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Summer 2018 Information


Junior Year Tips

By: Ester Teper
    Junior is arguably one of the hardest years, whether it be due to the looming idea of applying to college, or simply the rigor of academic classes. For me, junior year was in exactly the style that I expected to be, and I got many useful tips from the upperclassmen beforehand that I am now sharing with you. Junior year is definitely the first year that you are not guided by the hand through everything, and teachers treat you like an adult. The summer between sophomore and junior year is the time that most people mature the most, and it reflects how well they do in school.

[1] First off, make sure you do your objective notebook. Ms. Jensen offers extra credit on every single test if you do the objectives. Not only does it help your grade, but if you write out all of the notes in this notebook, you are automatically studying. Furthermore, you have a made studyguide for you by the end of the year! I think that this is actually the most important tip throughout junior year.

[2] For clubs and outside of school activities, make sure that you’re doing what you love. Freshman year I got involved in literally every single club in our school, and am still slightly active in most. However, I only commit myself to 2-3 clubs that I absolutely love and care about. You need to find these things for you, and never give up on the.
- On that note, if you have been doing something for a really long time outside of school (like playing an instrument or playing a sport), don’t suddenly stop due to a lack of time. Figure out how you can make more effective use of your time, whether it be coming to extra help or studying as lunch. You can decrease the number of hours you spend on something, but don’t give up on a hobby or something that’s really important to you. However, school comes first!

[3] If you are in IB Spanish SL, I recommend that you actually read the articles and practice your grammar. If you don’t practice the grammar, you will most likely lose it by the end of the year, as noone is going to guide you through it.

[4] If you are in a class where memorization is concerned, pay attention in class. I found that junior year I had almost no homework. However, there was a test or quiz every single day. (I can show you my PowerSchool calendar if you don’t believe me!) This meant that I paid attention in class and tried to understand everything, and ended up studying the night before. This is what nearly everyone does, but if you didn’t fully listen during class and suddenly have to take a cumulative test, this isn’t the best idea! No one is forcing you to take notes, no one is giving you random worksheets, and no one will tell you what to do. You need to really figure out how you study best and apply that.

[5] Don’t lose yourself. I cannot emphasize this enough. I have found that throughout my Biotech career, I have changed immensely, whether it be for the better or worse. However, something that I’ve found is that I found it increasingly difficult to connect with myself in the middle of junior year. When there is such a highly competitive and intense curriculum, you might want to bury yourself in your studies. Don’t forget to have fun!

    I hope these were useful for you! Good luck next year and I hope everyone has an amazing summer!


Class of 2022 - Freshmen Orientation

Class of 2022 - Freshmen Orientation


2019-2020 SGA

By Nikita Rana, Bridget Corpus, Sidharth Raj

The Student Government Association is a group of leaders who hold office during their junior and senior years. This year, the student body voted on Friday, May 18, and the new SGA was announced. And the new members of the SGA are…

Co-Presidents: Griffin Lazlo and Nikhil Kalyanaraman
Directors of Student Affairs: Anne Chu and Sami Srolovitz

PSFA Representative: Michael Gibson

Club Representative: Dylan Fitzgerald

Freshman/Junior Representative: Moksha Annigeri

Sophomore/Senior Representative: Sophia Yun

Communications Chairperson: Cade McManus

We had the opportunity to interview the SGA, and their responses are shared below.

Griffin Lazlo
Why did you originally want to be on SGA?
“I wanted to help the school become a better place. I want everybody to have more fun and for it to be more entertaining. I want us to learn more but have a lot of fun as we do it.”

If you were to have a sweet 16, what would your theme be?
“Beach balls!”

Nikhil Kalyanaraman
What do you intend on doing with your position?
“Well, one of the main things is making town halls more interesting. I think one of the main ways we can do this by bringing the town halls outside, and making them more interactive, because I think that everyone pays more attention and likes the activities better when they’re involved and do something.”

If Germans were the tallest people on the world, how would you prove it?
“I’d probably ask the German census bureau to measure the heights of everyone.”

Anne Chu
Do you have any plans for the future of BTHS?
“Something that I really want to do is add outside furniture, because we’re always sitting on the ground. I also want a pool on the roof, but that’s probably not going to happen.”

What would be the name of your debut album?
“Short and Spicy”

Sami Srolovitz
Why did you originally want to be on SGA?
“I wanted to be on SGA because this is supposed to be a place that we can all be proud of, and I wanted to make sure that we have a say in how that happens, and I want to represent everyone, making sure everyone enjoys.”

If you were a brand, what would be your motto?
“The snack that smiles back.’ Because I’m a snack and I smile.”

