High Tech Captures the Championship Trophy at the Biotechnology Bio-Bowl

      On Wednesday, December 6, the HTHS Academic Team sent two teams to compete in Biotechnology HS’s annual quiz bowl, Bio-Bowl. The High Tech teams finished in 8th and 10th place in a field of 22 teams in the 3 preliminary rounds. 

      The top 8 teams returned on Wednesday, December 13 for the single-elimination playoffs. In the quarter-final match, the number 8 seed High Tech team faced-off against the number one seed, Leonia HS, and won in a very close match. In the semi-final match against the number five seeded team, Chatham 2, High Tech came from behind to win another tight scoring game. In the Championship match against the number two seeded team, Chatham 1, High Tech stumbled early, missing 3 questions in a row, allowing Chatham to mount a sizable lead. But High Tech did not give up and prevented the lead from increasing further. In the fourth quarter, Chatham stumbled and High Tech scored five consecutive 100 point questions to take a commanding lead and coast to victory and the take the Championship trophy.

      The Championship High Tech team is pictured below with the championship trophy. From left to right: Dr. Eng (Academic Team Advisor), Michael Li (junior, Holmdel),  Sidhu Arakkal (junior, Howell), Adrian Thamburaj (junior, Aberdeen), Deepark Gopalakrishnan (freshman, Freehold Township), and Selena Liu (sophomore, Holmdel).  

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Juniors Win Congressional App Challenge For Rep. Frank Pallone's 6th District

Juniors Steven Vorona, Rishi Salwi, Kyle Liu, and Charvi Shah designed the app EmergenServe. They entered the app in the Congressional App Challenge and were chosen as the winners for Rep. Fran Pallone's 6th district. Steven, Rishi, and Charvi are repeat winners as they won last year's Congressional App Challenge for the 6th district.

The app seeks to reduce the response time for emergencies and give exact locations to first responders. Watch the video below for a full explanation of what the app can do.

The Senior/Freshman Team Outlasts The Junior/Sophomore Team In The Inaugural Powderpuff Football Game.

The senior girls joined forces with the freshman to take on the juniors and sophomores in the first Powderpuff football game at High Tech on Thursday, November 2nd. The senior/freshman team prevailed in a close game by the score of 30-20. 

The seniors rode the throwing arm of Emma Vasen. Emma had a plethora of receivers to work with. She connected with Calli Sabaitis, Rita Vought, and Ana Brendel. On defense, the seniors were led by the ferocious Lori Zhang. Alisa Lai had two interceptions and almost had a pick six but she was forced out of bounds at the 2-yard line.

The juniors were led by quarterback Anjali Chakradhar. The juniors used a punishing ground game behind the deft running of Lucia Tian and Emily Liu. On defense, Laura Futamura was tenacious and even sacked the senior quarterback for a safety.

The High Tech dance team, under the direction of Ms. Babbin, got the festivities started by performing one of their numbers. Each of the four classes also had their own cheerleaders perform a routine at halftime. The cheerleaders stole the show and the judges narrowly awarded the senior squad first place ahead of the juniors.

The pictures below were provided by freshman Suhani Balachandran.

Academic Team Takes 1st Place At The North Jersey Varsity History Bowl Championship

This past Saturday, The Academic Team won the North Jersey Varsity History Bowl Championship at Seton Hall University for the third consecutive year. 

The Varsity Team consisted of Doug Simons, Steven Liu, Darren Petrosino, Cole Snedeker and Anna Cai. In addition, Doug Simons received the Gold Medal for winning the individual Varsity History Bee Championship.

In the JV History Bowl division, High Tech finished in 2nd place. Our JV Academic Team consisted only of 2 sophomores, Frankie Grabowski and Karen Li. In addition, Karen Li received the Silver Medal for finishing second in the individual JV History Bee Championship.

