School News Blog



BTHS Academic Team

By: Dylan Kemmerer

Do you know a plethora of random facts about a diverse array of subjects? Do you want to share extremely incredible knowledge with your peers? Do you just want to have fun in a friendly environment while learning numerous things? Well, if you answered “yes” to any or all of the previous questions, Academic Team is definitely the club for you!

Academic Team is a club dedicated to the recognition of excess knowledge taking up space in your brain. Every Tuesday, the members meet in the physics room during the first half of lunch. They partake in a friendly Jeopardy-like competition that pits one team of students against another; however, the club partakes in other activities.

The members visit other schools and partake in competitions which are run extremely similar to the practices during lunch. Currently, there are four confirmed competitions: Colts Neck High School, Donovan Catholic, North Jersey Academic Championship (NorJAC), and High Tech. As of now, only the Colts Neck High School competition has occurred, with each team performing really well. Though none of the four teams placed, they each scored a high amount of points.

The Donovan Catholic tournament occurs on November 14th, and the club will return on the 20th, provided they qualify for the playoffs. NorJAC is on December 9th, while the High Tech competition takes place on January 9th & 16th.

If this club sounds tremendously exciting, you should visit one of their meetings and sign up for the email list to be informed about important information.


Getting to Know Ms. Barrett: 50 Rapidfire Questions

​​By: A.J. Fezza

Get to know our new English and Public Speaking teacher Ms. Barrett in this round of #50RapidFireQuestions! 


Chris Poulos Anti-Bullying Seminar


By Nikita Rana

On October 19th, Chris Poulos visited BTHS freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, as well as students from the Career Center, with an assembly that not many expected. His message for this annual Anti-Bullying Seminar was delivered in a unique way: on a bike. Throughout the assembly, Mr. Poulos rode his bike around the MPR while talking about the real-life applications of respect. This unexpected method of presenting allowed students to pay close attention to portions of assemblies that are usually deemed boring, such as presentations.

Mr. Poulos ensured that everyone in the audience was engaged by performing his exciting and award-winning stunts every ten or fifteen minutes. Along with each stunt, he shared the backstory and in the end, how it tied to respect. For example, he shared specific memories about the frustration associated with each failed attempt at a new stunt. But, by showing respect to his coaches, he was able to learn more with each practice session and in the end, achieve global recognition for his talents.

Many students agreed that watching the assembly was both fun and educational, and definitely a nice way to spend a Thursday afternoon.

The overall takeaway from Mr. Poulos’ presentation was that bullying follows a lack of respect, so if there is respect, there will not be bullying. He claimed that if he had bullied others, he would not be in the place that he is in today.

More information about Mr. Poulos can be found at his website,


Biotech Changes Hunger

By Michael Greenberg

Biotech students are showing their charitable sides during the Students Change Hunger food drive. Students Change Hunger (SCH) is an event hosted by the Federation of New Jersey Food Banks to combat hunger in New Jersey. Hunger is a nation-wide and global issue that affects millions of people constantly. The state of New Jersey is trying to make a dent in the number of people going hungry, and SCH is an innovative way for students to give back to the community and help people in need. Schools throughout New Jersey will compete for the most food donated to their local food bank. Whichever school donates the most will be rewarded. Biotech is taking it one step further, though, by creating an inter-class competition to collect the most food. Recently, the Students of Service (SOS) club members decorated boxes for each class to place their donations into. Donating is completely optional, but if you are interested in donating, please bring in nonperishable foods in cans or boxes. So get donating, and may the best class win!


The Grapevine

By Nivedita Nambrath  

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