HCST Connections March 2024

Welcome to the latest edition of HCST Connections, where we celebrate the collective efforts and achievements that have propelled our HCST community to new heights. As a district, we plan to connect you monthly during 2024.

As we navigate the dynamic landscape of HCST, this platform serves as a nexus for sharing stories, recognizing accomplishments, and creating connections that strengthen our community. We are eager to showcase the vibrant tapestry of HCST's successes and the individuals who contribute to its continued growth.

We would love to hear from you! If you have anything to contribute please email our HCST Public Relations Support Deja Gormeley, County Prep Class of 2015 @ dgormeley@hcstonline.org.

County Prep Ms. Lauto’s Art Class Celebrate Black History Month

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue County Prep Ms. Lauto’s Art Class To celebrate Black History Month students in Ms. Lauto’s art class created mixed media portrait collages inspired by the artwork of African-American fiber artist Bisa Butler. Students researched and assembled a collage of an influential African-American using magazines, patterned paper, markers and colored pencils.

Empowering Innovation: Industrial Design and Animation Seniors Fabricate Prosthetic Hands for a Purpose

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Empowering Innovation: Industrial Design and Animation Seniors Fabricate Prosthetic Hands for a Purpose In the latest Industrial Design and Animation III Class, seniors embarked on an innovative journey merging creativity with compassion. Utilizing rapid prototyping technology, namely the Stratasys CR190, students crafted low-cost prosthetic upper limb devices tailored for both children and adults. Guided by digital models and instructions from the esteemed Enabling... Continue reading

Explore 6th Graders' Day at Health Barn: Learning and Smoothie Making!

Exploring Healthy Lifestyles: 6th Graders’ Field Trip to Health Barn Farm!

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Exploring Healthy Lifestyles: 6th Graders' Field Trip to Health Barn Farm! On March 15th, our adventurous 6th graders embarked on an enlightening journey to Health Barn Farm in Ridgewood, NJ. Amidst the scenic beauty of nature, students delved into the essence of leading a healthy lifestyle, learning invaluable lessons about nutrition, gardening, and the significance of recycling. Immersed in hands-on activities, our students... Continue reading

First Annual 2024 Chess Rapid Competition

First Annual 2024 Chess Rapid Competition

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue HCST First Annual Rapid Chess Competition On January 30, 2024, High Tech High School and County Prep High School continued their long-lasting rivalry with the first annual 2024 Chess Rapid Competition. Organized by chess presidents Derek Hsu from High Tech and Mateo Acosta from County Prep, this competition was long-awaited by both teams. Members from each high school’s chess team went head to... Continue reading

Explore Middle School Celebrates National Social Emotional Learning Day (SEL)

Explore Middle School Celebrates National Social Emotional Learning Day (SEL)

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Explore Middle School Celebrates National Social Emotional Learning Day (SEL) On March 8th, 2024, Explore Middle School participated in a unique journey to celebrate National Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Our students were immersed in an afternoon filled with activities designed to foster mindfulness, self-awareness, and emotional well-being. Explore students followed a special schedule, guiding them through various mindfulness practices and yoga sessions... Continue reading

Staff Spotlight - Jared Krinsky

Staff Spotlight – Jared Krinsky

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Staff Spotlight - Jared Krinsky Over the past 9 years, I have served as the eSports coach for the High Tech eSports team. Many years ago, when I was a student at High Tech, I fondly recall playing video games on bus rides to school with friends of all ages. Occasionally, we'd gather in the bean bag room during free periods. Upon returning... Continue reading

Interact Club’s Paint Your Heart Out

Interact Club’s Paint Your Heart Out

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Interact Club’s Paint Your Heart Out Amidst the Valentine's Celebration buzz, the Interact Club hosted a delightful painting event dubbed 'Paint Your Heart Out’. Students immersed themselves in an evening of artistic expression, accompanied by music and the camaraderie of friends. Participants painted a variety of things from nature, animals, abstract art and whatever their heart desired. More than just a social gathering,... Continue reading

Intramural Sports at County Prep High School

Intramural Sports at County Prep High School

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Intramural Sports at County Prep High School By: Nofair Sawires (County Prep Student) County Prep offers intramural sports as one of its after-school programs. The program provides activities such as weightlifting, soccer, basketball, and volleyball, ensuring that students can engage in a sport of their choice. This club enables students to interact with their peers and get their bodies moving, offering an opportunity... Continue reading

North Hudson Sewerage Field Trip

Educating Environmental Leaders: High Tech High School’s Visits NHSA Plant

Educating Environmental Leaders: High Tech High School's Visits NHSA Plant Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Watch the video In an era where environmental consciousness is paramount, Secaucus High Tech High School's Junior students Environmental Science Academy is leading the charge in educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards. Recently, the Academy made an enlightening excursion to the NHSA Plant, offering students a firsthand glimpse into sustainable... Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight: Reynaldo Ferreira

