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Prioritizing voter safety amid COVID-19 pandemic

According to northjersey.com.
November 25, 2020

This year has been one with many changes, the election process being one of them. Nov. 3 is no longer Election Day, instead it is the deadline of all voting. Mail-in ballots showed up in mailboxes across...

Candidates appeal to young voters through social media campaigns

2020 election campaigns adapt to the new digital age to target younger generations.
November 25, 2020

As the presidential election neared, many kept up with the candidates’ campaigns by watching major news networks, reading a variety of newspapers and diligently viewing each debate. But, as a new voter...

2020 presidential election amplifies a nationwide political divide

According to Pew Research Center, taking into account independent's partisan leanings.
November 25, 2020

As junior Hannah Schwartzberg of Ocean walks home from her bus stop she notices her neighborhood engulfed in campaign signs. Different campaign signs, to be exact. She shakes her head knowing that the...

Colleges face challenges with efforts to reopen

As colleges begin to reopen, some have difficulty due to the area and number of cases.
October 9, 2020

Expecting COVID-19 to pandemic to subside, on June 3, 2020, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) announced the reopening of their Fall 2020 semester with in-person instruction and social distancing guidelines....

Restaurants recover from COVID-19 shutdown

Restaurants begin to reopen using safety guidelines after COVID-19 shutdown.
October 9, 2020

Thousands across the United States were hesitant to rush into restaurants when outdoor dining first opened, but ended up caving into their burger cravings and their hunger for fries, despite the consistent...

College applicants struggle with standardized tests amid pandemic

Students struggle with being able to take standardized tests to use for college applications. https://unsplash.com/license
October 9, 2020

On Aug. 29, senior Abby Fuller of Brielle put on her mask and drove down to Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River to take the SAT. Despite taking the test last November, Fuller signed up to retest...

Monmouth County schools plan to reopen, face setbacks

NJ high schools have ever changing schedules, switching between all virtual, hybrid, to all in-person learning.
October 8, 2020

As schools across the country return to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, each school has a different plan for what their “new normal” is expected to be. On July 26, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy...

Students reflect on their religious upbringings

Based on a survey of 51 students from Mar. 23 to Apr. 6, 2020.
May 8, 2020

For freshman Anna Siciliano of Ocean Township, the religious upbringing from her early childhood still sticks with her. Siciliano attended Saint Jerome, a Catholic school, from preschool to eighth grade,...

In the spirit of education: CHS teaches about religion

Based on a survey of 51 students from Mar. 23 to Apr. 6, 2020.
May 8, 2020

Students sit patiently in rows facing the white board where World History teacher Tom Ross lectures them on the Quran, the sacred text of Islamic religious beliefs. The lesson is about religion, which...

Students observe religious differences between generations

According to Pacific Standard Magazine, teenagers are refusing to conform to religious communities because they feel as though it does not suit our generation’s values and morals.
May 8, 2020

Seventy percent of Americans believe in the importance of religious freedom, according to Fox News. But, 42 percent of the members of Generation Z (Gen Z) consider themselves religiously unaffiliated....

CHS teachers prepare for statewide LGBTQ curriculum requirement

CHS teachers prepare for statewide LGBTQ curriculum requirement
March 9, 2020

Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy mandated that all NJ public schools add LGBTQ-related topics into their lesson plans for middle and high school students. Twelve NJ schools began to pilot the new curriculum...

Some MCVSD schools emphasize inclusivity more than others

Some MCVSD schools emphasize inclusivity more than others
March 9, 2020

In some schools the LGBTQ+ youth are forced to stay hidden beneath the shadows in fear of any criticism that may come with revealing their sexuality. Some schools around the country have not always...

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