Academic Team Takes 1st Place at LIFT Tournament

Over the weekend, the Academic Team traveled to Kellenberg Memorial High School for their annual Long Island Fall Quiz Bowl Tournament.

The High Tech A-Team, consisting of Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, Selena Liu, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan went 9-1 throughout the day. Their last afternoon match was against undefeated East Brunswick A-Team and effectively served as the Finals match. High Tech A-Team won the match, 415 to 310, securing the LIFT Championship. Last year, HIgh Tech placed second at the LIFT Tournament.

Originally, High Tech entered two teams into the LIFT tournament. A few days before the tournament, a team dropped out. High Tech volunteered to split its B-Team so there would be an optimal number of 24 teams competing.

As the teams gathered on Saturday, at the last minute, another team dropped out. So Max Brodsky volunteered to play solo as a team of one, to maintain the optimal competition schedule.

The High Tech B-Team consisted of Alexander Wu, Sidharth Srivastava, and Shashwat Tewari and went 5-6. They played against High Tech A-Team in the afternoon playoff rounds.

The High Tech Freshman C-Team consisted of Varun Gupta, Spencer Lyudovyk, and Abhilash Bodala and they went 4-6.

The High Tech D-Team (sophomore Max as a solo player) went 7-4, going undefeated in afternoon consolation rounds.

Book prizes for the top 10 individual scores in morning rounds were awarded to: Max Brodsky for 5th place, Deepak Gopalakrishnan for 9th place, and Alexander Wu for 10th place. The Team photos courtesy of Ms Grabowski. And special thanks to the parents providing transportation: Ms Grabowski and Mr Tewari.

High Tech A-Team: Selena Liu, Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan

High Tech A-Team: Selena Liu, Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan

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Fall Information Dates Posted - Click Here For More Information

The first step in the application process to High Technology High School is to attend an Information Session. The information sessions are for eighth-grade students and their parents. Each session runs for about 2 1/2 hours. You must attend the entire session in order to get a registration code at the end and apply to the school.

The dates and times for the Fall 2019 Information Sessions are:

Saturday, October 5 at 10:00am

Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30pm

Saturday, October 26 at 10:00am

Thursday, November 14 at 6:30pm


More information is available here.

High Tech Student Provides Free Coding Workshops For Girls

High Tech senior, Aparna Kumar, recently had her Gold Award project approved by the Girls Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest achieving award a girl scout can earn.

Aparna launched the Let’s Code Cyber Circle initiative, a program that sparks STEM awareness for middle and high school girls through free, hands-on workshops throughout NJ, on topics ranging from Python, cyber-security, wearables, Arduino, paper circuits, and more. She developed a website providing program details and developed curriculum suitable for novice users. She has conducted the workshops along with her team and has spent over 100 hours towards the project so far. Inspired by her work, she has been awarded a grant of $1900 to conduct future workshops. She plans to expand her initiative to reach more students in future years.

The Girl Scouts will be conducting a ceremony in May of 2020, when she will be presented with the Gold Award pin. You can read more about her program at her website:

 Congratulations Aparna!



Academic Team Takes 1st Place at Rutger's Scarlet Knight Invitational

In the first academic quiz bowl tournament of the year, at Rutgers University’s Scarlet Knight Invitational Tournament, our A-Team, consisting of Frank Grabowski, Karen Li, Selena Liu and Deepak Gopalakrishnan won first place, beating East Brunswick in the Championship match and qualified for the national championship tournament in Atlanta over the Memorial Day weekend. Frank, Selena and Deepak were also part of the Championship team that won this tournament last year.

Our B-Team, consisting of Samuel Hampel, Max Brodsky, Shashwat Tewari, Sidharth Srivastava, and Alexander Wu finished in fourth place. The B-Team was undefeated in the preliminary matches, but lost to the A-Team in the playoffs.

In addition, Deepak Gopalakrishnan and Alexander Wu received individual book awards for the highest individual scores in the 10 preliminary rounds. 

