Friday, December 8, 2017

County Prep Theatre Arts Students Attend Time and the Conways on Broadway

The County Prep Theatre Arts vocation students attended the Broadway Production of Time and the Conways, by J. B. Priestley, with Elizabeth McGovern (of “Downton Abbey”), a play under the direction of Tony winner Rebecca Taichman, performed at the American Airlines Theatre venue of the Roundabout theatre.
The play begins in 1919 Britain, where Mrs. Conway, played by Elizabeth McGovern, is hosting a lavish twenty-first birthday celebration for her daughter Kay, and later follows the family nineteen years later as their lives transformed drastically. This “poignant forgotten gem of a play” (Allison Adato, Entertainment Weekly), takes place at the crossroads of today and tomorrow, and weaves themes such as time, choice, chance and destiny.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed the play, loved the versatility of the acting of some of the actors such as Anna Camp, playing older sister Hazel, Charlotte Parry, playing Kay, or Gabriel Ebert, playing the brother, Alan, or Anna Baryshnikov, playing the younger sister Carol. But more importantly they enjoyed the truly human portrayal of the characters, evident in every single performance. Some left the theatre in tears, some left thinking of how choices and decisions affect one’s life.
The students also participated in a question and answer session with the actors, which they found fascinating and inspiring. Overall, this has been a very enriching experience and we are looking forward to more collaboration with the Roundabout Theatre in the near future, says Raluca Shields, the Theatre Arts teacher at Country Prep.

County Prep Interact Club Runs Successful Teens for Jeans Drive

This year's Teens for Jeans drive was a success. Interact Club member Kabir Daniels-Verden organized this year's drive to collect new and lightly worn jeans for less fortunate youth and young adults. Thanks to him and our student body, we were able to collect over two hundred pairs of jeans. The Interact Club would like to thank everyone who donated and participated in this drive. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Students in High Tech Audio/Visual Production Department Earn Awards at RCNJ Film Festival

(Ramapo, NJ—December 2, 2017) The Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ) Film Festival has awarded Best Cinematography to David Mansour of Bayonne and Best Narrative to Hoboken’s Colm Donston, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

Mansour won for his film Dream OnDonston earned his award for his film Solitaire.

Give Love by Carlos Hernandez of Jersey City and North Bergen resident Sophia Abraham, Black and White by Ivanna Guerrero of West New York and Jersey City resident Amirah Johnson, and First Day by Alana Aninipot, a Secaucus resident, had received nominations as well.

“The amount of work that the students have put in is incredible," says Gregg Ascolese, TV Production instructor. "The students are definitely progressing with all of their individual sets of skills.”

High Tech alone had secured five films in the festival out of a total of 20 selected by the festival committee.

“The jury was very impressed yet again with this year’s films,” says Neel Scott, the Associate Professor of Digital Film at Ramapo College. “We’re very excited to see the filmmakers and watch their films at the festival.”

The RCNJ Film Festival took place at the School of Contemporary Arts on the college campus and welcomed everyone from all walks of life to the screenings.

(from left to right: Amirah Johnson, Ivanna Guerrero, Colm Donston, and David Mansour)

Monday, December 4, 2017

County Prep Dance Residency hosts Katelyn Halpern & Dancers

County Prep Dance instructor Heather Warfel Sandler is thrilled to announce the first annual professional dance company performance through County Prep's Choreographers in Residence Program (CHIRP). Through CHIRP, choreographers are awarded use of the 407 Theater for rehearsals and performance, in exchange for serving as a resident teaching artist throughout the semester.  Students have the opportunity to study with the teaching artist via technique classes, viewing open rehearsals, working behind the scenes on the professional production, mentorship, and learning repertoire.  Katelyn Halpern will set her work Build Up on 14 students for their annual spring concert.  Additionally, the program makes professional modern dance available and accessible to HCST students and staff, and connects our school and students to the Jersey City community.