Michael Gibson
What do you intend on doing with your position?
“I intend on communicating with the PSFA and student body, to make a more cohesive group, and to make sure we get more money.”

How would you sell hot cocoa in Florida?
“First, we make Florida cold. I’m not sure how we’re going to do it, maybe by using reverse-global warming. And then we’ll sell hot cocoa.”

Dylan Fitzgerald
Do you have any plans for the future of BTHS?
“I want our SPIGs to have more participation and for them to have more substance in what they do now at Biotech. Right now, at the club fair, people just show up, they write down their names, and they don’t really have the power to host any meetings in or out of school. I think that [SPIGs] are a really great way to express themselves at Biotech and get involved so I would love to see them to be more recognized by the school as organizations. I also want to make it easier for them to come and talk to the SGA and suggest their ideas.”

Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind.
“It's a warm color. If you were to walk outside and feel the sun, then that’s the color yellow.”

Moksha Annigeri
What do you intend on doing with your position?
“As Freshman-Junior Rep, I would like to increase communication between all the grades while continuing to voice out the opinions of both my grade and the incoming freshmen. I know that as an incoming freshman, it might be a little scary or difficult, so I want to help them get used to Biotech as a whole.”

If you were to get rid of one state in the USA, which one would you get rid of and why?
“Probably Louisiana, because I usually forget it’s a state, and generally don’t know where it’s located, until I went to history class and learned all the states. Thank you, Mr. Arpa!”

Sophia Yun
Why did you originally want to be on SGA?
“Ever since I came to Biotech I thought the SGA had a big role in influencing students, teachers, parents and everyone alike. I wanted to be able to influence people and spread my positivity to everyone to make our school better.”

You’re a new addition to a crayon box. What crayon would you be and why?  
“I want to be the crayon box sharpener on the back because it’s cool.”

Cade McManus
Do you have any plans for the future of BTHS?
“I want to increase how often people observe the boards and make it more fun for everybody. I feel like [the boards] are not used enough right now.”

You have been given an elephant that you can’t sell or give away. What do you do with it?
“Obviously, I would use it for transportation. I mean, it’s big, practical, and pretty easy to feed, so definitely, transportation."

Between beach balls, town halls, roof pools, positivity, reverse-global warming, more usage of the boards, less existence of Louisiana, and more participation of SPIGS, the new SGA will keep Biotech interesting and fun for years to come.


How to Survive Finals: A Biotech Guide


By Andrew Miller

    Hello Biotech, it’s that time of the year again. It’s almost time for finals, which as many of you know can be the most stressful time of the year, especially for underclassmen. Taking one test on content you learned almost 9 months ago can be hard on its own, let alone taking 3 to 4 of them. However, with these tips and tricks it can be just as easy as any other test. Also, just an obligatory notice: everyone has their own strategies that work for them when preparing for and taking tests. Find yours. If you study in a way that works for someone else, it might not work for you. Figure out what helps you the most.

[1] Don’t start studying the night before. Don’t do it. This shouldn’t need to be stated. Start at least a week or two in advance. You’re not review one month of content before a final, you’re reviewing nine. It’s not a good idea to cram all of that in in one night. All you’ll be doing is keeping yourself up incredibly late, which studies show does in fact lower test scores.

[2] Use the syllabus or, if your teacher provides it, study guide to your advantage. Produce your own study materials based on the content in both of these. It helps in retention and overall preparation, as well as making you look good if you share it to other people. Keep in mind that especially on the Freshman and Sophomore year finals, they are made by teachers from the whole MCVSD, meaning some of the questions for topics like freshman biology aren’t exactly Ellsworthy.

[3] Group study. Nuff said.

[4] Another helpful set of resources is the internet. There are tons of websites around that can help you with a variety of classes, such as for English, Bozeman Biology for Biology and Khan Academy for pretty much all of your needs.

[5] Lastly, Youtube has plenty of super useful resources for studying a variety of topics, like Crash Course for Biology and History, along with Thug Notes if you want a relaxing, humorous look at the literature you’ve read just to refresh yourself. If you’re an IB Chemistry student’s future self, Richard Thornley is an invaluable source for sample problems and mark schemes.

    The most important part of studying is remembering not to burn yourself out. You might study for 8 hours at a time, but at that point you’ll probably feel exhausted. Take a break every once in awhile and eat, watch a show, and don’t become obsessed with your GPA. That’s never healthy. You have a lot of content to study, but your sanity comes first. If it starts to feel too tedious, relax for a bit, but don’t relax 60 minutes for every 20 studied. The work is going to have to get done eventually. Just keep a clear mind the whole time, make sure you know the coursework, and by the time you have the test in front of you, you’ll be ready.