Roving Reporter: What was your favorite class this year and why?

Interviews by JACQUELINE GELLER

Photos by AMELIA JOHNSON

"I liked radio because it's what I want to do in the future."

Freshman Riley Brennan of Manasquan: “I liked radio because it’s what I want to do in the future.”

 

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Sophomore Kail Ying of Manalapan: “My favorite class this year has to be, without a doubt, Visual Communications. It was very entertaining and it expanded the horizons of digital communications. 

 

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Junior Matt Avena of Middletown: “I really liked Java. It could be hard sometimes but it’s the first computer class that I’ve taken and it’s fun to find out the problems and solutions.”

 

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Senior Rishi Karthikeyan of Manalapan: “Advanced Design because it was fun and relaxing. And because of Weber.”

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Club councils differ in election process

By JACQUELINE GELLER

As the school year comes to a close, the club election season arrives. The 24 clubs at CHS elect their council members in at least three different ways.

The Student Government Association encourages the entire school to vote for the candidates while all other clubs, from National Honor Society and Cultural Communications Club open their elections to members of the club.

Junior Mary Lykes of Howell will be the vice president of the CCC for the 2017-2018 school year.

“We actually renovated elections this year by setting up four stations monitored by four different teachers to distribute and collect ballots to club members. This way we keep better track of who has already voted and if they are really part of the club or not,” Lykes said.

Lykes said the new election procedure was implemented to keep the elections as fair as they can be.

CCC member Leah Kazenmayer of Wall likes the way the club executes its elections. She said that since every candidate has to make a speech in front of the club, it gives everyone a fair chance to be elected.

“Newer members have a shot to get on council, like Sebrina Gao or Sydney Karlin,” Kazenmayer said.

The Inkblot takes a different approach when it comes to appointing its new council. Hopeful editors turn in an application which explains which jobs they would like and why they deserve them. Editor-in-Chief applicants have to fill out the same form as well as have a meeting with the current Editors-in-Chief, Managing Editor and the club’s advisor and journalism teacher Andi Mulshine.

Once the new Editors-in-Chief and Managing Editor are chosen, they choose the next year’s edit board with Mulshine’s help.

Senior and outgoing Editor-in-Chief Julia Pardee of Freehold entrusts the new Editors-in-Chief to help assign the executive positions.  

“The Editors-in-Chief and Mrs. Mulshine know the paper and its staff better than anyone else, and I believe they are most qualified to select the editors,” Pardee said.

Inkblot writer and junior Shannon Damiano of Spring Lake Heights said that the club’s distinct election method has its pros and cons.

“If Inkblot was like how it was for other clubs, we could end up with a bad paper so I guess it’s the best way. It has its flaws but I don’t have a better alternative,” Damiano said.

In order to be eligible to run for the National Honor Society council, rising seniors must be a member of the club, be close or already fulfilled the required points, obtain signatures from a third of the fellow junior members and provide a short speech.

Junior Julia Dwight of Atlantic Highlands will be the vice president of NHS next year. She approves of the election process and can not wait to be on the council.

“The whole process of applying gives you multiple opportunities to show why you want to be on the council and what you can do for the club,” Dwight said. “Everyone who ran was so passionate and I’m so excited for next year with such a great council.”

Students show their inner beasts through attitude and apparel

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BLOT PHOTO BY ALLIE KUO. Sophomore Summer Ward of Oceanport shows off her CHS Beast apparel.

 

By JACQUELINE GELLER

Marlboro High School has the Mustangs. Wall High School has the Knights. And Communications High School has the Beast.

Fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger established the mascot in 2004 when a student received red marks on her shoulders after she lifted a great deal of weight on the leg press machine.

Someone said, ‘You’re such a beast’ to her, and it kinda upset her, so I did my best to spin it into a compliment. CHS didn’t need a mascot, but all normal high schools do, so in an effort to be normal the Beast was born,” Clevenger said.

Clevenger said she has not found another school with the Beast as its mascot because the Beast is “unique like us.”

To this day, the Beast has made its way onto posters and CHS apparel.

Jessica Evans was co-president of the PSFA when the Beast apparel began to be sold. The design was created by a former CHS student, Bridget Gibson.

“We didn’t want to compete or diminish SGA sales, so we decided to use a different design and we sold the clothing in November, thinking parents may purchase it for the holidays. We went with the Beast because it was already an unofficial mascot for CHS,” Evans said.

Senior Mark DiSpigna of Lincroft said that a beast does not exactly embody the personality traits of a typical CHS student, but regardless, he is happy to have it represent the school.

“I never thought the Beast was a fitting mascot for CHS since most of us lack any kind of beast qualities, but I think the irony is what makes it hilarious and I would never change it,” DiSpigna said.

Even though “beast” may not be first thing that is used to identify a CHS student, Clevenger has made an acronym that presents a better correlation.

“Brave, Empathetic, Active, Supportive, Tolerant. That’s CHS too. And remember, it’s not about being the best, it’s about being the BEAST,” Clevenger said.

CHS teachers share their love stories

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School nurse Dorothy Condon married her husband 35 years ago. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Condon. 

