The Eagle’s Voice The Student News Site of Central Regional High School Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:34:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Vocational School Offers Hands-on Education Fri, 07 Feb 2020 19:34:34 +0000 Many students at high schools all over the world including Central have vocational programs for students to enroll in. Vocational School is a type of specialized education that allows students to participate in a more hands on learning environment based on their personal interests or career readiness. I chose to interview Anthony Weber, a freshmen currently attending Vocs for Auto Servicing in Jackson. As a visual, hands-on learner, he finds it much easier to focus and become engaged in his studies while there. The school has a specialized curriculum which not only makes learning more exciting, but more fun as well. Anthony chose to apply to vocs because he wanted to learn about cars firsthand rather than just reading from a textbook. He visualized what he would be doing in the future and decided that he really wanted to see if this could be something he does for the rest of his life. 

Anthony says “Vocational school makes going to school more enjoyable to me because I get to do something I like and it’s cool.” Without Vocs, Anthony and other students like him wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience their preferred trade. He gets to work on things that truly interest him such as engines and changing tires. At vocational school, he is learning the skills he needs to make him successful in the auto service business. In addition, he is also making new friends from all over Ocean County who have similar interests. Anthony describes vocational school as a more fun and relaxing type of school that allows him to focus on things he truly has an interest in and enjoys doing. He also explained to me how getting accepted to vocs made a huge impact on his opinions of school, “Getting into vocs changed my learning experience and made me look forward to going to school everyday.” Vocational schools offer tons of cool programs to suite the interests of all types of students including culinary, construction, welding and more amazing specialties. 

Whether or not students want to attend college, Vocs sets students up by learning these trades so they are ahead of the game by the time they start working or furthering their education. Even though vocational school isn’t for everyone it can make a huge difference in the way some students feel about high school. Not only does it prepare them for the future they want to pursue, it also helps improve their overall high school experience by channeling their interests or preferred learning environment. If vocational school sounds appealing to you, you can apply during your sophomore or junior year. If you are determined and interested enough who knows what kind of positive impact Vocs will have on your education and maybe even your life. 

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Why Isn’t America Green? Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:03:56 +0000       As America races into the future with advanced technology and a generation fixated on sustainable, renewable energy, why isn’t America green yet? Compared to its’ first world peers, America isn’t leading the race in green technology, including electric automobiles and public transportation as well as the consumption of renewable energy such as solar power. European and Asian countries are already ahead in electric rail, investing in electric cars and buses, and on the playing field with America in solar power. But what’s stopping America from leading it’s competitors in this field? Well the short answer is cost and politics. Here’s the long answer:

Electric buses and high-speed rail are two up and coming industries that spark American interest. China has ordered 260x more electric buses in 2018 compared to America in an attempt to reduce fossil fuel emissions and handle its smog problems. America only ordered 300 buses in 2018, but there’s little political motivation to increase the number. According to CNBC, New York City wants to go electric by 2040 and California requires all new bus fleets to zero emissions. However a future of high-speed rail has more political turbulence. Despite the fact that high-speed rail would be a lower emission way of travelling and is extremely commonplace in Europe and Asia, as it’s more normal than not to travel on 200mph on a train, high speed rail would be a very expensive project. All infrastructure projects are expensive, but high speed rail is especially difficult now with private and public land disputes as well as working around poorly shaped land. China and Japan have plenty flatlands that make it easy for high speed rail construction. To make it harder, the future of lower emissions rail has to work against the auto, aviation and oil lobbies. “So you have the politics, the message shaping and then the straight advertising and all three of those coordinate and work together to keep America kind of focused on cars and not focused on rail”  (“Why the US Has No High-Speed” 10:08).

      Solar power is more widespread and used in America, as there is more political and scientific motivation to spread renewable energy in the United States. The main problem facing solar power is longevity, how to save the excess energy for later. “Energy storage is sort of the last puzzle piece to come together to make solar and wind, any intermittent source, a reality for 100 percent of our needs” (“the Rise of Solar Power” 5:05). Most homes that have solar panels only use the energy during the day and use their primary energy source, electricity and natural gas, for the rest of the day that the sun is not shining. Lithium-ion batteries are the main battery in solar panels, but are not cost effective in the long run for when the sun isn’t present unlike natural gas. It gets more expensive if you’re planning to save solar energy for weeks and months, an unrealistic cost for consumers. However, researchers are looking into alternative sources for solar panel batteries that will be more cost-effective for saving solar energy. As this is one path for a sustainable, renewable future, it also seems like America simply doesn’t “want” to be green, but that might be changing. 


