In honor of Mental Health awareness month, laser editor Esteban Marenco made an updated logo for the month of may using the green that represents mental health awareness.
managing test anxiety
by gabriela romanelli
simone biles with her gold medal at the olympics
simone biles and her mental health
by grace conlin
In honor of mental health awareness month, I decided to highlight Simone biles who has been known lately for speaking out and standing up for herself.
the knicks advance to eastern semi-finals of NBA playoffs, defeat cleveland 4-1.
by jose calderon III
Wow, this has been a helluva week for New York sports. The New York Knicks have won a playoff series for the first time since 2013, when the Knicks defeated the Celtics in six games. This time, they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in 5 games to advance to the Eastern Semis against the Miami Heat. If I’m a Knicks fan, I’d feel really good about that matchup. Although Miami is red-hot from defeating the Bucks, I can see the Knicks coming out on top. The defense presented by Tom Thibodeau’s guys was extraordinary and impressive. You don’t see that elite caliber of defense in today’s high-powered, offensive-heavy league. It’s considered an old-school way of playing the precious way of basketball, but it got 2 three-peats for Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the 90s. Many would say that the Knicks don’t have the firepower to advance late in the postseason, I’d say the defense makes up for that. And the excellent free agent signing of Jalen Brunson gives them a strong offensive presence.
Jalen Brunson is averaging 24 ppg with a brilliant 45% FG percentage. However, the team’s success is not based on one man but the whole team as a unit. Knicks fans have something brewing here in MSG and it’s something to be taken note of. Do not underestimate the series win against the Cavs, they were able to take out Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen with ease. Score-wise these games looked close, but if you watched the full four quarters, you’ll see every time Cleveland tried to run on some momentum, the Knicks would stomp them with excellent defense and get the ball moving.
Something fans may have taken for granted is the emergence of RJ Barrett. It’s been an aspect of this offense that all Knicks fans have been waiting for and it’s slowly arrived in this series. Yet, with all this positive news… Julius Randle left game 5 early with re-aggravated injury. There is good news to this because Obi Toppin came in for him and absolutely showed out with some flashy dunks. It’s looking good for NY. They will have home-court advantage against the Heat and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the New York Knicks in the ECF. Rooting for our hometown Knicks and their newfound success with coach Thibodeau in these playoffs. New York Knicks basketball is BACK!
IT IS DONE! aaron rodgers to the new york jets
by jose calderon III
Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over. Since January of 2023, after the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention, there was a significant question to be answered: Who would be the Jets starting QB next season? Could they run it back with Zach Wilson? NO. Resign Mike White? NO. Sign Jimmy G? No. Sign or trade for Derek Carr? Eh, no. Trade for Tannehill? NO! Lamar Jackson? Not possible. Who would’ve known that a far-fetched fever dream could come true. After all the speculation, it turns out that the Green Bay Packers four-time MVP, Super Bowl champion, and future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers would be traded to the New York Jets as of April 24, 2023. It took about 4 months to finalize the deal, yet here we are, Jets fans, boasting in celebration.
NYJ: 1st Round Pick (No. 13th Overall), 2nd Round Pick (No. 42nd Overall), 6th Round Pick (No. 207th Overall) and a conditional 2024 2nd Round Pick (that could become a first rounder if Aaron Rodgers plays 65% or more of the NYJ Offensive snaps)
GB: QB Aaron Rodgers, 1st Round Pick (No. 15th Overall) and 5th Round Pick (No. 170 Overall)
Many are debating whether the Jets gave up too much, saying this trade would be inevitable due to the souring relationship between the Green Bay Packers organization and Aaron Rodgers. Although those folks might be right, I don’t think that’s how we should be viewing the trade. We needed a QB and got him at a price that won’t harm us in the future. And likely, if that conditional 2nd rounder turns into a 1st rounder, it’ll hopefully be 32nd Overall. Making that selection worthless to a championship roster. Knowing Joe Douglas, if he wants to upgrade that selection he’ll find a way to trade up. The wizard that has been GM Joe has saved our franchise from mediocrity since he was hired. We can thank Adam Gase for where we are today.
