School News Blog



Getting to Know Ms. Froonjian: 50 Rapidfire Questions

​​By: Eesha Vijayakumar, Priya Thamburaj, and Annie Zhang

Get to know the new current Freshman Biology teacher Ms. Froonjian in this round of #50RapidFireQuestions!


Biotech’s Magical Spring Musical: Cinderella

By: Bridget Corpus

Cinderella, the story of a princess that everyone knows and loves, will be brought to life by A&E in the spring of 2019! This musical will follow the life of a young woman named Ella, who is forced to live with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. Through the help of a fairy godmother and a little bit of magic, Ella will be transformed for one night to find her Prince Charming. This version is similar to the Broadway production of Cinderella, so there will be a few refreshing and comedic changes from the original movie.

Biotech’s production of Cinderella will be directed and led by a talented group of seniors known as the Creative Team. Ester Teper and Deeksha Kommireddi are the acting directors, Neha Nandiwada is the singing director, and Olivia Pasquale and Nathan Kan are the choreographers. This musical is completely student-led; everything from the props to the scenery to the costumes is created by members of the A&E Club. If you want to help in the preparation of Cinderella, then you are more than welcome to! It’s not only a great service opportunity and a chance for students to get involved at Biotech, but participating in the production of this play will be exciting for all grades.

Mark your calendars! Cinderella will be performed on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 of 2019. As always, it’s sure to be an amazing musical put on by an equally amazing cast and crew.


Powderpuff 2018


By: Bridget Corpus

Every year, one event many students at Biotech look forward to is Powderpuff! This is a chance for typical roles to switch, as the girls are the ones who play football, and the guys are the ones who cheerlead.

The first game took place on October 19th, where the sophomores played against the seniors. The sophomore class started out strong, and maintained their lead the entire game. Despite the senior cheerleaders trying to hype up the crowd during halftime, the senior team was unable to comeback. The sophomores ended up winning the first Powderpuff game 5-3.

The second game took place on October 26, where the juniors played the freshmen in the Class of 2022’s first Powderpuff experience. Like the sophomores, the juniors started out strong, gaining most of their touchdowns in the first half of the game. The freshmen were unable to keep up, and the juniors eventually won this game 7-1.

On November 1, the juniors faced the sophomores in the Powderpuff championship. The juniors easily scored two touchdowns on two interceptions in the first few minutes of the game. Although still ahead, the juniors were nervous when the score became 3-2 by halftime. During the second half, the sophomores scored another touchdown. However, by the end of the game, the juniors were able to score twice more, and became the Powderpuff champions! The final score was 5-3.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in and helped organize Powderpuff this year. And congratulations to the Class of 2020 for winning it all!


Underclassmen Tips For Success

By Michael Greenberg

High school is a period of change and development in many students’ lives. Some can find it stressful, especially when attending a prestigious school such as Biotech. The curriculum is very demanding, and underclassmen who are newly exposed to it may have trouble coping. These tips will help underclassmen navigate the challenges they might face in their first two years.

1.    Learn Time Management
Time management is one of the most crucial skills that students need to learn in high school. The concept refers to effectively planning your events and balancing school work with other activities in order to succeed in all areas. If you know there is a busy day ahead and you won’t have much time at home to finish your homework, take advantage of the lunch period to catch up on work instead of playing basketball outside. If you know you get home from sports practice at 9:00 and you have to study for three tests that night, try to work studying in throughout the week before, and even miss practice if you need to. Time management is necessary for high school students to learn in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and succeed. Remember to take advantage of the opportunities you have to stay ahead.

2.    Lunch Is Yours, Use It
One of the features of BTHS that students like the most is the one-hour lunch period we have, every day of the week. Many different things can be packed into that lunch period, whether it be club meetings, studying for tests, finishing homework, or playing sports outside. Lunch is very accommodating for a student, and it is important to remember this when worrying about assignments or tests. The Media Center is almost always open for students who want to fit some extra work into their schedules.  

3.    Don’t Worry About the Past
Many underclassmen spend too much time worrying about assignments that they have already handed in, or being angry at themselves for making mistakes on tests. This is probably one of the worst mindsets to have as a student. It is important to realize that there is nothing that you can do after submitting that assignment. Stressing out too much over it can do nothing but hurt you, both through self-esteem and disrupting your concentration on current or future assignments. While this mindset may seem obvious or useless, it is crucial. High school is not the same as middle school and expecting to ace every test can seriously lower a student’s self-esteem. Be sure to put events in perspective, and keep the present in mind.

4.    Get Enough Sleep
Though it may sound cliché, sleep is one of the most important facets of your high school career to worry about. Yes, the BTHS curriculum is demanding and sometimes you feel that you need to study an extra couple of hours even though it is already late at night, but staying up late studying will only leave you tired in the morning. This might affect your concentration, coordination, and cognitive ability the next day. Bragging about who stayed up longer is often seen as a sign of dedication or determination to succeed, but over time the detrimental effects of not getting enough sleep will become clear. Strive for 8 hours of sleep a night to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.

5.    Get to Know Your Class
The students in your class will be with you for the next four (or three for sophomores) years of your lives. Forging friendships in high school is crucial for the social development of students, and some friendships last long out of high school. Take advantage of all of the opportunities BTHS gives students to socialize and get to know each other, such as Chill Sessions, Dances, and everyday lunch periods. Having close friends you can depend on can make the high school experience much more enjoyable.