Works Cited

“the Rise of Solar Power.” Youtube, uploaded by CNBC, 21 Sept. 2019, Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

“Why the US Has No High-Speed Rail.” Youtube, uploaded by CNBC, 7 May 2019, Accessed 2 Dec. 2019.

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Key Club: How Central Makes A Difference Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:47:49 +0000 Key Club International, founded in 1925, is a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others. It is the oldest service program for high school students. At Central Regional High School, the Key Club is advised by Mrs. Tier, and members develop initiative and leadership skills by helping their schools and communities. There are four core values of Key Club: leadership, character building, caring, and inclusiveness. There are also six leadership skills: passion, trustworthiness, talking less and listening more, motivation, flexibility, and setting an example.

Each leadership skill reflects the character that a Key Club member must have in order to effectively help others. Passion is essential, for truly caring about something and making it your priority is a quality that many can see and admire. With trustworthiness, your team must know that you are able to be depended on and that you hold the best interest of the group. By talking less and listening more, you can efficiently understand underlying issues that would otherwise remain uncovered. When morale is low, it is essential to keep people (including yourself) moving despite the circumstances, hence the importance of motivation. Flexibility deals with the need to be open-minded, and accepting when you may need to take a different path than intended. Lastly, setting an example means that if you expect guidelines to be followed, you must be the one that paves the way. 

There are many reasons why students should join Key Club: it looks good on resumes, you will make kind-hearted friends, and most importantly, you are helping others. The ability for the members to take time out of their schedules to help other people shows their caring and selfless nature. Without them, Key Club would not even exist or be able to function. It is the dedication of the members that allows us to successfully give back to our communities and fundraise for charities. This is why effective membership recruitment is so important! If new members do not join, the membership pyramid and Key Club itself would fall apart. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a club whose main goal is to help while having fun? It’s a win-win situation. If you are eager to help out the community, you should strongly consider joining the Key Club today!


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Outback Steakhouse Review Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:47:05 +0000 Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed casual family restaurant with over one thousand locations around the world for hungry people to dine in. In the steakhouse, there is takeout, seating, television, highchairs, wheelchair accessibility, a full bar, and table service.  The restaurant is less crowded on weeknights than on the weekends. If weekend dining is preferred, call ahead seating is available, reliable, and easy to use. When entering and exiting, the staff is very quick to the doors, making sure they hold them open as you walk through.  When you arrive, the hostess takes your name and there is usually a brief wait before you are led to a table. While you wait, there is complimentary lemon water set out to quench your thirst.  

Once seated, drink orders are taken, and within minutes, you are served what you requested with a smile from the friendly waiters and waitresses.  An adequate amount of time is alloted to browse through the large menu to find exactly what you are craving. The Outback has a range of selections for appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts.  They are very accommodating for allergies and certain diets, with low calorie options being highlighted in the menu. Food arrives in a speedy manner, though this is determined by the crowd in the restaurant, the day of the week, and the time that you arrive.  Time, however, moves faster when you are enjoying yourself at dinner with loved ones. This is possible due to the quiet nature of The Outback.  

After your meal, it is time to pay.  The pricing of the food is moderate and affordable for middle class families.  It is never a burden to put money into the Steakhouse due to how delicious their food is.  

Samantha Krill, an eighth grader at Central Regional Middle School, talks about her favorite meal at the restaurant.

“I love going out to eat at the Outback Steakhouse.  My family and I have a great time there. The ‘Blooming Onion’ is my absolute favorite appetizer to start my night off with, and the dipping sauce it comes with is amazing!  By the end of the night, as long as I still have room left and am not too full, I enjoy getting dessert. The ‘Thunder From Down Under’ is so good and keeps me coming back for more!”  She states. 

In short, the Outback Steakhouse is an affordable, clean restaurant that is perfect for groups of any size and age.

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Girls’ Tennis Team: 2019 Season Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:46:18 +0000 Is your nickname “cream cheese”? Because chances are you’re about to get bageled by the Central Regional Girls’ Tennis Team.  As a team consisting of all juniors and one sophomore, the tennis team began their season in the heat of the summer, preparing for what nobody expected to be their successful season at Central in close to a decade.  Just two years ago, all of the players where learning to mesh with each other as sophomores and freshmen on the young varsity team. The team was met with two seasons of learning how to lose graciously and what it takes to be a winner.  Although the game of tennis mainly consists of individual improvements as a singles or doubles team, Coach Leonard assured that the whole team would be equally coached by her. Coach Leonard taught tactics on how to defeat a doubles lineup, and the secret to a victorious singles player, giving the whole team evenly distributed opportunities to outplay all of their opponents.  Because of this, the team terminated the seasons with just one loss and a whopping eighteen wins, crowning themselves the division champions of the A-South Division.  

