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Barnes and Noble Bookfair/Gift-Wrapping for Spanish Honor Society

The Spanish Honor Society invites you to participate in our online and in-store Barnes and Noble Bookfair and Giftwrapping Fundraiser. If you purchase certain items from Barnes and Noble from 12/10/16-12/25/16 and use the code provided in the flyer online or in the store, the Spanish Honor Society will receive up to 10% of the value of the sale. Please feel free to share the flyer with family and friends.

On 12/10/16, members from the Spanish Honor Society will be at the Holmdel Barnes and Noble from 4:00-9:00PM to gift wrap items for a small donation. We hope to see you there!

We would like to thank you in advance for  supporting the Spanish Honor Society.

Please visit our page to see events and scholarship opportunities.

¡Gracias! (Thank you!)



Students Change Hunger

By: Sonal Mahindroo

About 50 million Americans, 16 million of which are children, struggle with malnutrition and hunger. Last year, Biotechnology High School donated over 1,500 pounds of food to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties through Students Change Hunger to help alleviate this issue. Students Change Hunger (SCH) is a challenge between New Jersey schools that is run through the Federation of New Jersey Food Banks. At the end of the challenge, the schools that donate the most amount of food and money will be rewarded by their local food bank.

This year, from Monday, October 10th to Friday, December 2nd, BTHS will be accepting donations to help combat hunger in Monmouth County. Every dollar you donate translates to one pound of food for your class and seven meals for someone in need. Donation boxes to collect food donations and money jars to collect monetary donations are located in the lobby. 100% of the food and money collected will be donated to SCH, and the grade with the most pounds of food donated will receive BOTC points!

BTHS donated 479 pounds of food in 2013, 1,020 pounds in 2014, and 1,579 pounds in 2015. Our goal for this year is to donate 3,000 pounds of food, but this is only possible if everyone brings in non-perishable food and money to donate to SCH!

Laura Vorbach, the lead of SCH in BTHS, says that “SCH allows everyday students to really make a difference in their community. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, there are so many people in our state and county that desperately need help getting food on the table, especially around the holidays in the winter.  As far as donations go, we’re mostly looking for shelf-stable food items and things of that nature.”

Examples of most-needed foods include:

  • Canned Fish

  • Canned Meats

  • Boxed Meals

  • Pasta

  • Pasta Sauce (no glass please)

  • Rice

  • Canned Soup

  • Canned Gravy

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Peanut Butter (no glass please)

  • Jelly (no glass please)

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Canned Fruit

  • Granola Snacks

  • Cereal

  • Shelf Stable (non-refrigerated) Juice

If anyone has any questions, be sure to check out Students Change Hunger’s website or ask any of the SOS officers!



BTHS' Take on the 2016 Presidential Election

By: A.J. Fezza

The 2016 presidential election is only a day away, and it has proven to be one of the most heated and divisive elections in modern American history. Throughout nearly the entire race, Hillary Clinton has held a fairly comfortable lead over Donald Trump. However, due to recent concerns over a scandal involving her handling of classified emails while she was Secretary of State, the race has narrowed. New polls give Clinton around 48% of the popular vote to Trump's 45% (third party candidates Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party remain at 3% and 2%, respectively). Yet Trump still has a more difficult path to victory, as he would need to win all of the battleground states plus one blue state in order to obtain the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Meanwhile, voters under the age of 24 tend to remain more solidly in the Democratic tank this election. According to a recent ABC poll, Clinton is beating Trump by as much as 37 percentage points among younger voters.

This trend towards Hillary with American youth applies to Biotech as well, according to a school-wide poll taken on November 4 (just 4 days before the election). This poll, which received 121 responses (over 1/3 of the total student body), showed 62% of students leaning towards Hillary. Also, 26% supported Trump, 8% supported Gary Johnson, and 4% supported Jill Stein.

When asked who they actually believed who would win the election, however, 80% said they felt Clinton would win, with only 20% predicting Trump would win.

Lastly, when asked which issues they felt to be most important to them in the current election, a majority cited "Foreign Policy / Terrorism" or "Economic Policy." Some interesting personal responses include "Political correctness and taking down the establishment" (from one Trump supporter), "Legalization of medical marijuana" (from one Clinton supporter), and "Education" (from another Clinton supporter).

These results are somewhat consistent with another school-wide poll that I took last February 2016 when the primaries were still being contested. Those results indicated most students identify as socially liberal and fiscally moderate, which perhaps explains why most students have tended to favor Clinton this election season.  

The poll also suggested, interestingly, that a majority used to favor Bernie Sanders (the Democratic nominee who has since dropped out and pledged his support to Hillary), showing that many former Sanders-supporter have turned to Clinton since his withdrawal from the race. 

You can find out whether or not Biotechers' predictions of the race were accurate or not this Tuesday, November 8th on any major news network. Also, please encourage anyone you know over the age of 18 who is registered to carry out their civic duty and vote!

Class of 2020 Election Results


Here are the results​ for the Class 2020 Election​:

President: Cameron Teza

Vice President: Griffin Laszlo

Secretary: Kush Chaudhari

Fundraising Chairperson: Andrew Han

Social Chairperson: Kirti Aplash


2016 Week of Respect

By: Anna McDonough

The first full week of October is officially known as the Week of Respect in all of the school districts across New Jersey. The Week of Respect was first implemented following the ratification of the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Law (HIB). HIB requires that every school celebrates the Week of Respect annually to encourage anti-bullying efforts. Over the years, Biotechnology High School’s Week of Respect has been filled with a myriad of different activities, such as wearing blue to stomp out bullying, decorating the Rose Bush of Respect, and inviting guest speakers to educate the school community about anti-bullying.

This year, the Week of Respect took place on October 4th until October 7th, and BTHS celebrated with various activities. Officers of Students of Service, Project HOPE, National Honor Society, and the Student Government Association came together to plan and facilitate a successful week. The main feature of the 2016 Week of Respect was theme days in which students wore clothing related to the respectful themes posed by the officers.

Tuesday’s theme was Being a Good Friend is No SWEAT, so students wore sweatpants to show their support. The main goal of this theme was to emphasize the importance of respecting your friends, and the sweatpants represented the idea that students should respect and appreciate all of the hard work they do by relaxing occasionally.

Wednesday’s theme was Appreciating the Differences, and students wore clothes related to their culture/ethnicity. This theme commemorated the diversity among students, which is one of the most defining characteristics of the BTHS community. Students were able to visualize the diversity and appreciate the differences that make them individuals.  

Thursday’s theme was Dress to Impress in conjunction with the Two River Theater Trip. Students wore formal clothing to represent the respect they have for themselves. Moreover, the formal attire showed the maturity of BTHS and demonstrated the respect students have for the efforts of people outside of the school community, specifically at the Two River Theater.

Friday’s theme was InJEANious Day, and students wore jeans to signify that they have respect in their genes and how they should thus strive to project that respect. This day also reminded students that they are ingenious and should appreciate themselves for their creativity, initiative, and intelligence.

In addition to the theme days, one of the most popular facets of the Week of Respect was the revamped BTHS Secret Admirer. Students had the opportunity to anonymously submit positive, encouraging messages about their peers that were then posted to the BTHS Secret Admirer Facebook Page, which can be found here. By the end of the week, students had submitted over 1,200 messages!

The 2016 Week of Respect was most definitely a success! While the Week of Respect only lasts a few days each year, the importance of respect is preserved in the BTHS community all year long. The students of Biotechnology High School continue to respect themselves, their peers, thier teachers, and the world around them.



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