What I’m most interested to see is the connection between wide receiver Garrett Wilson and his new QB Aaron Rodgers. Wilson found a way to get over one-thousand receiving yards with mediocre QB play from back-ups like Mike White, Joe Flacco, Chris Streveler and the now notorious benched starter Zach Wilson. With Rodgers, the young wideout could emerge as the top WR in the league. We also can't forget about the lightning quick Breece Hall, who was embarking on a ROTY deserving season before his tragic ACL tear. He aims to return in time for the season and hopefully he can pick up right where he left off, that’s the goal. His explosiveness is exactly what the team needed late last season. Accompanied by Rodgers, this young roster must make a deep playoff run this season.
When it came to expectation, last season, the young squad failed and missed the playoffs by a mere game. They come this time more experienced and with one of the greatest QBs to ever touch a football. More expectations come this season, if they aren’t lived up to, I’d hate to be in charge of this team. They must meet these expectations and I have a strong feeling they will. The team is still to make five draft selections, more reinforcements on the way. We need to address the OL, LB, DT and Safety positions. When that is done, we’ll be solidified contenders. Aaron Rodgers is the glue of this offense, it could be an absolute masterpiece. Next, we must extend Quinnen Williams… PAY THE MAN. Congratulations to GM Joe and Owner Woody Johnson for pulling out an incredible trade, let’s win a Lombardi… J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS.
jose’s last second NFL mock draft
by: jose calderon III
Thursday, April 27, 2023, begins the journey for many young men who have hopes of becoming stars in the NFL. It is time for the annual NFL Draft, with 7 rounds taking place between Thursday and Saturday. The Carolina Panthers will select first overall as they traded up with the Chicago Bears for that right. The Pittsburgh Steelers will select last due to a trade with Chicago for Chase Claypool. Many storylines heading into this draft: Will QBs Bryce Young or CJ Stroud be selected first? How far will DL Jalen Carter fall due to the off-field issues he’s been entangled himself with? And what will the backlash of the Packers-Jets deal for QB Aaron Rodgers affect round one? Here is what I think we’ll see on Night One of this year’s NFL Draft:
applying to college in the arts
by: makaela garcia
The college application process is not fun and we (seniors) all know it. Everyone’s experience is so different , but those in the arts have an incredibly unique one. As all of the seniors continue to commit to schools, I’d like to highlight some of my experiences of a student applying to college as a potential arts major.
Pursuing a career in the arts is already hard enough and going to school for it is just as hard. What makes this process so much different than any other career path? First off, the acceptance rates are way lower. Large numbers of students apply every year seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Musical Theatre, Acting, Film, etc. but colleges can’t accept everyone. The most prestigious performing arts school in the country, The Juilliard School in Manhattan, NY, receives around 2,500 applicants every year and only accepts around 200 making their acceptance rate as low as 7%. While these numbers are extremely terrifying to the potential student, try not to let them discourage you because there's always a chance you could be a part of that 7%.
Enough of that scary stuff, process let's talk about some of the fun stuff! Once you’ve completed all your applications then comes the confirmation emails with separate portals discussing when you’d be auditioning or submitting your prescreen and submitting a resume. A prescreen is basically a first audition to narrow out the amount of people applying. If you receive a callback for a prescreen you’re invited to come audition for the school. If you don’t pass, you will no longer be considered for that major. Although passing a pre-screen doesn't necessarily mean you’ve been accepted into the program , it is the first step. Okay, I lied--this is still some pretty scary stuff! But, after you’ve hopefully passed your prescreen you will then schedule your audition. Then you’ll go on the scheduled date to perform your monologue, song , or dance. After that, you get to go home and wait!
