Monday, April 24, 2017

High Tech Drama Majors Meet and Consult with Playwright David Ives in Preparation for Spring Production of THE LIAR

(North Bergen, NJ—April 19, 2017) This year, the High Tech Drama Department will be showcasing The Liar, a French farce originally written by the famous playwright Pierre Corneille, but updated by David Ives, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

The Liar, set in Paris in 1643, involves mistaken identities, the pursuit of marriage, and duels between rivals, in short, a classical comedy with a modern twist.

The drama majors have worked closely with the prolific contemporary playwright, since properly executing this show has not been a simple feat.  In preparation for the stage interpretation, the Drama Department watched New York City’s Classic Stage Company perform The Liar.  Afterward, the majors took part in a talk-back with the actors and playwright.  So impressed with High Tech’s questions and comments, Ives wrote Deborah Arters, High Tech Drama Director, stating that the cast raved about the inquisitiveness, intelligence, and passion of her department.

Ives, best known for contemporary comedic pieces like “All in the Timing” and “Is he Dead,” has recently been writing verse adaptations of 17th century plays.

Show dates for High Tech Drama Department’s presentation of David Ives’ version of The Liar takes place Thursday through Saturday, May 4th-6th, at the Black Box Theatre at High Tech High School.  May 4th and 5th shows begin at 7pm.  May 6th show starts at 3pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Thursday, April 13, 2017

HCSTF Sponsors Winning Workshop for County Prep Dancers

March 10, 2017 (Jersey City, N.J.) – The County Prep Dance Program, led by Ms.

Heather Warfel-Sandler, recently won Top Honors at the Hudson County Teen Arts

Festival thanks in part to an HCSTF-sponsored collaboration with percussionist Ravish

Momin, announced Silverio A. Vega, Development Coordinator of the HCST Foundation.

Senior dancers Mia Stephens, Amanda Abdelaal, Tamir Rios, Selah Rogerson, Alyssa

Acciavatti, and Veronica Gagliardi from Ms. Wafel-Sandler’s dance program initially met

with Ravish Momin in the fall of 2016, after the HCST Foundation approved a grant for

the workshop. Momin, who has international performance experience and has worked

with musicians including Shakira, worked alongside these young artists to create a

unique dance-and-drum piece which earned them Top Honors.

Ms. Warfel-Sandler says the piece was conceived by the students, who had the vision

to include live music and to use performance as a platform for sharing their often

unheard points of view. Warfel-Sandler explains, “This successful collaboration

between myself, my students, and a professional guest artist is another testament to

the mission of the County Prep Dance Program, which is to make progressive, original

work. We will continue to prioritize the creative process, and we are grateful to the

foundation and our administration for their support of our unique goals.”

The dance program also received a Judges Award for “Learning to be Lost,” a trio

choreographed by Meagan Woods.

Foundation President Daniel Gans says, “We’re very proud to have helped forge a

meaningful and successful connection for Ms. Warfel-Sandler and her students. We

hope this endeavor will inspire these young artists to further their many talents.”

HCST Superintendent Frank J. Gargiulo adds, “Congratulations to Ms. Warfel-Sandler

and her students. The Foundation has helped these students to make a vital

connection in the worlds of dance and music, and their collaborative success is

something to be proud of.”

The County Prep Dancers will host their annual concert on May 11th & 12th, 2017,

where they will showcase the full extent of their talents.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High Tech’s Japanese Language and Culture Students Attend 23rd Annual NECTJ "Harumatsuri"

(New York, NY—March 20, 2017) High Tech Japanese language and culture students attended the Japanese Spring Festival (Harumatsuri) at the United Nations International School, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

Sponsored by the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ), Harumatsuri featured an array of traditional Japanese activities in which students could take part and delicious foods that students could sample to experience and better understand Japanese culture.

Almost 400 students from schools in the Tri-State area attended Harumatsuri.  Groups of students met one another and took turns visiting booths to practice their Japanese.  Judges graded students according to their competence with the language, and the group that spoke Japanese the best won prizes.

The day ended with a Japanese poem contest and talent show.  After, the entire audience closed by singing together the Harumatsuri's theme song, “Umi no Uta.”

