Showcase Assembly (6/1/18)

On Friday, June 1st, Staten Island Technical High School held its 17th annual student showcase. Students hurried to the Salvatore Eretto Auditorium, buzzing with excitement and eager to watch their peers perform. On the way to the auditorium, they were immediately met with the sound of the opening band consisting of William Albee, Tyler Almquist, Daniel Donnelly, and Justine Molinari, who played passionately as the students filed into their seats.

There were many different acts over the course of the showcase, with students displaying talents such as dancing, singing, spinning flags, and playing instruments.

Some of the day’s performances included renditions of “What’s Up” by students Tess Lynch, Ivy Fan, and Felix Mastropasqua, “This is Me” by Katie Schermerhorn, Ivan Bourov, and Mike Albdewi, and “You and I” by Jess Liu. In each of these performances, students sang, and, in “What’s Up” and “You and I” students played instruments to accompany the vocals. Each of these performances were met with great praise from the audience; viewers clapped and cheered for their peers.

Tech senior Felix Mastropasqua, who was in multiple performances, reflected on his experience with the showcase: “It can be nerve-wracking to put on a performance, but I was motivated to make my last show at Tech as memorable as possible.”

Students involved in different school activities also performed in the showcase. Glee Club sang “Some Nights”, the Dance Team danced to “The Greatest Show”, Dance Gym students danced to various Rihanna songs, and the Color Guard showed off their skills to “Confident”.

Rachel Kneitel, a Tech senior in Dance Gym, said of the performance, “Giving your all during practices is worth it in the end when you see the crowd focusing only on the performance.”

The audience truly did focus on the performance, captivated by the many dancers on the stage. In fact, the audience was thrilled by each performance, encouraging the performers with their energy and enthusiasm towards all of the acts. Towards the conclusion of the show, Xenia Rudchenko and Anton Logochniak sang an incredible duet of the song “Stay”, wowing the audience as they walked down the sides of the auditorium, then onto the stage, singing.

To wrap up the showcase, the final act was Anton Logochniak’s rendition of “My Way”. As he sang, photographs of the senior class were projected onto the stage as a tribute to the graduating Class of 2018.

Overall, the students in the showcase gave remarkable performances, a testimony to the many talents of students at Staten Island Technical High School.

 

Student Organization 2018 Elections

This past week, Staten Island Technical High school held its annual Student Organization elections. Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students campaigned for positions as officers serving for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

Student Organization Advisor Mr. Dellegrazie poses with Student Activities sign.

Being a Student Organization officer comes with a big responsibility. Officers are expected to attend all meetings and events, devote their lunch periods to the organization, and voice the opinions and concerns of the student body, along with many other responsibilities. Each and every one of the candidates this year were prepared to make this commitment to better benefit the school and uphold all of their expected duties as an officer and student leader.

With over 40 candidates this year, competition was extremely tough. After long weeks of applications, interviews, campaigning, preparation, and nerves, results are finally in.

The new S.O. Executive Officers for the 2018-2019 school year consists of: President Ryan Crimmins, Vice President Jayith Samaraweera, Secretary Sabrina Gambino, Parliamentarian Jocelyn Chin, Historian Cassidy Williams, and Treasurer Manav Sharma.

Senior Class Officers include: President Jordan Daugherty, Vice President Ivan Bourov, Parliamentarian Christopher Molina, and Co-Historians Aya Osman and Adam Ibrahim.

Junior Class Officers consist of: President Stamatia Angelides, Vice President Thomas Malloy, Secretary Laila Gad, Co-Parliamentarians Bryan Boyd and Trisha Vinay, Historian Veda Balte, and Treasurer Angelo Scaringella.

The new Sophomore Class Officers are: President Reina Lau, Vice President Michelle Cho, Secretary Unsa Imran, Parliamentarian Sofia Gianquinto, Historian Jasky Karem, and Treasurer Lauren Regan.

Congratulations to all of the candidates and new elected officers!

 

Spring Musical 2018: Mary Poppins!

