June 14, 2010 vol. 8 issue 5
the news of communications high school, wall, new jersey
Senior prank gets creamed
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Two seniors get their hands free and in a split second will pull a senior prank with eight other pie-throwing Color Wars contestants.
Contest goes awry, ends in suspensions
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Three seniors dance on the pie table after pulling off their senior prank.
By JACKIE TEMPERA Editor-in-Chief “Seeee-niors, seeee-niors, seeee-niors!” The chant resounded on the Wall High School field Friday after the annual pie eating competition took an unexpected turn. Ten members of the Class of 2010 pulled a senior prank just as the pie contest started. Instead of pushing their faces into their pies, they picked up the pudding and whipped cream desserts and tossed them at their teacher judges. As the victim-teachers stood covered in the sugary pastries, the “pie-ers” danced on the table tops. The pie throwing lasted seconds but the repercussions lasted for over a week, with suspensions of the pie throwers as the final result. The Inkblot is withholding the names of the so-called “Dirty Dozen” throwers to protect them from reprisals from their colleges. Immediately following the incident Principal James Gleason called the 10 students involved to room 107b. Two additional seniors joined them as planners of the prank. The group resolved to write letters of apology to the affected faculty, Gleason said in an interview several days later. “It was a decision they made,” he said. Gleason informed the group that it was
not the final punishment and that the issue would be re-addressed after the weekend. On Monday, Gleason called another meeting. “I didn’t say one way or another Monday. I was very clear with the students. I said I would meet with the faculty,” he said. After a meeting with the 10 affected teachers, Gleason issued disciplinary action. “It is a very complicated situation that took place. It is very important for me to hear both parties involved,” said Gleason. The 12 students were suspended for Friday, June 11, the day of the annual senior picnic, he confirmed. Also, the 12 were ordered to attend school on “senior skip day” the following Monday. Senior Aaron Patel of Freehold said he supports his classmates. “We as a class are 100 percent behind them,” he said. He said he believes the prank was considered serious because the school has few discipline problems. One thrower agreed the situation was getting out of hand. “I have a message for the entire student body – get over it,” he said. Senior Kelly Zeleny of Atlantic Highlands said the Class of 2010 considered the effects of the prank before executing it. “Of all the pranks we could have pulled, [see Prank, page 11]
Team Black Attacks By FRANCESCA COCCHI Staff Writer Communications High School showed its school spirit during the annual Color Wars field day on June 4 – with Team Black winning the day. The school was split into ten teams randomly selected by Student Government Assoications advisor Sharon O’Keefe, and each had a fairly even distribution of students from each grade. Activities were split into physical and non-physical challenges, including kickball, quiz bowl, video games, pie eating, ultimate frisbee, one-pitch softball, soccer, Nickelodeon Scene It, balloon pop, art challenge, and tech challenge. All activities were judged or refereed by members of the faculty. This year’s Color Wars was unique. Instead of beginning after lunch third period as is tradition, this year’s Color Wars began second period. This was because the Parent Student Faculty Association sponsored a hypnotist to perform during fourth pe[see Color Wars, page 11]
Club advisers face stipend elimination for next school year By RYAN PETTIT Inkblot Editor-in-Chief Funding for several student clubs have been cut for next year, reducing the extracurricular activities available to students. Principal James Gleason, in an e-mail message Wednesday to faculty members, announced the names of clubs that will maintain stipends for their advisers. Clubs not on that list will not provide paid adviserships for next year. Advisers of the broadcast-
ing, digital video, drama, national society, newspaper, senior class, student government, VICA/ NTHS, visual communications and yearbook clubs will continue to receive a Level One stipend of $3,500. Advisers of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes will receive Level Two stipends of $3,100, as they did this year. The decision of which clubs to maintain and which to cut was related to how close the clubs were to the theme of the com-
munication-based academy, said Gleason. “At this time the clubs actually are predominantly themerelated. They are about what we do and what we handle,” he said. The cuts left a number clubs without stipends for their advisers next year, leaving it up to them to continue to serve as advisers without pay, make a decision to dissolve the club or hand it off to another faculty member. According to Gleason, it is
too early to make any calls as to whether or not clubs stripped of their adviser’s stipends will be back. “Let’s not forget that we’ve been asked to cut 50 percent,” he said. Clubs that have lost their adviser’s stipends include the Multicultural, Mock Trial and Key clubs. The Multicultural Club has one of the largest club memberships in the school. “I don’t know what I’m go-
ing to do,” said Multicultural Club adviser Sabina Campbell. “I cannot understand it.” Some clubs already do not have pay for advisers. “Unofficial clubs,” Gleason explained, are “groups of students and faculty that meet for a common cause.” The Green Team is an example of an unofficial club that is active in school. Students this week said they feared their college applications [see Clubs, page 11]
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Juniors to particpate in MICA program Three head for Baltimore, Tuscany for summer of expression By VALERIE SAEGER Staff Writer Venturing out on their own, three students have used their talents to make substantial steps into furthering their careers. Juniors Amanda Zukofski, Tyler Paige and Lindsay Muir have been accepted into the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) summer program. MICA is ranked as one of the top four graduate programs in visual arts by the U.S. News and World Report. The school also offers programs for pre-college students in both the summer and fall in Baltimore, Maryland and Tuscany, Italy. Zukofski, of Freehold, is excited to be “spending five weeks constantly creating art.” After finding MICA through online research, Zukofski visited the school itself and decided to apply for the summer program in Baltimore. “The forms were tedious to fill out but worth it in the end,” said Zukofski. Along with the forms, she submitted her transcript, an art teacher’s recommendation and a disk with ten photos of her artwork. The program may cost $3,950, but Zukofski received a $500 scholarship. During her time there, Zukofski will attend “Drawing and Painting the Figure in Oil” and “Web Portfolio Development” classes. As for Millstone resident Paige, the most recent endorsement of MICA he has seen was in Fiske’s Guide to Colleges under the Top Art and Design School section. Paige said he would have liked to apply for the Tuscany session, but he lost his portfolio around the time of the deadline and was unable to apply. “The Baltimore program’s application date was later, and luckily, I still had time to get my portfolio set up again and mailed off to MICA,” he said. In addition to the tuition, Paige said that he needed to pay an extra $600 to buy canvases and supplies for the program. “It is worth the money to go to an amazing art
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Juniors Amanda Zukofski, Tyler Paige, and Lindsay Muir display original artwork. All three were accepted into the Maryland Institute College of Art’s summer program and will travel to Baltimore and Tuscany this summer.
and design school like MICA,” he said. Muir of Manasquan is traveling to Tuscany for the course. After spending time in Baltimore for orientation, Muir will begin with ten-hour trip to Italy. “First of all, it’s Italy. Who doesn’t want to go there? It’s a once in a lifetime experience for me,” said Muir. “It will look amazing on my college application and I will gain new perspective and
Class of ‘11: summer is college prep
techniques for my portfolio.” During the $5,300 three-week program Muir will visit Pisa, Siena, Argetario, the Mediterranean Sea, Roselle, Florence, and thermal baths in Seggiano. When they return, the three students all hope to not only have learned more, but to have perfected their artistic techniques.
Maher and Mann celebrate renewal of next year’s contracts
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BY CARLY FERREIRA Staff Writer Due to intense college acceptance competition, the pressure is on for students to start looking at colleges early, and there is no better time to start than the summer after finishing junior year. “To all juniors: make sure you become familiar with the common application and essay topics during the summer. Start working on both, and register for the fall SATs [Scholastic Aptitude Tests],” guidance counselor Joe Senerchia said. “Also, focus on getting letters of recommendation and think of mentorship ideas,” he added. Next year, Naviance, a website that aids stu-
dents in the college application process through surveys and career exploration, will again be used to help students in Communications High School. Guidance counselors recommended that juniors begin to research colleges on Naviance this summer. “I think the juniors should focus on college this summer and make sure to check out Naviance because it will help them with their research,” guidance counselor Catherine Simprini said. “We want them to hit the ground running in September because we want students to apply for colleges by Thanksgiving,” she added.
The juniors have plans already, they said. “This summer I plan to work and focus on college apps, specifically applications for Boston University and Ithaca. I also definitely need to get my essays out of the way because I want to apply for early application [early admission],” junior Thom Bell of the Highlands said. “As for fun, I am going to a lot of concerts and am working at a day camp,” he added. “I do not know if I’m going to an art college, so I’m taking an art program at SVA during the summer. You do projects at a college level, which will help me decide if I want to go to art school,” said
junior Diana Vento of Marlboro. While some juniors are looking at colleges this summer, junior Kevin Chu of Middletown is done with the process. “I already finished all of my college prep, and I took an SAT class this year. So when the common college app gets released, I’ll apply then,” Chu said. Junior Michael Digioia of Manalapan plans to take it easy this summer. “I did most of my college stuff during the year, so I am focusing on vacations,” said Digioia. “It’s the summer. I will worry about that stuff during the year,”he added.
