The High Tech Academic Team Finishes 3rd in National Tournament

On May 4 & 5, the High Tech Academic Team had two teams compete in the NAQT [National Academic Quiz Tournaments] Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. The A-Team composed of Darren Petrosino, Steven Liu, Michael Li, and Cole Snedeker won the third-place trophy (1st photo below). Steven Liu also received a trophy as an Overall All-Star. 

The B-Team composed Adrian Thamburaj, Eric Zheng, and Ivy Wang finished in 17th place (2nd photo below).

*Of interest note: The first place winner was Miami Valley of Dayton, Ohio and the second place winner was Parish Episcopal of Texas. On Saturday in the preliminary matches, the High Tech A-Team beat both Miami Valley [twice] and Parish Episcopal. However, in the elimination playoffs on Sunday, the A-team was unable to repeat their performance against these two teams.

High Tech's M3 Challenge Team Wins 1st Place and $20,000

Congratulations to our M3 Challenge Team! Of the 877 papers submitted in this year’s MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge, the High Tech team’s paper has been judged to be among the top six overall – they are a finalist! This is a distinguished accomplishment, given the rigorous and intense scrutiny that the final paper endured. The team is guaranteed one of the top six scholarship prizes, ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, when they compete at the end of April.

Senior Eric Chai had this to say:

“The M3 Challenge is significant because it highlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool for real-world problems. By participating in the challenge, we were able to gain lots of insight into how math can be applicable to any field. The chosen problems highlight this, as they span a wide variety of topics and require a lot of analytical thinking and problem solving to create robust solutions that truly answer the questions at hand."

Dr. Eng, the advisor and coach followed up with this:

“The M3 Challenge is a real-life experience dealing with a very complex open-ended topical issue. The student team must synthesize a mathematical model from an immense amount of research and incomplete information. This Challenge is a new experience for students where there is not a definitive answer. The real-life lesson is how to construct a logical model on the best available, incomplete information to support a conclusion/ recommendation. As additional information is collected, you frequently test the model and make adjustments to improve the accuracy of the model. This is an on-going continuous process, like weather forecasting.”

Left to Right: Coach Dr. Eng, Jason Yan, Eric Chai, Emily Jiang, Gustav Hansen, and Kyle Lui

Left to Right: Coach Dr. Eng, Jason Yan, Eric Chai, Emily Jiang, Gustav Hansen, and Kyle Lui

Chess Team Wins State Title!

The HTHS Chess Team sent 13 participants to the NJ State High School Championship Tournament on Saturday (4/27).  The tournament included 4 rounds and each round lasted close to 2 hours.

The Varsity team consisted of Jason Yan, Andrew Mascillaro, Aditya Baireddy, Abhinav Ramidi and Eric Chai.  The team defeated Union County Votech in round 1 and St Joseph HS in round 2.  In round 3, they had to face perennial chess powerhouse - Bergan County Academy.  BCA was the heavily favored #1 seed in the tournament – their team rating was over 300 points higher than the number 2 seed.  The match went down to the wire but #3 seeded High Tech managed to pull off the epic upset and win the match by a score of 3-2.  In round 4, the team was pitted against #2 seed Gill St Bernard HS.  If High Tech could pull out a win, then they would be state champions.  With the teams tied 2-2, it was up to Jason Yan – who was pitted against the highest rated player in the tournament.  If he could win his match then High Tech would be state champs.  The battle raged for over 2 hours and it ended in a Yantastic win for Jason!!


The following varsity players also earned individual awards:

Jason Yan – Board 1 State Champion!

Aditya Baireddy – 3rd Place at Board 3.

Abhinav Ramidi – 2nd Place at Board 4.

The #4 seeded HTHS JV Team consisting of Andy Zhang, Justin Guo, Alexander Postovskiy, and Kyle Dimaggio performed very well enroute to a 2nd place team finish in the JV Bracket.

In addition, Justin Guo earned 2nd Place at Board 2 and Alexander Postovskiy is the JV Board 3 State Champion!

In the Booster Division,  High Tech was the 2nd place team and all 4 players from High Tech finished in the top 10 as individuals:  4th place for Hazem Zaky; 5th place for Shashwat Tewari; 6th place for Mayank Barad and 7th place for Ben Shain.

Congratulations to all for an outstanding performance!!

