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Multicultural Fair 2017


BTHS Presents: Beauty and the Beast!

By: A.J. Fezza

The Arts and Entertainment Club (A&E) is presenting its third-ever musical on April 20 and 21. This year, following the wildly successful showings of Annie and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Biotech students are performing the classic musical adaption of Beauty and the Beast. This production would not have come to fruition if it were not for the tremendous efforts put forth by the cast, crew, pit band, and musical directors. After 2 years of strong shows under the former A&E club advisor Mr. Dannen, this year is the first BTHS production under Ms. Garbely, who deserves major credit for her devotion to the show.

Senior Varsha Garla as Belle, surrounded by townspeople.

The musical Beauty and the Beast, which was written by Alan Menken and debuted on Broadway in 1994, is based on the animated Disney film of the same name (which premiered 3 years earlier). The plot centers around Belle, a provincial girl and avid reader, whose life changes forever when she gives up her freedom to save her father. She is imprisoned in a massive castle ruled by a Beast, and little does she realize that all the animated objects who comfort her during her stay, as well as the Beast, used to be human. She learns that they were relegated to lives as trinkets because of a curse placed on them a decade before. Time is fleeting, and the only way to break the curse and have the enchanted objects turn back into humans again is for someone to fall in love the Beast. Belle, they realize, could be the girl to do so and set them all free. But getting Belle and the Beast together before the rose wilts would prove to not be an easy task, especially once herds of angry townspeople discover that a beast lies nearby, and they try to siege the castle!

This story was loosely based on a 1740 French fairy tale, which for long was not particularly notable. However, once the 1991 Disney film was released, the story skyrocketed in popularity. A new live action version of Beauty and the Beast, in fact, was just released on March 16, 2017, starring Emma Watson as Belle.

The vibrant backgrounds were painted by the Set Painting Crew, led by Carey Lau (the Visual Arts Chair of A&E). Angela Zhao is conducting the pit band, which will provide resonant background music as awe-inspiring as the scenes themselves. The stage crew, led by Laura Vorbach and Maxine Wang, functions to ensure seamless transitions onstage. Choreographers Patricia Magistrado and Aneesha Doshi created the spectacular dances in numbers such as “Be Our Guest” and “Human Again,” and the costumes were arranged by Ingrid Song. Lastly, Directors Nina Samuel, Isabel Wallace, and Michael Brennan invested countless hours of their time every week into organizing rehearsals and bringing this production to its final product. This year, over 30 talented students make up the musical’s cast, a third of which being completely new to the Biotech stage! The cast includes Varsha Garla as Belle, Andrew Colbert as the Beast, and Ben Buckman as Gaston.

Senior Ben Buckman singing as Gaston, while Lumiere and Cogsworth share a laugh in the background.

Please be our guest this Thursday and Friday (April 20 and 21), in the Biotech MPR to see the spectacular arrangement. You can buy the tickets here for both dates, and if you are a Biotech student, you can also purchase tickets during lunch the week of the show. See you there!



By: Sam Mueller and Arya Sharma

Biotech saw its second Boys’ Night Out event on Friday, March 24, along with the longtime BTHS tradition of Girls’ Night Out. All guys were welcome to stay after school, and for $7, gained access to pizza and unlimited snacks and drinks.


Video games lined the hall leading into the MPR like Biotech had never seen before. TVs, projectors, and computers brought a great environment to the area. There was even a proper man cave set up, shielded from the rest of the school. Biotech’s male gamers couldn’t be happier.


Doubters worried about rain, but the Friday afternoon only grew nicer as the day progressed. Testosterone filled the spring air as basketball and soccer games raged on. An upperclassmen vs. underclassmen football game, with Mr. Evancho and Mr. Martin as quarterbacks, took place on the back fields.


The girls arrived for dinner time and everyone sat down together, enjoying a mix of pizza, pasta, and more. At 7, the boys cleared out, and the girls had Biotech to themselves for the night.


The girls had a plethora of activities that were planned for them by the GNO committee. First on the list was Serena DiMaso, the night’s  keynote speaker. She talked to the girls  about her struggles as a woman in politics, how she maintained a balance between her family and career, and how she grapples with people who didn’t believe in her. It was quite inspirational, and she gave out stress balls to the girls at the end of the discussion..