By MEGAN BERKOWITZ Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Mathematics teacher Debbie Maher and English instructor Bryan Mann were able to breathe sighs of relief at the Board of Education meeting last month when their contracts were approved. Both Mann and Maher had received notice that their contracts would not be renewed after the April board meeting. “I love it here,” Mann said. “So I’m really just excited to be back.” Mann said he had been offered his contract, signed it and returned it to the district. He has been informed that he will be working here full time next year. Mann said he will not know his schedule until the summer, but said he will most likely be teaching the same classes. “Although it was stressful, I’m just looking forward to another year,” he said. Maher, on the other hand, said that she will split her time between here and the Academy of Allied Health and Science, where she taught previously. “Number one, I was relieved that I had a job,” Maher said. “Number two, I was a little excited because I get to be with my new friends and my old friends.” She added that she will most likely spend mornings at one school and afternoons at the other, but will not definitively know her schedule until this summer. “Unfortunately, one of the math teachers at Allied was let go,” Maher said. “Since I’ve worked at both places I was the ideal candidate for this.” The ride between schools will not be troublesome, and will take, “ten minutes if I stop for coffee,” she said. “I feel that the district handled everything very well and prevented as many layoffs as possible,” Maher said.
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Skills USA members go for the gold
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Biotechnology High School, where this year’s graduation is being held as a result of state funding cuts. In prior years, graduation has been held at Monmouth University.
Graduation moves to Biotech Location moved to save money after budget cuts By JESSICA DELVIRGINIA Staff Writer This year’s graduation exercises will be held at Biotechnology High School instead of the traditional location of Monmouth University, another victim of the state budget crisis. The change is based on state funding cuts to the district, announced in March and April. The Monmouth County Vocational School District is searching for ways to save money and with a cost of roughly $2,500 for the Mon-
mouth University venue, the traditional graduation didn’t fit. Principal James Gleason said having graduation at Biotechnology High School is a great cost-cutter. “Biotech is already set up for their graduation,” he said. “We are just sliding in, it doesn’t cost us anything,” he added. Though a few inquiring parents have called both Gleason and guidance counselor Joe Senerchia, there have been few complaints.
Senior Lin Kristenson of Ocean will miss the tradition. “I think it’s kind of sad it got moved to one of the other schools,” she said. “I went to my sister’s graduation at Monmouth University last year, and it was nice to have it at a formal location,” she added. “I feel almost weird inviting family and family friends to the cafeteria of a high school, but it is what it is.” Senior Alli Schaaff of West Long Branch said she understands the districts viewpoint.
“I’m sad because I graduated middle school at Pollack Auditorium,” she said. “I would have liked to make it full circle, but I understand that with the budget cuts, they might not want to cover the expenses,” she added. As for future graduations, Gleason said that he was unsure of the future. “Allied is going to Colts Neck High School for their graduation,”he said. “As of now, there are still different options available to look at and see,” he added.
Post prom cancelled due to lack of participants By AUSTIN SMITH Staff Writer Adults, students, and hypnotizers alike were forced to reschedule their plans on Friday, May 14 when the Communications High School Post Prom Party was cancelled due to a lack of initial commitment to attend. Only 42 of the invited juniors and seniors signed up to attend the event by the deadline on Wednesday, May 12. Although two more students signed up the following day, making the number of would-be-attendees 44, the Parent Student Faculty Association (PSFA) and principal James Gleason cancelled the event because the minimum of 50 students was required. The decision to call off the Post Prom Party was revealed on Thursday, May 13, the day before it was to take place. “It [the Post Prom Party] was supposed to be a lot of fun. It just didn’t happen because there wasn’t enough interest,” said junior Connor McAuley of Howell who was signed up to attend. This is not the first year that the PSFA-run Post Prom Party has been cancelled at CHS. Since its start in 2005, the number of students who take part in the affair has been decreasing, so much so that in 2007 the party was also cancelled. PSFA CoPresident Cathy Smith has been involved with the event every year since its inception. “In 2007, the event was cancelled due to lack of interest,” said Smith. “That year, not only did students indicate that they did not intend to come to the Post Prom Party, we did not have any parents volunteer to run the event.” “It’s much more of a junior thing,” said senior Kelsey Jensen of Union Beach.
“The seniors all go during their junior year, but nobody really goes after that.” Of those signed up for the event, only one student was in his senior year. All of the other attendees were either juniors or guests. The goal of the Post Prom Party is to provide a fun and “substance-free” environment for students atBLOT PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE LANDI FAMILY t tending prom. The idea was originally modeled Many juniors took the post prom party to Junior Chris Landi’s house after a similar event after the one at CHS was cancelled due to lack of student interest. held in Middletown Township. All juniors and seniors attend- until one day before the prom. Junior Emily Sperduto from ing prom were also allowed to attend the Avon-by-the-Sea had this to say about the Post Prom Party. At the party, which would have conclusion made: “I think it was stupid to cancel it lasted from 11:00 p.m. on Friday night to because there were definitely enough kids. 6:00 a.m. the next morning, entertainment and refreshments would have been pro- 44 kids would’ve been easier to keep an vided. “From what I heard, there was sup- eye on all night. It wasn’t fair to cancel it posed to be a hypnotist and laser tag, but the day before, either. The excuse was rithen they cancelled it the day before,” said diculous. The reasoning behind it made no junior Bryan Scuteri of Manalapan, who sense.” “Our regret now is that we did not was planning to go to the party. According make the decision to cancel sooner,” said to the PSFA newsletter, the Communiqué, the entertainment line-up also included a Co-President Smith. “We are very sorry psychic, caricaturists, a coffee bar, and ka- that there are students who are disappointed because of the decision to cancel.” raoke. Of all the money spent on the The officers of the PSFA, Mr. Gleason, and the three PSFA members who entertainment, only $150 was lost due to chaired the event—Ellen Reilly, Isabella courtesy deposits. The rest of the deposGrove, and Laura Burman—all voted on its were either refunded or the entertainer whether or not to continue with the event agreed to return to the school for another event. Such was the case with hypnotist on Wednesday, May 12. Their decision to cancel it angered Skylar Monaghan, who performed on Frisome students because it was not revealed day, June 4 at the end of Color Wars 2010.
By SARA WALLACH News Editor This year, the annual national Skills USA competition held in Kansas City, Missouri will conflict with graduation on Tuesday, June 22. This is, “only because of snow days,” said Bill Allen, Skills USA adviser. Skills USA has been a club at CHS “probably since Mr. McAndrew has been here,” said Allen, but it started out as the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. Allen has been involved since he first came to CHS. He started out as a helper, and then took over the club in 2002. “If you put the time in with the students, they can win at the state level and go on to nationals,” said Allen. This year, that is just what Allen and fellow advisor teacher Kelly Height, did. At the state competition, held in Somerset, CHS students took home many gold and silver medals. The gold medalist qualified to go to nationals. “We have never won at that level,” said Height. In order to arrive to the competition on time, students will have to leave New Jersey June 22. Senior gold medalists, including Paul Vilanova, Chris Demarest, Lin Kristensen, Jocelyn Schneider, and Gianna Zoppi, will miss graduation to attend the competition. Jocelyn Schneider of Tinton Falls, a gold medalist for job interview demonstration, felt that “graduation was an event that I could not miss.” Schneider was discouraged by the price of the trip, over $600, and said that “graduation will give me closure and I feel like it’s something I need to do to be able to get on with the next chapter of my life.” New Jersey’s gold medalists unable to attend the national competition will be replaced by the silver medalists. Gianna Zoppi of Atlantic Highlands, a gold medalist for broadcasting, is the only senior signed up to go to the competition, said Allen. “She’s a competitor.” Zoppi went to nationals last year, and felt this was a big contributing factor when making her decision. “I had a such a great time last year. Not only was the competition more professional than the states competition, it was also such a different experience,” she said. Zoppi met with broadcasting producers and anchors, and her time there “reaffirmed my desire to go into this field as a career.” For Zoppi, the decision was easy. “If I missed nationals, I’d never get that chance to go back,” she said. “I am still going to have my four amazing years here [at CHS].” “I am very happy with my decision,” said Zoppi. “I have no regrets and I’m really excited.”
