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Ways to Relieve Stress

By: Nivedita Nambrath

At Biotech, there is no denying that life can get hectic. Those who have let procrastination get the best of them are probably pretty stressed and are looking for ways to prevent this from happening again. The amount of stress we feel can get pretty overwhelming, but luckily there are a plethora of simple, fun ways to relieve stress.

Here are some examples of ways that Biotech students like to relax:

"Whenever I'm stressed, I like to make myself some tea and then read some comics or watch some cartoons."

“I like meditating and doing yoga because it clears my mind. I also like drawing and playing the piano to relax.” 

“I like to listen to music and do nothing for a while.”

“I eat a lot and watch shows.”

Here are some ways to relieve stress and take some time for yourself:

1.    Brew some tea and make a healthy snack - Chamomile and Green Tea are known for being calming, but any tea will do. Not only does tea help calm your mind, the process and ritual of making tea can also be relaxing. A healthy snack can give you a positive energy boost, and unlike an unhealthy snack, it’s wholesome and nutritious and gives you a more lasting feeling of satisfaction.

2.    Talk to a friend or family member - Ranting and venting and spilling everything out can be really relieving. Find someone you’re close with and tell them all about what’s on your mind. This way, your stress isn’t welled up inside of you. You can get it out. Plus, it’s basically free talk therapy.

3.    Journal - If you can’t vent to a human, vent to a notebook or piece of paper. “Stream of consciousness” journaling is a very popular technique these days. Basically, you just write down every thought you have, no matter how ungrammatical or angry it may be. This serves the same purpose as talking to a friend or family member - getting your stress out so that it’s no longer bottled up within you.

4.    Use some apps and computer applications:
Noisli - creates ambient nature sounds (rain, birds, trees, rivers, coffeeshop noises, trains, etc.) that you can mix and customize to create a really relaxing backdrop of natural white noise while you work.

Headspace - a very nicely designed app/website that helps you learn to meditate effectively. A lot of it designed for people who dislike meditation or have never done it before. Each session is only 10 minutes and builds on the previous session. The first 10 sessions are free, and at the end of those 10 sessions, many people have said that their ability to relax and concentrate is already better. It’s worth trying.

There are lots more apps out there that are built for relaxation. Do a quick google search and you’ll come up with tons.

5.    Take a walk - Going outside and getting fresh in general can be very relieving, but taking a relaxed walk and enjoying the present moment for a while is especially nice. Running outside also helps to clear the mind, and stay active.

6.    Make a to-do list - A common source of stress is feeling like there’s so much to do, and so little time. Writing down everything that you have to do is helpful because you don’t have to remember it in your head anymore. Also, you can plan out how long each task will take to keep your day under control.

7.    Clean up your environment - A messy environment means a messy mind. Cleaning your workspace helps you clear your mind. Also, the process of cleaning can be relaxing.

8.    Create - Art is a great way to relax. No matter how skilled an artist you may be, the process of exercising your creativity and turning your imagination into reality can be immensely satisfying and even therapeutic. Whether you choose to draw, sing, paint, or even mold things out of play-doh, the process of creating something entirely your own can be very relaxing indeed.

Life’s too short to spend so much time stressed. Take a little time out for yourself and see how much better it makes your day.


Legally Blonde: The Musical, the Next BTHS Production

By: Sam Mueller

One of the most wonderful things about BTHS is that its student body doesn’t just possess academic excellence; it also exhibits talent and dedication to the arts. In March 2018, that talent and dedication will take to the stage to perform “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” Biotech’s fourth musical production presented by the Arts and Entertainment Club. The show will follow last year’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The show is based off of the book Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown, the book that inspired the movie with the same name. The story follows the life of Elle Woods, a UCLA senior whose boyfriend Warner dumps her because she isn’t serious enough; after all, Warner is going to Harvard Law, and Elle is a fashion merchandising major. But Elle doesn’t let that stop her from following Warner to Harvard Law. Elle finds herself totally out of her element at law school, but she persists to discover her own talents - and find herself - along the way. Elle’s tale is hilarious, empowering, and heartwarming. The music of the show is what carries these themes, with energetic songs that bring comedy, drama, and excitement to the stage.

