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College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

College Board accounts for adversity with new Landscape program

Kaitlyn Delaney

March 9, 2020

Merit and minorities: two aspects college admissions teams struggle to balance when reviewing applications. Affirmative action and the new College Board program, Landscape, are among the solutions colleges are using in an attempt to fix this problem.  Affirmative action is a policy implemented t...

Teens allow self-diagnosis to get to their head

The number of mental illnesses in teens is on the rise due to school-related stress and self-diagnosis, according to the Badger Herald.

Nicola DeGregorio and Isabella Ji

January 17, 2020

The number of students suffering from mental illness continues to increase, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Yet, opinions still differ on whether or not CHS students take the issue seriously. The number of mental illnesses in teens is on the rise due to school-related stre...

CHS Students Share Their Approaches to De-stressing and Maintaining Good Mental Health

Experts commonly suggest practicing mindfulness to improve mental health, as taking a moment to clear one’s mind can reduce stress.

Ainsley Vetter and Zaina Saif

January 17, 2020

Hundreds of students walk the halls of CHS everyday and, on the outside, it may look like they’re all fine; in reality, everyone is trying to cope with their own stresses. Minds are racing with countless thoughts about the tests they have to take and the homework that is piling up and many aren’t ...

CHS raises concerns about mental health resources

According to a survey, 50% of teens with mental health conditions are treated.

Brigid McCarthy

January 17, 2020

New Jersey is one of only nine states that require mental health education by law. In August of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that “required public school health education to include mental health,” according to NBC. This bill will take effect during the 2020-2021 school yea...

Rising EpiPen prices put lives at risk

According to Mother Nature Network, EpiPen prices have seen a 450% increase since 2008, and this upward trend will likely continue in the coming years.

Kaitlyn Delaney

January 17, 2020

Roughly 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, according to the American College of Allergies, Asthma, and Immunology. For those at risk of anaphylaxis, a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction, the EpiPen can be a life-saving medication. Yet, with prices on the rise, accessibility to t...

Overprescribing opens doors to addiction

According to research from the University of Michigan, people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription prior to or immediately after wisdom teeth removal are 2.7 times more likely than their peers to be filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, indicating misuse or abuse. 

Sally Ehlers

January 17, 2020

Senior Erin Palmer of Tinton Falls may no longer have wisdom teeth, but she has almost an entire bottle of Vicodin, an opioid narcotic medication, lurking in her medicine cabinet. Palmer is responsibly awaiting the opportunity to properly dispose of her unneeded medicine at a pharmacy’s take-back pro...

Plant-based Diets Produce Food for Thought

According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), idling refers to running a vehicle’s engine when it is not in motion.

Kaitlyn Delaney

November 15, 2019

After undergoing five documented mass extinctions, experts believe that Earth is currently experiencing its sixth, according to Science Advances. These extinctions weaken the food chain on a major scale, limiting access to nature’s food sources. However, similarly detrimental effects on the environment can ...

CHS Students and Staff Advocate for Change

According to USA Today, the United States currently ranks third in the world in waste per capita, producing 230 million tons of waste per year with less than a quarter being recycled.

Aidan Cole

November 15, 2019

With the effects of global warming growing more potent, the world has been scrambling for solutions. Communications High School has a few of their own.  Teachers have found ways to help protect the environment, including radio teacher Bill Bengle. “We used to print the news for the morning n...

Drivers Should Steer Away from Idling

According to the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), idling refers to running a vehicle’s engine when it is not in motion.

Isabella Castelo and Isabella Ji

November 15, 2019

Idling, though a common issue in America, often goes unnoticed by drivers. While waiting for a friend or warming up the car in the morning frost, time ticks by as the engine runs and fumes spew out of the back of the car. Due to idling, about 150 million Americans live in areas that are not up to p...

CHS Custodians say Recycling Efforts Are a Waste Without Proper Education

According to USA Today, the United States currently ranks third in the world in waste per capita, producing 230 million tons of waste per year with less than a quarter being recycled.

Will McHale, Desiree Negrin

November 15, 2019

As society becomes more environmentally conscious in response to the threat of climate change, CHS students and staff alike will likely have to reconsider their waste amount and recycling habits. According to USA Today, the United States currently ranks third in the world in waste per capita, produci...

School supply charities fill backpacks for children in need

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

Kaitlyn Delaney

September 13, 2019

Each year, as back-to-school season approaches, teachers release lists of supplies for the upcoming year, sending parents on a hunt for these essentials. By the end of their child’s academic career, parents will have spent thousands of dollars on school supplies, leaving those who cannot afford the req...

Summer assignments are up for debate

To get their child through the school year, some parents are forced to rely on donations from classmates and teachers.

Sally Ehlers

September 13, 2019

Summer work, whether it be reading a book or solving endless math questions, is a nuisance for many students. But with both benefits and drawbacks, the importance of summer assignments is up for debate. Some people believe that without continuous practice, students will lose knowledge during the s...

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