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50th Anniversary of Ultimate Proves Good Luck Charm for CHS Frisbee Team

From the Village Green:  Columbia High School Ultimate and the greater community have much to celebrate. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the sport founded in the Columbia High School parking lot. As the birthplace of Ultimate, Maplewood has been selected as one of the host sites for the national commemoration. Event details are […]

CHS’s Hairspray Gets 9 Rising Star Nominations From Paper Mill Playhouse

From the Village Green:  With 9 nominations, Columbia High School’s 2018 musical production of Hairspray is the second most nominated high school musical in this year’s Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theatre, recognizing outstanding achievement in high school musical theater in the state of New Jersey. CHS also has […]

CHS Students Combat Relationship Abuse With #OneLove

From the Village green:  Columbia High School Health and Physical Education teacher Allie Cahill and members of her senior Health 12 class worked with the staff of the One Love Foundation earlier this year to share their learning on how to have, be in, and grow healthy relationships.  Click HERE to watch video. CHS students are […]

CHS Senior Wins Princeton Prize for Race Relations

From the Village Green: Toibat Ayankunbi, CHS senior class president has won first place from the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for Northern New Jersey. According to Twenty-eight high school students from around the United States have been named recipients of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The students were honored during the annual Princeton […]

CHS Freshman Wins International Student Video Contest

This year, out of almost 3,000 video submissions from 50 countries around the world and 42 U.S. states and territories, Lily Forman has been named a winner in Population Education’s World of 7 Billion student video contest for her video titled, “Help Our Girls, Help Our World”. The World of 7 Billion is an international film competition for middle […]

CHS Film Students Sweep 2017 Ramapo College of New Jersey HS Film Festival

From the Village Green – Columbia High School Film and Animation teacher Paul Marigliano and his students Max Goldstein, Sophie Goodman-Merel, Aidan Romanaux and Andrew Campbell deserve a big round of applause.  They swept the 2017 Ramapo College of New Jersey High School Film Festival in the following categories: Best Documentary – Village To Village (Directed by Max […]

Four Scouts from Maplewood’s Troop 5 Earn the Eagle Scout Rank

From the Village Green – Four Boy Scouts from Troop 5 in Maplewood recently earned the coveted rank of Eagle Scout and were honored on December 2nd, at a Court of Honor ceremony at Seth Boyden School. Gavin Wentworth, Ricky Hankey, Cole Donat, and Patrick Lahey have all had distinguished scouting careers with Troop 5 and were […]

South Orange Maplewood Students Earn Awards at National Model UN Conference

From the Village Green – Fifteen South Orange and Maplewood residents, all students at Columbia High School (7 Sophomores and 8 Juniors), participated this past weekend (December 7-10) in a Model UN Conference at New York University. The Conference, entitled Empire Model UN, hosted over 350 students from high schools around the country, and as […]

Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative Awards Scholarships to 8 South Orange-Maplewood Students

From the Village Green – On December 14, while there was snow on the ground, there were some very warm hearts in the Columbia High School auditorium.  Eight teacher-nominated high school students excitedly accepted their 2017-2018 scholarships for private music instruction and/or professional grade instruments.  The awards went to: Kamryn Coates – voice Kim Dorvil […]

Author of ‘Alabama Story’ Visits CHS Drama Students

From the Village Green – On October 30, CHSstudents met with Kenneth Jones, author of the play Alabama Story. Jones spoke to them about his creative process. The school’s drama club, the award-winning Parnassian Society will perform Jones’ play, beginning on Thursday, November 16 at 8 p.m. and continuing on November 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and […]

CHS Boys Cross Country Team Heads to 3rd Straight Group 4 Final

From the Village Green – On Saturday, November 4th, the Columbia Boys Varsity Cross Country team finished a strong 4th out of 15 teams in the New Jersey Group 4, Section 2 championship held at Greystone Park in Morris Plains to advance to the Group 4 final race next weekend.  This is the 3rd straight […]

Columbia High School Hosts Delegation of Chinese Educators

From the Village Green – he halls were packed as usual when the morning bell rang at Columbia High School on October 25, but among the throng was a crowd of people who were new to CHS. Approximately 20 Chinese educators had to come to CHS to observe public education in the U.S. and bring […]

CHS Robotics off to a Great Start this Season

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, FTC Team 7959, Columbia High School Robotics Club’s Junior team, the Cougar Cubs, won the first meet of their season.  They were paired with FTC team 12601, Robostorm, of Hunterdon County, as the winning alliance. Other CHS Robotics Club teams also did well.  FTC Team 5332, our Freshmen team, and […]