Varsity Team: Advisor Dr. Eng, Cole Snedeker, Steven Liu, Doug Simons, Anna Cai, and Darren Petrisino

Varsity Team: Advisor Dr. Eng, Cole Snedeker, Steven Liu, Doug Simons, Anna Cai, and Darren Petrisino

JV Team: Frankie Grabowski and Karen Li

JV Team: Frankie Grabowski and Karen Li

Graduating Seniors Apply For Patent For EDD Project

For their capstone project in the Engineering Design and Development (EDD) course, Katie Bardsley, Kevin Berry, Matthew Hawkins, and Tim Vallancourt sought to create a nail clipper attachment for upper limb amputees, stroke victims, and people with limited finger dexterity. Using conventional nail clippers, people with limited mobility on one side of the body cannot clip their own fingernails without considerable effort. While most people can use a nail clipper no bigger than a few inches, there exists a market for those who cannot use such a device.

To address this problem, the team designed a nail clipper attachment consisting of a 3D printed plastic body which houses a standard metal nail clipper. The plastic body contains two “L” shaped body pieces that are connected with a thermoplastic stabilizing piece and metal snaps at the joints. There are a variety of ways to use the device by applying force to the lever arms with one’s legs, upper arm and torso, or by simply resting the device on a table and pressing down on the large lever arm using whatever method is most convenient. With a variety of practical ways to use the device, the product proves to be extremely helpful for the target audience, an audience that has expanded significantly with continued testing. Overall, the project was a great success and the group found it extremely rewarding seeing their initial idea become a positive influence in the lives of others. The team filed for a provisional patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office and can officially say their device is “Patent Pending.”


High Tech Students Excel on The National French Exam

RESULTS for the 2017 National French Exam are in. “Le Grand Concours” is a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students were evaluated for their written, oral and listening comprehension skills in French. Students in all 50 states competed in the 2017 event. Plaques, medals and certificates are issued to students.

The following students have received medals and Certificates for their standing.

Highest score in each level division: Platinum medal, plaque, and certificate

  1. 95th Percentile:                     Gold medal and certificate
  2. 85th and 90th Percentile:     Silver medal and certificate
  3. 75th and 80TH Percentile:    Bronze medal and certificate

Congratulations to all for your dedication and success the French Language.

French 1/2
PLATINUM: Highest level achievement is Platinum medal, plaque, certificate, and perfect score for:
Emily Jiang
Caitlin Wang
Adrienne Wu

Echezona Chukwuemeka
Laura Futamura
Gustav Hansen
Abhijat Sarma

Thomas Chan
Katrina Florendo
Aruj Jain
Sunny Liang
Clare Kuo
Ravi Raghavan
Brianna Yao
Sophie Zhang

Ludriana Bazile
Lauren Cali
Sana Jain

French 3
Claire Wang
Karena Yan

Anna Cai
Kyle Lui
Maxwell Hampel

Emma Butrym
Julienne Chaqour
Maylin Horchler
Ivy Wang

French 4:
Rachael Hutson

Emma Vasen

Christina Wang
Kaylee Wang
Yihan (Wendy)  WU

French 5:
Anjali Nambrath
Sarah Vicol

Zak Dasaro
Siqi Ma

Samantha Cheng

Congratulations to all for your dedication and success in the French Honors Language Program.

High Tech - The #1 STEM School In The Country For The Third Year In A Row

Today US News & World Report put out their national high school rankings. High Technology High School was ranked the #1 STEM High School in the country. This is the 6th time in the last 7 years that High Tech has reached this distinction. The STEM ranking is based solely on how well the senior class does on AP mathematics and science exams. High Tech was also ranked the #16 Best High school in the nation out of all public schools (not just stem schools). While we have to be careful not to read too much into the national rankings, it does provide some validation for all the hard work by the staff and students of High Tech. Additionally, the school districts in Monmouth County do a tremendous job at preparing their students to excel in high school. Finally, the parents of High Tech students are to be commended as well for all they do to assist their children in their academic and extracurricular pursuits.

US News & World Report also put out rankings for each state. High Tech was ranked #1 in New Jersey, followed by our sister schools, MAST at #9, Allied Health at #16, Communications at #34, and Biotechnology at #81. This underscores the fact that the Monmouth County Vocational School District is providing an excellent education for the students of Monmouth County.