In the early months of the season, the girls made a name for themselves as a new team to beat when, for the first time since 2013, they placed first as a team in the Annual Ocean County Tournament hosted by Toms River High School North.  Not only did the team place first, but the individual single and doubles team also placed to contribute to the overall team victory. First singles player, Brittany Gable, placed third; Second singles player, Bethany Suarez, placed third; Third singles player, Hannah Costa, placed second along with first doubles, Cassidy Krill and Gianna Desilva. Finishing off the win, second doubles, Marissa Sciallo and Kaitlyn Murphy, placed third.  With this amazing win being a shining star on the team’s record, the girls continued throughout the season with confidence and agility to continue to reign on their champion’s throne, especially against the team’s greatest rival, Toms River High School South. Playing each other early on in the season, the two teams had matching records, only losing once to each other. Luckily, Southern Regional High School managed to pull out a win and break the tie between Central and South, crowning Central as the deserved division champion spot. 

“In this season, there was never a match where we didn’t fight until the end. Coach Leonard battled us through each and every point in easy and intense matches. Tennis this season was truly rewarding for all of us!”  junior Hannah Costa adds. 

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7-Eleven’s Grand Opening Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:44:36 +0000 The 7-Eleven that recently opened across the street from Central Regional High School has become a favorite of many students.

“The new 7-Eleven is very close to the school, so it is perfect to pick up breakfast or lunch before classes start.” says junior Arianna Weber.

 The construction of the new 7-Eleven has been favored by the community due to its location that is close to the Parkway entrance, making it a convenient spot since it is on a lot of people’s way to work.  Many jobs were created as a result of the new 7-Eleven that has helped the community. It is also convenient for students to get food before sporting events, as athletes need a place to eat to get energy for upcoming events.

Students are prohibited from leaving school to go to the 7-Eleven during the school day, including lunch. Administrators believe that it is a safety hazard for students to be crossing the main road. There is also a traffic concern due to a few car accidents that have happened since the opening.  Drivers need to be more aware in this area, as cars are turning in and out of the 7-Eleven parking lot. 

Some students are indifferent about the new addition.

“It is very clean, but it is small and the selection of actual food is not very big,” said freshman Brooke Weipz.  

The 7-Eleven is relatively new, so it is clean and has newer equipment that makes it look nice. It is a normal-sized location with most of the necessities such as coffee, snacks, and drinks.  Most students attending Central Regional High School believe that the new 7-Eleven is an amazing addition to the community because it is very accessible, while others are opposed to it because it can cause accidents and because they cannot go during their school lunch.

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Golden Eagles Football Team’s Upcoming Senior Night Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:55:05 +0000 The Central Regional Golden Eagles football team is approaching the end of their season this Friday on Senior Night where they will be playing against their rival, Southern Regional. Having defeated Marlboro 34-21 in a team effort, the Eagles have the perfect momentum.

Last Saturday, going to half time at 14-14, the Golden Eagles came into the second half swinging as they punched in another touchdown in the third quarter to bring the game into overtime at 21-21. The offense drove the ball in in just two plays, bringing the score to 28-21, and leaving the Golden Eagles winning. Then, as Marlboro attempted to tie us in overtime, Captain Nicholas Sura intercepted the ball with a pick 6 to run 90 yards for a Golden Eagle touchdown, closing out the game 34-21. Landon Richardson (number 22) had 197 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns, Nicholas Sura (number 13) had 43 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, defensive star Imeer Johnson (number 15) had a defensive touchdown, and Gavin Whelan (number 10) had 98 passing yards. With these key stats and overall teamwork, the Eagles dominated their competition. 

After the game, Head Coach Justin Fumando told the players to enjoy the win, but to get ready to work to prepare for Southern Regional this Friday. Fired up, the Eagles have their sights set on the playoffs, spreading the phrase “win and we’re in” schoolwide. The phrase describes the want and the desire of the team to be victorious this Friday and the coaches are no different; they refuse to lose this game as well. The captains of the team, Peter Rahtjen, Gavin Whelan, Nick Sura and Gunnar Nemeth, said a few things about this week’s big game. 