On April 20th and 21st, Staten Island Tech presented a practically perfect production of Disney classic Mary Poppins to an audience of students, alumni, teachers, and family. Whether they were from the cast/ensemble, band, stage crew, tech crew, or studio crew, the students involved in this year’s annual spring musical had been working hard on the show since January.

Ensemble performs during a rehearsal.

The cast wowed us with their passionate acting, singing, and dancing. The musical’s story follows the flawed Banks family and the arrival of their new magical nanny. It’s a story about family, being kind, and the whimsicality of life. With everyone speaking in British accents and never missing a beat in their lines, the actors shared the touching story of Mary Poppins. The dancers and choreographers showed impressive skill from the quick gestures of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to the neat tap dancing in “Step in Time.” The costumes dazzled us; the actors sported Victorian-era wardrobe, shimmering drapes of statues, professional monochrome attire of bankers, eccentric fashion adorned with colorful wigs, and chimney sweeper outfits complete with soot on their faces.

Julianna Torres, who played Mrs. Brill, commented: “Being in spring musical this year was absolutely surreal. The play we put on felt straight out of Mary Poppins’s handbag, and although I never dreamed I’d grow so attached to the show, I can safely say that there’s no show and no cast I’d rather have had the honor of being a part of!”

The band brought even more emotion to the show with their lively melodies. The orchestra pit accompanied the cast, playing songs like, “Chim Chimney,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Anything Can Happen,” and softly played under some dialogue. Like in a traditional Broadway play, there were several students who played more than one instrument during the show. Maximus Saenz, who played trombone and tuba, shared: “Being a part of band is very rewarding. You are surrounded by so many talented people and you learn so much. Band for spring musical is interesting because of how non-traditional it is; there are harmonicas, recorders, and the brass has many mutes.”

Emmett Bergeron (Bert) and Victoria Nicoletta (Mary Poppins) pose backstage.

The studio crew recorded the live show, while tech crew provided lighting and spotlighting, operated the microphones and sound system, and controlled special sound and visual effects. Tech crew member Serena Low helped with the iconic shadow projection of Mary Poppins flying with her umbrella and expressed, “There are a lot of different people in tech crew and working with all of them has given me much diverse knowledge. Working in the show made me feel good because I was able to be a part of something bigger than myself that needed a whole lot of cooperation between a whole lot of people.”

The stage crew displayed vibrant backgrounds for the stage and matched the magical character of Mary Poppins. The students showcased various sets, including the Banks home, the children’s room, the kitchen, the park, and a city skyline from a rooftop. They also showcased colorful kites, seemingly infinite space within Mary’s handbag, and self-moving kitchen utensils. Stage crew member Debby Lin commented, “My favorite scene was probably the kitchen scene. Since I was one of the students tasked with moving and turning the giant flies, (whilst trying to do it as quickly and quietly as possible), the 10-to-15-second change was pretty stressful to make. But once the scene began, it was pretty incredible to see. Students literally hid inside tables in order to make it seem as if the pots, pans, bowls, and spoons were moving on their own […] Everything was meant to look effortless, but there was clearly a lot of passion and dedication put into the show. I hope the audience could sense that passion that was present throughout the entire auditorium.”

The cast, orchestra, studio & tech crew, and stage crew made the spring musical a delight to watch! Thank you and congratulations to the production team, the teachers who directed the students, and all who were involved in it. Until next year!

 

 

Tech’s Annual Multicultural Show

On Friday, March 16th, Staten Island Technical High School celebrated its annual Multicultural Show: a whirlwind of songs and dances that lit up the stage all evening. At around 7:30 PM, people filed into the auditorium, which eventually became a full house. Whether they were there to support a student involved in the show, to appreciate culture, or to spend an otherwise uneventful Friday night, the audience members were buzzing in anticipation of the performances to come.

The Asian American Club (AAC) performing one of their final numbers.

Before the show began, we caught up with performer Allyson Pan. This was her first year being a part of both the Multicultural Show and Desi Club. What drew her to this club in particular were her friends, who have been part of the club for a few years. Being in the club for a few months now, Allyson was able to give us an insider’s look into the club and the making of its number for the Multicultural Show.