High Tech’s Alana Aninipot and Makayla Blount Win Bronze Medal in 2017 Skills USA Competition

(Somerset, NJ—April 8, 2017) High Tech High School TV Production students Alana Aninipot of Secaucus and Jersey City resident Makayla Blount received the Bronze Medal in the 2017 Television (Video) Production Competition at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Championship, held at the Garden State Exhibit Center, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

For the TV (Video) Production Competition, teams of two arrived with the proper equipment to record and produce a sixty-second promotional video. Upon arrival, the students received additional detailed parameters by the coordinator.  Teams had until 1:30 PM to hand in a burned DVD or Flash Drive of the given project.  Moreover, students had to bring production music packs and SFX bundles to enhance their projects.

“We are so proud of [Aninipot and Blount] for bringing home two bronze medals and for proudly representing our school,” says Gregg Ascolese, TV Production instructor.

Aninipot’s and Blount’s award-winning video can be viewed at the following link:

Alana Aninipot and Makayla Blount

Three High Tech Students Receive 2017 New Jersey Association of Teachers of Japanese Language and Culture Study Award

(Princeton, NJ—March 11, 2017) High Tech High School students Cara Rosner of Hoboken, Kearny resident Camille Romano, and Eleanore Woodruff of Weehawken have received the 2017 Japanese Language and Culture Study Award, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Teachers of Japanese (NJATJ), accepted at Princeton University, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

The award recognizes students in New Jersey for their hard work and achievement in learning Japanese language and culture.  This year, 47 recipients from 18 high schools and universities have been honored with the award.  Also, the event coincided with the sixth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukushima.

“I’m very grateful to have had this experience and am extremely proud of all that I have achieved,” says Rosner, award recipient.

The award ceremony, which began with greetings from Yoko Fukuda, President of NJATJ, featured two guest speakers, Tomofumi Horiki (Consul, Japan Information Center of Consulate General of Japan in NYC) and Dr. David Greer (Coordinator of world Languages NJ Department of Education), who congratulated the award recipients and praised their hard work.  They also rang the “kane,” a dish-shaped bell from Japan, in remembrance of those lost in the Fukushima disaster.

Each award recipient made a short speech on the benefits of learning Japanese. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

County Prep's Karolina Minkiewicz Wins Judges Award at Photography Competition

Photography students from County Prep High School competed in the 2017 Pingry Photography Competition in Basking Ridge, NJ. Over 30 photographs were submitted. All work was displayed at the Photography Show which took place in February 2017. This years Judges Award goes to senior, Karolina Minkiewicz with her photograph “Winter Stroll." Mr. Patten would like to congratulate the winner, Karolina, as well as all the contestants. 

Karolina Minkiewicz- Winter Stroll

Friday, April 7, 2017

High Tech’s Digital Design | Fabrication Academy Visits Gensler NYC’s New Offices

(New York, NY—April 6, 2017) High Tech’s Digital Design | Fabrication Academy, composing classes facilitated by Gregory and Alba Simon, recently visited Gensler NYC's new offices at 1700 Broadway, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

“We held a class discussion to reflect on the tour and some of the topics that were discussed,” says Gregory Simon.  “After having such an engaging conversation, Alba and I were reminded of the importance of these types of learning experiences.”

Gensler recently relocated its more than 600 employees after spending more than 25 years in Rockefeller Center. Gensler occupies 120,000 square feet in the Theatre District, taking up the second through the sixth floors of a 42-story office tower between 53rd and 54th Streets.

“The way that the office is designed shows just how Gensler is all about innovation and creative new ideas, comfort, and cohesiveness," adds Lisette Guacamaya, a junior Architecture major from Union City.

Gensler, widely recognized as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, focuses on a “one-firm firm” ethos to save time, cut costs, and deliver innovation.  Gensler offers the design industry’s deepest bench of expertise, matched with experience gained by working with its clients across the global economy.

"The tour opened my eyes to how crucial it is that people working in creative fields should discover their own process," says Daniella Tero, also a junior Architecture major from Bayonne.