The NJSkillsUSA state-level competitions for high school and post-secondary students enrolled in career and technical education training programs were held earlier this month.

More than 1,600 competitors battled it out in 90 hands-on skill and leadership contests.

The first-place winners in each contest will represent New Jersey at the National SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

See the story and more pictures here.

High Tech High School students Camile Romano, Carla Rosner and Eleanore Woodruff with their awards at the ceremony at Princeton University

Three students from Hudson County Schools of Technology’s High Tech High School in North Bergen – Carla Rosner of Hoboken, Camile Romano of Kearny, and Eleanore Woodruff of Weehawken – were honored for their hard work and outstanding academic achievement in the field of Japanese language and culture at a ceremony at Princeton University.

They were among the 47 students from 18 high schools and universities throughout the state recognized with the 2017 Japanese Language and Culture Study Award.

Some of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology FCCLA medal-winners

Gloucester County Institute of Technology students had a very successful two days at the 70th annual NJ FCCLA State leadership Conference:  29 gold medals, 22 silver medals and four bronze medals, as well as $81,500 in scholarship awards.

And twenty-one members of the team will compete at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN from July 2-6.

FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a national career and technical education student organization that focuses on personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities.


Bergen Academies senior Indrani Das

Indrani Das, a senior at Bergen County Academies won the $250,000 top prize at the Regeneron Science Talent Competition, the oldest and most prestigious high school science competition in the country.

Indrani’s award-winning project essentially “remediates” supporting brain cells that lose their functionality and become toxic in brain injury and disease.

“I became interested in brain injury and disease in my freshman year, when I learned that these conditions are both poorly understood and largely untreatable,” Indrani said.

“I decided to focus on the common framework of numerous conditions like ALS, stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc:  the ‘impairment’ of crucial supporting brain cells,” she said.

Seven other Bergen Academies seniors won honors in the Regeneron competition:

Jacy Fang from the Academy of Medical Science Technology, was selected as a finalist; and Enoch Jiang, from the Academy of Business and Finance;  Jiwoo Lee, Christina Ping, and Varun Subramanian, from the Academy of Medical Science Technology; and Andrew Kevin Fong and Sabrina Josefina Gjerswold-Selleck, from the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology were selected as national scholars (semi-finalists).

News release from the Regeneron Science Talent Search

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The Mercer County Health Science Academy NJ State HOSA competition team

Congratulations to the Mercer County Health Science Academy students who won ten awards at the NJ State HOSA competition.   HOSA is an international student organization for future health care professionals.

The two Mercer students who won first place in their categories – Rachel Warner, of Roosevelt, in Knowledge Test: Behavioral Health, and Smriti Moorjani, of Plainsboro, in Medical Math – will represent New Jersey in the national competition at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in Florida in June.

And more great news for the Mercer Health Science Academy:

Sri Lahari Kunchapu, of Plainsboro, was elected state president of NJ HOSA for the 2017-2018 school year, and Alexandrea Zaburski, of Hamilton, was elected state vice-president.  Rohan Sharma, of East Windsor, was elected southern regional vice-president.