Alumni Spotlight – Reynaldo Ferreira

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Alumni Spotlight - Reynaldo Ferreira Reynaldo Ferreira, a graduate of County Prep High School in 2010 and a lifelong resident of Jersey City, has assumed the role of head coach for the women's volleyball team at Ramapo College. Affectionately known as Rey, he was an active athlete at CP from 2006 to 2010, showcasing his talents across various sports disciplines. In his freshman... Continue reading

Consumer Bowl Hudson County Champions

Consumer Bowl Hudson County Champions

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Consumer Bowl Hudson County Champions We are thrilled to announce that Hudson County has once again emerged victorious in the New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl, securing their third consecutive championship title! Led by the exceptional leadership of Captain Andrea Gonzalez, the Hudson County team showcased unparalleled knowledge and dedication throughout the competition. Congratulations are in order for team members Amaan Ansari, Elysa... Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity – Architecture Seniors Trip

Habitat for Humanity – Architecture Seniors Trip

Habitat for Humanity – Architecture Seniors Trip Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue On March 13, 2024, the Architecture Studio seniors and a few juniors, guided by Ms. Batista, the architecture instructor, and Mr. Morrison, the guidance counselor, joined forces with Habitat for Humanity's Critical Repairs program. Working alongside volunteers like Construction Manager Rick, Foreman Darrian, and dedicated volunteer turned part-time contractor Dan was inspiring. It was inspiring to... Continue reading

Cosmetology Students Shine at NYC Beauty Show

County Prep Cosmetology Students Shine at International Beauty Show

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue County Prep Cosmetology Students Shine at International Beauty Show In an exciting venture, Dena Gorski’s junior and senior Cosmetology students embarked on a journey to the international Beauty Show in NYC this month, hosted by the Hudson County Schools of Technology. Amidst the bustling atmosphere of the Jacob Javits Center, students immersed themselves in the latest trends and cutting-edge techniques, garnering inspiration, education,... Continue reading

County Prep Class of 2024 Hosts Annual Senior vs. Staff Volleyball Game

County Prep Class of 2024 Hosts Annual Senior vs. Staff Volleyball Game

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue County Prep Class of 2024 Hosts Annual Senior vs. Staff Volleyball Game On Friday, March 15th, the Senior Class at County Prep went head to head against staff members in the annual Senior vs. Staff Volleyball Game. The game went to 5 sets with the Seniors taking the win 3-2! On the Senior Team was: Mason Alfonso, Hussan Asghar, Emily Bulaclac, Meriem Krim,... Continue reading

Brianna Paulino is a NHS Scholarship Finalist

Brianna Paulino is a NHS Scholarship Finalist

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Brianna Paulino is a NHS Scholarship Finalist Brianna Paulino was chosen as an NHS Scholarship Finalist, which means she won $5,625 and additionally is invited to Washington, DC from April 3-6 for their Trailblazing Leadership Week. "No words can describe the immense pride and joy I endured when I opened that email announcing my finalist status. This scholarship means that my journey as... Continue reading

Hudson County Champions For The 3rd Year In A Row!

Hudson County Champions For The 3rd Year In A Row!

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue Hudson County Champions For The 3rd Year In A Row! The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state. Established in 1997, its primary goal is to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues. The Team: Captain: Andrea Gonzalez Amaan Ansari Elysa Santiago Zoe King Benjamin La

High Tech's Environmental Science Academy Students Present Their Research On Global Food Security

High Tech’s Environmental Science Academy Students Present Their Research On Global Food Security

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue High Tech's Environmental Science Academy Students PresentTheir Research On Global Food Security Three ambitious seniors from High Tech’s Environmental Science Academy, Dalia Elmahdy, Gabriella Dominguez, and Michelle DeCastro, have recently showcased their innovative research on global food security. Their presentation took place at the esteemed New Jersey Youth Institute World Food Prize event at Rutgers-New Brunswick on March 8, 2024. These dedicated students... Continue reading

HCST Unveils Innovative Outdoor Classroom Food Bus

HCST Unveils Innovative Outdoor Classroom Food Bus

Return to March, 2024 HCST Connections Issue HCST Unveils Innovative Outdoor Classroom Food Bus HCST proudly hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Outdoor Classroom Food Bus, a groundbreaking initiative in culinary and career-focused education. This event took place on Thursday, March 7, on the grounds of the Frank J. Gargiulo Campus in Secaucus The Outdoor Classroom Food Bus was built out of a district school bus that was scheduled to... Continue reading