, the effects of e-cigarettes on minors could be detrimental. The nicotine in e-cigarettes can impact brain development in teens, said Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science co-PI Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin. ...

Demographics affect abortion options

Survey of 106 CHS students from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2019.

Mia Gallo

March 15, 2019

As the central topic of many marches, animosity and questioning of the current law, the issue of abortion polarizes two drastically opposing sides. Based on the argument of where life begins and its application to religious standards, abortion remains the forefront of many political disputes. Ma...

Abortion ruling threatens to repeal legality

Survey of 106 students conducted from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2019.

Meredith Prud'homme

March 15, 2019

Of every political issue, abortion remains the most disputed. Regardless of political party, advocates on both sides of the issue are passionate about the subject. The fight to criminalize abortion continues to increase in ferocity and now incites the consideration of whether a decision made over 40...

Sex ed starts contraception conversation

Survey of 106 CHS students from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2018.

Jordan Durkin and Madeline Holobinko

March 15, 2019

Talking about contraceptives is the elephant in the room for most teenagers. But for a conservation on so many young adults’ minds, it surprisingly never takes place. When teenagers need advice from adults regarding birth control, many avoid bringing up the topic themselves out of shame, embarrassment or ...

Teen pregnancy declines, carries stigma

Survey of 106 students conducted from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2019.

Katherine Lombardi

March 15, 2019

Often met with uncomfortable looks and desperate attempts to change the topic, teenage pregnancy and abortion are far from light-hearted subjects of conversation. Associated with over-the-top reality TV shows like “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant,” pregnant teens face not only the decision of po...

Liam Umbs hits the right notes at Carnegie Hall

Umbs plays piano during the Crescendo Competition at Carnegie Hall, Jan. 27, 2018.

Kaitlyn Delaney

March 15, 2019

At the age of four, sophomore Liam Umbs of Monmouth Beach sat at the piano and plucked random notes, acquainting himself with the keys in front of him. Much to the surprise of his parents, Umbs quickly taught himself how to play nursery rhymes like “Old MacDonald.” Umbs’ mother realized her sel...

Students weigh benefits of acting in and out of CHS

Marshall, center, performs with the Spring Lake Theatre Company in Oct. 2018.

Brigid McCarthy

March 15, 2019

Since CHS doesn’t have any official sports teams, participation in out-of-school athletics is common.  Why, then, do students attend drama club at their home high schools when CHS already has one to offer? Some students choose one over the other out of convenience. Sophomore Steven Ostrom of Linc...

College stigmas influence student choices

CHS alumna Jackie Geller of Manalapan currently attends Boston College, a prestigious school many CHS students apply to each year.

Emily Toro

March 15, 2019

On the night of Apr. 30, high school seniors across the nation scramble to pick their home for the next four years. May 1 is National Decision Day, and for many students, the culmination of years of small decisions. Guidance counselor Sandra Gidos said that many students often opt for name recognition ov...

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