She told The Tech Times that the Desi Club had been practicing their dance for about three months, starting in January. The dance the Desi Club performed was almost entirely modeled off of Bollywood movies, with a dash of Western and Latin influences. Thankfully, those who were inexperienced in the art form had impeccable guidance from the club’s presidents: Aruni Ahilan, Priyal Thakkar, and Shruthi Satty. All three are experienced Desi dancers. Not only was the experience informative, but it was widely enjoyable, as shown by Allyson’s newfound interest in dance. Though she was a not a dancer before, she enjoyed her experience in Desi so much that she plans to continue participating in dance extracurriculars in college.

Participants showcase their respective flags at the end of the performance.

Back in our seats, all eyes were glued to the stage up front as the show began. From the more mellow movements of the Greek and Russian clubs to the sharp and rapid movements of the Korean Culture and Jewish Clubs, there was never a dull moment. In between dances, seniors Anton Lagochniak and Xenia Rudchenko delivered stunning renditions of Russian songs. To wrap up the show, Desi Club took the stage with music and dance moves that were impossible not to move along to, leaving the audience in enthusiastic applause. The cheers in the crowd only grew louder as all of the show’s performers ran out on stage and held up their respective flags, representing cultures from Hispanic and Chinese to Indian.

Of course, like at any good show, refreshments were served. Perhaps refreshments is an understatement, as the school’s cafeteria was essentially transformed into a buffet of food from various cultures. Lines of people formed outside the cafeteria, all eager to delve into cultural foods such as Russian cookies, fried rice, churros, empanadas, chicken, or cupcakes decorated for St. Patrick’s Day. Once their plates were loaded up with goods, people sat down with either their friends or families, still buzzing with adrenaline from the show. The general consensus regarding the show appeared to be positive, but then again, who isn’t happy when they’re surrounded by seemingly limitless delicious food?

The S.I.T. Down

Since 2017, Staten Island Technical High School’s Advanced TV and Studio Production class has been filming an entirely student-produced show called the S.I.T.

Screenshot (22)Down. Guided by TV Studio Production teacher Mr. Van Buren, students are divided into different categories and work on multiple projects. One of the biggest projects throughout the entire school year being the S.I.T. Down. Some students produce field packages to cover past school events or promote upcoming events, and others conduct interviews introducing little-known opportunities for students. Other students work in the studio: directing, shooting, and hosting the show. After filming and editing, the episode is promptly posted on the S.I.T. Down’s Vimeo webpage.

Currently on its second season, the show has an Instagram page: @thes.i.t.down:

Fidget Spinner Field Package

A scene from a field package skit addressing fidget spinner addiction from the S.I.T Down episode 1.7.

Some of the major school events that were covered include SING and Spirit Week, while other field packages have covered interviews of accomplished students and even amusing skits about Advanced Placement test studying.

The class produces a new episode frequently, so check out the webpage for updates about school events! Anyone with coverage requests may also bring ideas to Mr. Van Buren or other Advanced TV and Studio Production students to be covered.

Staten Island Tech Takes On Science Olympiad States

Congratulations to the Staten Island Technical HS Science Olympiad Team on their outstanding top 10 finish at the NY State competition this past weekend and on a great end to a successful season!

Science Olympiad Seniors with SI Tech Banner 

The team that once boasted its infamous slogan “grossly unprepared but succeeding nonetheless” shattered all expectations at the annual state competition at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. Armed with a strategically chosen team and months of hard work and practice, the team set out for the competition on March 9th, hoping for a well-deserved victory at the state level.

The Staten Island Tech Team had performed well at its invitational and regional competitions, taking home a remarkable 2nd place out of 66 in the New York Metro Area. The team had won more than 30 collective medals, including an overwhelming thirteen top 3 medals. Now, competing against some of the top Science Olympiad teams, including SciOly Nationals competitors and victors, Staten Island Technical High School hoped to create a name for itself among the New York State legends of Science Olympiad.

