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.

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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.

Academic Team Places First at Rutgers' Scarlet Knight Invitation Tournament

In the first academic quiz bowl tournament of the year, the Rutgers University Scarlet Knight Invitation Tournament, our B-Team won first place, beating East Brunswick, 470 to 230, in the Championship match and qualified for the national championship tournament in Atlanta over the Memorial Day weekend. Our A-Team beat Millburn to win third place. Our C-Team was undefeated in the Novice bracket.

In the individual book awards for the highest individual scores, Steven Liu placed second in the competitive division while Alex Wu and Brian Liu placed 3rd and 4th in the Novice division.

A team
Adrian Thamburaj  [captain]
Steven Liu

B team
Ivy Wang [captain]
Cole Snedeker
Selena Liu
Frank Grabowski
Deepak Gopalakrishnan

C team
Evelyn Bernstein [captain]
Alex Wu
Roy Chen
Brian Liu

The B Team is Pictured Above: Deepak Gopalakrishnan, Cole Snedeker, Frank Grabowski, Ivy Wang, Selena Liu, and Dr. Eng.

The B Team is Pictured Above: Deepak Gopalakrishnan, Cole Snedeker, Frank Grabowski, Ivy Wang, Selena Liu, and Dr. Eng.

High Tech Students Shine at National TSA Competition

Congratulations to all the students who participated in this year's National TSA Competition. Below are the results from the competition.

2018 TSA National Conference Results

Software Development (HS)

2nd Place

Kunaal Chaudhari, Darren Schachter,

Christopher Yin, Sidhu Arakkal

VEX Robotics Competition

1st Place-Robot Skills

Laura Futamura, Arvind Yalavarti, Gustav Hansen

Christopher Yin, Brianna Yao, Kunaal Chaudhari

VEX Robotics Competition

3rd Place-Excellence Award

Laura Futamura, Arvind Yalavarti, Gustav Hansen

Christopher Yin, Brianna Yao, Kunaal Chaudhari

Chapter Team


Mary Chen, Max Lieberman, Karena Yan,

Katherine Liu, Khushi Sabuwala, Kelly Qiang

Enginnering Design

Semi-Finalist / Finalist

Suhani Balachandran, Kara Lui, Sean Maniar,

Mausam Patel, Nina Tripathi

Transportation Modeling

Semi-Finalist / Finalist

Kelly Qiang

Structural Design and Engineering


Daniel Du, Andrew Mascillaro

System Control Technology

Semi-Finalist / Finalist

Thomas Chen, Emeka Echezona, Jason Yan

High Tech Students Perform Well in the NJ Academy of Science Competition

Thirteen HTHS students participated in the NJ Academy of Science competition held this past Saturday at Kean University.

FOUR students were awarded Grants In Aid.

Honorable mentions: Nelson Lin & Kelly Qiang,

Second place: Tiffany Fang,

First place NJ State grant award winner: Katherine Liu

TEN of our research students were recognized with awards

Third place awards: Annie Zhou & Kelly Qiang

Second place awards: Adithya Paramasivam, Sophie Zhang, Sunny Liang & Katherine Liu

First place awards: Sathya Edamadaka, Yogi Koppol, Nelson Lin & Daphne Yang

We’re looking forward to our first place award winners representing NJ at the American Junior Academy of Science gathering to be held during February of next year in Washington, DC. Congratulations to all the students who participated.

High Tech Students Excel at State TSA Competition

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Technology Student Association (TSA) State competition this past weekend. Sixty-two NJ schools now participate in the state competion. Below are the names of the students who placed in the competitions.

New Jersey TSA State Conference 2018
HTHS by the Numbers

25 Trophies
21 Events
14 – First Place
4 – Second Place
7 – Third Place

NJ has 62 schools participating in TSA

1st Place:  Jared Allanique, Aparna Kumar,
Khushi Sabuwala, Arya Tschand

1st Place: Sidhu Arakkal, Charvi Shah, Emma Butrym, Daniel Du, Nelson Lin, Karena Yan

Biotechnology Design
3rd Place: Tiffany Fang, Emily Jiang, Emily Liu, Selena Liu, Alok Malhotra, Brianna Yao,
Annie Zhou

Chapter Team
1st Place: Anjali Chakradhar, Mary Chen, Max Lieberman, Nelson Lin, Katherine Liu, Karena Yan

1st Place: Sathya Edamadaka, Katrina Florendo,
Adrian Thamburaj
3rd Place:  Kunaal Chaudhari, Sam Alws, Darren Schachter

Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
3rd Place:  Kaya Myklebust, Marissa Teitelbaum

Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Engineering
3rd Place: Wendy Wu

Digital Video Production
2nd Place:  William Cai, Sunny Liang, Phylicia Ma, Nia Mallangada, Priya Mehra, Lyndon Puzon

Engineering Design
1st Place:  Suhani Balachandran, Kara Lui, Sean Maniar, Mausam Patel, Nina Tripathi, Eric Zheng

On Demand Video
1st Place:  Julian Tsang, Christina Wang, Valerie Yip, Karan Menon, Haydn Lang, Timothy Zhou

Optical Engineering
1st Place:  Sathya Edamadaka, Steven Liu, Adithya Paramasivam, Bradley Xu, Eric Zhang

Photographic Technology
2nd Place:  Neel Doshi

3rd Place: Jess Abbott, Julienne Chaqour, Mary Chen, Helena Zhang, Annie Zhou

Software Development
2nd Place:  Isaac Buckman, Kunaal Chaudhari, Kyle Lui, Darren Schachter, Arvind Yalavarti, Christopher Yin

STEM Careers
2nd Place: Charvi Shah

Structural Design and Engineering
1st Place: Daniel Du, Andrew Mascillaro

System Control Technology
1st Place: Thomas Chan, Emeka Echezona, Jason Yan
3rd Place: Eric Chai, Kyle Lui, Rishi Salwi

Technology Bowl
1st Place:  Julienne Chaqour , Zack Freid, Karan Menon

Transportation Modeling
1st Place:  Kelly Qiang

VEX Robotics (Tournament)
1st Place: Laura Futamura, Arvind Yalavarti, Gustav Hansen, Melina Muthuswamy,
Christopher Yin, Brianna Yao

VEX Robotics (Skills)
1st Place: Laura Futamura, Arvind Yalavarti, Gustav Hansen, Melina Muthuswamy,
Christopher Yin, Brianna Yao

Video Game Design
1st Place: Pranav Gaka, Justin Diamnet, Eileen Liang, Natalie Radu, Scott Wang, Raymond Shen

3rd Place:  Melina Muthuswamy, Nivedha Srinivasan, Eric Jiang, Caitlin Wang, Michael Zhang

TEAMS Competition

2018 Overall State Ranking 11th/12th Grades
New Jersey Total Teams: 51
Top Score: 183.66

Rank #20 TEAM A Score: 136.47
Andrew Mascillaro,Anna Cai, Emily Liu, Ivy Wang, Kyle Lui, Neel Doshi, Sam Alws, Sidhu Arakkal

Rank #27 TEAM B Score: 128
Arvid Yalavarti, Darren Schachter, Eric He, Kunaal Chaudhari, Lori Zhang, Melina Muthuswamy, Ryan Wu, Zachary Freid

2018 Overall State Ranking 9th/10th Grades
New Jersey Total Teams: 32
Top Score: 164.62

Rank #4 TEAM A Score: 152.05
Adithya Balachandran, Arsh Singhal, Grace Wong, Joyce Huang, Lasya Balachandran,
Manan Saaraswat, Sophia Lin, Varun Tupuri

Rank #7 TEAM B Score: 141.1
Abhay Rao, Aparna Kumar, Edward Li Mayank Barad, Sai Vedagiri, Vishal Dube, Winston Li


High Tech Students Named As Medalists in The Scholastic Art & Writing Contest

Congratulations to the following HTHS students who were awarded national medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest:

  • Eileen Huang- Gold Medal in Poetry, Silver Medal with Distinction in Writing Portfolio, Gold Medal in Personal Essay & Memoir
  • Emily Jiang- Gold Medal in Humor
  • Steven Liu- Silver Medal in Drawing & Illustration
  • Ivy Wang- Gold Medal in Poetry
  • Yihan Wu- Gold Medal in Mixed Media and Silver Medal in Drawing & Illustration
  • Karena Yan- Gold Medal in Personal Essay & Memoir

Gold medals are awarded to the most outstanding works in the nation.  Silver medals are awarded to works that demonstrate high honors on the national level.  All works are assessed by a panel of judges made up of luminaries in creative fields.  Past Scholastic Art & Writing winners include Ken Burns, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath.  

Senior Eileen Huang was also awarded an American Voices Medal.  The American Voices Medal for writers is the highest regional honor presented by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A single artist from each region is presented with this award each year. 

All Gold Medal winners will be honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall later this year.  Congratulations to all!

Click here to see the full list.