Part of Legally Blonde’s greatness comes from its variety of characters. Elle encounters many people along her journey at Harvard Law, such the steely Professor Callahan, the spunky hair dresser Paulette, the nerdy but extremely helpful Emmett, and the irresistible UPS delivery man, Kyle.

Biotech’s production is entirely student-run within the Arts and Entertainment Club. Directors Deeksha Kommireddi, Laura Vorbach, and Neha Nandiwada will be working with other student pit band directors, costume designers, choreographers, light and sound team, stage crew managers and set designers to make the show a reality. Auditions will take place near the end of November, so students interested in auditioning should get ready! Although the musical is run by members of the Arts and Entertainment Club, all students are encouraged to audition for a role, play in the pit band or help behind the scenes.

Students, come and get involved! “Legally Blonde: The Musical” will be another showcase of the talent our school possesses that goes beyond excellence in the classroom. Grab your sheet music and your creativity, and join in on being a part of a show that brings laughs and fulfillment to the stage!


Sports in Biotech’s Community

By: Sophia Yun

Biotech High School is not just active in school, but out on a larger stages, too; high school sports! Below are students who have participated in a fall Sport and want to share their achievements and season, along with their plans for the upcoming winter and spring sports!

What team do you participate for and in what sport?

-Nikita Rana, 11th grade, Marlboro

-Jackie Finley, 10th grade, Manasquan

“Cross Country”
-Sanjit Basker, 10th grade, Marlboro

“Manasquan football”
-Cam Teza, 10th grade, Manasquan

“Baseball Marlboro Mustangs”
-Matt Su, 11th grade, Marlboro

“Soccer at Middletown South”
-Christina Sundt, 12th grade, Middletown South

“Marlboro XC”
-Devin Ling, 11th grade, Marlboro

What was your best achievement this season?

“Becoming team captain”
-Nikita Rana

“I improved my touches on the ball and my overall awareness of the field”
-Jackie Finley

“Team got to Shore Conference, which is a big race for only the top 16 teams”
-Sanjit Basker

“2 RBI single on bases loaded in top 7th to help tie the game in playoffs”
-Matt Su

“State Semifinalists (ongoing)”
-Christina Sundt

“Running a 17:33 in a 5k”
-Devin Ling

How did your team do overall?

“Not too great, we lost a lot of seniors last year so adjusting to the new court was difficult”
-Nikita Rana

“We did well!”
-Jackie Finley

-Sanjit Basker

“Went to state tournament as a five seed, had a huge win over 4 seed Roselle, lost in semis to point boro in rivalry game”
-Cam Teza

-Christina Sundt

“We were able to qualify for state sectionals in the first time in 7 years”
-Devin Ling

Did you try anything new this season?

“Yes, I changed my serve to add more topspin”
-Nikita Rana

“I tried to be more relaxed and play my game rather than trying to do what others do or don’t do”
-Jackie Finley

“Bunch of new positions”
-Cam Teza

“New positions”
-Matt Su

Other comments

“I hurt my foot in soccer, but I’m excited for next season and getting ready”

-Matt Su

-Devin Ling

Thanks for reading this article! Stay tuned to our school news to see new updates. Good luck Biotech!


BTHS Royale 2017

By: Sanjit Basker

On November 22nd, the first-ever BTHS Royale began. Each team of four consisted of one student from each grade. The teams were chosen on November 1st, and they had come up with team names and costumes. Some of the names were the Smooth Criminals, Team Fast Food, and the Ninja Turtles.

There were many challenges for the teams to compete in. At the end of most of the challenges, one of the teams was eliminated, and the rest advanced into the next round.

In the Test of Cuisine, teams were given a set of ingredients and lab equipment, and asked to create a meal and serve it to the judges on a weigh boat.