"Residencies are a common practice in college dance programs.  Using that as a model, and as preparation for our students who will continue their dance training, I envisioned the CHIRP program.  Knowing there is a large population of professional dancers right here in Jersey City made the program even more attainable and gratifying. My students and I are very grateful to Superintendent Frank Gargiulo, Principal Barbara Mendolla, and everyone who was instrumental in supporting this vision." -Heather Warfel Sandler

Fall 2017 CHIRP choreographer Katelyn Halpern commented, "The Choreographers In Residence Program (CHIRP) has been a fantastic experience in all directions. From deepening my community relationships to teaching in County Prep's dance program to enjoying creative support for my dance company, it has been simply wonderful. CHIRP made it possible for my company to create a brand new, full scale dance work, and mount it in one of the best theaters in Jersey City, plus enabling me to bring that creative energy to the bright, hardworking dance students at the high school. I know I'm gushing, but it's a win-win-win-everybody-wins program, and I'm so grateful for the experience."

Please support Katelyn Halpern & Dancers and the Choreographers in Residence Program by coming to the show!

Loose Heart | a new evening from Katelyn Halpern & Dancers
December 14-15 at 8:00pm
County Prep High School
525 Montgomery St., Jersey City, NJ; enter on Bright St.
Tickets $5-20

Loose Heart traces an inner landscape of longing. Lines of speech and dialogue weave through the dance, matching the movement in weight and abstraction. An overgrown green blanket shape-shifts from ground to nest to tent to net, softening a fall or binding a body. In a predominantly dark world, dancers offer the reassurance that the heart in question isn't broken; it's just loose.

Loose Heart is performed by Arianna Dunmire, Julia Galanski, and Myssi Robinson and features sound design by Elliot Cole.
 It is the company's second major work.

Friday, December 1, 2017

High Tech Hosts 2nd “Havoc on the Hudson” Robotics Competition

(North Bergen, NJ—November 4, 2017) High Tech High School teams in Robotics, under the supervision of facilitators Alba Simon and Harry Peles, hosted their second “Havoc on the Hudson” competition involving sixteen high schools, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech. 

The Robotics competition proved highly successful, thanks to the great collaboration between FIRST FTC and High Tech teams 9554, 7994, and 10633.

“Our Robotics coaches, mentors, parents and students worked hard to prepare for this great competition,” says Jamie Velazquez, History, College Articulation Liaison at the Digital Design and Fabrication Academy (D|FAB) at High Tech High School.

Students who participated in the Robotics Competition gained skills such as teamwork, problem solving, programming, and engineering design that will continue to be employed and developed throughout the competition season. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

County Prep's FCCLA Delegation Earns Multiple Awards and Recognition

County Prep’s FCCLA delegation attended the NJ Fall Leadership Conference in Edison NJ
on November 20, 2017. The conference was attended by 600 students from all across New Jersey.

Our students were awarded several 1st place gold medals in the Fashion, Culinary, and Video competitions. Alexa Acuna achieved 1st Place Gold and perfect score in “Passion for Fashion Design Challenge.” Adam Concepcion received a 1st gold medal in the Apple Bake off event and was awarded a $2000 scholarship to CIA

Additional Awards:

Apple Bake Off - Anjelica Vides 2nd Place Silver Medal

Cup Cake Challenge
Jake Trebour, Giovanna Mezzasalma, Pamela Hernandez 3rd Place Gold Medal
Zinah Ennasri and Valeria Rosado – 1st Place Gold Medal

Passion for Fashion - Esmeralda Garcia –Gold Medal

Tune into FCCLA Promotional VideoQu’Raun Scott-McKoy, Shayna Martins-Krasner, and Savannah Sterling 1st Place Gold Medal

Mrs. Patten was honored by the organized for 10 years of dedicated service as a chapter adviser.

Ms. Mendolla, Mrs. Patten, Mrs. Martinez, Chef Palsi, and Chef Delesky congratulate the students on a job well done!

NJCU Jazz Musicians Perform for High Tech Performing Arts Students

(North Bergen, NJ—November 21, 2017) High Tech High School’s Performing Arts students received a rare treat when student musicians from the New Jersey City University (NJCU) Jazz Department performed at High Tech, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech. 

Lead by Professor Nathan Ekland on trumpet, the NJCU combo played selections from the music of famed jazz improviser, composer, and pianist Thelonius Monk, whose records “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and the ever popular “Straight, No Chaser” have graced cognoscenti’s turntables for decades.  Monk died of a stroke on February 17, 1982.

“This event is part of an ongoing effort to bring practical arts experiences to our students,” says Rod Shepard, veteran performing arts and audio tech instructor at High Tech.

The NJCU Jazz Department currently has been assaying Monk’s oeuvre.