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Marijuana legalization hits new high

Marijuana legalization hits new high

Alexis Colucci

March 2, 2018


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With over 200 slang terms from “weed” to “Mary Jane” and its growing popularity in everything from music to recipes, marijuana influences the lives of adolescents and adults across America. Despite its rising acceptance in society, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. The Drug Enforcement...

Carmona-Ramirez uses her Columbian roots in Spanish III

Carmona-Ramirez uses her Columbian roots in Spanish III

Evan Kuo

February 10, 2018


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As the only language offered at CHS, every student takes Spanish class during their time here. Some may think of it as a struggle -- but for freshman Isabella Carmona-Ramirez of Long Branch, it’s second nature. As a native speaker, Carmona-Ramirez is the only freshman amongst a sea of juniors in her S...

Volunteers find happiness by helping others

Volunteers find happiness by helping others

Erin Brady

February 10, 2018


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People volunteer for many reasons. Many do it to benefit others. Volunteers help those around them, to support people in need and to offer assistance to those who need it. Freshman Emma Barofsky of Ocean Township goes to the house of an autistic child every week with one of her friends. They play gam...

Students spill school lunch habits

Students spill school lunch habits

Emma Barofsky

February 10, 2018


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Junior Clare Toman of Spring Lake Heights clicks “snooze” on a deafening alarm clock each morning. She has a tight morning schedule during the school week and typically does not save time to make her own lunch, along with many other students at CHS. Some are able fit this into their morning routine...

Stickers offer students self expression

Stickers offer students self expression

Izzy Erskine

February 10, 2018


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Over the years, bumper stickers have become a recognizable part of the way people express themselves on the road. The sticker trend has recently expanded and can be found on, not only cars, but the faces of laptops, too. Sophomore Mary Eknoian of Wall started to collect stickers last year when she got a...

Students reflect on detention practices

Students reflect on detention practices

Tess Rempel

February 10, 2018


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Glancing down at his phone, trying not to fall asleep, sophomore Brian Schade of Tinton Falls counted down the minutes until he could leave. Detention can often be a part of high school that students dread. According to Debate.org, 74 percent of voters worldwide agreed that the practice of detention i...

Handeling hometown friends

Handeling hometown friends

Ainsley Vetter

February 10, 2018


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For most incoming freshmen and Design Academy students, CHS brings a brand new group of unfamiliar faces - but students must often leave behind hometown friends in the process. Attending CHS causes many students to grow apart from their hometown friends. Students said that not seeing those friends d...

Rise of Amazon

Rise of Amazon

Isabella Antoon and Meredith Prud’homme

February 10, 2018


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Amazon became the leading resource for online shoppers by reinventing itself from an obscure online bookstore to a household name with an annual revenue of over $61 billion. While the concept of buying and selling products online existed in the early 1990s, it was the tech and retail entrepreneur Je...

The state of shopping

The state of shopping

Allie Beekman and Kate Dickenson

February 10, 2018


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Over the past few decades, consumer culture in America continues to change greatly, especially among teenagers. Teens are now more likely to prefer shopping online and spend more money than ever. A study conducted by Pew Research Center in December 2016 found approximately eight in every 10 American...

The Mall-pocalypse

The Mall-pocalypse

Kaitlyn Delaney and Hannah Arbeitel

February 10, 2018


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Malls and retail stores have been slowly declining as a result of the increasing popularity of online shopping. Because of digital age advancement, physical storefronts have to compete with various online platforms. From 2010 to 2013, visits to malls in America declined by 50 percent, according ...

Recipe: Cozy chocolate chip cookies

Recipe: Cozy chocolate chip cookies

Summer Ward

January 18, 2018


Filed under Food

As the smoke alarm screeches once again, I know what must be happening downstairs: someone in my family is cooking. Bad cooking might be in the Ward Family genes. None of us have the will or talent to follow long, complicated recipes. When we make meals, they're likely to be pre-made or microwavable....

Recipe: Dunkin’ Donuts

Recipe: Dunkin’ Donuts

Khushi Kadakia

January 18, 2018


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When it comes to desserts, donuts never fail to brighten up the day. During a sleepover a couple years back, as the clock ticked closer to midnight, my friends and I heard the doorbell echo through the house. In the midst of snow and darkness, our friend walked in clutching an early Christmas surprise...

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