High Tech Students Shine At State TSA Competition

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the various competitions. We are proud of all the students who competed. A great big thank you to Mr. Dennis for faithfully advising the TSA each and every year. May you all have much success at the national TSA competition in late June in Orlando.

New Jersey TSA State Conference 2017

HTHS by the Numbers

25 Trophies

21 Events

13 – First Place

7 – Second Place

5 – Third Place

Architectural Renovation

2nd Place:  Austin Rose, Katherine Bardsley, Olivia Werner,

Rachel Kenny, Haydn Lang, Calli Sabaitis


1st Place: Sidhu Arakkal, Charvi Shah, Ryan Wu,

Bryan Yao, Sophie Zhang

2nd Place:  Eric Chai, Julienne Chaqour, Max Lieberman,

Nelson Lin, Lucia Tian

Biotechnology Design

1st Place:  Emma Butrym, Emily Liu (10th), Selena Liu,

Charvi Shah, Brianna Yao, Annie Zhou

Chapter Team

1st Place:   Anjali Chakradhar, Mary Chen, Max Lieberman, Rachel Ma, Gaurav Sharma, Karena Yan


1st Place: Sam Alws, Zak Dasaro, Karl Roush

3rd Place:  Kunaal Chaudhari, Eric Lou, Darren Schachter

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)

1st Place:  Phoebe Li, William Peracchio

Computer-Aided Design (CAD), 3D

1st Place: Alissa Tsai

Digital Video Production

2nd Place:  William Cai, Eric Chai, Julienne Chaqour,

Laura Futamura, Katherine Liu, Nia Mallangada

Essays on Technology

3rd Place:  Kevin Berry

Flight Endurance

3rd Place:  Allen Zhang

On Demand Video

2nd Place:  Kayla DeRosa, Daniel Devory, John Doyle,

Karan Menon, Matthew Rosivack, Timothy Zhou

Optical Engineering

1st Place:  JP Edralin, Kyle Lee, Phil Meltzer, Nethra Parasuram,

Maya Ravichandran, Jasmine Shen

Prepared Presentation

1st Place:  Aparna Ragupathi

Software Development

1st Place:  Aneesh Agrawal, Tim Vallancourt, Elijah Smith,

Sarah Vicol, Jacob Yatvitskiy, Owen Zhang

Structural Design and Engineering

1st Place: Daniel Du, Andrew Mascillaro

System Control Technology

2nd  Place:  Joseph Edralin, Kyle Lee, Jasmine Shen

Technology Bowl

1st Place:  Eric He, Zack Freid, Melina Muthuswamy

Transportation Modeling

1st Place:  Kelly Qiang

2nd Place:  Yihan Wu

VEX Robotics (Tournament)

3rd Place: Anjali Nambrath, Arvind Yalavarti,

Kevin Yan, Emily Liu, Chris Yin,

Alexander Yao

VEX Robotics (Skills)

3rd Place: Anjali Nambrath, Arvind Yalavarti,

Kevin Yan, Emily Liu, Chris Yin,

Alexander Yao

Video Game Design

2nd Place: Sidhu Arakkal, Justin Diamnet, Malik Javaid,

Adithya Paramasivam, Scott Wang, Bryan Yao


1st Place:  Alec Grant, Joshua Atienza,

Eric Jiang, James Randolph, Sam Cheng

2017 Overall State Ranking 11th/12th Grades

New Jersey Total Teams: 48 Top Score: 201.07

Rank #2     New Jersey 11th/12th Grades TEAM A Score: 196.43

Alisa Lai, Christina Wang (11), Eric Lou, Julian Tsang, Lori Zhang,

Raghav Gopalakrishnan, Ryan Wu, Wendy Wu

Rank #34     New Jersey 11th/12th Grades TEAM B Score: 158.83

Maya Ravichandran, Nethra Parasuram, Patrick Meng,

Christina Wang (12)