Columbia Cross Country Teams Finish Strong in Essex County Championships

On Friday, October 28 the Columbia Boys’ Varsity Cross Country team finished a solid 4th out of 20 teams in the Essex County championship held in unseasonably warm weather at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield. The team’s average time for the 5K (3.1 mile) course was 16:39, trailing 15 seconds behind Seton Hall Prep’s 3rd place […]

Columbia High School Students Attend 2017 NJ Teen Arts Festival

From the Village Green – On May 31, 2017 over 60 Columbia High School Fine Arts students traveled to Ocean County College to participate in the 2017 NJ Teen Arts Festival. The NJ Teen Arts Festival is a statewide celebration of the arts dedicated to inspiring New Jersey teen artists, educators, professional artists and arts advocates to unite as […]

Eagle Scout Project Provides CHS with Outdoor Seating

From the Village Green – Columbia High School has 12 beautiful new benches – seven made of mahogany – for students to use for outdoor seating as a result of an Eagle Scout Project by CHS senior Robert Bryant. Bryant saw a need for the additional outdoor seating and approached the school’s Home and School […]

Columbia High School The Most Beautiful High School in New Jersey

Architectural Digest has identified the most beautiful high school in each state.  Columbia High School was selected as the top choice from New Jersey.  According to Architectural Digest, Columbia is one of the oldest schools in the country.  It was founded in 1815, though the current Gothic Revival building was completed in 1927.

CHS Cross Country Opens Season Repeating as Roxbury Invitational Champion

From the Village Green – The Columbia boys’ varsity A cross country team opened their 2017 season by winning the Roxbury Invitational for the second year in a row. Columbia finished first out of a field of 23 teams. They defeated their nearest competitor, perennial power Morris Hills, by a score of 60 to 70 […]

CHS marching band rises ‘From the Ashes’ in new routine

From Essex News Daily – The Columbia High School Marching Band launched its 2017 season on Aug. 21, opening a weeklong band camp on the school’s campus to learn a new halftime show and teach the band’s newcomers how to march. The sounds of woodwind and percussion instruments rang through the hallways on the first […]

‘Black and Blue’ Exhibition to Open at Columbia High School Gallery

Columbia High School alum Claudia Schafer (’13) will present her work Black and Blue on display at the Domareki Gallery in CHS. Schafer graduated from Caldwell University with the Class of 2017.  She received her BFA in Graphic Design and created the show Black and Blue as her senior thesis exhibit. The exhibition will be open from September 7th – 29th. […]

Young Columbia High School Softball Team Poised To Move Up In SEC

From the Village Green:  Columbia Softball had a good year this past season. While record-wise it was not better than last year’s 13-12 mark with a 7-5 divisional record, the team went 9-12 with a 5-5 divisional record. They played a few less games than last year, and yet their record was nearly identical, so […]

Jimmy Murphy, CHS Class of 2012, Gets Drafted by Baltimore Orioles

From The Village Green: South Orange native and Columbia High School graduate Jimmy Murphy, Class of 2012, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles on June 13 in the 8th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Murphy, 22, is a 5th year senior at Fordham University. The right-handed pitcher was the No. 248 player selected overall […]

CHS 2017 Graduates to Attend 162 Colleges, Universities This Fall

393 CHS students graduated with the Class of 2017 on June 22nd, and 354 of those students will be attending institutions of higher learning this fall. Five percent of students are taking a gap year, and six students are joining a branch of the military. Click here to read the entire article on The Village Green.

‘Future Is Bright’ for CHS Cougars Baseball After Season of Transition

From The Village Green: In their first season back in the SEC American Division, and under new head coach James Whalen, who joined CHS from West Essex High School, the Columbia Cougars went 7-9 in league play and 12-14 overall. Click here to read the full article.

CHS Runner Catherine Jordan Profiled as “SOMA Star Athlete” in the Essex News Daily

From the Essex News Daily: Catherine Jordan, a junior at Columbia High School, has been participating in track since age 8, having participated with the Jaguar Track Club for seven years before starting at CHS. During her freshman year at CHS, Jordan ran 2:19:08 in the 800-meter and won the Essex County Championships in high jump, both […]

Three current and former CHS students part of Mayo PAC’s West Side Story production

Three current and former CHS students, including Junior Matthew Lintern, are part of the Mayo Performing Arts Center’s West Side Story production in Morristown, NJ. Click here for the full story.