The girls had some time to chill out and take some pictures with huge balloons that spelled "GNO"before moving into rotations. Girls had the choice of getting henna done, making hemp bracelets with Ms. Engstrom, doing Zumba to fun and upbeat music, and singing karaoke. The most popular rotation was definitely the henna; by the end, everyone, including Mrs. Siter and Mr. Meehan, were in on the craze.

The next activity, dessert was definitely the highlight of the night. The MPR was filled with treats such as a sundae bar, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, fruit, and a huge chocolate cake. As the girls were finishing up dessert, the GNO committee started to explain the rules of the next activity: the fashion show.

Girls were split into groups, and each group received a bag full of supplies necessary to complete the challenge.

SOS held a clothing drive so that the girls could use some of the clothes; however,  it was decided that the clothes would be more helpful if they were donated instead of cut up. The clothing drive will continue until April 7th, so please remember to do your spring cleaning and bring any clothes to the front of the lobby!

The final activity of the night was a self-defense class. Even though it was 12 AM, everyone was fully awake and ready to demolish anyone who stood in their way. The girls learned valuable moves and safety tips that they can take with them in the real world.

Congratulations to the BNO and GNO committee for planning a successful night, and we hope to see everyone again next year!



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BTHS Wellness Day 2017

By: Tiara Paul and Ester Teper

Because BTHS is an academically rigorous high school, students sometimes feel stressed. However, teachers and peers at Biotech make the effort to support each other and provide insight for achieving balance! On this past Friday, March 11, Biotech had its annual Wellness Day! Students enjoyed a day of relaxation, reflection, and acquisition of important tips for a healthy life.

Freshmen and sophomore students had opportunities to learn about gardening, drumming, yoga, and meditation. In the gardening rotation, our very own Mrs. Fisher taught students how to enjoy mindfulness by spending time in nature. Since it was snowing outside, this rotation was taken inside! Each student got a cup to add soil and a seed of their choice, which will later be planted when the weather brightens up! The next rotation was drumming, but not in the normal sense. Students used their bodies to create syncopated sounds, working together to create harmonies. Mrs. Garbley wrote four combinations on the board, and students executed these in groups. The freshman and sophomores continued on to the yoga area. The instructor discussed effects of posture, types of poses to calm down, and possible activities you can do in a school or sitting environment. Lastly, students went to the meditation room, where the person leading the activity had bowls, which would make music if struck. Students laid down and took a short nap, with the bowls making music making the nap very effective.

Juniors enjoyed another group of activities. They learned about sleep and its effect on the human body and practiced the art of sleeping for a couple of minutes, as well. Then, they rotated into laughter therapy. They listened to people laugh, and since laughing has proven to be contagious, everyone was laughing, relaxing, and de-stressing in this section. Next, students moved on to the zumba room. Zumba is a type of dance, which people often practice to relax. The juniors danced to fast music, doing exercise, having fun, and not thinking about anything else at the time. Lastly, this grade continued to meditation, where the instructor taught them what meditation is really about: accepting sounds around oneself, and learning to cope with them. Breathing exercises and melodic music were molded together for a relaxing half an hour.

Finally, the seniors enjoyed art therapy, nutrition, mental health, and campus safety. Seniors first embraced their artistic freedoms in art therapy. They made four timed “scribble drawings,” ripped them all up, and glued each piece onto a bigger paper. This created a mosaic to express their creativity in a hands-on manner and embrace spontaneity. The nutrition rotation involved a communication activity with tennis balls. It displayed how positive and negative reinforcement affects communication between people. The seniors also learned about how to stay healthy in college dining hall eating. They enjoyed a buffet of food and also designed their own baked potato using easy ingredients that can be done in college. In mental health, seniors learned how to balance an emotionally and physiologically healthy lifestyle, particularly in college. Last was campus safety, where seniors learned tips on how to stay alert and cautious in both suburban and urban college campuses, such as by simply looking up when walking.

Biotech’s Wellness Day was another success this year! Students described their experiences as relaxing and insightful for temporary as well as long-term well-being. What a great way to enter the weekend with a new, fresh, and healthy mindset!