2017 Overall State Ranking 9th/10th Grades

New Jersey Total Teams: 21 Top Score: 202.7

Rank #3       New Jersey  9th/10th Grade TEAM B Score: 185.26

Aidan Kelly, Anna Cai, Eric Zheng, Mayank Barad,

Maylin Horchler, Neel Doshi, Selena Liu, Steven Vorona

Rank #10      New Jersey  9th/10th Grade TEAM A Score: 158.26

Anjali Chakradhar, Daniel Du, Emeka Echezona, Justin Wang,

Karena Yan, Kyle Lui, Rishi Salwi, Thomas Chan


Class of 2021 - Congratulations & Welcome to High Tech

Congratulations and welcome to all our new incoming freshman. Below are some useful dates you will want to keep track of. A packet of information will be mailed home to each of you and you should receive it by Friday, April 7th.

Freshman Orientation: Thursday, April 27th @ 6:30 pm

Placement Test (Algebra & World Languages): Tuesday, May 23rd @ 3:30 pm

Placement Test (Geometry): Tuesday, May 30th @ 3:00 pm

Summer Geometry Class (For students who have never had geometry): July 10th - August 11th, M-F, 8 am - 1 pm.



Chess Team Wins State Championship!

The HTHS Chess Team participated in the NJ State Championship Tournament over the weekend.  The tournament included 3 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday.  The Varsity team consisted of Chris Wu, Kevin Yan, Philip Meltzer, Kevin Lu and Jason Yan.  On Saturday, the team easily defeated CBA #2 in round 1 and Sparta HS in round 2. In round 3, they had to face perennial chess powerhouse - Bergan County Academy (BCA) #1.  BCA #1 was the number 1 seed in the tournament.  The match went down to the wire but number 2 seeded High Tech managed to pull off the upset and win the match by a score of 3-2.  On Sunday, High Tech shut out BCA #2 in round 4.  In round 5, the team was pitted against arch-rival CBA, which High Tech defeated 5-0. By virtue of that victory, High Tech had won state championship.

The following players earned individual awards:

Chris Wu – Board 1 State Champion!

Kevin Yan - Board 2 State Champion!

Philip Meltzer - Board 3 State Champion!

Jason Yan - Board 5 State Champion!

Samantha Cheng - Board 5 2nd Place

Aryan Shah – 6th Place Booster section

HTHS had a total of 14 players in the tournament.  Congratulations to all for an outstanding performance!!


Chess Team Wins The Shore High School League Championship!

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Chess Team competed in the Shore High School Chess League Championship Tournament at Monmouth Mall.  The team –consisting of Christopher Wu, Kevin Yan, Philip Meltzer, Kevin Lu and Jason Yan– dismantled St Joseph HS in the first round by a score of 4.5 to 0..5

In the second round, High Tech was paired against Rumson Fair Haven.  RFH was undefeated during the regular season, but High Tech dissected them on their way to a 5-0 shutout.

So, for the 8th consecutive year, High Tech had made it into the Shore HS Chess League Championship Match!!  High Tech was pitted against arch-rival CBA, who upset the defending champion Princeton HS in round 2.   

Chris Wu had the team focused and well prepared.  He led the way by earning the first win of the championship match.  Kevin Yan and Kevin Lu would soon follow with victories that would guarantee a win for High Tech.  Philip Meltzer and Jason Yan wrapped things up with 2 more wins.  High Tech pulled off a devastating shutout to claim the league title and become the Shore HS Chess League Champions for 2017!!!

Each varsity player was undefeated and earned an individual board award for their performance during the tournament.   High Tech won an amazing 14.5 points out of 15 possible points.

In the Extra Player Tournament with 62 participants, Allen Zhang, Andrew Mascillaro and Aryan Shah represented High Tech.   Each player finished in the top 10.  Aryan earned 10th place.  Andrew earned 4th place and Allen finish in 2nd place.

WAY TO GO High Tech!!!

Back Row: Jason Yan, Kevin Lu, Kevin Yan, Phil Meltzer, and Chris Wu. Front Row: Allen Zhang, Andrew Mascillaro, and Aryan Shah.

Back Row: Jason Yan, Kevin Lu, Kevin Yan, Phil Meltzer, and Chris Wu.
Front Row: Allen Zhang, Andrew Mascillaro, and Aryan Shah.