Months of building and testing for engineering events, creating study sheets for testing events, and practicing for labs and procedures culminated in the two-day competition at Syracuse. In the end, the team’s efforts paid off- Staten Island Technical HS achieved 10th place overall out of the 55 top teams in New York State!

Students Steven Zeldin & Merrick Eng with 1st Place in Optics and $3500 Scholarships

8 medals were awarded in total, with scholarships awarded to 1st and 2nd place winners. The team placed 1st in Optics (Steven Zeldin and Merrick Eng), 2nd in Towers (Sarah Kovalev, Pamela Stark, and Aiden Lublinsky) and 2nd in Game On (Terence Tan and Bryan Boyd), winning more than $17000 worth of scholarships to Le Moyne College.

Medals were also awarded for Fermi Questions (6th place, Bryan Boyd and Shane Tsui), Experimental Design (6th place, Pamela Stark, Terence Tan, and Merrick Eng), Ecology (8th place, Maria Russo and Merrick Eng), Mission Possible (7th place, Terence Tan and Pamela Stark), and Mousetrap Vehicle (7th place, Terence Tan and Bryan Boyd).

Aside from the stunning victory, the team exhibited sportsmanship, strong teamwork, and great respect for those who ran and organized the event. The team is especially grateful for their dedicated coaches, (Mr. Ferrigno, Ms. Fertoli, Ms. Giunta, Mr. Henriques, and Ms. Toner), who provided the guidance and support the team needed throughout the season.

As sad as we are to see the slogan go, the Staten Island Tech Team can no longer call itself “grossly unprepared.” This year’s victories have unlocked the opportunity for more growth and achievement at both regional and state levels. And while the end of the season is always bittersweet, the team is confident that next year will bring even more success!

Expand your Scientific Research Skills at Tech!

If you’re the type of student who is interested in learning and writing about the breakthroughs in the world of science and technology, the Science Engineering Research Program (SERP) is right for you! This STEM-centered program aims to make the students of Staten Island Tech better researchers and writers with high-level essay skills.

Students from the program in 2017.

All underclassmen are encouraged to consider taking part in this program because while there isn’t an entrance exam for this rigorous program, dedication is required. Upperclassman can still join if they show that they are interested in research by taking initiative and starting their own research projects.

Throughout the years, SERP will assign you a set of research papers, or “tasks”, to complete with time constraints, which will be strictly graded on how accurately and coherently you present your research finds. Thus, this program will be fit into your schedule as an actual class and counted towards your GPA. However, if you find yourself under too much pressure or cannot cope with the heavy workload, you are allowed to opt out and continue on with your original schedule.

So, why would you join this program in the first place? Are all those long hours of studying and tedious research worth it?

The answer is, yes!

There are many skills that are heavily enforced by SERP that will aid you in the transition into college. Most professors lecture for a majority of class time, but will not fail to assign research papers to complete. The professors do this in order to make you think more critically about the information you’re given and not just fall for invalid claims. Thus, SERP is a great way to build this mindset and to prepare for the workload you’ll face in college. In addition, the fact that you participated in SERP for all four years in your high school career showcases your motivation and willingness to take on challenging courses. You get to do research papers on any topic of your choice, anywhere between biology, medicine, astronomy, engineering, and more.

Despite the hard work and tedious research required for this program, SERP can also be a very enjoyable experience because of the connections you have access to. If you’re having trouble with any of your research, upperclassmen can guide you through the process and help you out. For example, if you join SERP in your freshmen year, the juniors and seniors who have had previous experience with SERP will teach you specifics on how to write a research paper and how to sift through credible sources. The SERP community is just one factor that is desirable about the program. In addition to being a very enjoyable learning experience where are you are able hone necessary professional skills exponentially, SERP is a place to be surrounded by motivated, like-minded, and STEM-oriented leaders of the future.

SITHS Science Olympiad Team Takes off in ISLIP!