The picture on the left is the Varsity team (left to right): Abhinav Ramidi, Eric Chai, Jason Yan, Andrew Mascillaro, Adithya Baireddy

The middle picture is the JV team (left to right): Alexander Postovskiy, Justin Guo, Andy Zhang, Kyle Dimaggio

The picture on the right is the Booster team (left to right): Hazem Zaky, Mayank Barad (missing - Shashwat Tewari, Ben Shain

HTHS Summer Camps for Middle School Students

Mr. Borchardt, Ms. Grunthaner and Mr. Hanas are proud to offer a number of STEM-based summer camps to sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  These camps provide middle school students the opportunity to explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to VEX Robotics

  • Introduction to Engineering Design

  • Digital Art with Photoshop

  • Magnetic Levitation & Solar Technology

  • Digital Circuit Technologies

  • Historical Technology

  • Programming for Middle School Students

  • Website BUilding Technology

  • Introduction to Arduino

  • CO2 Car Engineering Design

Complete course descriptions and schedules are available here:

Please feel free to send the link for the website to friends, family and your local middle schools as all are welcome! If you have any questions regarding the summer camps, please send them by email to:

High Tech Places 1st In The Shore High School Chess League Championship Tournament

On Wednesday 2/28, the Chess Team competed in the Shore High School Chess League Championship Tournament at Monmouth Mall.  The team consisted of Jason Yan, Andrew Mascillaro, Eric Chai, Varun Tupuri and Alexander Postovskiy.

In the first round, they defeated Wall high school.  In the second round, High Tech was paired against perennial powerhouse Holmdel.  A tough battle ensued but High Tech was able to emerge with a decisive victory.

So, for the 10th consecutive year, High Tech had made it into the Shore HS Chess League Championship Match!!  High Tech was pitted against St Joseph High School (from Metuchen) who defeated defending champion CBA in round 2.

An impressive battle ensued.  After the dust settled on the 2 hour match, the teams were tied 2.5 to 2.5.  A 15 minute blitz match would be needed to determine the league champion.  So, the teams regrouped and did battle once again.  The result of the 15 minute blitz was another tie!!!  Another blitz match was required.  This time it would be a 5 minute blitz.  High Tech pulled out a 3 to 2 victory in the 5 minute bltiz to claim the title of Shore High School Chess League Champions!!!!  

From Left to Right: Alexander Postovskiy, Varun Tupuri, Eric Chai, Andrew Mascillaro, Jason Yan, and Mr. Bartlett .

From Left to Right: Alexander Postovskiy, Varun Tupuri, Eric Chai, Andrew Mascillaro, Jason Yan, and Mr. Bartlett .

Chess Team Wins the Stockton University High School Chess Tournament For The 2nd Year In A Row

The HTHS Chess Team participated in the 2nd annual Stockton University High School Chess Tournament on 2/23/19.  The tournament provides an opportunity for teams from the Shore HS Chess League to play teams from the South Jersey Chess League.

The Varsity team was represented by Jason Yan, Abhinav Ramidi, Pranav Gaka, Mayank Barad and Hazem Zaky.  JV players Andy Zhang and Ben Shain were also able to participate.   

The varsity team finished the tournament in a tie with Jackson HS for 1st Place!!  The tiebreaker was a 5 vs 5 blitz match where each player gets 5 mins on their clock.  High Tech pulled out a 4 to 1 win in the blitz match to win the tournament for the 2nd year in a row!

Congratulations to all for an outstanding performance!! 

The Chess Team Members are (L to R): Hazem Zaky, Mayank Barad, Pranav Gaka, Abhinav Ramidi, Jason Yan, and Coach John Bartlett

The Chess Team Members are (L to R): Hazem Zaky, Mayank Barad, Pranav Gaka, Abhinav Ramidi, Jason Yan, and Coach John Bartlett

Academic Team Wins The East Brunswick FunFest Quiz Bowl

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Academic Team sent 4 teams to East Brunswick to compete in their annual FunFest Quiz Bowl.

Against a field of 30 teams, High Tech repeated as champions of the FunFest Quiz Bowl, won by the C-Team, composed of Frank Grabowski, Selena Liu, Brian Liu, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan. The B-Team composed of Michael Li, Adrian Thamburaj, Eric Zheng, and Cole Snedeker, finished in 4th place. The A-Team composed of Steven Liu, Ivy Wang, Anna Cai, and Max Brodsky came in 5th place. The D-Team composed of 4 freshmen, Shashwat Tewari, Emily Luo, Sidharth Srivastava, and Robert Kang, finished with a 5 & 4 record, ranked in 15th place in a field of 30 teams. In addition, Steven Liu won a book prize for achieving the 4th highest individual score. Another outstanding performance by all. 