Chess Team Wins Inaugural Stockton University Chess Tournament

On Saturday, January 20, the HTHS Chess Team participated in the inaugural Stockton University High School Chess Tournament over the weekend.  The tournament has been created to provide 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 Kevin Yan, Allen Zhang, Andrew Mascillaro, Aryan Shah and Caleb Lunsford.  JV players Aditya Baireddy and Arsh Singhal were also able to participate.   

The varsity team finished the tournament with a record of 4 – 0 to win the tournament!!  Each varsity player won all of their games.  Aditya and Arsh played as part of a mixed team.  Aditya won 2 games and Arsh won 3 games.

Congratulations to all the students who participated.

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High Tech Wins The State History Bowl Competition

The NJ State History Bee & Bowl Championship was held at Ridgewood HS on Saturday, January 13, 2018. High Tech sent the following 3 Teams.

A Team Varsity
Doug Simons
Steven Liu
Cole Snedeker
Anna Cai 

B Team Varsity
Adrian Thamburaj
Darren Petrosino
Eric Zheng

JV Team
Frank Grabowski
Karen Li
Deepak Gopalakrishnan
Selena Liu

In the team History Bowl competition, the High Tech Varsity A team was undefeated to win the State Championship. The Varsity B team advanced to the Quarter-finals. In the JV division, our JV team won all their matches except for the final championship match against Ridgewood. The JV team fought valiantly by taking the last 5 questions but just missed winning the championship plaque, finishing in second place. 

In the individual Varsity History Bee competition, Doug Simons won the [second place] Silver Medal. Steven Liu and Cole Snedeker were also among the 10 varsity Bee finalists. There were also 3 High Tech students among the 10 JV Bee finalists: Frank Grabowski, Deepak Gopalakrishnan, and Karen Li. Karen was the only female among the 20 Bee finalists. Deepak and Karen were in a 3-way tie for the Bronze Medal [JV Bee], but lost in a single sudden death question. 

Sophomore Karen Li distinguished herself by winning the first place medal in the US History contest, JV division and an invitation to compete in the National US History contest in Washington DC in April.

Freshman Deepak Gopalakrishnan competed in US Geography Olympiad, JV Division, and just missed by one question from a perfect score. Deepak won the first place JV medal, and a Book Prize for the top Geography score, by also beating all those in the Varsity division, and received an invitations to compete in the National Geography Bee in Washington DC in April and the International Geography Bee in Berlin, Germany, in July.


The pictures below were taken by Ms. Li. The first picture is of the varsity A team and the second picture is of all the participants.

Freshman Brian Liu Places 2nd At International Math Competition.

Providence, RI— Brian Liu, a freshman at High Technology High School in Lincroft, finished second and won $6,000 in the 2018 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician Championship, Saturday, January 13 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego. Brian finished in second place among 12 semifinalists from the US, Canada, and the UK, who were selected from more than 4,000 students based on their scores on a qualifying test administered by the game's technology sponsor, Maplesoft, using its online testing and assessment tool, Maple T.A.

Brian won his semifinal round with a perfect score. He answered every question correctly.

Info about Brian:

·         Brian's favorite thing about school is being able to hang out with his friends.

·         He carries calculators in his pockets and sleeps "many hours a day."

·         He earned a perfect score on the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 10, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, and the USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad, and qualified for the Mathematics Olympiad Program.

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 San Diego January 10-13. Over 6,000 mathematicians attended the meeting. This is the ninth 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.

The first four pictures below are from the semi-finals and the last three are of Brian competing in the finals and being awarded his check.

High Tech Chess Team Rocks CBA 5-0

Twenty-three players from High Tech squared off against arch-rival CBA yesterday afternoon in the MPR.  This was a match between 2 undefeated teams.  The winning varsity team would take over sole possession of 1st place in the Polgar division of the Shore HS Chess League.

CBA came into the match after recently winning the K-12 national championship for12th grade.  Additionally, the board 1 player from CBA earned the individual national title for grade 12. 

The top 5 boards from each team represented the players for the varsity match.  CBA had higher rated players at 3 of the top 5 boards.  On paper, the odds were against High Tech.  However, the High Tech varsity pulled off an amazing upset to win the match!!  Not only did they win, but they defeated CBA by a score of 5 to 0.

Kevin Yan lead the way with a dynamic win against the top player from CBA - who is also the highest rated player in the entire league this year.  The rest of the winners for the varsity team are: Jason Yan, Kevin Lu, Allen Zhang and Andrew Mascillaro.

Several players from the JV squad also performed well. Jack Hao earned a win and Rohan Agarwal earned a draw.

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.