The Staten Island Technical High School Science Olympiad team headed to Islip, Long Island for the annual Invitational competition on December 16th, 2017.

At 6am, the students boarded the school bus in anxious anticipation of the hour long journey ahead of them. Everyone had different ways to prepare for the long day ahead. With the sun hanging low on the horizon, music played on the bus as some members chatted with their friends while others chose the conventional way to relax: a nap.

In the hour long ride, senior Maria Russo shared the reason behind her passion for Science Olympiad: “It’s a hectic, stressful [event] that’s also incredibly fun, like an adrenaline rush!”

The team arrived at 8:00 AM and headed upstairs to their assigned “homeroom,” where the team would be staying for the entire day. Almost immediately, the members began preparing for their events, pulling out binders, papers, and laptops, and reviewing last-minute concepts with their partners before the actual competition.

“It’s a very fast paced environment at Science Olympiad,” explained Karolina Dubovskaya, a medalist in 2 events: “You run off to an event, come back, review as much as possible for your next one, and go back out there again. Sometimes you even have 2 or 3 events one after the other.”

The final event was finished by 3:00 and at 4:00, the students filed nervously into the auditorium of ISLIP High School in preparation for the award ceremony. They were met with a curious sight: a gaggle of Science Olympians dancing to the Cotton Eyed Joe. The ceremony began with a small, impromptu dance party, and when students returned to their seats, spirits were high. The ceremony itself was just as jubilant, as Staten Island Tech competitors were called up again and again to receive medals.

In the end, the Staten Island Technical HS Science Olympiad Team took home an astounding 39 medals from ISLIP, a significant increase from last year’s record of 6 medals.

Honorable mentions include:

  • Astronomy- Timur Ibragimov (‘18)  & Steven Zeldin (‘18) (4th Place)
  • Disease Detective-Steven Wren (‘18) & Sri Yalamanchi (‘18) (3rd Place)
  • Ecology- Merrick Eng (‘18) & Maria Russo (‘18) (4th Place)
  • Experimental Design- Merrick Eng (‘18) & Pamela Stark (‘19) & Terence Tan (‘20) (5th Place)
  • Fermi Questions- Richard Guang (‘18) & Bryan Boyd (‘20) (7th Place)
  • Forensics- Trisha Vinay (‘20) & Karolina Duboskavaya (‘19) (8th Place)
  • Game On- Terence Tan (‘20) & Michael Ruiz (‘19) (6th Place)
  • Herpetology- Jenna Tsvayg (‘19) & Yerim Lee (‘19) (5th Place)
  •                     Clarisa Yee (‘19) & Maria Russo (‘18) (7th Place)
  • Hovercraft- Timur Ibragimov (‘18) & Patrick Pazowski (‘19) (8th Place)
  • Mission Possible- Pamela Stark (‘19) & Terence Tan (‘20) (8th Place)
  •                              Thomas Patras (‘18) & Aiden Lublinsky (‘20) (7th Place)
  • Mousetrap- Terence Tan & Michael Ruiz (6th Place)
  •                   Mel Collela (‘19) & Bryan Boyd (‘20) (4th Place)
  • Optics- Merrick Eng & Steven Zeldin (1st Place)
  • Thermodynamic- Nicole Yatskar (‘20) & Thomas Patras (6th Place)
  • Towers- Pamela Stark & Anne Zats (‘19) (8th Place)
  • Write it Do it- Karolina Duboskavaya & Bryan Boyd (5th Place)
  •                     Jordan Daugherty (‘19) & Merrick Eng (8th Place)

Overall, the team made an outstanding finish by taking 6th place in the Invitational against 43 teams. This was the first time the team had won a trophy at ISLIP, beating out strong competitors and improving their finish from last year by more than 15 places. They hope to use this momentum to bring home the trophy at the regional, and later, at the state competition.

Special thanks to Mr. Callahan and Mrs. Schroeder for partaking in the trip and aiding the team throughout the day. Without them, the trip could not have happened.

Congratulations once again to the Science Olympiad Team for their hard work and dedication!

