Monday, May 22, 2017

County Prep Wins Multiple Medals at FCCLA Conference

Congratulations to the FCCLA members who attended the conference in Cherry Hill, NJ on March 23rd and 24th. The students won 14 gold, 6 silver, and 2 bronze medals. Seven County Prep students have qualified to represent New Jersey at the national conference in July in Nashville, Tennessee. A total of $28,000 in scholarships were awarded to various students. Great job.

Delila Torres Wins Prestigious Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship

As a result of her academic excellence and culinary skills, Delila Torres has been selected to receive the Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship.  She is a senior in the district’s culinary arts program and studied with Chef Joseph Delesky.  Delila will receive $5000 per year for four years to continue her culinary arts education. In the Fall of 2017, Delila will start at Hudson County Community College to complete her associates degree in Culinary Arts. In 2019, she plans to attend Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Management and Food Service Management.  “We are proud of Delila’s commitment to her education and wish her all the best,” said Principal Barbara Mendolla. Delila has learned to prepare various types of hot and cold food. She competed in the Skills USA Food Service competition the last two years and placed in the top ten out of thirty competitors each year. Said Chef Delesky, “It has been a pleasure to teach and watch Delila grow over the past four years. I believe that she will be one of our success stories that we will be talking about in the near future.”  Delila is the daughter of proud parents Maritza and Dennis Torres. HCST thanks Goya Foods for their continuing support of our culinary arts students.

High Tech Earns Accolades at 34th Annual Orlando Saa Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest

(Wayne, NJ—May 18, 2017) William Paterson University held its 34th Annual Orlando Saa Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest, and again, High Tech distinguished itself in the contest for German, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech.

The following High Tech students received special recognition for the Orlando Saa Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest: First Place for Carlos Arce-Sanchez of East Newark (Advanced Level German) and Kearny resident Camille Romano (Advanced Level Japanese), as well as Third Place for Monica Arce-Sanchez of East Newark (Beginner Level German), North Bergen resident Shirley Grullon (Advanced Level Italian), and Rebecca Rosas of West New York (Intermediate Level Japanese).

Also, these High Tech students participated in the Poetry Recitation Contest: Ibrahim Bangoura (Native Level French) and Mously Lo (Advanced Level French) of Jersey City, Harrison resident Joseph Barbosa (Intermediate Level French), and Nicole Sanchez of Union City (Beginner Level French); Bayonne resident Kaitlyn Kirschner (Intermediate Level German); Lola Buczkowski of Jersey City (Beginner Level Italian); Jersey City resident Shanaz Munna (Beginner Level Japanese); Mariam Abdelmoula (Advanced Level Spanish), Alyssa Alvarez (Intermediate Level Spanish), and Rishika Bandamede (Beginner Level Spanish) of Jersey City.

Monica Arce-Sanchez

Shirley Grullon

Rebecca Rosas

Carlos Arce-Sanchez

Friday, May 19, 2017

High Tech Video Production and Radio Broadcasting Majors Interview Pro Hockey Player Rebecca Russo

(North Bergen, NJ—May 16, 2017) High Tech Video Production and Radio Broadcasting majors, under the direction of High Tech teachers Gregg Ascolese and Chris DePierro, conducted an interview with pro hockey player Rebecca Russo, who currently plays for the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

Video Production and Radio Broadcasting majors and Jersey City residents Laiba Khan, Jabari Yemonja-Olukun, Makayla Blount, and Robert Kaiser, and Secaucus resident Alana Aninipot conducted the interview.

Russo, a Boston University Terriers alumnus, 2016-17 All-Star, and third overall scorer for the Riveters, also works for MLB/NHL Network at Boston University.  She has been part of three Hockey East titles and a championship at Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Minnesota.

Russo inspired many young student athletes at High Tech with her advice on juggling academics and sports and one’s drive in continuing to contribute to female athletics.

The NWHL, a revolutionary league notable for its racial and ethnic diversity, has the distinction of being the first hockey league to pay its female athletes.