The team photos are below, courtesy of Ms. Grabowski.

The Chess Team Finished in 1st Place in its Last Two Tournaments

Congratulations to the varsity Chess Team for earning first place in the two recent tournaments sponsored by the Shore High School Chess League.  Below are the details and a picture from each event. 


The team won the annual Toms River Elks Chess Tournament held on Sunday 1/20.  They entered the 4 round competition as the 3rd seed and defeated both the 2nd seed and 1st seed teams in the final 2 rounds enroute to the title.  The team was lead by tournament MVP Jason Yan.  The other players on the varsity team were: Andrew Mascillaro, Abhinav Ramidi, Aditya Baireddy and Varun Tupuri.



On Saturday, 2/2, they defeated St Joseph high school in the championship match of the annual Knights of Columbus Tournament to become the champions of the 2019 Knights of Columbus Tournament.  This is the record breaking 5th consecutive year that High Tech has won the tournament!!  The Varsity Team finished the day with a record of 4 and 0.  They won an impressive 17 games out of 20.  The varsity team consisted of Jason Yan, Andrew Mascillaro, Eric Chai, Abhinav Ramidi and Aditya Baireddy.  Jason Yan was named the tournament MVP.


The High Tech Academic Team Finishes in 2nd Place at the State Championship

The Academic Team sent 3 teams to the New Jersey State Championship History Bee and Bowl at Ridgewood HS on Jan 19, 2019, with a field of 85 teams.

The A Team qualified for the Championship match but lost to Hunter College High School of NYC, to finish in second place. The B Team finished as quarter-finalists. The C Team qualified for the top 16 playoffs. 

Deepak Gopalakrishnan finished in 2nd place and won the silver medal in the JV History Bee.

A Team 
Steven Liu
Cole Snedeker                 
Karen LI
Deepak Gopalakrishnan   

B Team
Michael Li
Adrian Thamburaj
Eric Zheng
Anna Cai

C Team
Frank Grabowski
Alex Wu
Max Brodsky


Sophomore Brian Liu is Runner Up In International Math Championship


Providence, RI—Brian Liu, a sophomore at High Technology High School in Lincroft, finished second and won $6,000 in the 2019 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship, Saturday, January 19 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore. This is the second year in a row that Brian finished as the runner-up.

Info about Brian:

·         He earned a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competitions 10 exam, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, and the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad, and has qualified twice for the Mathematics Olympiad Program.

·         Brian won the "Funniest Halloween Costume" at High Technology last year.

Of the $6,000 total, $3,000 will go to Brian and $3,000 to the math department at High Technology High School.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician was part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in Baltimore January 16-19. Over 5,000 mathematicians attended the meeting. This is the tenth championship contest of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician. The American Mathematical Society (AMS) organizes the championship game and regional games in different cities nationwide to reward good mathematics students.

Brian finished in second place among 12 semifinalists from the US, Canada, and the UK, who were selected from more than 5,000 students based on their scores on a qualifying test administered by the game's technology sponsor, DigitalEd, using its online testing and assessment tool, Möbius.

More information about Brian and the other contestants


Game sponsors: The contest is sponsored by the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Technology Sponsors Maplesoft and DigitalEd, the Online Community Sponsor Art of Problem Solving, Wolfram Research, the Good Thinking Society, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), Texas Instruments, John Wiley & Sons, and the AMS.

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Junior Laura Futamura To Appear On NPR's From The Top Program


GUEST HOST MOLLY YEH (Food Network’s Girl Meets Farm) 

Episode airs on WQXR 105.9 FM January 5 

17-year-old flutist Laura Futamura from Middletown, New Jersey will appear on an upcoming episode of From the Top, the hit NPR radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians. The show will air on WQXR 105.9 FM Saturday January 5 at 6 AM and by podcast at beginning December 31. The broadcast features performances and interviews with outstanding young musicians and Guest Host Molly Yeh and Co-Host/Pianist Peter Dugan and was taped before a live audience at the University of Connecticut’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts this fall.

Laura is a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey and studies with Carol Wincenc at The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. She was the winner of “Best Performance of a Newly Commissioned Piece” award (for the piece she plays on From the Top) and second place overall at the 2018 National Flute Association High School Soloist competition, a 2018 and 2019 HM winner of the National Young Arts Foundation, and participated in Carnegie Hall’s 2018 National Youth Orchestra 2. Laura is a member of her school’s VEX robotics team (first place winners at the National Technology Student Association Conference in VEX Robotics Skills), a teaching assistant for a middle school robotics and coding program, and a volunteer for the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Juvenile Conference Committee. She also enjoys painting, reading novels and fashion.

