Compatibility test says love is, in fact, a game


Junior Emily Brzozowski looks at the results from the Compatibility Game. Photo by Jacqueline Geller.

This article was assigned around the time of Valentine’s Day. It was easy to gather interviews because many people were more than happy to talk about their experience with the game.  


Love is in the air here — or at least on paper.

The junior class brought back their annual Compatibility Game to spread some cheer before Valentine’s Day.

Junior adviser and fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger has run the event with her classes since 2005, since the idea of hosting a school-wide game was hers.

Junior Class Council Member Kathryn Willis of Tinton Falls said she is a fan of the game.

“It’s always been a nice, fun thing to get people in the mood for Valentine’s Day,” Willis said.

Students were given a questionnaire with inquiries ranging from their hobbies to their opinions on love at first sight, and then they later had the option to buy their result sheets for $2. Willis said the profits from the fundraiser will go toward major events for the juniors next year, such as prom, the class trip and the senior dinner.

“All that we really have to worry about is getting the word out and getting people to participate, which hasn’t been a huge challenge,” Willis said. “Mrs. Clevenger is a great help with organizing the results and physically sending them out.”

The answers were sent to a company that looks at each person’s answers and calculates their dream match and worst nightmare, along with the school’s most compatible girl and guy.

This year, the most compatible girls were EE, GC, JF, KE and ND, while the five most compatible guys were AC, AW, JW, LM and TR, Clevenger said.

Sophomore Christina Flynn of Middletown said she thought the junior’s fundraiser was successful this year.

“I know, for me at least, it’s very funny to see who you are ‘compatible with.’ I will definitely participate in the compatibility test next year,” Flynn said.

Junior Matt Miller of Wall said he thinks the test is an opportunity to meet new friends.

“I think the compatibility test is a fun and cute little way to meet somebody you haven’t necessarily talked to at CHS before,” Miller said.


Students share no connection with the school wifi


Junior Elizabeth Klemm uses her phone to see her online school assignments. Photo by Jacqueline Geller.

Wifi is commonly talked about in school. I interviewed students that either wanted the wifi password for their phone or did not feel the need to have it. 


It has been fifteen years since CHS has opened, and students do not have access to unlimited Wi-Fi due to expenses and district policies.

MCVSD Director of Technology Chris Widmer assured that a plan to enable Wi-Fi to the students and teachers is underway as of December 2015, but funding has not been initiated yet. Some things that would need to be bought are transmitters, a central controller and annual support as well as maintenance charges.

Once the vendor is picked, the first year’s costs for system implementation will be approximately $175,000 to $200,000, which is quite different from last year’s prediction of $95,000 to $150,000. On top of that, the annual cost is projected to be around $15,000 to $20,000.

“As soon as funds are available, we plan to continue work towards our guest wireless initiative in support of student-owned and staff-owned devices connecting to a secure guest Wi-Fi network,” Widmer said.

The plan is to start small with one vendor and to allow a school to test out the Wi-Fi system and eventually it will be available to all the MCVSD academies.

In an October Inkblot survey, 71 percent of CHS students felt that Wi-Fi was needed in school, and 60 percent said that they would use it for school-related apps.

Like the majority of the learners’ answers from the survey, sophomore Marie Schobel of Sea Girt believes that wifi for students is beneficial because they need it to check their grades on PowerSchool, access the Google apps for assignments and use the Internet if they feel the need to research a topic that is relevant to class.

“People are always saying that everything is cyber now, so CHS students need to use it. Without the wifi, we can’t get those documents that we need and we can’t get to Google Classroom to get what we need,” Schobel said.