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The long road back
Prieto overcomes illness to gather her credits for a CHS graduation By JESSIE KRAUS-LAVY News Editor After battling both illness and hospitalization, senior Alena Prieto of Howell will graduate with her class on Tuesday, June 22, thanks to efforts by her parents and district administrators, she said. Prieto’s graduation was doubtful when she failed to complete the district’s required 160 credits to graduate from the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Principal James Gleason said it is not the first time a student had to move on without a diploma from Communications. “I didn’t have enough credits according to the MCVSD policy, and with all of my absences, plus my condition that is still affecting me, there was no way I could make up all my work in time for graduation,” Prieto said. The district has a policy that allows for only 10 absences in one semester. This rule is not set in stone, Gleason said. Extenuating circumstances and medical conditions may prompt the district to suspend this absence policy, he said. A majority of the student population became aware of
Alena’s plight through a Facebook group started by two of Prieto’s friends, seniors Kara Romanetz of Hazlet and Mary Rose Devine of Oceanport. Gleason called them into the office to discuss the Facebook page, but the two girls insisted that their motives were to help Prieto, both Romanetz and Devine said. The group was designed to support Alena through a tough time and show her how much people truly cared. Also the girls wanted to ensure that she was able to participate in the ceremony of graduation. Even if she received her actual diploma from her home high school in Howell both Devine and Romanetz wanted her participation in the event, they said. “We understand that there may have been problems that prohibited her from graduating,
‘Outstanding’ college picks By CARLY FERREIRA Staff Writer Six members of the class of 2010 won acceptance to Ivy League universities—the most in this school’s history. The, “Ivies” are eight colleges located in the northeastern United States, often regarded as the oldest and most prestigious in the world by means of academic excellence, selectivity and social elitism. The elite eight include Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Dartmouth University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania. “College acceptances this year were fabulous, like outstanding. It’s the best record we’ve had so far. Our students got into all Ivy Leagues except Dartmouth and Yale. Georgetown and Harvard were our firsts this year,” said guidance counselor Cathy Simprini. The six students attending the Ivy Leagues are Kayci Baldwin going to Harvard University, Gianna Zoppi and Lydia Gallo going to Cornell University, Alli Schaaff going to Brown University, and Mae Smith and Stefan Luma going to Columbia University. “I chose Harvard because I want to go into social anthropology and there’s no better place to make connections,” said Baldwin. Additionally, Lauren Richmond will attend Wellesley College; Joeseph Stornelli, Danielle Pruden and Dylan Jalowski will go to New YorkUniversity; Kelsey Jensen, Cassie
which is why we made sure the group was about support, the page says nothing about her actually graduating from CHS,” Romanetz said. With over 285 members in the group, ranging from alumni to current students to students from different areas, lack of support is no issue. “She deserves to be with us,” Romanetz said. “She is just as much a part of our class as anyone else is. We’re like one big family.” “We just wanted her to be part of the ceremony, after all, that’s all graduation is, just a ceremony,” Devine added.
Garruzzo and Samantha Quiles are off to Fashion Institute of Technology in New York; Liam McCabe will attend University of Virginia and Megan Berkowitz will attend Tufts University. Students traveling the farthest include Tom Jamison, who is heading to Tennessee’s Belmont University, and Stornelli, crossing the globe to attend NYU’s new Abu Dhabi campus in the United Arab Emirates. “It’s a growing experience. Whether you’re an hour away by car or 13 by plane, it requires some adjustments to live on your own,” Stornelli said. “With technology, maintaining contact is hardly an issue. The school has also promised to fly me home twice a year, for Christmas break and summer vacation. I may miss out on the occasional visit home, but the benefits outweigh the distance.” Senior friends Lin Kristensen, Megan Dougherty and Jocelyn Schneider plan to attend Montclair. “It was between Drexel and Montclair for me. They both gave me a lot of scholarship money, but I like the faculty more at Montclair,” Schneider said. Simprini said the seniors deserve much full praise. “They were a hardworking, very high academic achieving class, but they were involved in many different activities too, which is what Ivy Leagues and other colleges look for, something a little different,” said Simprini. “But a lot of seniors are like that … quietly doing exceptional things.”
With a new plan instituted for her to complete high school here, Prieto will walk across the stage at Biotechnology High School on June 22, she said. Biotech is the chosen location for the CHS graduation, due to budget cuts. “The superintendent insisted the school set up a special plan for me in order to attain enough credits to graduate,” Prieto said. This alternative plan allows for Prieto to drop all of her subjects except English, which is a non-negotiable four-year requirement. The options presented to Prieto were to receive a diploma from Howell High School or complete her CHS courses over the summer. The latter however, would set Prieto back at least a semester from attending college, something she was unwilling to sacrifice in return for her CHS diploma. Prieto said her father urged
her not to look back on Communications, but instead just move forward and get a Howell High diploma. Her mother, on the other hand, motivated Prieto to work for the Communications High School diploma she felt was well deserved. “She believed that after all my hard work the past four years, I deserved the CHS diploma, and to walk with my class,” Alena Prieto said. Prieto did not yet have the diagnosis from doctors that was necessary to determine if she would be able to drop her classes and the clock was ticking. “They didn’t want to make assumptions and misdiagnose me. At that point, time was running out, and it was expected that I would complete English and settle with a Howell High diploma,” Prieto said. Then Prieto’s mother went to Superintendent Timothy McCorkell. “That was when everything changed,” Prieto said. “He saw my situation and set up the plan to make sure I would graduate from the MCVSD.” Prieto added, her mother is “the main reason I’m getting a CHS diploma, and I thank her for that.”
10Class: Simprini’s final mission
By JACKIE TEMPERA Editor-in-Chief Guidance counselor Cathy Simprini, a member of the faculty since 2002, is stepping into retirement this year. “One of the counselors in our district was laid off and I hoped that if I left she would be hired back. I really did this for her,” said Simprini. Alas, after Simprini announced her retirement, the individual received a contract. Simprini said since New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was elected last fall, retirement has been on her mind. His “attack on teachers” has pushed her to retire a bit earlier than originally anticipated, she said. “I am afraid that my pension might have a significant drop and it is important to me,” she said. Simprini’s husband is set to leave his job as well.
He established a company called Alfian with two friends and the stress is beginning to affect his health. “He is really ready to retire,” said Simprini. “I have to keep him healthy,” she added. The couple plans to move to Georgia in December. “We’re building a house on St. Simon’s Island. It will be done by Thanksgiving,” Simprini said. The pair’s children will not be joining them in the South, however. Son and musical artist Orion Simprini is settled in the West Village of New York, daughter Cara lives in Hoboken and son David lives in Washington D.C., so uprooting the kids is not an option. “They’re all grown up and on their own,” said Simprini. Instead, she and her husband will return frequently for visits. Even though the Simprinis will end their employments this month, life will be anything but dull for the duo. “We plan on traveling a lot. Our first trip will be to Italy in the spring. I’m already using the Rosetta Stone to get ready,” said Simprini. She
also would love to explore American with trips to the Grand Canyon and New Orleans. “I plan on keep running. I’m actually signed up for a half marathon in Disney in January. I’ll be running it with my daughter,” she said. Although retired life will bring new experiences, she said she will miss life here. “Truthfully, I wasn’t ready,” she said. “I’m really going to miss talking to the kids.” Simprini does plan to make herself available for the college-bound class of 2011. “I’m not leaving until Thanksgiving so I’ll be around to help with college. I’m also going to give the juniors my personal e-mail address if they need help with anything,” she said. Guidance counselor Joe Senerchia will be tacking on Simprini’s students to his list of those he will prepare for college. Word of Simprini’s replacement has not been announced. “He’s a dynamo. I’m going to miss him,” said Simprini of Senerchia. “We have a lot of fun working together, we really made a good team,” she said with a smile.
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67 Friends. 1 Family The Inkblot came calling: “It’s time to write again!” This time a poem for the Class of 2010. So here’s to the students we’ve all come to know We wish them good luck as they get ready to go. Let’s start with the “jocks” there were quite a few Julia played tennis, Miss Pruden did too. Devin was the bowler, those pins he did crack Paul played some hockey while Brian flexed his back. Soccer stars aplenty walked through our door Jamie, Dave and Alexa each making All Shore. Ana went swimming, a Monmouth County star Kelly’s kickboxing will take her real far. Jake was a Rebel taking to the mound And Eric our wrestler opponents did pound. Cassie our skater could be found on the ice And Mike worked out daily, sometimes even twice. JWags and Sean played Frisbee everyday With Tommy, Max and Sperlz never far away.
