Thursday, October 19, 2017

High Tech Class Attends Lecture by Famous Author

(Bronx, NY—October 16, 2017) Robert Dillon’s High Tech senior class toured Fordham University, where his students inquired about majors and financial aid, but a lecture by Professor Mary Bly, a New York Times bestselling author and Shakespeare expert, proved the highlight of the tour, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

Bly, who holds a BA from Harvard, an MPhil from Oxford University, and a PhD from Yale, writes under the pen name Eloisa James.  She has written 26 romance novels, all published in 28 languages in 30 countries. 

“It was a chance of a lifetime to hear from someone with such incredible credentials,” says Dillon.  “Professor Bly gave my students a new appreciation for Hamlet.”

Dillon’s class studies Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and students had an opportunity to sit in on a college-like lecture and direct questions to a Shakespearean expert.

“I was surprised to learn how gender roles were perceived during Shakespeare’s time,” student Georgiana Blenkey-Tchassova says. “They didn’t seem as controversial as they are today.”

Bly’s writing has been featured in such illustrious periodicals as The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping.  Bly has also been interviewed on TV and just so happens to be married to an Italian knight.

“I really enjoyed talking to the students of High Tech,” Bly raves.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

High Tech Shines at Poster Session Organized by North Jersey Section of American Chemical Society

(South Orange, NJ—September 25, 2017) Five High Tech High School students, along with Dr. Dmitri Lavlinski, attended a poster session at Seton Hall University, organized by the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

These students, members of the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED summer research program, gained valuable hands-on experience on the frontlines in top research laboratories.

High Tech senior Umar Mohammed, a resident of Bayonne, became a top winner for his research on “The Effect of Shear Stress on the Proliferation of Human Osteoblast Cells” while under the mentorship of Dr. Woo Lee at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The Project SEED program also recognized a High Tech junior, Reika Hayashi, also from Bayonne, with second place for her research on the “Examination of Pathogenic Bacteria Biofilm Attachment on Soft Contact Lenses” under the mentorship of Dr. Meriem Bendaoud at New Jersey City University.

Another High Tech senior, Anna Rezk, also from Bayonne, continued her work under the supervision of Dr. Woo Lee at Stevens Institute, producing “Identifying CD138+ Multiple Myeloma Cells Adhered to Endosteal Osteoblasts.” Rezk’s brother, John, also a senior and under the mentorship of Dr. Simon Podkolzin, performed research at Stevens as well on “Conversion of Acetic Acid into Gaseous Products.” Both Rezk siblings earned third place awards.

Senior Shelina Chotrani, a SEED scholar from Secaucus who placed first in the poster competition, secured a research mentor, Dr. Tianning Diao, by herself.  She worked at New York University over the summer on “Synthesis of Alpha Diimine Ligands Towards the Goal of Ni-mediated Asymmetric Catalysis.”

The American Chemical Society’s Project SEED summer research program allows those students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods to experience the intriguing, highly dedicated routines of a chemist.  Students entering their junior or senior year in high school work alongside scientist-mentors on special research projects in industrial, academic, and federal laboratories, where the students can discover chemistry firsthand as a career path as their graduation approaches. 


Shelina Chotrani

Umar Mohammed

Anna Rezk

John Rezk




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

County Prep Hydroponics/Aquaculture Class Visits Forest Resource Education Center

Students from the Hydroponics/Aquaculture class at County Prep visited the Forest Resource Education Center in Jackson, N.J. accompanied by their teachers Mr. Nicholas LaVolpe and Dr. Stephanie Szymanski. The students were introduced to the various products that come from trees.

The foresters demonstrated the use of a saw mill to cut a longitudinal section of a tree trunk and allowed the students to analyze the tree structure. The students then proceeded on a guided tour of the forest where they learned about maple syrup extraction procedures and honey production from bees. Students were invited to taste the products to enhance their sensory experience.