I know this all sounds so overwhelming , but in the end it's all worth it! So my advice to you arts majors--although this really goes for anyone applying to colleges: start as early as you can, please! Having as many things done and prepared in advance makes the process the slightest bit less stressful. Write your college essay, pick out all your audition materials, put together your portfolio and get it all done early. Then, apply as early as possible to make your senior year fun, like it's supposed to be!
season's awakening for dickinson volleyball
interact club welcomes guest speaker brenda greene
by: gabriela romanelli
This past Monday, March 27th, High Tech’s Interact Club invited guest speaker Brenda Greene to share her experiences in community service as an adult working a 9 to 5 in addition to running two nonprofits. This event, in honor of women’s history, was meant to inspire anyone interested in attending to participate in acts of service throughout their lifetimes. One of the Interact members had worked with Brenda in one of her annual Blessing Bag projects and thought to reach out to her as she expressed similar values to what the club represents. She spoke for a little over an hour about how she began her work, how she juggles her family life, and the various paths one can take to establish themselves in the volunteer community. Brenda came prepared with many valuable tips that were perfectly catered to high school students interested in community service. She appealed to introverted students, explaining how she overcame her fear of public speaking. She had suggestions for students who had difficulty managing their time and provided resources for future projects the Interact Club plans on pursuing. Overall, the event was a success! We hope to have Brenda visit again sometime in the future.
high tech students present research on global food security
by: Esteban Marenco
On Friday, March 3, 2023, High Tech seniors Yasmeena Elmahdy, Saranya Ganesan, Olivia Moran, Catherine Gladbach, John Kubowicz, Angelina Minaya, Myra Poddar, and Sabella Riccio had the opportunity to attend the New Jersey Youth Institute's World Food Prize event, hosted by Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
At the event, the students—who are all majoring in Environmental Science here at High Tech—presented their research papers on global food security to peers, professionals, and scholars. Each student selected a country and topic to research, ranging from water scarcity to policy and governance, in order to understand the diverse impacts on food security. They then developed solutions to achieve food security in light of these global food insecurity issues. Upon completion of their roundtable presentations, each student was awarded a certificate naming them Borlaug Scholars, an honor that commemorates Norman Borlaug, an American agronomist whose work helped to create sustainable agriculture and sustainable food supplies around the world. Moreover, select students who presented at the New Jersey Youth Institute will be invited to the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, IA, where they will study a pressing global food issue with peers and present their work to global leaders in the field. Selections for this event will be made in the summer of 2023.
Dr. Witham, the Environmental Science instructor at HTHS who organized the event, highlighted the significance of this work, stating: "Food insecurity is a global problem and we need intelligent, driven students to interact with global leaders working to end hunger and poverty to improve food security around the world. I’m immensely proud of each student's research on global solutions."
This event provides a platform for high school students to learn about critical global issues and engage in hands-on-activities that encourage them to become effective change agents in their own communities. The dedication and hard work of these eight seniors serve as a beacon of hope and a reminder that the future is in good hands.
female business owner spotlight: jessica nisler of mojo coffee company
by: Gabriela Romanelli
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Laser is spotlighting a variety of female-owned businesses throughout Hudson County. Our first spotlight is Jessica Nisler, founder and owner of Mojo coffee shop with two locations in Hoboken. Jess grew up in Hoboken and was very passionate about coffee. Her parents had owned multiple restaurants, so she had experienced some of what went on behind the scenes of a business such as this one. When inspiration struck, she set about looking for the perfect space and conducting market research to get a better understanding of the coffee industry. Unfortunately, right when she was prepared to open the first Mojo, the pandemic hit. This was a difficult obstacle to overcome, but she persevered, saying “What I learned was that there was never going to be a 'perfect time' to open - but it's about overcoming the fear of getting started. A huge part of being a business owner is constantly dealing with challenges, and what sets you apart is how you address those setbacks.” She found inspiration in many other female entrepreneurs, such as Sarah Blakely of Spanx, Whitney Wolfe Herd of Bumble, Ali Bonar of Oat Haus, and Stacy Madison of Stacy's Pita Chips. There is also a vibrant community of business owners throughout Hoboken that are always willing to support one another. She ended up making the decision to open several months later with a staff of just six people. As its success grew, Jess was able to open a second location. To conclude, some closing advice from Jessica Nissler: “You'll never have it all figured out - but the important part is to get started with an idea you believe in. There will always be challenges and unknowns in your business, but that's part of the process -and how you address those challenges sets you apart. Do your research, become an expert in your industry, and hone in on the problem you are solving for your customers.“ Make sure to check out Mojo on 230 Willow Ave and 801 Bloomfield Street to show some support!