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And then there’s the dancers near and dear to my heart Just wanting to perform, a team they did start. Meg, Kait and Paige asked if they could Lin, Sam and Chelsea made sure they were good. Veronica joined in and others came along To dance is to live, these Beasts were quite strong. Next come the artists oh where to begin Creative, innovative like Jeffrey Durgin. The writings of Alena published for sure Dylan directs the movie, they both go on tour. Drexel gets Julia, MICA gets Dan Both so amazing like Christina Stefan! Deanna perfected art in the style that she chose Practicing violin in the gym, none other than DRose. Jocelyn’s comedic timing made everybody laugh And Ed kept us rockin’ with his Baby Giraffe. Four out of eight Ivy’s is where some will go Cornell gets Gianna and Lydia Gallo. Kayci at Harvard, my prediction came true Alli Schaaff’s off to Brown, I knew that too. Stephan at Columbia lovin’ life everyday He may have some classes with the “smiley” Miss Mae.
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Berky, a Jumbo, at Tufts she will run And Lauren at Wellesley will get the job done. Wahooing at Virginia for Liam is great Mary Rose will be chilly up at Colgate. Kara in Boston, Tom in Tennessee Kelsey, my “favorite”, will own FIT. Bridget at Rutgers, a new Scarlet Knight Kyra at Emory just seems so right. Rowan gets Ryan an engineer he will be Marist gets another CHSer, this time Kimmy. From left, durin K g Sp aralee R And what about Joe, where will he be? irit W o eek. manetz In some little paradise called Abu Dhabi. and So many memories, let us review Abby was shy and Maddy was too Jackie was reliable, Niki volunteered Single Ladies loved Mike and everybody cheered. Razhon was “hot” at the top of “The List” And Rob at his Table, you get the gist. Lizzie tortured freshmen on Senior Switch Day And Victoria’s smile could light up the way. Chris scared us all but on his friends he did lean And Jamie learned his lesson for leaving the scene. And then there was Vinny, no doubt about that Lovely, long locks always under a hat. So sentimental my eyes are quite damp But wait just a second, I forgot THE CHAMP! School spirit, the weather, a sports lover so true Was there ever a doubt Aaron would head to RU?
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Some advice dear students I hope you will heed Remember CHS, I truly do plead. Classmates may change, new friends far and near Remember CHS and those you met here. , Paige ez a Silva in nn, Juli These four years have come and gone pretty quick ie Mart a m m a h J ic nica E Martinez and ro e V Hopefully you’ve learned some stuff that’ll stick. , Alexa n Dunn Quiles, ft, Kaitly Sometimes you’ll wonder if your choices were wrong. From le i Schaaff, Sam all. ll rb Think with your own brain and always be strong. Miller, A ther at Winte ge to e s o Take care of yourself and remain always clever p Some things are temporary, but a BEAST is forever.
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Oh the places you’ll go...
College: Rochester Institute of Tech. Major: Graphic Design Quote: Working doing what I love. Hopefully I’ll be working somewhere really cool like for a big time company. Not sure where I will be.
College: Harvard University Major: Social Anthropology Quote: Ideally, I’d like to be a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law, working in international relations.
College: Ithaca College Major: Computer Sciences Quote: Working, stacking paper to the ceiling.
College: University of Michigan Major: Engineering Quote: Prison
College: Monmouth University Major: Accounting/ Broadcast Quote: Established in my field of study and making the next major step in my life.
College: Emory University Major: Undecided Quote: Starting my first real job.
Mary Rose Devine
College: Tufts University Major: English and Biomedical Engineering Quote: I’ll be working at a science magazine.
College: Marist College Major: Communications Quote: Probably living in my place, hopefully with a decent job, but more importantly some sort of facial hair.
College: Wagner College Major: Theatre Quote: On Broadway and living in my Park Avenue penthouse.
College: Colgate University Major: Undecided (Physics/English) Quote: I will have graduated, perhaps out of graduate school, perhaps. I will have a job and a home.
College: Marist College Major: Psychology Quote: In 10 years I see myself in a good place in my career.
College: Marist College Major: Undecided Quote: In 10 years I will either be married or planning to get married. I would like to be in a good position in my career.
College: Marist College Major: Psychology/ Special Education Quote: I see myself with a steady job and my own house living somewhere beautiful. I could see myself teaching in Hawaii.
College: University of Tampa Major: Communications Quote: I see myself owning a Gogo bar and legally changing my name to Hawt Waffelz.
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College: New York University Major: Film and Television Quote: In 10 years, I hope to be successful in some aspect of film or television in either New York or LA.
College: FIT Major: Graphic Design Quote: Living in NYC working as a successful graphic designer. Maybe starting a family.
College: Maryland Institute College of Art Major: Photography/Gra phic Design Quote: Working.
College: Emerson College Major: Studio TV Production Quote: Somewhere on the Joisey Shore making people smile.
College: William Paterson Major: Media Productions Quote: Being a pro bowler.
College: Montclair State University Major: Graphic Design Quote: Doing something fun and keeping it interesting.
College: Brookdale/ FIT Major: Graphic Design Quote: I’ll have a studio apartment, a design job in the city and a steady gf.
College: Towson Major: Environmental Science Quote: Exploring Mars.
College: Lafayette College Major: Neuroscience Quote: I’ll be happily married, well off financially and working non-stop.
College: Cornell University Major: Interior Design/Facilities Planning Quote: A designer, maybe married.
College: University of Miami Major: Business with a minor in music industry Quote: On tour managing a band!
College: Belmont University Major: Audio Engineering Technology Quote: Cold chillin’/on tour.
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College: Wellesly College Major: Cinema and Media Studies Quote: Ideally, I will be rapidly climbing the Hollywood ladder to becoming a producer.
College: Brown University Major: Undecided Quote: Out of college and grad school, doing something I love.
College: New York University-Abu Dhabi Major: Finance and International Business Quote: Consulting businesses on establishing themselves in the Middle East.
College: Rowan University Major: Biology Quote: I see myself as a successful physician.
College: Rutgers Major: Double major marketing and finance Quote: Job, in finance, married with no kids.
College: Montclair State University Major: Graphic Design Quote: I see myself working in New York City as an actor/graphic designer for an advertising firm.
College: Marist College Major: TV/Radio/Film and Sports Communications Quote: Working on a sports TV or radio show.
College: Ithaca College Major: Communication Management and Design Quote: Living in California, working in production.
College: Boston University Major: Photojournalism Quote: On some wild adventure, having not bathed in days, equipped only with my camera and a cell phone.
College: Drexel Major: Photography Quote: Taking pictures for a living, marrying rich, living in Hawaii traveling the world.
College: TCNJ Major: Chemistry Quote: I’ll be holding a steady job at a pharmaceutical company, getting my PhD and starting a family.
College: Ramapo College of New Jersey Major: Undecided in Contemporary Arts Quote: I’m honestly not sure. As long as I’m still alive by then I’ll be happy!
College: Rutgers Major: English Quote: In the Dubai sewers, where a soccer riot forced me to choose between my dignity and a horrible extended death by trampling by a...
College: Columbia University Major: Double major in film and anthropology Quote: Hopefully directing films, writing novels, and traveling the world.
College: Steven’s Institute of Technology Major: Engineering Management Quote: Being a successful awesome man.
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College: New York University Major: Film/Television Quote: Living in NYC building up my career.
College: Syracuse University Major: Communications Quote: Hopefully I’ll be working a good job and starting a family.
College: Northeastern University Major: Civil engineering Quote: Probably a wacky advertising job or a normal civil engineering job.
College: Fairfield University Major: International Business Quote: Living in Europe working in Finance. Perhaps also working on the script for an independent film.
College: FIT Major: Communication Designj Quote: Owning my own Advertising Company.
College: Monmouth University Major: Psychology Quote: Hopefully I’ll have graduated college and decided what I want to be when I grow up.
College: Drexel Major: Music Industry Quote: I see myself exploring the Serengeti and having a full beard.
College: TCNJ Major: Major Graphic Design Minor Psychology Quote: I see myself working as a make-up artist for off-Broadway productions.
Michael McCauslin Paige Miller
College: FIT Major: Communication Design Quote: Working as a graphic designer for a well-known company.
College: Montclair State University Major: Fine Arts/Studio Art/Photography Quote: Working as a
College: Rochester Institute of Technology Major: Graphic Design Quote: I see myself working for a design firm. Hopefully, Jamie and I can open and run our own successful design firm.
College: Rutgers University Major: Psychology Quote: I hope to be happy with a successful career in early childhood
College: TCNJ Major: Graphic Design Quote: I’ll have my own design shop in a town close to the beach.
College: University of the Arts Major: Graphic Design Quote: I want to be living in New York City working as a successful
College: East Carolina University Major: Graphic Design Quote: Working at a large design firm.
College: Maryland Institute College of Art Major: Graphic Design Quote: I see myself as a graphic designer (hopefully) with a steady job.
College: The University of the Arts Major: Industrial Design Quote: In 10 years, I see myself doing primarily volunteer work with a second job in industrial
College: Cornell Major: Communications/Bu siness/Film Quote: In the entertainment industry.
fashion photographer or commercial photographer.