Academic Team Places 2nd at NJ State History Bee & Bowl Championship

On Saturday, January 14, the Academic Team sent 2 teams to New Jersey State History Bee & Bowl Championship tournament at Ridgewood HS.

With 36 teams competing in the varsity division, the High Tech varsity team [Samuel Kao, Douglas Simons, Karl Roush, and Darren Petrosino] was undefeated until the Championship match, losing to Hunter College HS of New York City. Hunter won the NJ State History Bowl Championship plaque, and High Tech won the 2nd place plaque, but was the top New Jersey varsity team. Similarly, in the JV division, with 31 teams competing, the High Tech JV Team [Adrian Thamburaj, Steven Liu, Eric Zheng, Cole Snedeker, Karen Li, and Selena Liu] was undefeated until matched against the Hunter College HS JV in the semi-finals playoff match. Hunter College HS won the JV Bowl Championship plaque and High Tech won the semi-finals plaque.

In the History Bee competition, the outcome was the same. In the Varsity Bee Championship match, Luke Tierney of Hunter College HS of New York City won the first place 'gold' medal while High Tech's Douglas Simons won the second place 'silver medal. Samuel Kao was fourth in the Bee, missing by 1 point for 3rd place. In the JV Bee Championship match, Daniel Ma of Hunter College HS won the first place 'gold' metal while Darren Petrosino of High Tech won the second place 'silver' metal. Steven Liu and Eric Zheng were Finalists in the JV Bee, and Adrian Thamburaj, Karen Li, and Cole Snedeker were Semi-Finalists in the JV Bee.

In the Geography contest, Steven Liu to 3rd place in the JV division.

In summary, Hunter College HS of New York to the top awards and High Tech to finish in second place, as the top New Jersey team.

From Left to right: Darren Petrosino, Samuel Kao, Karl Roush, and Dr. Eng. Photo by David Roush

From Left to right: Darren Petrosino, Samuel Kao, Karl Roush, and Dr. Eng.

Photo by David Roush

High Tech Students Excel At The NJ Grade School Chess Championship

Congratulations to Christopher Wu, Philip “Mr. HTHS” Meltzer, and Jared Braycewski for earning the title of 12th Grade State Champions as a result of their team win in the 12th grade bracket of the NJ GRADE SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS held at Brookdale last Sunday.  Christopher won all 5 of his games.  Philip had 4 wins and Jared had 3 wins and 1 draw.

Additionally, HTHS had two other groups of students that earned team awards.  In 11th grade, Kevin Lu, Aryan Shah, Kevin Yan and Allen Zhang combined to earn the 3rd Place team award for Grade 11.  In 10th grade, Eric Chai, Nelson Lin and Andrew Mascillaro combined to earn 3rd Place for Grade 10. 

Several players earned individual awards also.  In the 9th grade bracket, Jason Yan had 3 wins and earned the 8th Place trophy for 9th grade.  In the 10th grade bracket, Eric had 3 wins to earn the 7th Place trophy and Andrew had 2 wins and 2 draws to earn the 10th Place trophy. In the 11th grade bracket, Kevin Yan had 2 wins and 2 draws to earn the 8th Place trophy while Kevin Lu had 3 wins to earn the 9th Place trophy.  In the 12th grade bracket, the 3 seniors earned a sweep of the top 3 individual awards.  Jared won 3rd Place, Philip won 2nd Place and Chris Wu is the 12th grade State Champion!!

Vought Sisters Named To All-State Tennis Teams

Junior Rita Vought and her sister, sophomore Vickie Vought, both made all-state honors for the role they played in another successful year for the Holmdel Girls Tennis Team. The team finished second in the state falling to Millburn 3-2 in the Tournament of Champions final.

Rita made All-State Flighted First Team

Rita Vought uses her strong backhand to return a shot.

Rita Vought uses her strong backhand to return a shot.

Vickie made All-State Second Team.  Vickie was also named to the All-Group 2 First team.

Above right Vickie Vought talks strategy with her doubles partner.

Above right Vickie Vought talks strategy with her doubles partner.