the Inkblot

Participation awards: helpful or harmful?

According to a 2014 poll by Reason-Rupe, 57 percent of
Americans believe that only winning players should receive
a trophy, while 40 percent say that all kids on a sports team
should receive a participation trophy.

Kaitlyn Delaney

June 12, 2020

As children grow older, the necessity of participation awards often comes into question. It’s often difficult to let young children down by denying them recognition for their hard work and dedication. Though the concept of participation awards is well-meaning, participation awards are impractical and rob ...

Learning cursive and its benefits in the professional world

According to a 2013 survey of 612 elementary schools, 41 percent of teachers no longer
teach cursive writing because of the Common Core State Standards, which do not
require cursive instruction.

Tim Wilburn

June 12, 2020

There’s something to be said about receiving a handwritten thank you note in cursive. Sure, anybody can write a letter in print, but the lost art of cursive has a more sincere and personal effect.  The fact that I can read the cursive-written cards and notes that my late grandmother took the time...

Modern beauty standards and their effects on society

Beauty standards are on the verge of evolving as a push for more acceptance in the beauty world prevails. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Sam Skolnick

June 12, 2020

Beauty. It is something nearly everyone wants to achieve, however many of these standards find it to be detrimental to society. Although the beauty industry has helped to produce fashion icons like Grace Kelly and Angelina Jolie, it has overall done more harm than good. In 2020, there are many outlets for beauty a...

Should all students pass for the 2019-2020 school year?

Online learning has had a negative effect on all students. According to NPR, a recent survey
suggests that low-income families are 10 times more likely to admit their children are doing little
remote learning.

Tess Rempel

June 12, 2020

As children grow older, the necessity of participation awards often comes into question. It’s often difficult to let young children down by denying them recognition for their hard work and dedication. Though the concept of participation awards is well-meaning, participation awards are impractical and rob ...

States suspend road test: Should New Jersey follow suit?

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at a town hall meeting.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ryan Lemberger

June 12, 2020

Concerns over the coronavirus have caused road tests to come to a halt. Teenagers are now unable to receive their licenses because they cannot take a driver’s test. Many states have different opinions on how to handle the situation, but the ultimate decision comes down to the state’s governor and Mot...

Xenophobia is contagious amid pandemic

COVID-19 is now a global pandemic affecting 136 countries, and China has had no new reported cases of COVID-19. Currently, Italy has 74,386 reported cases and 7,503 deaths (Business Insider). These numbers are double that of China, but no extreme racism or xenophobia is shown towards Italian-American citizens.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Maggie Schneider

May 8, 2020

Since the founding of the United States, our country has been characterized by extreme racism, xenophobia, hatred, and bigotry. From the original slaughter of indigenous people to the mass enslavement of African and Mediterranean people to our present-day society where we have detention centers at th...

Multiple leadership positions are not a cause for concern

Multiple leadership positions are not a cause for concern

Katherine Lombardi and Evan Kuo

May 8, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have drastically changed how CHS is choosing their next generation of leaders, one thing remains the same: the school is full of talented and dedicated individuals. With such driven students, every spring sparks a competitiveness within every club or council election....

Promposals are not always celebrated

Class of 2019 members Katherine Jemas and Kyle Wheeler at the 2019 CHS fashion show, where Wheeler 'promposed' to Jemas

Jordan Durkin and Heather Griffin

May 8, 2020

Prom is one of the highlights of the school year for many high school girls. They fantasize about their dresses, hairstyles, shoes and everything in between. The only thing left to complete their night is the perfect date. In recent years, the “promposal” concept has grown in popularity with teens....

Construction begins on new drainage ditch swimming pool

Construction crews are beginning to convert this drainage ditch into a tiny swimming pool.

Evan Kuo

May 8, 2020

*This article is satirical* Over the past year, constant construction has been no stranger to CHS students. With workers moving in and out of the building to repair everything from the flooded floor to the leaking roof, the school has been playing catch-up with the aging building. But finally, th...

Student opts for getting upset over someone else parking in their spot in desperate attempt to find problems in her life

Yesterday, the Communications community learned what it was like for one of their own to experience a first-hand tragedy, when senior Kelly Buchnan of Spring Lake lost her parking spot to another student.
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Katherine Lombardi

May 8, 2020

*This article is satirical* Yesterday, the Communications community learned what it was like for one of their own to experience a first-hand tragedy, when senior Kelly Buchnan of Spring Lake lost her parking spot to another student. The latter student cannot be named due the Inkblot’s policy of n...

Letter tolen from “MCV D”, cau ing much confu ion

On May 5, the iconic “MCVSD” sign was vandalized when an unknown criminal stole the “S” from the sign.

Evan Kuo

May 8, 2020

*This article is satirical* On May 5, just like every other morning , Principal James Gleason drove into the CHS parking lot and parked his car. Something immediately felt wrong, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. But when he stepped outside and looked at the building’s front facade, he nearly fell ov...

CHS making strides for diversity in club councils

The 2019-2020 SGA council, which is predominantly male.

Katherine Lombardi

May 8, 2020

*This article is satirical* For a school that’s held a C+ in diversity on Niche.com for thirty straight years, despite only existing for twenty, hope and improvement is on the way. A new study on CHS club activity during the 2019-2020 revealed that despite males only making up 48% of the student po...

The News of Communications High School
Opinion