Ryan Koenigsberg Stephan Luma
College: Rowan University Major: Electrical Engineering Quote: Secretly planning to take over the world.
College: Columbia University Major: Biochemistry /Political Science Quote: No idea.
College: Rochester Institute of Technology Major: Graphic Design Quote: As a graphic designer in New York.
College: University of Virginia Major: English Quote: Making seven figures, livin da lyf.
College: University of Delaware Major: Undecided in business school Quote: Married, traveling around the world, with a good steady job.
College: Rutgers University Major: Undecided Quote: In 10 years, I see myself living on the Jersey Shore as either a pharmacist and/or basketball coach.
College: College of Charleston Major: Business Administration Quote: I’ll be starting a family with a job in Charleston.
College: American University Major: International Studies Quote: I will be an award winning photojournalist for National Geographic!
Quote: What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? The Inkblot whishes all seniors good luck next year.
the inkblot june 14, 2010
One Thoroughly ‘Enchanted’ Experience Junior Connor McAuley reminisces about prom
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1 in 300: Photo Fiend By KATHERINE ROWE Staff Writer Ana Santos wears her Nikon D90 like others would wear a Tiffany necklace – as a prized possession that tells just who she is. “Photography is the way I express myself. I don’t talk a lot. It’s a way to show other people how I see things,” said the soft-spoken senior from Marlboro. Ever since her parents bought her, her first camera, a Nikon D40, Ana has practiced photography. She thinks that many people have gotten to know her much better because of her photography. “People who didn’t know me before knew me as ‘Ana the Photographer’,” she said. “I’m not complaining though. That’s what I wanted to be known for.” Her reputation stuck with her throughout high school as she continued taking pictures for the Inkblot, the yearbook and Photo Club, where she is president. She also participated in the photography competition in Skills USA and placed second. In her freshman year, she was awarded honorable mention in the Ocean Student Photography Competition, followed by the Inkblot’s “Best Sports Photo” and “Rising Shooter Award” in her sophomore year. Since then, Ana has become and avid participant on the photo sharing website “Flickr.” Over 70 of her photos have made Explore, meaning that the website marked those photos as some of the most interesting on the website. Three have made the site’s front page, meaning they were among the top five interesting photos of the day. Ana has developed and utilized her photographical skills outside of school, taking her passion around the world. Due to her parents’ love of traveling, she has had the opportunity to go to many places, including Portugal and Morocco, camera in hand. Taking pictures and experimenting with photography has helped Santos remember the places she has been and the people she met there, she said. Ana plans to use her love of both travel and photography later in life. She plans to pursue a degree in International Studies at the School of International Service of American University in Washington, D.C. “Whatever happens, I want to be ready for it. I’m learning about different cultures and hopefully I’ll have the skills to travel abroad and connect with people,” she said. “Whatever I go into will be about travel, and hopefully photography as well.”
By CONNOR MCAULEY Staff Writer Prom is supposed to be the glamorous night that every girl dreams about up until the very day. This years prom certainly did not dissapoint. The day started by heading to a friend’s house to take about five million pictures, and from there slowly progressed onward to a fun “Enchanted,” night. The prom was held at The Mill this year, an awesome restaurant that upon first glance seems to be a mansion in itself. Once you walk in the building and up the stairs, there is a lovely banquet hall that looked like it should have been on the Titanic. At first it felt weird seeing all of these kids, whom I had known for the past three years of my high school experience, dressed up and looking so mature. However, I then realized that they were still all the same kids, just in rented tuxedos and beautiful arrays of dresses. For the first hour or so, there was an open bar “cocktail hour,” as put by one of my friends. Students attending the prom used this time to walk
around and mingle with one another and some others used the time to take some pictures with the professional photographer. After the doors to the main floor were opened, a huge room with a superb view of the lake behind the building revealed itself. Scattered throughout the room were various tables, a D.J. booth, and a decent sized wooden dance floor. As we took our seats at the ornate and very well-decorated tables, the wait staff came around filling us in on the meal choices that we had. I had the penne a la vodka, and it was an excellent meal. Not once throughout the night did I hear a complaint about the meal choices. After dinner, the first slow song came on and everyone got up and danced with their respective dates. This slow song was followed by a number of faster songs and the pace of the night was set. Just about every person I know was out dancing on the floor for a majority of the night. Toward the end of the evening the theme song “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift came on, it was an
upbeat yet slow song that a lot of people seemed to approve of. Finally, with about a half an hour left until 11 o’clock the crowning ceremonies began for the prom king and prom queen. The class of 2010 crowned Razhon Forbes of Asbury Park the king and Alli Schaaff of Long Branch as prom queen.
Looking back on the promised “Enchanted” evening, I can say that all in all it was a very entertaining night filled with fun, excitement and overall great vibes. The committee really did a fantastic job and it will be a prom remembered for many years to come.
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Junior Kerry Vollherbst laughs at her table during the 2010 prom, held on May 14 at The Mill in Spring Lake Heights.
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Juniors Ben Ruch and Meghan Kaltenbach pose for a quick picture at their table during during dinner at prom.
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Summer jobs prove hard to come by
By SARAH DEAN Staff Writer While some students plan to spend their summer days relaxing by the pool and detaching themselves from responsibilities, others plan to bus tables and dole out change from behind a cash register. The current economy coupled with labor age restrictions made summer employment no easy feat this year. “The economy has a huge impact on teens getting summer jobs. I’ve been applying everywhere and anywhere since March and I’ve only gotten three call backs and only one interview,” sophomore Julianne Dibetta of Marlboro said. “People that usually wouldn’t apply for jobs like those are now applying and taking positions away from teenagers,” she added. Dibetta plans to teach piano to students during the summer. Freshman Taylor Walters of Interlaken was recently employed as a cashier at Wegman’s Food Market in Ocean. She will get paid $7.25 an hour and work about 15 hours a week. Walters is pleased to have a job considering her age. “I love Wegmans. It’s fun for me to go there, so I think I’ll enjoy my job,” Walters said. For other students, working over the summer is a family affair. Senior Jake Reutter of Millstone works at Jake’s Ice Cream
in Millstone, a shop his grandparents own. Reutter said that he loves working at this family owned business. Sophomore Mary Badger of Ocean Grove plans to be a tennis court attendant, along with her two brothers. This is Badger’s third year working at the court and she feels the best part of her job is the flexibility. “I enjoy my job because I have so much free time,” Badger said. “I can read and text my friends. I also like working with my brothers because whenever one of us can’t make our shift, we can trade hours.” Because of age restrictions, one of the most common summer jobs for teens is being a camp counselor. Freshman Laura Zimmer of Freehold is going to be a counselor in training at Briar Hill Day Camp. She will be working eight hours a day, for five days a week. “I chose to work this summer because I wanted to have something to do every day, and having a job is a good way to earn money,” Zimmer said. “I’m looking forward to my job, because it seems more fun and relaxed than school.” Senior Stephan Luma of Eatontown will be a camp counselor over the summer at the Eatontown Recreation day camp. Luma enjoys his job, calling it an “interesting experience.” “Kids can do the craziest things,”
Luma said. Some students started working earlier in the spring in preparation for the summer months. Sophomore Amanda Librizzi of Manasquan started working in March at Bubbakoo’s Burritos in Manasquan. “I’m excited to see how the summer is going to be,” Librizzi said. “People are cranky when they’re hungry, so it can be interesting.” One of Librizzi’s favorite parts about her job is that her co-workers are all teenage boys. “I don’t have to do any dirty work because I’m the only girl,” Librizzi said. “I absolutely love it.” While some seniors have stopped working because of college plans, others intend to maintain their jobs. Senior Max Rothfeld of Spring Lake Heights will continue working as a busboy at St. Stephen’s Green Public House even when he leaves for college. My boss saves my job so I can work over breaks,” Rothfeld said. “It’s good money and free food so I’m happy.” Some students plan to remain unemployed this summer. Freshman Summer Russo of Middletown does not plan on spending the upcoming months working. “I’m going to have to work my whole life, so why should I start early?” she asked.
the inkblot june 14 2010
Mrs. Sant departs after many shining years
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Maria Sant plans on “departing from her fulltime teaching career”, as she refers to it, this year.