 

Winter Wonderland 2017

Written by Tappy Lung

On Friday, December 15th, Staten Island Technical High School held its annual Winter Wonderland. At 6pm, students and their parents arrived in their pajamas to the Salvatore Eretto Auditorium to watch the talent show.

Sophomores Scott Rappaport, Wesley Fong, & Travis Chen pose for the photo booth. Photo Credits: Tappy Lung

The show began with Andrew Shamailov singing “This Town” on guitar,  and ended with Samantha Samy and Dilara Portelli singing “All I Want for Christmas” with a humorous twist. Every act in between displayed talents from singing, dancing, playing instruments, and even twirling flags. “It’s more like throwing up a six foot pole and attempting to catch it just right,” explained Jacquelyn Chin, a member of the color guard, “It wasn’t a perfect performance but it was more about doing what I love and getting to show everyone else.” Samantha Samy, another performer, also described a similar experience: “I can’t imagine any way the show could’ve been more enjoyable.”

 

Students carefully building a Jenga tower. Photo Credits: Laura Zhang

Following the talent show, guests headed to the cafeteria filled with food and games. With the help of Mr. Whalen, video games lined the entire back wall of the cafeteria. While some competed in Mario Kart, others played intense games of Giant Jenga and Giant Bananagrams while sipping frozen hot chocolate sold by the National Honor Society.  Another popular activity was the “make your own ornament” station. Guests crowded around the table, filling their clear ornaments with beads, fake snow, and glitter. Many guests also visited the photo booth to take pictures with friends in holiday themed hats, headbands, and signs.

 

At around 8pm, guests started to head up to the first floor gym to watch a showing of Home Alone. “Nothing gets me more into the holiday spirit than watching a classic holiday movie with my friends in my pajamas,” explained Jocelyn Chin.

 

From the beginning of the talent show to the end of Home Alone, Winter Wonderland was fun for everyone involved. As Julia Feldman put it, “It was an amazing experience to celebrate the holidays with my friends.”

 

#DoingGoodIsContagious

The Jubilee Project was started by 3 guys in response to the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. This led them to make a video to raise donations for relief. The Jubilee Project’s slogan, “Help a Cause, Make a Video, Spread Some Love”, began with the video “My Hundred for Haiti.” The video featured Jason Y. Lee playing on his guitar and singing around New York City in an effort to raise $100 to donate to Haiti. Although he only raised around $80, his video led to over $700 in donations from more than 1,400 viewers.

Members of the Jubilee Project Club in 2016.

This positive result has led them to continue this campaign, where they make videos to “empower, enable, and inspire others to do good.” This project has grown over the years, and led to the formation of a Jubilee Project Club here at Staten Island Tech.

Presidents Fion Lin and Rachel Kim have weekly meetings on Tuesdays in room 317, where they discuss video ideas, production, and more. They have continued the legacy of Jubilee at Tech for 5 years since its foundation in 2012 by Diana Wong, Tiana Wong, and Anna Lin. With the hope that Jubilee can stay at Tech for many years to come and expand to more students for greater diversity, the students are given the freedom to come up with and execute their own film projects. The Audio & Video Engineering course that freshmen take gives the students the skills needed to create such projects.

The great community between the members at Jubilee creates a fun atmosphere where students share laughs and come together to create videos to move and inspire viewers to take action against societal problems. The main themes of past projects include mental health awareness and friendship. You can view the videos they have made on their YouTube channel hereThere are currently 39 uploaded videos, with titles ranging from “What does your mom mean to you?” to “What keeps you moving in life?” While some of the videos are more serious and inspirational, others are lighthearted and fun. This balance is a great example of the diversity of the students in Jubilee. Overall, the channel has sustained more than 29,000 views since its creation on March 11, 2012.

The media platform allows students’ work to be shared and the impact – no matter how big or small – motivates the members to create more. The sharing of videos between members allows them to show appreciation for each other’s work and continue to spread positivity, because doing good is contagious! #DGIC

Visit www.jubileemedia.com for more information.