Columbia High Recognizes Student Work at TV Awards Night

On Wednesday, May 24, Columbia High School honored students for their work in television production at TV Awards Night in the auditorium. Click here for photos and a list of the awards. Milton Cohen, Aidan Sullivan, Ujunwa Ike, Ethan Mann win TV Production/Best Final Project

CHS Students Cast Light on Sexual Violence through Theatre

With courageous acting and a provocative script, a group of Essex County teens, including Valerie Houghton, Jordan Muhammad, Madie Reilly, Liana Runcie, Danielle Samake and Sage Territo of Columbia High School, brought the issues of slut-shaming and sexual assault to the forefront. Against a multi-media backdrop at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in […]

CHS Students win Scholastic Awards

From The Village Green: Every year, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognize exceptional students and their creative works. Columbia High School junior, Turner Andrasz, earned a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2017. He has been identified by panels of creative professionals as one of the most talented young artists in the […]

CHS Newspaper “The Columbian” Wins First Place For Third Year In a Row

From The Village Green: The Columbian has earned the first place award in an annual competition held by the American Scholastic Press Association for the third year in a row. The national competition is open to student-run newspapers from across the country. Entries are critiqued on journalistic content, journalistic decision-making, visual layout and design, photography, illustration, and […]

Hockey Comes to CHS in Joint Program With Nutley

From The Village Green: On May 15, the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education unanimously approved plans for a co-op ice hockey program for players from Columbia High School and Nutley High School. The Nut-Map-SO team will practice and have home games at the Codey Arena in West Orange — located about mid-way between the two schools. The program has […]

Cobey Comes to Columbia for a Furry Day at High School

From the Village Green and written by David Griffith, a senior at Columbia High School, as well as one of the two editors in chief for the award-winning CHS newspaper, The Columbian: The repetitive rhetoric of the average day of high school was broken up on Friday, May 5, at Columbia High School (CHS) by the presence of […]

CHS Cougar Boosters Hosts Biggest Golf Outing Fundraiser in 19-Year History

The CHS Cougar Boosters were able to raise more than $25,000, which will help fund extracurricular activities at CHS, from sports to clubs. Thank you to everyone who supported this effort! Click here to read more. CHS Math Teacher Emmanuel Arguelles

CHS’s ‘How to Succeed’ Nominated for 12 Paper Mill Rising Star Awards

Columbia High School has earned 12 nominations this year for their production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The overall show has been nominated for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, The Educational Impact Award. Students were also individually recognized for their contributions in acting, choreography and and […]

15th CHS Shakespeare Fest Focuses on Bard’s ‘Fierce’ Females

From the Village Green: The 15th Annual Shakespeare Festival took place on Friday, April 28, in the Columbia High School auditorium. This year’s theme was The Women of Shakespeare: “And though she be but little, she is fierce” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 3.2.325), selected to recognize the often overlooked female characters of the canon. Sixteen of Shakespeare’s plays were […]

CHS Girls Track Wins County Title for 9th Year in a Row, Wows at Penn Relays

From the Village Green: The Columbia High School Girls Track Team sometimes gets taken for granted because they’ve been so good for so long. For example, the team just won their 9th consecutive Essex County title. And they had impressive results at the legendary Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Click here to read the entire article.

CHS Fencers Named to All-State Teams by NJ Interscholastic Fencing Association

From The Village Green: CHS freshman Jack Woods was named to the New Jersey Interscholastic Fencing Association First All-State Fencing Team after his outstanding fencing in the 2016-2017 high school fencing season. This was foil fencer Woods’ first season on the CHS fencing team. CHS junior and epee fencer Isaiah Ogbeifun, was named to the Third All-State […]

SOMSD Named One of the Best 100 Communities for Music Education

For the third year in a row, the South Orange and Maplewood has been named as one of the 100 best communities for music education in America by the North American Music Manufacturer’s Foundation.  This a great honor for our entire music program, as is recognizes excellence at all grade levels and in all disciplines, […]

CHS Senior Robotics Team Invited to 2017 World Championships

From The Village Green: The US FIRST Robotics organization has invited Columbia High School’s senior robotics team, Team 4102, to the World Championships in St. Louis, April 26 thru 29. Columbia’s Team 402 had been on a “waitlist” and based on two factors was invited. First, this year Team 4102 had an excellent robot and made […]

CHS Freshman Hits SXSW for Premiere of ‘The Strange Ones’

From the Village Green: “James Freedson-Jackson, a freshman at CHS, and cast member in the Columbia High School musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, missed the first weekend of performances of H2$, but with good reason. On Friday, March 10, he flew to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin TX, for the premiere of his […]

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