By LAURA REILLY Features Editor “You’re a shining star, no matter who you are.” Maria Sant played this song, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind and Fire, for her students every year at the start of each new semester in English class. The lyrics seem to exemplify her philosophy toward her students and the potential she sees in each one of them. After 26 years of teaching, Sant leaves teaching on June 24. But she refrains from using the word “retire.” “I do not refer to what I’m doing as retiring. When I depart from my fulltime teaching career, I am simply ending one journey and starting another,” she said. Sant knew that she wanted to pursue a career in education at a young age. She attended Monmouth University to study teaching and became an educator in speech and dramatic arts with a certification in English. “I think I was born into a life that I
guess gave me the purpose or the focus of wanting to teach. It’s something I’ve always felt, always known. It was never even a choice, it’s kind of who I am,” she said. Sant’s first job teaching was at Point Pleasant Borough High School where she worked with sophomore and seniors English and effective speech. “My first teaching experience put me out there in the real world with teaching different kinds of English to all different ability levels,” she said. “But I was involved in a wonderful school community, I loved Point Pleasant Borough, I still keep in contact with some of my former students. It was a wonderful place to start my teaching. I got a lot of good experience, I worked with wonderful educators and it gave me exposure into the world of education,” she added. After starting a family, Sant went back to teaching in 1993 at Class Academy, an alternative high school for at-risk students in the Monmouth County Vocational
School District. “It was a wonderful experience for me, teaching there for nine years because for me as an educator, I grew so much,” she said. “My perspective was totally broadened in terms of the kinds of situations that young people live under and how it affects their learning. It challenged me as an educator to come up with innovative ways to teach,” she added. At Communications High School, Sant has taught English, effective speech, and most recently the senior mentorship program. Sant sees her “departure from my fulltime teaching career,” as bittersweet. “When you’ve had good experiences and you work with people who have brought you joy and pleasure and fulfillment, it’s not so easy to walk away from that. But I do know that there are things awaiting me and I’m excited about that,” she said. Sant felt that in terms of interests, motivation and creativity, she is a lot like the students she will be leaving behind. “I’ve always viewed the time I’ve spent with my students as a very special time. My path has crossed with my students’ paths. I know that I’ve gained a lot from my students. They have given me so much, and they have really made my life rich with experience and wonderful memories,” she said. Sant said that while she is winding down her teaching career, she is also revving up for the next journey. After June 30, Sant plans to write a novel, become a mentor for young women and teachers, learn to play the guitar, help with various charities and substitute teach and start and alumni association at Communications High School. “What I hope to have imparted on my students is to appreciate each day that is given to them, to make the most of it. They should fulfill their lives and fulfill their potentials. Always continue to strive to be lifelong learners,” she said.
Senior pranks across district have various consequenses By SARA WALLACH News Editor The infamous senior prank – after four years at high school it is a tradition for the graduating class to pull a “prank.” Students in the Monmouth County Vocational School District have long observed the custom. Student Government Association adviser and history teacher Sharyn O’Keefe has been with the district since before CHS’s first year. In 1998, she said, High Technology High School seniors pulled pranks that were supposed to be “harmless” but resulted in serious consequences. Seniors retrieved old toilets and put them at entrances to the school. The students intended to remove them before school started, O’Keefe said, but a janitor arrived early. He threw out his back trying to remove them. They also bagged teachers’ desk supplies and decorated the roof. Because the roof was considered property of Brookdale Community College, the ornaments were considered vandalism. Students involved had to clean the Brookdale campus for a number of Saturdays following. Seniors at the Academy of Allied Health and Science painted something on the tile
floor with ketchup, O’Keefe said. The acid from the ketchup took the finish off the tile. They did not really think it through, she said. Here, “the pranks have been crafty yet non-destructive,” fitness teacher Virginia Clevenger said. The Class of 2002 put the basketball hoop, which was formally on the patio, on top of the cement storage shed behind the school. In 2004, the seniors drove their cars around to the BLOT PHOTO BY ALLI SCHAAFF back of the school and called it the “senior Gerard Nocco, of last year’s senior class, dressed up as a gorilla for the Class of 2009 senior prank. parking lot,” said acceptance letters on every This year at Color Clevenger. In 2005, the seniors did locker and held a Quidditch Wars, the seniors decided to something that O’Keefe match outside, a fictional sport perform their prank during referred to as “completely featured in the Rowling books. the pie eating contest. The Last year, many 10 contestants, all seniors, appropriate.” At about 6:15 the prank threw their pies at the faculty a.m., they all arrived in the considered parking lot and held a tailgate unmemorable. The graduating members who were standing breakfast in the parking spaces. class “did something with a in front of them as judges. The pie throwers were The class of 2008 gorilla costume,” Clevenger barred from the rest of Color transformed the entire school said. Seniors put up pictures of Wars and were held in Room into Hogwarts, the wizardingschool in the book series Harry bananas over the school and 107b. They also have a onePotter by J.K. Rowling. They senior Gerard Nocco dressed day suspension on the day identified different teachers as a gorilla and Principal of senior picnic. In addition, as professors and assigned James Gleason pretended to they have to attend school on each class a different house. hunt him down, carrying a the traditional “Senior Skip Day.” Members of the class posted butterfly net.
Lack of participation leads to many cancellations By SARAH GLEASON Features Editor This year school wide participation in events took a plunge with the cancellation and postponement of several after-school activities. “School participation has been severely lacking this school year, especially among the lower classmen,” Student Government Association President Junior Eric Gillies of Howell said. This past Spirit Week, the sophomore class came in last place for the fourth time in two years. The loss was due to a lack of participation within the class. Some students said that the decline in event attendance is due to postponing the date, leading to a cancellation. Only two dances were held this year because of various cancellations. The Halloween dance was cancelled due to the H1N1 outbreak in the fall and the freshman dance was cancelled due to a lack of expected attendees. Hoops for Hope, the annual basketball tournament sponsored by the Fitness club was postponed numerous times. Even the PSFA dinner dance and auction was postponed, then held later in May. Most recently, the annual male pageant Mr. CHS was cancelled due to a lack of participation from contestants, and the PSFA sponsored Post-Prom party was also cancelled due to a small amount of expected participants. “Mr. CHS was fun last year and I was really looking forward to it, but of course snow days happened. Then it was postponed to May and that just really affected participation and attendance,” sophomore Holly Horne of Middletown said. “The events that did run were successful but the events that used to draw a large crowd just didn’t, so they had to be cancelled. I guess students weren’t as interested this year,” Principal James Gleason said. . Clubs have also seen a decline in participation. The Key Club was one whose member involvement dwindled this year. “A lot of it had to do with the food sales I think, since we weren’t allowed to have them at the start of the year,” senior and club copresident senior Jackie Golding of Sea Girt said. “Key Club struggled a little at the end. In the beginning there’s always a bunch of people, but by the end participation definitely decreased,” said Golding. Some clubs have managed to maintain their participation. The yearbook committee’s membership did not suffer this year. “Yearbook started out with a good turnout, and as long as everyone gets their work done we’re happy,” senior yearbook editor Julia Silva of Freehold said. “We don’t have regular meetings and basically people just do their pages before their deadline,” she added. Some students said with this year’s annual Color Wars competition, school spirit increased. “I think Color Wars showed that school spirit improved a little and I think that will continue next year and maybe participation will be a little better,” sophomore Frank Trupio of Farmingdale said.
the inkblot june 14, 2010
Web: The World Wide War Zone
Berky: It’s about your right to write
By MEGAN BERKOWITZ Outgoing Editor-in-Chief It has long been the tradition of Inkblot editors-in-chief to write a column, reminiscing over their time on the paper, the past year as its leader and their CHS experiences in general. I’m going to go ahead and buck tradition, just a little bit. Don’t get me wrong; I love this newspaper more than anything. My involvement in the Inkblot has completely shaped my four years here and has irreversibly changed my future. I want to express how much I care for each Inkblot staffer, editor and of course for our esteemed (if somewhat excitable) Mrs. Andi Mulshine, adviser. I hope you all know how much I love you and this paper, because I’m not going to go off on that too much. More, I’d like to get into what this is all about, to me, and the power of any paper and our paper in general. You, the students, are the reason this paper and this school exist. This place is supposed to be all about teaching you, nurturing and shaping you, and providing the kind of environment for you that will allow growth, development, learning. As I said, the paper is here for you too. The Inkblot is all about serving students, getting important news out to
“Again, my Inkblotters, I am so proud to have worked with each of you. I wish you all the best of luck.” the students as quickly and accurately as our training allows. It’s also about allowing students, regardless of their affiliation to the newspaper, to express their opinions in an open forum and give students a place to raise concerns or make comments, both positive and negative, on what is happening here. That’s such an important thing, and sometimes we lose sight of it. We get all wrapped up in layout and copy editing and shooting photos and forget about how important the actual information is; we sometimes forget the value of an open publication. We forget how vital it is that the students, on and off staff, can safely express opinions and raise school-wide issues with nothing to fear. You are free to speak here, and it has been an honor to guard that right for the past year. Again, my Inkblotters, I am so proud to have worked with each of you. I wish you all the best of luck, and I can’t wait to open up theinkblotnews. com on my laptop in Medford next year and get ‘the news of communications high school,’ as the flag says. And again, my fellow journalists, my fellow students, don’t forget what this is all about: it’s about finding out, speaking out and putting it all out there.