Ascolese and DePierro helped aid Aninipot, Blount, and Kaiser in setting up the studio lights and cameras.  Khan and Yemonja-Olukun hosted the interview with Russo.

“We students were able to enhance our broadcasting skills, as well as meet a positive role model who exemplifies discipline and innovation,” says Khan, a High Tech junior.

High Tech Culinary Academy Receives Silver and Bronze Medals at County Vocational-Technical School Cook-Off

(Atlantic City, NJ—May 12, 2017) For the first time since its inception, the High Tech Culinary Academy participated in the 7th Annual New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC) County Vocational-Technical School Cook-Off Challenge at Caesar’s Palace, taking home the Silver and Bronze Medals, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

“We wanted to showcase our students’ Caribbean roots to introduce people outside of Hudson County to delicious flavors and the work that goes into their food,” says Chef Dyanna Bruno. “All our students worked together flawlessly.  We’re so proud of the product they put forth.”

For the County Vocational-Technical School Cook-Off Challenge, eleven schools from across the Garden State, with a $500 budget, plated and served 400 hors d'oeuvres.  Professional executive chefs judged schools based on Taste, Theme, and Presentation, as well as a People’s Choice category.  The High Tech Culinary Academy prepared a take on ropa veja, transforming the traditional slow-braised, tender Cuban beef dish into a bite-sized spring rolls.  

“We couldn’t be more proud of our kids’ efforts and how professional they proved themselves [at the Cook-Off],” adds Chef Peter Turro.

Led by Culinary Academy instructors Bruno, Turro, and also Chef Jennifer Fargo, the High Tech students took home the Silver Medal in the Presentation Category and the Bronze Medals in the Taste and People’s Choice categories for taste and flavor.

The following Culinary Academy students took part in the County Vocational-Technical School Cook-Off Challenge: North Bergen residents Aysha Burgos, Gabriella Davila, Jeffrey Zarzuela, and Olivia Zulueta, as well as Taylor Avila and Jacqueline Perez, both of Union City.

Kudos to instructor Zach Bolich and his woodshop students, who constructed a professional-looking set, and instructors Bill Kennon and Eric Van Zanten and their fine art students, who created an exquisite painting to represent the theme of “Caribbean meets Hudson County.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

High Tech Students in Study Abroad Class Embark on European Trip

(North Bergen, NJ—May 17, 2017) On April 13th, the Study Abroad class from High Tech High School embarked on another wondrous journey to the European continent this year, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.

The Study Abroad students, led by Dr. Laje Gashi and instructional chaperones Joseph Ona and Dr. Nina Lavlinskaia, followed tour director Francesca Morgano, who provided insights as he navigated High Tech through France, Italy, Monaco, and the Vatican.

The journey spanned a fortnight from Paris to Rome.  Students visited famous places and monuments in Paris, surveyed the Castle of Versailles, visited the chateaux of the Loire Valley (Ch√Ęteau de Chenonceau and Chartres, Amboise), sojourned in Lyon, and continued along to Provence and the French Riviera.

After France, High Tech traveled to Italy.  Beginning in Florence, students and teachers experienced the Leaning Tower of Pisa firsthand.  Then, they embarked on a trip to Pompeii and its famous ruins, Napoli, Capri, and, of course, Rome. They spent a lovely and quaint afternoon at the Vatican to conclude their Italian holiday.

As part of the pre-tour assignment, each student at each selected site had to step in as a local guide to provide interesting information on such areas as architecture, culture, and even cuisine to everyone on the tour.   In all, the wondrous journey took the Study Abroad class to splendorous castles with magnificent architecture, world-famous museums, breathtaking scenery, and refreshing, sun-drenched beaches.

County Prep Senior Joseph Valentino

County Prep Senior Joseph Valentino was featured in an article on about his participation on the Dickinson Rams Baseball team and their appreciation for his contributions to the team. Please check out the link below. The County Prep community is proud of you, Joey!