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CHS turns the page on summer reading

CHS turns the page on summer reading

Zoe Conner-Bennett

September 13, 2019

While summerreading.net says that reading over the two-month summer break can neutralize summer learning loss and even improve self-esteem, CHS opted out of assigning school-wide reading this year. Aside from juniors or seniors entering AP Calculus or the incoming freshmen, students were free of any acade...

Summer math classes add to the equation

Summer math classes add to the equation

Isabella Antoon

September 13, 2019

While students are often found spending their summers at the beach or in bed, some choose to spend their time in a less likely spot; back in school. CHS offers students an opportunity to advance in courses through classes taken throughout the summer, and students in all grade levels take this to their...

Teenagers go for the bronze, but risk the red

Teenagers go for the bronze, but risk the red

Brigid McCarthy

September 13, 2019

When summer hits, many teens and young adults head to the beach in pursuit of the perfect tan. However, the risks they’re grappling with may be more than skin-deep. “I guess in some way it was in hopes of achieving a tan, but I ended up getting a horrible sunburn, and… I missed two days of sch...

Body image pressure rises in the summer

Body image pressure rises in the summer

Emily Toro

June 20, 2019

As summer nears, teens begin swiping through social media feeds to find photoshopped models in custom-fit bathing suits.  Social media engulfs teens with unrealistic standards for their bodies and leaves them expecting  what society calls a “summer body.”  Senior Amanda DiBenedetto of O...

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Don’t get “tide” down by beach fees

Sally Ehlers

June 20, 2019

The feeling of warm sand between your toes, the cool gusts of briny air as the waves crash, the giggles of children as squabbling seagulls fly overhead. Nothing compares to the ideal summer at the Jersey Shore.  But, unfortunately, beach access is not free to all, so neither is this vision of summerti...

Teens work hard and play hard this summer

Teens work hard and play hard this summer

Riley Forrester

June 17, 2019

To some, the end of the school year may mean no more waking up early for the next eighty days; nothing but sleep, eat, beach, repeat. Others, however, spend their summer days heading off to work. Freshman Drew Lepping of West Long Branch picked up a job for this summer at Joe’s Bagel and Grill in h...

Experience more, bucket list less

Experience more, bucket list less

Sally Ehlers

September 14, 2018

Bucket lists are enticing ideas on Instagram and Pinterest, but in reality they cause more harm than good. These lists continue to skyrocket in popularity, resulting in a pandemic of bucket list obsession. Go skydiving, run a marathon, see the pyramids: every bucket list consists of generic goal...

Social media shapes travel experiences

Social media shapes travel experiences

Khushi Kadakia

September 14, 2018

While scrolling through Instagram, Twitter or Facebook this summer, you’ll likely encounter travel pictures populating your feed. These images of plane tickets and crystal clear waves fill social media platforms, with “60 percent of travelers [using] social media to showcase their vacation photos,...

Sunshine: the happiness vitamin

Sunshine: the happiness vitamin

Isabella Antoon

September 14, 2018

Summer is a heavily anticipated time of the year for most, not only being a break from school, but also a time for warmer weather and sunshine. Many would argue that they are happier during the summer months, but is this happiness directly due to the increase in sunlight we are exposed to? The noti...

CHS athletes balance sports and summer activities

CHS athletes balance sports and summer activities

Lauren Arnao

June 15, 2018

When faced with busy summer schedules, CHS students must balance working, family and sports. Some sports require athletes to train on their own or with their team, which can interfere with other summer plans. Others may have more lenient requirements. Sophomore Evan Kuo of Tinton Falls is a vars...

Bennies help build the shore

Bennies help build the shore

Lauren Spiezia

September 15, 2017

Summer at the Jersey Shore is marked by pork roll sandwiches, an overload of sunscreen and the inevitable beach traffic. From Memorial Day weekend to the final days of summer, tourists from inland New Jersey and out of state visitors flock to towns along the coast; as a result, locals have labeled t...

Outside of their daily teaching, CHS faculty have part-time jobs

Outside of their daily teaching, CHS faculty have part-time jobs

Jacqueline Geller

May 9, 2017

When the bell rings at 2:19 p.m., some CHS teachers will walk out the school’s doors and head to their part-time job. Spanish teacher Karen Britto used to be employed in restaurants and worked as an SAT tutor while holding a teacher position during the day. “It can be difficult especially...

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