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Sophomore class sees no reason for rule against overnight trips By CAITI BORRUSSO Staff Writer CHS is one of the most prestigious high schools in the state; we’ve won state and national awards and are ranked on various “best schools” lists, including a bronze medal from US News. Yet, we aren’t allowed to travel overnight for our junior class trip. The administration says there has always been talk of an overnight trip, but none of the previous classes have ever pursued the issue further than the district’s firm “no.” “We’ve always been consistent with the message about overnight trips,” Principal James Gleason explained, adding that the school has never permitted entire classes to go on overnight trips. Well, why not? There is no real reason we cannot. It’s not like any other class has gone before us and done something to cause any concern; there have not been any negative precedents to shatter our own hopes of a perfect junior class overnight trip. There have not been any precedents at all
c/o Communications High School 1740 New Bedford Road Wall, NJ 07719 (732) 681-1010 The Inkblot is published up to six times per year by students at Communications High School. The Inkblot is a public forum for student expression and encourages all sides to voice their opinions. Our writers will honor the highest standards of journalism by striving for truth, accuracy and fairness first.
to elicit a reason for that “no.” Southern Regional School District in Manahawkin allows seventh- and eighthgraders, as well as seniors, to attend overnight trips. The Pinelands over night trip, in seventh grade, teaches students how to survive in the wild, while the Washington, D.C. trip in eighth grade introduces them to our nation’s capital. Sure, these trips are educational, but who cares? There’s something about an overnight trip, being away from your parents, staying over with your friends in an unexplored city; it’s bound to be enjoyable. At least I can imagine. I wouldn’t know. CHS is supposed to have some of the smartest kids in the state. If we’re so smart, why aren’t we allowed to go out and discover? Not to mention, there’s only 80 or so of us in each class. That’s a much more manageable number than 200 or 300 students, which is approximately how many other schools send at a time. It’s time for us to be let off our leashes a little to try something new. We’re big kids now, right? Editors-in-Chief Ryan Pettit and Jackie Tempera Managing Editor Mary Beery News Editors Sara Wallach and Jessie Kraus-Lavy Features Editors Laura Reilly and Sarah Gleason Opinion Editors Cole Gallagher and Ally Kowalski Sports Editors Mike Smith and Frank Talamo Photo Editors Brielle Neville and Mike DeSocio Layout Directors Thom Bell and Sarah Soltes Web Editor Brian Murphy Adviser Mrs. Andi Mulshine
Megan Berkowitz, Liam McCabe, Mae Smith, Alli Schaaff, Christina Stefan, Joe Stornelli, Aaron Patel and Lauren Richmond
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By ANDY CERNERA Staff Writer The social stigmas that once governed our lives are breaking down around us, largely due to this thing we call the World Wide Web. I remember a time when people got together and conversed, leaving their idiotic opinions by the wayside. This was a time when people could disagree without a flame war ensuing. These are things we took for granted but are quickly being pushed to the sidelines, replaced by the violent, uncensored communication we now call the Internet. Don’t get me wrong, the Web is a beautiful flower in a world of weeds, but when you give a pre-pubescent teenage boy a keyboard, and an Internet connection and tell him to go crazy, things tend to get, well, crazy. Simple tasks such as asking for advice on a popular forum or asking questions about a research topic quickly escalate into text shouting matches and accusations of differing sexual orientations. A perfect example of Internet disrespect at its worst comes from a little girl the world referred to as Boxxy. Boxxy. She was a gorgeous, bubbly individual with some small social problems in her cute, innocent little life. One day she decided to take her webcam and talk to the world about everything that popped into her head, smiling and giggling her way to her doom. The Internet took one look at her and placed her at the top of their exclusive Most Wanted list. A series of three short videos from a teenage girl transformed into full out e-Warfare in a period of a couple of days. In the few days following the postings, websites were created for pro-Boxxy and anti-Boxxy happenings. Websites were crashed, computers hacked and threats and against Boxxy’s life were made. Some went as far as to burn pictures of her on camera while chanting death threats against the poor girl. This type of overreaction is characteristic of the “Interwebz.” It has the potential to ruin a person’s life. Boxxy was forced into hiding. She changed her Internet identity and remains anonymous. To this day people attempt to dig up new information, pictures and even things such as addresses, phone numbers and names of family members, about the Internet sensation called Boxxy. Situations like this one make the Web what it is. People will go to extreme lengths to be right, solely because no one knows who they are. Really, the Internet is only a portal for opinionated people to cut each other’s throats for the sake of argument, something that is only made possible because of their computers. People should think before they speak, or in this case type, lest we destroy all forms of politeness and sincerity over the Internet.
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SGA fails to communicate By SARAH BERTEKAP Staff Writer As we all know, the debates and elections for 2010-2011 Student Government Association members were held last month. When asked what they would do to improve the SGA for next year, nearly every candidate stressed improvement of communication between the students, the SGA and the faculty. Nearly every candidate’s solution to this lack of communication was weekly e-mails and updates. True, this is a great idea, but wouldn’t it have been a little more helpful in September, or even past school years, before the long line of event cancellations due to lack of interest or knowledge about the activity? I know the SGA has a lot on their plate with approving and planning nearly every school event, and they do get blamed for mostly everything that goes wrong in the school, but, as a student, I assume that I will at least be updated about everything going on. I think the SGA could have fit it into
their schedule this year to take a few minutes to ensure that these events will be successful. It seems like a basic part of effective event planning, plus it would eliminate a lot of stress for the SGA and school as a whole, so they could spend less time worrying about cancellations and more time planning new events. By now, the SGA should have some sort of system, other than the occasional announcement from the top of a cafeteria lunch table over the din of a sea of chatting teenagers. Almost every effective government is built on standards, including communication, whether it’s an email or a flyer handed out during homeroom or lunch. It simply strikes me as odd that this problem is still a re-occurring problem with the SGA. Next year’s SGA will have its share of wins and losses, but before leaping headfirst into a school year of events, why not consider the basics?It is sort of ironic. We do attend Communications High School.
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Summer storylines leave moviegoers in sobs films, featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, Kristen Wiig and Tim Allen. It’s not that I’m against seeing anything besides kids’ movies. Comedies like “Happy Gilmore” and “White Chicks” are definitely some of the best motion pictures ever created. And how many teenage girls don’t wish their life would somewhat resemble a Nicholas Sparks’ story? It’s just the fact that almost every
movie coming out this year is too serious for me to enjoy. When I think of summer, I think of fun. How can I possibly have fun while watching a two-hour movie about Nazis called “OSS 117: Lost in Rio”? It simply will not happen. Or how can I expect a good laugh out of “Happiness Runs,” which is about a family trying to escape from a drug and sex-fueled polygamist camp? I can’t.
And not that I’m keeping track or anything, but 71 days is only 1,704 hours. Therefore, I want to slow down my clock and enjoy every second before having to hop back on the short bus each morning. I don’t want to waste any of that precious, free time seeing a movie that will make me feel utterly depressed. I’ll take the buttered popcorn, but movie theaters can keep their sad sagas to themselves.
By BRIANNA MERRIMAN Staff Writer Summer’s here, with 71 days of free time approaching, waiting to be occupied by sun-splashed smiles, unforgettable memories and movies that cause … bitter weeping? Theaters are releasing a couple of movies that I might actually pay $10 to see this summer: “Toy Story 3” and “Despicable Me.” Both of these are animated, G-rated
Color Wars debacle brings many lessons
This school has been turned on its ear over the past weeks. We are not here to comment on who was right or wrong in the instance of the senior prank, to take sides or pass judgments, but we would like to advocate for future students of CHS. First, the events of the past week have proven to us the need to privatize our Internet accounts. When adjusting social networking privacy settings, think about who could be viewing your stuff. Your social life should not be on display for teachers, administrators or anyone besides your friends. On the same note, we be-
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-riod. SGA president Eric Gilles said the hypnotist was supposed to perform at the Post Prom Party, which was cancelled. The school did not want to lose the down payment on the presentation. This year is the first that teams, captains, and t-shirts were named and given out in advance, said O’Keefe. This gave the teams time to hold meetings and discuss strategy. This was also the first year to include a quiz bowl, said Gillies. The day began with a tug-of-war competition and the sporting events.
lieve teachers and students should maintain a friendly, but professional relationship. In many cases the relationships between staff and students in this building could be judged as less than desirable. In some cases, the respect that should be shown for teachers is simply not there, even though they deserve it. In other cases, some relationships are too close, which gives students a false sense of security when dealing with their teachers. And this, as we all know, can lead to a face full of pudding pie. In the end, we don’t want the traditional “senior prank” to disappear. Who can forget the Harry Potter prank? We propose
Students took a break to eat a “barbecue” lunch by the PSFA. For the tech challenge, competitors created catapults to launch a rubber ball made from Popsicle Sticks, tacks, rubber bands and paper cups. The Green Team emerged victorious. For the art challenge, competitors listened to Bruce Springsteen’s “Jersey Girl” for inspiration. “I think taking a creative approach helped us. We also had some really talented artists in our group,” said freshman Sarah Gleason of Ocean Township, who was the winning team.
that the educators and students sit down and write a set of policies that outlines what is and isn’t appropriate. This would eliminate any confusion and the “I didn’t know” explanation. For example, one teacher in this school establishes at the start of the semester that he will not “high five” or hug any student. Though some may find it silly, it’s really not a bad idea. They are, after all, our teachers and not our “buddies.” We don’t want to lose the comfortable atmosphere that a small school like ours provides. We just need to sit down and establish boundaries and set standards that we can all live with.