Another of the challenges was the Test of Skill, in which each team had to make a tower out of 30 Solo cups, and the teams that built the two highest stacks moved on. Unfortunately, Tarun Sudabathula’s team was eliminated at the last moment, when their tower fell over.

The very last challenge was the Test of Trivia, where the final two teams, the American Olympians and Santa and his Reindeer were pitted in a showdown of trivia in various categories. Some of the questions included “How many homeruns did Aaron Judge hit this season?” and “Which US state is the town of Bread Loaf in?” Eventually, the winners were the American Olympians, who won the Test of Trivia by a landslide.

Students had generally positive opinions about BTHS Royale. One freshman said, “It was a nice way to relax after bio and before the long weekend.” Congratulations to the winning team!


Freshmen Perspective on Biotech

By: Gloria Liu & Bridget Corpus

High school is a big step up for anyone, but Biotechnology High School provides a different experience for students with its welcoming community and many opportunities. BTHS's newest students, the class of 2021, offer some fresh perspectives about this school.

What aspect of our school made you choose BTHS out of the vocational schools or your home high school?

“BTHS seemed very friendly and welcoming, while also being serious about the education aspect. The IB program also seemed interesting.”

“The spacious design of BTHS and the huge labs definitely caught my attention at the open houses. My passion for general sciences mainly was the reason I applied.”

“I love science and when I saw this school, I  knew that this place would foster that love.  When I saw the labs, I freaked at the amazing equipment and experiments high schoolers were doing.”

What do you think of the people in your grade? How about the students in older grades?

“I only knew one person coming in...however, everyone is friendly and I’m trying to make friends! The people in the older grades are also really friendly based on my limited experiences with them.”

“Everyone in my grade is kind and intelligent, and seemed to bond together quickly. The upperclassmen are always willing to help the freshmen!”

“The people in my grade are really nice and easy to talk to.  They are also very smart.  Students in older grades are so helpful and supportive and are always there for the freshmen, whether to give advice on Biotech life or help us fit in.”

What is your favorite class so far? Why?

“I love both of my science classes because the teachers are approachable and helpful, and we’re learning a lot of interesting concepts.”

“I greatly enjoy Biology and Chemistry; while the classes are the most difficult, they are also fun in that we constantly do hands-on activities.”

“My favorite class is biology. I have learned so much in the first few months and I feel that a mere 2 months have helped me understand the world better.”

Are you excited about any school activity or classroom experience in the future that you may have heard about from an upperclassman?

“I’m excited to use the big labs when I’m an upperclassman!”

“The JSA Fall State is coming up this weekend and I will be participating in it. Older students have often praised this overnight event, and I’m super excited!”

“I’m excited about BOTC since I hear it's supposed to be tons of fun.”

Was Biotech different or similar to your initial expectations?

“The workload was about what I expected, but it’s manageable. I’m doing way better in my classes than I thought I would.”

“I kept my mind open before coming to Biotech, so I didn’t have many expectations. However, my overall experience was basically everything I expected.”

“It was different.  I expected to be constantly doing homework and studying.  However, while I am learning a lot, I also have time to take part in many fun activities like coffeehouses, JSA conventions, and academic team competitions.  

How was your transition from middle school to BTHS?

“The material at BTHS is definitely more difficult, but I can manage it. Everyone here is way more focused and cares about their education more than at my middle school.”

“The number of people in my grade was actually not much different than middle school, and I believe my transition was pretty easy. The first few days were a little overwhelming, but getting used to the environment was quick.”

“It was so smooth since I had good teachers, friends, and upperclassmen to help me transition.  The teachers are AMAZING and were really understanding and all the students supported each other.”

All in all, freshmen at BTHS seem to already fit into this school community and have a positive impression of this school. Hopefully, they keep this outlook as the school year goes on.  Here’s to a successful year for not only the freshmen, but everyone at Biotech!

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