Below is a group picture of the Academic Team with five notable High Tech alumni assisting in the tournament. In fact, the High Tech alumni ran the first playoff match between our A-Team and B-Team, it was just like old times.

The alumni in the group picture are Jerry Huang [first person, top row, Rutgers], Adrian Thamburaj [third person, top row, Rutgers], Doug Simons [fifth person, bottom row, NYU], Steven Liu [sixth person, bottom row, MIT], and Darren Petrosino [seventh person, bottom row, Rutgers]


Twenty-Two Students Named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists

Twenty-two students from High Technology High School have been named semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020. All semifinalists are eligible to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2020.

HTHS 2020 National Merit semifinalists are: 

Kevin Chen Karen Li
Justin Diament Katherine Liu
Chukwuemekalum Echezona Arjun Menon
Katrina Florendo Ravi Raghavan
Gustav Hansen Abhijat Sarma
Aruj Jain Akhil Thalasila
Sana Jain Lawrence Wang
Emily Jiang Jason Yan
Addison Kalanther Brianna Yao
Amiya Kumar Adrienne Yu
Aparna Kumar Sophie Zhang

Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2020. More than 1.5 million juniors entered the 2020 National Merit program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screen of program entrants.  

The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.These determinations are made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, not FCPS or individual schools.

Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2020:  National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.

Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2020.

High Tech Students Excel at National TSA Competition

TSA National Conference 2019 

HTHS by the Numbers 

3 Trophies

8 Finalists

9 Semi-Finalists

25 Events

1 - First Place

0 – Second Place

2 – Third Place

41 Attendees

23 out of 41 are Finalists / Award Winners 

Chapter Team
7th Place
Mary Chen, Max Lieberman, Emily Liu, 
Katherine Liu, Khushi Sabuwala, Karena Yan

8th Place 
Adithya Balachandran, Jack Hao, 
Josh Rakovitsky, Manan Saaraswat

Debating Technological Issues
3rd Place 
Denis Nazarchuk, Josh Rakovitsky 

On Demand Video
3rd Place 
Ryan Glasser, Malik Javaid, Addison Kalanther, 
Apollo Lee, Nelson Lin, Jeffrey Min 

Prepared Presentation
9th Place
Aparna Kumar 

Scientific Visualization
9th Place 
Jessica Abbott, Malik Javaid, Addison Kalanther, 
Adrienne Yu, Helena Zhang, Annie Zhou

System Control Technology
Semi-Finalist / Finalist
1st Place
Thomas Chen, Emeka Echezona, Jason Yan

Transportation Modeling
Semi-Finalist / Finalist
9th Place
Kelly Qiang

2019 Overall National Ranking 9th/10th Grades
Rank #2       Digital Media
Rank #2       Engineering Computation
Rank #6       Best in Nation 
Adithya Balachandran, Jack Hao, Jeffrey Min, Josh Rakovitsky, 
Manan Saaraswat, Khushi Sabuwala, Varun Tupuri, 


High Tech Academic Team Places 5th In National Tournament

This past weekend, High Tech sent two Academic Teams to PACE, the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence National Scholastic Championship in Reston, Virginia. On Saturday, the A-team of Steven Liu, Darren Petrosino, Cole Snedeker, and Michael Li went undefeated in morning prelims and 4-1 in the afternoon playoffs, clinching top 8 in this national tournament for the first time since 2015. On Sunday, they went 3-4 among the best of the best to finish 5th place out of 96 teams. The B-team of Samuel Hampel, Frank Grabowski, Selena Liu, and Deepak Gopalakrishnan went 2-5 on Sunday, but were still able to get 55th in the tournament, despite having no seniors.

This is the last tournament that Steven, Michael, Darren, and Cole will ever play for High Tech. Getting fifth place was a proper send-off, being one of the best placements High Tech has ever gotten at a national tournament. You all make us proud. Congratulations on a terrific year.

In the picture below from left to right: Darren Petrosino, Michael Li, Steven Liu, and Cole Snedeker.

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:

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

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 .