6.    Enjoy Yourself!
Even though high school is a time where students are expected to perform extremely well academically, grades are by no means the only focus of these four years. High school is a time for students to explore their interests, from clubs and activities to sports and volunteering. Do not let your high school years become centered around grades and college admissions. It is important to do what pleases you, and enjoy yourself! As with all new experiences, many memories will be made in high school. Try your best to make them as happy as possible.    


Back to Biotech: Changes for 2018-19

By: Bridget Corpus

Hey Biotech!

It’s that time of year again—back-to-school! To the Class of 2022, welcome to Biotech! Now that we’ve been at Biotech for a few weeks, everyone is definitely getting to know their teachers, learning how to navigate from class to class, and catching up with friends. Clubs will be up and running very soon, the season of exams will begin, and sooner than you think, we’ll be back to normal.

If you’re a sophomore, junior, or senior, you may have noticed some changes in  the school. Whether it be new faculty or physical appearances, here’s a breakdown of a few of the differences from last year:

-Mr. Cherubino
The first new faculty member we’re welcoming to Biotech is Mr. Cherubino, the Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science A teacher! Mr. Cherubino has had a career in Information Technology, working in Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and teaching both graduate and undergraduate college computer science courses. He is also a certified Open Water Scuba Diver, having diving experience around Florida and the Caribbean. Mr. Cherubino also enjoys traveling and camping, and has camped throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. This is his first time teaching at the high school level, but he already enjoys the spirit and individualism of the students at BTHS. Mr. Cherubino is hoping to pass his knowledge and experience down to his students, and wants to encourage them to become achievers throughout their high school years. Be sure to say hello and welcome Mr. Cherubino to Biotech!

-Intro to Computer Science instead of Digital Literacy for the freshmen
As freshmen, all students took Digital Literacy during the first semester. This year, however, Digital Literacy has been replaced with Intro to Computer Science! Many of you may be curious as to what the freshmen will be learning in this course. Taught by Mr. Cherubino, it covers a wide variety of topics including computer hardware/software, networking, file structures, and the development of computer programs, where students will learn how to design, create, debug, and test programs. This is a great addition to the variety of courses that Biotech offers.

-Ms. Froonjian
Another new faculty member we’re welcoming this year is Ms. Froonjian, the freshman Intro to Biology/Genetics teacher! Ms. Froonjian graduated from Stockton University in 2017. She has taught at 4 different schools as a temporary leave replacement teacher, until finally coming to BTHS. Some hobbies she enjoys are practicing yoga, hiking, swimming, reading, painting, and knitting. A few fun facts about Ms. Froonjian are that she is a lifeguard during the summer, she helps out with a kombucha company, she is a vegan, and her last name is Armenian. She’s looking forward to getting to know both the students and staff at Biotech, as well as learning more strategies to become a better teacher! If you see Ms. Froonjian in the halls, make sure to give her a warm welcome to BTHS!

-Mrs. Mitchell’s retirement and Mr. Arpa is coming back
Mrs. Mitchell, teacher of sophomore US History and freshman World Cultures will be retiring this September. She has been at BTHS from the very beginning, a true part of our community and someone we will miss dearly. With Mrs. Mitchell leaving, Mr. Arpa will come  back in early October to permanently teach both World Cultures and U.S. History I! Mr. Arpa chose to become a teacher as a second career in life. He has always had a passion for history, and he wanted to follow and share that passion with others. We can see his admiration for this subject, as he says, “What we learn from history gives us the opportunity to understand people and effectively engage the political and social issues of today. It is essential to know and understand the human experience to avoid being simply reactionary to the issues we must decide on today. Humans have achieved so much, yet suffered so greatly.  An understanding of history is the first step in improving our world.” Mr. Arpa enjoys baseball, as well as listening to music, skiing, watching movies, and taking his dog to the park. He says that he could not be happier than to be coming on board to Biotech, as the students have made such a good impression that he cannot dream of wanting to teach history anywhere else. Make sure to welcome Mr. Arpa back to BTHS when you see him!

-Club Fair
The club fair is an  event that is a great way to kick off the beginning of the school year, as students (especially freshmen) can find groups of people who share the same interests as them! Last year, we were not fortunate enough to have the event happen, but this year it was an amazing success. On Friday, September 21, official and unofficial clubs lined the front of the MPR during lunch. Students crowded around the trifolds, signing up for everything they found interesting while eating some of the snacks the clubs provided. Some of the new student-led groups this year include Psychology Club, Genders and Sexualities Alliance, and Math and Chess Club. For the freshman who didn’t sign up or weren’t there, you can send an email to the club officers, and they’ll sign you up! Be sure to get involved, as this is a great way to continue working at your passions.

During the 2016-2017 school year, all of the students at Biotech went on a field trip to see a production called Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. This year, on February 1st, 2019, the junior class will be attending a production of Macbeth at the Two River Theater in Red Bank! In anticipation for this event, the students of the Class of 2020 will read Shakespeare’s Macbeth during English class in the weeks leading up to the trip.

It’s always a good thing to see Biotech undergoing changes that help make our school an even more enjoyable place to be. Best of luck to everyone this year!