female business owner spotlight: julie jarrett of prime cycle + body
By: Gabriela Romanelli
award winning women
by: Grace Conlin
Michelle Yeoh winning her oscar. photo credit: NPR
Taylor Swift, photo credit: The Tennessean
Lizzo, photo credit: Glamour
women in jazz
by: Sofia Waldron
Ray Carter, Johnnie May Stansbury, Toby Butler, and Ernestine Tiny Davis. photo credit: https://www.local802afm.org/
by: Esteban Marenco
photo credit: food navigator
On Friday March 3, High Tech seniors Yasmeena Elmahdy, Saranya Ganesan, Olivia Moran, Catherine Gladbach, John Kubowicz, Angelina Minaya, Myra Poddar, and Sabella Riccio had the opportunity to attend the New Jersey Youth Institute's World Food Prize event, hosted by Rutgers University's School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
saint peter's prep marauders defeat the hudson catholic hawks in the hudson county boys championship final
The semi-finals and the finals of the Hudson County Boys Tournament were played at High Tech High School from February 17—26, 2023. On Saturday, we crowned a new champion with the Saint Peter's Prep Marauders taking down the Hudson Catholic Hawks, 61-46, in a rematch from last year’s final. Saint Peters defeated Union City in a 62-32 blowout in the semifinals while Hudson Catholic defeated Bayonne in a 44-29 in their semifinal to reach the finals.
hths senior swims to championship for union city hs
elizabeth vasquez with her winning trophy
On January 29th,2023, the Union City High School girls swimming team won championships for the 7th time in 8 years. The championship tournament pitted Hudson county high schools such as Memorial, Saint Peter's Prep, and North Bergen against each other. The swimming championship consists of several “heats,” which are a number line from slowest to fastest. The events that the swim team have is 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free relay (which is four swimmers that swim quarter of those laps to swim) and the individual events are 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 back, 100 fly, 500 free, 200 IM, and 100 breast.
high tech’s multicultural club hosts black history month showcase
by: cydney rampersad
To conclude Black History Month, High Tech’s Multicultural Club hosted a Black History Showcase in the Resource Room during lunch periods. The event was planned and organized by Multicultural Club President, Cydney Rampersad, under the direction of Dr. Srivastava. It was a success! Students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in African American culture through music, dance, and arts & crafts.
As soon as you entered, there were beautiful decorations and infographics spread all throughout the room. There were four different booths for students to explore: Coloring, Word search/Word scramble, Black History Trivia, and a raffle booth. Students could pay $1 to enter a raffle with the prize of a $25 Visa Gift Card. Ms. Velasquez also brought her class to experience the fun and learn about Black Culture. Lastly, we allowed students to unleash their competitive side by concluding the event with musical chair battles. The winner earned a free raffle ticket. Congratulations to Senior Gianna Scalcione who won the raffle and $25 Gift card! Overall, High Tech had an amazing time commemorating Black History Month. A big thank you to everyone who came and supported the Multicultural Club!
interact club has won an international award!
By: Gabriela Romanelli
High Tech High School’s very own Interact Club has won a global award and received international recognition for their work through Rotary, officially taking home the title of “Best Photo of the Interact Awards 2022 Photo Submission Contest”. The contest theme was how is your club's membership champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion across your projects, club, and community. Three club activities were submitted and one was chosen as the best photo to represent diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Interact Club collaborated with our very own Spanish Club, advised by Mrs. Guzman, by taking photos of their Hispanic Heritage Celebration in October 2022. Special thanks to our chair members, sophomores Kenyerlin Ng and Meaghan Steinel Dubuoe, who worked hard to write and submit to the contest.