On the broadcast, Laura performs Fanmi Imèn, Poem for Flute and Piano by Valerie Coleman with Peter Dugan, piano. Her performance is part of From the Top’s New Music Series.

Also featured on the broadcast: 

14-year-old cellist Amy Goto from Kingston, Rhode Island;

17-year-old pianist Tristan Paradee from Burbank, California; 

16-year-old harpist Priyanka Gohal from Jamestown, Indiana; 

15-year-old violinist Ethan Fisher-Chaves from Charlton, Massachusetts; 

performing works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Brahms, Zabel, and Coleman.


Ethan Fisher-Chaves, Priyanka Gohal,and Tristan Paradeewill also receive From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in conjunction with their performances on the show. The award of up to $10,000 is given to deserving young musicians to help further their musical studies. 

Broadcast on more than 220 stations nationwide to an audience of nearly half a million listeners, From the Top is the most popular weekly one-hour music program on public radio. Young performers share their passion for classical music, and speak about their non-musical lives, from career goals and family traditions to hidden talents, school, and community life. From the Top appeals to diverse audiences, but is especially suited for ages 7 and up.


About From the Top

Based in Boston, From the Top is an independent non-profit organization that supports, develops, and shares the artistic voices and stories of young classically-trained musicians. Its national platform and leadership programs amplify the hope, passion, and discipline of today’s extraordinary young musicians.

From the Top provides young musicians with live performance opportunities in premier concert venues across the country; national exposure to over a half million listeners on its weekly NPR show; leadership and community engagement preparation; and nearly $3 million in scholarships since 2005.

From the Top’s programs are made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts, a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and partnerships with radio stations nationwide. 

Learn more at


For a complete listing of repertoire and performance photographs, please contact Erin MacCurtain at or 617-437-0707 x103

Please visit for more information.

Academic Team Collects Serious Hardware at the History Bee & Bowl Competition

On Oct. 27, in a heavy wind storm, the Academic Team sent 2 teams to the Northern Jersey History Bee & History Bowl Competition at Seton Hall University.

Reader, Darren Petrosino [Bee]i; Scorekeeper, Anna Cai  [Bee]

A Team

Steven Liu

Karen Li

Deepak Gopalakrishnan

Cole Snedeker

Darren Petrosino

B Team

Michael Li

Frank Grabowski

Sam Hampel

Alex Wu

Both the A-Team and B-Team were undefeated until they met in the Semi-finals match. The A-Team advanced to the finals but lost the championship to Millburn H.S. in a close match. The A-Team received a plaque for second place and the B-Team received a plaque for third place.

In the individual Varsity History Bee, Cole Snedeker won the Silver Medal for second place, while Darren Petrosino placed 4th, Steven Liu placed 6th, Karen Li placed 7th, and Frank Grabowski placed 8th, All five students qualified to compete in the National History Bee in April. 

In the individual JV History Bee, Deepak Gopalakrishnan won the Gold medal for first place, Alex Wu won the Bronze Medal for third place, while Sam Hampel placed 4th, and all qualified for the Nationals.

In the US Geography Olympiad National Qualifying Exam, Deepak Gopalakrishnan placed second and Cole Snedeker placed 5th, both qualifying for the Nationals.

In the US History Bee National Qualifying Exam, Alex Wu come in first place in the JV division and Karen Li come in 7th place in the Varsity Division, both qualifying for the Nationals.

Below is a photo of all the students who participated and their leader Dr. Eng.

Seton Hall Oct 27 2018.jpeg

Snacks With Scientists - Recap and Pictures

Snacks With Scientists is an initiative started four years ago by senior girls from High Tech who wanted to provide an event for young girls where they could learn about career opportunities in STEM fields and meet and interact with females currently working in those fields. The event specifically targets girls in the fifth and sixth grade. This year marks the fourth annual Snacks With Scientists event. 

 Over 100 girls attended this years event. Sixteen different professionals volunteered their time to come and talk about their careers and interact with the girls. The event is sponsored by the National Honor Society and the Steminist club. Thank you to Ms. Gross, the advisor for both clubs and all the students who helped make this year’s event a success. Thank you also to Delicious Orchards for donating snacks.

Below are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Melanie Chen, Katherine Liu and Annie Zhou.