“I think the game is a great opportunity for us as a team to come together, and prove to ourselves and everyone else that we can win big games, and that we’ll be playing in the postseason.” says Peter Rahtjen. 

“I feel like we have a great chance of winning if we work together as a team and execute on all units.” says Nick Sura.

 “This upcoming game is probably the biggest game in our team’s football career. It’s win or go home, no other option. Our coaches have put us in the best possible position to win the game and it’s up to us to make it happen on the field. I have confidence in my teammates who have been non-stop working for the past 9 months for this very moment. And I know we will come out of that game tomorrow with a win.” says Gavin Whelan.

 “I feel that we can win the game if we play to the best of our ability, and play as the fast and physical team I know we can be. We have to run around the field, have 11 heads on the ball, and be able to move effectively on offense. If we are able to accomplish all of these things, we are going to win the game.” says Gunnar Nemeth. 

The stage is set as the game takes place this Friday on Senior Night. Our Golden Eagles have their heart and soul going into this game, with their eyes on one thing and one thing only: making it to playoffs. 


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Girls’ Cross Country at the Ocean County Championship Meet Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:05:13 +0000 The girls’ cross country season is soon coming to an end, with the season proving to be one of the best at Central Regional High School. All of the girls have been working exceptionally hard from running everyday for more than 40 minutes at a time to engaging in speed-oriented workouts. Every day of practice counts towards ensuring a good season. Training is essential in any sport, and the girls have realized that their will to practice amounts to their chance of winning.  On October 17, the girls were scheduled to race in the OCP Ocean County Championship meet, an important race that can qualify varsity athletes for the Varsity Championship meet. Upon arrival to the site, there were mixed feelings about the competition as some felt prepared and others felt nervous. 

“Girls, we can do something no girls’ cross country team at our school has done since 2008, but you need to put the time in. Let’s make history!” said Mr. Langer, the coach of the team. Soon, the varsity girls were headed for the start line, and once the gun-shot was heard (signifying that they could begin to run), all the participants from every school in the county thrusted off into the three-mile long course. 

The girls were estimated to have finished the race in approximately 25 minutes. For Central, their average time amounted to 21:55.60, their total time being 1:49:38.00. Emma Burgess finished first for Central, hitting a time under 21 minutes. Jessica Babino, Savannah Quick, and Nicole Dowdy all finished within seconds of each other, each getting a time of about 22:05-22:12. Raina Rinaldi followed up about 30 seconds later and finished under 23 minutes. Emily Danelson and Emily Teague were able to secure a good finish for the team. It was a win for all the girls, for their efforts qualified them for the Varsity Championship Meet. Central achieved a rank of 8 out of the top 16 schools. Through hard work and determination, the cross country team achieved results that have made history for Central. Good job, girls!

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The New Block Schedule Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:01:54 +0000 This year at Central Regional High School, the schedule is different than it was in the past. We now have block scheduling with alternating A and B days. Students will have some of their classes on A day and others on B days with extended class periods everyday. The main difference is that there are three 90 minute block periods that you have every other day rather than having seven 45 minute classes on a daily basis. There are many thoughts going around as to whether the new block is good and/or more beneficial than the old schedule.

Cassidy Krill, an AP Student who plays Tennis and Softball along with being involved in a variety of clubs, decided to share her thoughts on the new block schedule: ¨I like it because it gives me more time to accomplish my homework with my busy schedule, and it lets me do my homework at my convenience.̈ This extra time is something many people enjoy about the schedule because these assignments would be due the next class, not the next day. Many students who are involved in extracurriculars both in and out of school feel that this is beneficial.

Arianna Weber, another AP/Honor Student, says: ̈The new block schedule makes the day go by so much faster.̈ The new block gives the illusion that the days are shorter and go by faster, despite the fact that the classes are now 90 minutes. This is because there are fewer class periods in a day which means that most students only go to four classes each day.

Students with many extracurriculars feel that the new block schedule is great. This is because it allows more time for students to get their homework done if they are busier on certain nights during the week, and they can focus more on the quality of their work rather than just getting it done quickly. Even if a student isn’t involved in a lot of extracurriculars, this new block schedule will give everyone the opportunity to have more time after school to enjoy themselves in addition to having more time to do their homework, work more hours at a job, and socialize with their friends.

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September Seniors Donachy and Domenico Sit at the Top of the Class Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:01:40 +0000

September Seniors of the Month Sarah Donachy an dJennifer Domenico

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