Friday, October 6, 2017

County Prep's Qu'Raun Scott McKoy to Premiere Film at Golden Door Film Festival

The film, A Very Bad Day, created by County Prep senior, Qu’Raun Scott-McKoy, will have its premiere on Friday, October 6 at the Golden Door Film Festival in Jersey City. Qu’Raun’s film was one of only a handful of movies selected in the Young Filmmakers category for this prestigious festival. Qu’Raun is an Audio Visual Production student at County Prep studying under Mrs. Nicole Martinez. The film will be shown at 4 pm at the landmark Loew’s Theater in Journal Square. The festival which will showcase the works of many accomplished and emerging filmmakers will continue through Sunday, October 8.



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

CP Culinary Arts Students Running One of the Hottest New Restaurants!

Take a look at who’s running one of the hottest new restaurants! 

Dale Talde was featured on Top Chef, Food Networks “Iron Chef” and among many other TV appearances. He is one of the new creative young chefs in the country. He currently owns Talde Brooklyn, Talde Jersey City and Talde Miami. So what does that have to do with County Prep High School? Well the entire line is from our CPHS Culinary Arts program. Chef Collins asked Mark Luna, who was on the line (Hot appetizers and entrees) at the restaurant, “How many positions are in the kitchen?”  Here replied, “Five on the hot line.” He asked, “Who was working?” Ashley Angeles, Athena Bellotti, Joaquin Cariaso, Mark Luna, Oswaldo Morraz.


They are all students from Chef Collins Culinary Arts program, running one of the top restaurants in the county.  Chef Collins was completely surprised to find out that his students were in this position.  He knew all of them were working in the restaurant but did not realize they were running the kitchen. Chef Collins said, “I’m very proud of them for their accomplishments and it would not be possible without the support of our administration and their dedication to our craft”.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Jeremy Lewan of High Tech Accepted as a 2017-2018 National Hispanic Recognition Scholar

(New York, NY—September 13, 2017) Bayonne resident Jeremy Lewan, a senior at High Tech, has been accepted into the 2017-2018 National Hispanic Recognition Program, which acknowledges about 5,000 academically outstanding students from more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT®, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High school.

To be eligible for the National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP), students must possess at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino ancestry and achieve a specific high percentile PSAT/NMSQT score (1460/220 in New Jersey).  

Students with a cumulative junior-year grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and involved in extracurricular and community activities also receive designation as scholars.  Lewan has received such a designation. 

The NHRP proudly honors outstanding students like Lewan and makes their scholastic information available to subscribing colleges and universities.

“I'm very proud that I’ll be able to include recognition as a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar on my college, scholarship, internship, and job applications,” says Lewan, an inductee into the National Hispanic Honor Society at High Tech and gold medalist in the 2017 National Spanish Exam.


Lewan hopes to study meteorology after high school.


Monday, June 26, 2017

High Tech Attends The Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey

(Madison, NJ—June 1, 2017) the HCST Foundation treated 120 High Tech juniors to a live performance of the Bard’s The Merchant of Venice at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High school.

Students in Kerri Ann Murphy’s European Literature courses had just finished reading the play and wanted to experience the Bard’s play in a live setting.  The Merchant of Venice, one of Shakespeare’s problem plays, provokes audiences to reflect upon timeless themes relevant to young people’s lives, such as gender roles and expectations and conflicts between loyalty to ourselves versus loyalty to our friends, parents and romantic partners.  Most importantly, the play shines a light on anti-Semitism and racial prejudice, and raises questions about how we treat outsiders, questions particularly relevant to teenagers.

The play’s setting has been transformed into the early 20th century.  Students reflected on this production’s interpretation of the Christian characters’ treatment of Shylock and other Jewish characters in the play, and they thought critically about Venice’s anti-Semitic society, which places a high value on monetary contracts that shapes Shylock’s villainy.

“I was incredibly proud of my students and impressed with their level of engagement with the play, their ability to pick up on and respond to its humor and the depth of their questions during the talkback session,” says Murphy, a veteran Language Arts instructor. 

Students pondered the actors’ interpretations of many of the complex relationship dynamics in the play, and how the cast and director approached the challenge of presenting the anti-Semitism in the play to a modern audience.  

“I’m grateful to the foundation for understanding the educational value of this trip and for making this experience possible for such a large number of students,” adds Murphy.