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would suffer because of the cuts. He said he believes colleges and universities will understand, and that this school is not the only one suffering cuts. “I can’t imagine we are the only one,” he said. The cuts in adviser stipends potentially place many students without clubs and certain faculty members without extra pay, however Gleason remains hopeful, he said. “Just because there is an adversarial situation doesn’t mean it can’t become positive,” he said.
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it was the safest,”Zeleny said. “I don’t think anyone in our class would have any secondthoughts.” Several students, said the pie contestants considered the clothes teachers would be wearing, and asked about allergies before the pieswere tossed. Some claimed those involved in the prank were disciplined more harshly than the individuals involved with cheating earlier in the year. Gleason said the comments have no merit for the situations are, “like apples and oranges.” “What other people think is what other people think,” said Gleason. “I think that the students involved are being dealt with appropriately.” Others said the photos and videos posted on the Internet the weekend following the incident
influenced the degree of punishment of the 12 seniors. “It has evolved from that day in a way that certainly doesn’t help the situation,”Gleason responded. Campbell said the seniors did not expect it to turn out this way. “It’s just like any joke. Sometimes the person you are joking with doesn’t like it,”she said. Now, Campbell said she is “over it.”Gleason agreed with the sentiment. “We’re going to try to move forward and the school needs to realize that this was a very bad thing,” he said. One thrower said, “It wasn’t meant to disrespect any teachers, it was just meant to be fun and I hope that they don’t have any bad feelings because we love them.” He said he also wanted the school to know that he is sorry.
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Fall athletes jumpstart training Players prepare for summer season BY FRANK TALAMO and TARA CANGIALOSI Sports Editor & Staff Writer When you play a fall sport, summer’s not all umbrella drinks and beach chairs. Though the first fall games begin with the academic season, the players start practices in early June. And it doesn’t stop there. This is especially true for junior Rachael Gallagher of Wall, who plays varsity field hockey for Wall High School. Her team and the junior varsity team take part in a summer league, which opened earlier this month. In addition to the games, the team runs together every morning. “You don’t have to go every day, but you should definitely make an effort to show up to as many as possible,” said Gallagher. Though the specifics differ, fall athletics tend to share one common theme: grueling physical activity. Sophomore Debra Parmentola of Middletown, who plays field hockey for Middletown South, called summer training “ridiculous” and said that she “can’t walk afterwards most of the time.”
Sophomore Adam Iatesta of Avon agreed. He said his pre-season schedule for the Manasquan football squad is “really intense” and renders him “really sore” for the start of the practice schedule. These brutal workouts have become a major factor in whether or not to quit. Sophomore Liz Ditzel of Lincroft recently stopped playing travel ice hockey after several years in the sport. She said that she will not miss the training. “I’ll definitely have more time,” Ditzel said. “It’ll be nice to not have to worry about those things.” However, for those who persevere through the training, it gives each individual a unique sense of accomplishment. Junior Andrew Marr of Millstone, who wrestles for Wall, said the summer workouts kept him “physically sharp” for the regular season. Parmentola said the reason she continues is the enjoyment she gets from playing with her team during the regular season. Iatesta pointed to his team’s recent success, a trip to state finals, as the reward for his hard work.
Soccer fans root for family homelands BY LLOYD BURMAN Staff Writer Starting June 11, sports fans will have one thing on their minds: soccer. The World Cup is kicking off with a bang in South Africa and will last one month. Although the United States has never won a World Cup, many students have taken pride in their country. “I’m American and I want to see us beat England,” said junior Connor McAuley of Howell. “It’s a big deal,” said junior Ben Ruch of Monmouth Beach. “The World Cup only comes around once every four years, and it’d be a huge victory if the U.S. could win the whole thing.” However, not all the students are rooting for their home country. Other students are pulling for the nations of their heritage. “My family is from Italy, so I’m going to root for Italy,” said junior Andrew Palmer of Middletown. Senior Aaron Patel, 17, soon to be of New Brunswick, is rooting for Germany. “India doesn’t have a World Cup team, and ancient Indian history dates back to northern Germany,” said Patel. Even the faculty members aren’t hesitating to show pride in their countries. Spanish teacher Sabina Campbell, who immigrated to the United States from Spain, is rooting for her home country. “I was born in Spain and I have always liked them,” said Campbell. “Also, my kids will be rooting for the United States and cheering for Spain will annoy them.” English teacher Robert Sherman, whose allegiance is to Ireland, has a few teams he would like to see win since the Irish were eliminated from the qualifying round by France.
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“I will be rooting for everyone to pummel France, but I will also be pulling for Denmark, an African country like the Ivory Coast, and the Netherlands,” said Sherman. Why the Netherlands? “They are the best nation to have never won a World Cup and I like their orange uniforms,” explained Sherman. The 30-day tournament will crown its champion on July 11. During that one month, fitness teacher Ginny Clevenger said she believes that all the eyes of the world will be on South Africa and the 32 teams assembled there. “I think that soccer, being the biggest sport in the world, having its biggest tournament in South Africa is just cool,” said Clevenger. “This tournament isn’t just a competition; it is a cultural event that might just help to bring our world a little bit closer.”
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Senior Razhon Forbes of Asbury Park works out in the Fitness Center. Lifting is an essential part of most fall athletes’ summer regimens.
NBA free agency buzz warming up By STEVE GOLDBERG Staff Writer The NBA free agency period is only a month away, beginning yet another season of hectic trading and demands for money. Starting in July, teams will begin to negotiate with players and sign them to lucrative contracts. Free agents like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, and Joe Johnson are the hottest names on the market this year. However, the teams who make the highest bid for these stars are not the only winners. The players will likely sign a deal that guarantees them more money in the next few years. “Basically, everyone just wants more money,” said senior Devin Dean of Tinton Falls. “The teams have to pay the players more, but in the end, they will probably have more wins. More wins equals more money.” Free agents were offered huge contracts in 2009, and it is certain that teams will continue to spend money on star players in the future. Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers signed Ron Artest to a fiveyear, $33 million deal; the Dallas Mavericks re-signed Jason Kidd to a three-year, $25 million deal; and the Detroit Pistons signed Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva to five-year deals worth $55 million and $35 million, respectively. Free agency is undoubtedly changing the world of sports. Thirty years ago,
athletes were not making nearly the amount of money they do today. Players were not superstars, but rather ordinary people playing sports to make a living. They would not travel to games by charter planes or limousines; they would take most trips by bus and ride the subway. Players were also more loyal to their teams before free agency existed. Players would remain with the team they were drafted by for their entire career unless they were traded. But now things are different. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat drafted players such as James and Wade in the 2003 Draft. These two superstars have only been in the league for seven years and they may be moving to different teams next month. “It is getting more and more likely that LeBron will be headed to Chicago,” senior Aaron Patel, 18, of Freehold said. “LeBron will arrive in Chicago with either Thibodeau or Calipari as the head coach, and with LeBron in Chicago, I look for the Bulls to return to their glory days.” At the start of the 2010-2011 season, players will be in new cities playing for more money. Basketball has changed dramatically because of free agency, but games continue to be exciting year after year. Fans will always support their favorite players and teams every year, and free agency has developed into merely another aspect of the sport.
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different countries have hosted the World Cup. It was most recently hosted by Germany in 2006.
World Cup tournaments held. The first was played in 1930, and was won by Uruguay. different countries have won the World Cup. Brazil has won the most cups, with 5.
free agents in the 2010 NBA class. Free agency officially begins on July 1.
dollars available in each NBA team’s cap. The Knicks have the most projected 2010 cap space at $37.5 million. days of summer for student athletes to train for fall sports. Season starts this September.