Monday, May 20, 2013
West Morris Central High School newspaper staff writers give student perspective after hearing former NBA player Chris Herren share his story.
Former National Basketball Association player and recovering drug addict Chris Herren spent two days at West Morris Central High School, speaking with students and families about his addiction, what it did to his life, and how it affected those around him. Long Valley Patch reported on Herren's presentation to the community, but his talk with the students the following day was designed to hold much more weight. Herren began drinking and smoking as a teen, and that age group has become his primary target to speak to. The following is an article written by two of those students – Courtney Chase and Pat Barron, staff members of The Paw, the student newspaper – who spoke with Herren following his presentation and give their readers a teen …
Check out what we're working on and bringing to you this week.
Memorial Day weekend stands like a triathlon finish line at the end of this week, so let’s get through this together, shall we? We’re going to switch gears a bit this week and let our readers in on a little secret: the following is a description of what we’re working on this week, and what kind of stories you can expect from us in the next few days. Monday’s slate of news includes two pieces of note, the first of which was written by two students at West Morris Central High School. Courtney Chase and Pat Barron, staff members of The Paw, gave Long Valley Patch a student’s take on the moving and impactful presentation by Chris Herren about drug addiction. Check out their work here. As usual, we introduce our question of the week on Mondays…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Former NBA player Chris Herren shares drug battle, recovery with community.
About this sponsorship: In honor of the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mount Everest, Patch and Grape-Nuts are teaming up to highlight those who inspire people around them to climb their own mountains. It was just a little drinking and smoking on the weekends in high school. It was just a little cocaine offered by a friend in college. It was just one little yellow pill during the offseason. Then it was a career down the tubes. Then it was two drug overdoses, one of which was heart-stopping. Then it was a family that turned away because of too much pain. For more than an hour, Chris Herren, a once-heralded high school basketball star, college hoops standout and second round National Basketball Association draft …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Personal records, podium stands aplenty for West Morris Central athletes.
A school record time in the girls 3200, multiple gold medal winners and an assortment of personal records were the highlights in recent meets for the boys and girls track and field teams of West Morris Central High School. In what seems to be an annual event, the West Morris Central girls’ high jumpers proved to be the class of the field en route to a gold medal at the Morris County Relay Championships, marking the third consecutive year that WMC girls have won the event. The high jump victory, along with a first place finish in the discus highlighted a strong showing for the Central girls track team, which finished in fifth place overall after two days of competition at Morris Knolls High School in Denville. Girls head coach Jay Herrigel …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Long Valley Patch blogger and West Morris Central High School senior Kevin Branco explains how a years-long process has come to an end – and a new beginning.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Newsweek releases annual standings of best public high schools in the country.
In just one year, Mendham High School’s national standings rose seven spots while West Morris Central’s rankings among public high schools dropped 309 slots. Those are the rankings, year-over-year, released by Newsweek this week, as it put the country’s top 2,000 public high schools in order for its annual compilation. Newsweek prefaced the list by saying the schools were ranked by how effective they were in turning out college-ready graduates. There are six components that factored into the listing methodology: Mendham was ranked 284 in the nation, up from 291 in 2012. By state, Mendham ranked No. 22 in New Jersey. West Morris Central went the other direction, and drastically, falling from No. 226 in 2012 to No. 535 this year. The school …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Three singles players appear in Morris County Tournament.
Editor's note: The following information and photos have been provided by Washington Township resident Paul Vinh. Last weekend the West Morris Central boys’ tennis team competed at the 2013 Morris County Tennis Tournament (MCT). All three WMC single players were seeded at this year’s MCT. Patel, the No. 1 singles player was seeded 4th, Chugh, the No. 2 singles player, 11th, and Raza, the No. 3 singles player, 8th. Patel, true to the seeding order, reached the semifinal round before being defeated by Boyle of Delbarton who went on to win the championship. Raza was defeated in the quarterfinal round by Goldstein of Montville who reached the final for third singles. Since the start of the season on April 2, the Wolfpack’s overall record so …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
West Morris Central's student newspaper takes a look at fashion and technology as well.
In its latest edition, West Morris Central's student newspaper, "The Paw," topples topics from prom season to impending murder trial surrounding Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious. Student journalists lead the publication with a review of what has been billed one of the most inspiring spring musicals in recent memory, Children of Eden, which took the stage in March. Athletic accolades are also doled out by the paper's staff, as well as a look into the school's next move into technology in the classroom.
Chris Herren will speak to parents and students about hazards of drug and alcohol abuse at West Morris Central High School.
Teens are facing a seemingly non-stop overload of access to drugs, both narcotic and prescription, regardless of their location. Drugs such as cocaine and heroin are no longer being found in inner cities; they’ve made their way–and with a strong presence–to the rural areas where teens with curious minds and idle hands are looking to try something new. And that’s the reason why the Washington Township Municipal Alliance Committee and West Morris Central High School have partnered to bring students, and the community as a whole, a presentation that will hopefully help someone in need. Chris Herren played professional basketball in the NBA for two seasons before heading overseas to play for two more years. He was the 33rd overall draft choice…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
West Morris Central's student body coming together to offer fun, food and festivities.
Need some crafts? Need some fun? West Morris Central High School is your place to go. The school will host student vendors at its first Annual Craft Festival on Friday, May 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. Students will exhibit a multitude of skills in crafts and performances, such as singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, student-band performances, hand-crafted jewelry, sketch artists, paintings, hand-made candlesticks, hand-bound books, photo re-touchings and photography, personalized pillows, commissions for portraits, picture frames and even screen-printed t-shirts. The event will also have baked goods such as cupcakes of various specialty flavors and cake pops. The entrance fee is $3 per person. The event can be checked out on Facebook at “West Morris…