By JACQUELINE GELLER

Whether it is the relationship of Monica Geller and Chandler Bing from “Friends” or Barack and Michelle Obama, love stories can be found anywhere. The teachers of CHS have some of their own.

Biology teacher Jeanine Gomez has known her husband since she was in elementary school. They attended the same school, and their older sisters happened to be best friends. Their first date was in Point Pleasant.

They dated a little over five years before getting engaged. Gomez said she still appreciates how her husband is always there for her.

“When I need to be grounded, he’s the one there to do it. All the time. And vise versa. We compliment each other well,” Gomez said.

School nurse Dorothy Condon has been with her spouse for 35 years.

“It was like chemistry just clicked. Right from the get-go, we started dating and we were almost inseparable,” Condon said.

She started dating her husband when she was a junior in high school. They both attended St. Rose High School in Belmar and were part of the same friend group. The couple finished high school, went to college and got engaged during the spring break of their senior year of college. They have been together ever since.

Condon said that students should know that dating requires compromise and respect. They should also not expect an easy road all the time.

“Every relationship is going to have conflict. Everything’s not roses everyday. It’s how you solve conflict is whether or not your relationship will be successful,” Condon said.

Mass media teacher Andi Mulshine, like Gomez, dated her husband for five years before getting married. But Mulshine says she fell for him the first time she saw her husband.

“One day I was working in the newsroom and someone said that the new city editor was coming. The door opened and he walked in. It was like an arrow through my heart,” Mulshine said.  “You don’t think love at first sight works? It does.”

Students and teachers encounter famous figures by chance and at planned events

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Graphic made by Katrina Eggleston. Survey of 248 students from Nov. 29, 2016 to Dec. 1, 2016.

By JACQUELINE GELLER

Not every person has the opportunity to walk down the red carpet in the latest fashion made by couture designers, but that does not stop CHS students and teachers from encountering celebrities.

Junior Arielle Hutchinson of Ocean won a radio station contest on Z100 and was able to see 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) perform at iHeartRadio’s Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Lounge.

“When I was sitting down in the lounge, and I saw them walk out, it was so surreal. It was hard to believe they were real people,” Hutchinson said.

After 5SOS’s performance, Hutchinson met and took pictures with them. She said that the band noticed that many girls were shy, and they tried their best to make everyone comfortable.

Hutchinson thought the 5SOS members were normal guys in a famous band, and her opinion did not alter when she met them. She also believes that the way celebrities act in public will not always give a true indication of their character.

“If a celebrity is being mean or unfriendly when they meet their fans, I always think there is a reason why; maybe they’re tired, hungry or in a bad mood. It is impossible to be happy and smiley 100 percent of the time,” Hutchinson said. “At the end of the day, they’re human too.”

Math teacher Justine Lane had a unique celebrity experience when she was 16.

She was shopping when her friend told her that Bruce Springsteen was in the mall. She did not want to bother him, but eventually Lane gave in to her friend’s request and decided to go find Springsteen.

When she was strolling through the mall, Lane did not notice that she walked right up to the 20-time Grammy-winning singer. They chatted, and she asked for Springsteen’s autograph.

“He goes ‘You know, I’ve given out so many autographs today. How about a holiday kiss instead?’ so he kissed me on my cheek,” Lane said.

After the encounter, Lane had to sit down and have some soda because she was in shock.

Whether it is winning a contest or being in the right place at the right time, there are opportunities to meet someone with superstar status.

Vetter shines on ice and at Carnegie Hall

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Picture courtesy of Ainsley Vetter

This article required a one-on-one interview with the subject. I was able to sit down with Ainsley Vetter for ten minutes to discuss her hobbies. 

By JACQUELINE GELLER

Ice skating for 12 hours a week is only part of the after-school life for freshman Ainsley Vetter of Wall. At 14 years old, Vetter has already competed in ice dance on a national level and performed at Carnegie Hall as a pianist.

Vetter started skating when she was 6 years old. After a couple years, her coach recommended she try pattern ice dances, which would help with her skating technique. Little did she know, Vetter would immediately fall in love with it and eventually compete in the National Solo Dance Series Final in 2016. Here, she took home fourth place and a pewter medal. She aspires to return to the finals next year.

When she is not on the ice, Vetter is probably playing piano. She started the instrument at a young age, and as time went on, her passion for it grew.

Vetter participated in a competition called The Golden Key, which holds auditions every year. The winner and second place holder from New Jersey is given the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall, Vetter said.

She placed third last year and performed at Lincoln Center, but this year, Vetter emerged victorious and played at Carnegie Hall.

“Piano is so much fun, and it allows your brain to work in different ways than it normally would. You have to practice a lot but it pays off when you get to do things like playing at Carnegie Hall,” Vetter said.

Vetter intends to learn harder music and gain another invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Vetter said time management is essential to balance piano, ice dance and school work. She practices piano at home when she finds free time and attends her scheduled skating practices.

“You have to get your homework done. You can’t watch TV or listen to music, or anything that is distracting,” Vetter said.

Ice dancing and piano might not have many obvious similarities, but they offer Vetter the best of both worlds.