photo credit: CNN
puppy bowl 2023
By: Gabriela Romanelli
This year’s annual puppy bowl, aired on Animal Planet several hours before the human alternative, was a raging success. For the 19th year in a row, these puppies traveled far and wide to compete in this display of pure animal talent. Puppies compete to see which team is able to bring the most toys into the end zone within a time limit. Team Fluff continues their winning streak for the second year in a row, beating Team Ruff 87-83. This year was the first time in the history of this event that went into overtime. A Rottweiler, Siberian Husky, and Neapolitan Mastiff mix, that goes by the name of Vivianne, scored the winning touchdown. Furry-anna, a mystical young cat that has been in showbusiness for years, starred in the half-time show, descending gracefully on an artfully constructed UFO. However ridiculous, this event provides a wonderful platform to raise awareness for these abandoned animals. Over one hundred rescue dogs competed in this event in an effort to find them homes all throughout the country. According to Animal Plant, every animal that has competed since 2004 has been adopted.
a moment with hans friedrichs
By: Sofia Waldron
hans freidrichs, sofia waldron, and derlin rivera during the interview
On Wednesday, December 21st, High Tech students and staff took part in Wellness Day. Wellness Day is a day dedicated to supporting the well-being of students through activities such as bracelet-making; information sessions about self-love; games like dodge ball, and so much more. As we made our way around the school, we interviewed a few students about their wellness day. We first started out in the C- Wing, and met with Hisham Bamba, a senior, who is a Peer Leader and decided to help host bingo, an activity he loves and enjoys very much with his friends. Across the hall, students were learning watercolor painting, including junior Otto Dierig. Otto said watercolor painting helped him release some stress. Totally agree! We decided to take a look in the theater, where Mr. Buscio and Mr. Zisa were holding open mic. since Zisa and Buscio love music, it was a fun opportunity for them go showcase talent, whether its comedy, or music, for all academies. We talked to some of the performers at the open mic, such as Mickey Carpio who is a senior. “I hosted the open mic as part of my internship. We help do everything like the December showcase, basically every performing arts showcase, any concert. It was pretty weird performing at the open mic, I haven’t done that since June.” It must feel great to be back.
We then decided to go up to the second floor and take a look at the collage room hosted by Sarah Dziekan (senior) and Emma Fernandes-Santinho (senior) . Both of them are artists and it’s something they are passionate about, and decided to do activities they wished were available the last wellness day. The open studio was a perfect environment for collage making! As the day came to a close, we caught up with Grace Conlin, senior class president, and asked her about her thoughts so far. “I think this wellness day is just as good as the last, maybe even better… and it’s Christmas themed so even more fun! I chose to host the self-love activity because I love myself and I think everyone should. I found a few inspirations on pinterest and I’ve done this activity … we also put on some Taylor Swift to make everyone feel better.” Overall, this was a great Wellness Day, and a big thank you to all of the peer leaders, teachers, and staff for helping out!
wellness day at high tech
By: Sofia Waldron and Gracie McKenna
Senior Jaiden Cortes performing at open mic.
Students hard at work on their art.
esports team on a winning streak!
By: Grace Conlin
Dom DiNardo and Matteo Amy.
Our very own High Tech E-sports team, led by Mr. Krinsky, has been winning more than we can keep track of. First, students Dom DiNardo and Matteo Amy competed in a Smash bros competition back in November. They took home the win! (As seen in the photo on the left). Then a team of our best gamers consisting of Noah Loaces, Stephany Marin, William David, Christian Minan, Gabriel Bhanji, Siegfried Jalink, and Efran Haddis did their very greatest in a Valorant competition. They also got the winning title. Believe it or not, it keeps getting better. In their Winter finals for 2022 Lucas Velasquez, Eliel Gonzalez, and Dominic DiNardo showed off their best skills and won first place in the Garden State eSports championship, quite the title to attach to our school! They even won against Union City. Stay tuned for more wins to come!
The whole team with Mr. Krinsky.
school-wide wifi shutdown
By: Gabriela Romanelli
a welcome face: mr. zisa is back!
catching up with mr. gongora
HTHS Freshmen Todd Green (left) and Hudson Pascual (right)
freshman check-in with esteban marenco
By: Esteban Marenco
With a new school year comes new freshmen, and after two months of being in school it's time to get their hot takes on High Tech.
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