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March 2021

Order Up! Showcases Musical Theater Talent at HTHS

By Selah Maple


Opening up the diner here in the main theater at High Tech High School, on March 3rd & 4th, the musical theater majors served up a great show showcasing songs from the musicals Waitress, The Wiz, and The Pajama Game. The performance also featured dance breaks to Justin Timberlake and Lil Nas x. I asked senior musical theater major, Jessica Piloto, to share her experiences and thoughts on the show.


SM: What was preparation for the show like?

JP: Honestly, the show was supposed to be back in November so we’ve had months of rehearsals. There were a lot of after-school practices. It’s a lot of repetition honestly. Then, we were finally able to practice on stage. There were a lot of mic issues and I couldn't practice my first two songs because of it. There was also a lot of help from the audio tech students.


SM: What was your favorite number to watch and/or perform?

JP: My favorite number to watch is definitely I Love You Like A Table. It was fun. I love seeing the guys get into character. Especially the chorus line in the back. My favorite number to perform was my song with Jade[Rodriguez and Kat Rada. It’s a really genuine song to perform. There was a really nice connection between the three of us. We got closer during that time.


SM: What is your favorite thing about performing?

JP: Honestly, you know the feeling you get when you’re on a rollercoaster? I know it’s cliche but when you’re doing it you get hype and feel the adrenaline. It’s also the reaction from the audience.


SM: Can you give me any information on your next show?

JP: Our next show is actually The Drowsy Chaperone. I will be playing the character Ms. Tottendale. She’s basically a comedic love interest with the character Underling. They have a cute song in there. You can imagine Ms.Tottendale as the Mrs.Potts of the musical. It's basically a musical within a musical. There’s a lot of dark humor and I think people will like it.

Will High Tech Students Keep Masking Despite Lifted Mandates?

By The Laser Editors


New Jersey’s school mask mandate expires on Monday, March 7, but nearly 44% of High Tech students who responded to a recent survey indicated they would continue to wear their face-coverings.


After being required to wear masks throughout the last two school years, the expiring mask mandate means that students will now have the option to ditch their face-coverings while in school. Given this major shift, reporters at The Laser were curious about whether students would keep masking when it was no longer required. To understand this, a poll was sent to the entire HTHS student body on March 2nd asking, “Do you plan to keep wearing a mask in school?” Of the 321 students who responded, 36.4% said “maybe,” while 19.6% indicated that they would no longer continue to wear a mask on campus.


Reasons for continuing to mask included several responses of ongoing concern about the continued presence of COVID-19 and fears of bringing the virus home to vulnerable family members. Those choosing to unmask indicated that they were feeling safe given the low numbers of the virus or that they were simply tired of the physical and symbolic burdens of masking.


While the mask mandate will be lifted, students are still expected to maintain safe practices including staying home when sick, washing their hands frequently, and socially distancing where possible. Questions about COVID-19 can be directed to Nurse Hall, our COVID expert, and you can follow school-related COVID updates on the district website, hcstonline.org.


Whether you choose to mask or not, we hope everyone stays safe and healthy this spring.

February 2021

Ringing in the Lunar New Year with HCST Superintendent Amy Lin Rodriguez

By Cathy Lau


There is more to Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez than just running the show at the Hudson County Schools of Technology. For instance, did you know that Ms. Lin-Rodriguez is half Chinese and half Italian? Given that Lunar New Year has just dawned for the year of the tiger, we sat down with Ms. Lin-Rodriguez to learn more about the holiday and her experiences with this annual tradition as a Chinese-American.


First, it’s important to understand how Lunar New Year—sometimes called Chinese New Year—got its name. Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which is used throughout the US and many other countries, the lunar calendar is based on the movement of the moon. For instance, the first day of each month is a new moon, and the month ends fifteen days later, on the full moon. During the fifteen days of the New Year, Chinese culture celebrates the Lantern Festival. Wearing red and gold during the New Year represents China’s good luck colors and scares away spirits of bad fortune. Chinese are very superstitious about bad spirits. For example, if you wear white or black clothing during Lunar New Year, it usually means someone died or had misfortunes.


According to Ms. Lin-Rodriguez, she learned about Chinese culture from her Asian father, who tried his best to teach her about her heritage after her parents divorced. So her memories of the Lunar New Year bring memories of her father. In Amy Lin’s family, they would eat noodles and give out red envelopes to celebrate. This is because, in Chinese culture, noodles represent happiness and longevity, and it is a long-standing tradition to give the gift of bright beautiful red envelopes filled with money to your friends and family. This gesture symbolizes good wishes and luck for the new year.


On that note, we wish everyone celebrating Lunar New Year a happy and prosperous year of the tiger!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Alumni Spotlight: Beyonce Norris (‘20) Talks Life at Howard University and Beyond

By Sarah Jaafar

Beyonce Norris graduated HTHS in 2020 and is now a sophomore at Howard University. We reached out to this former Lasercat to learn about the ways her experiences at High Tech prepared her for college life at a historically Black college/university (HBCU). We hope her words will inspire students who are considering applying to HBCUs and can guide staff in supporting their students from throughout the African diaspora. A huge thank you to Beyonce for giving us some of her time!


SJ: What is your major and what do you hope to do with your degree?

BN: I am a Communications, TV & Film major. In the future, I plan to become a Television or Movie Producer and hopefully work behind the scenes on a significant film or production.


SJ: How did you come to the conclusion of what you wanted to major in?

BN: My passion for Media stemmed from my love to travel. Since I was young, I have been visiting the Caribbean Islands. I have been to Jamaica, the Bahamas and, recently, Puerto Rico and Aruba. My desire to know more about life in other countries and experience the beauty of different cultures continues to grow. Along with that, I am a huge people person, so I knew I wanted to do something where I could work amongst others while still fulfilling my media interest. At High Tech, I studied Visual Arts and Technology which confirmed my liking of Broadcasting and Video. It allowed me to experiment with the different areas of my field and further appreciate the creative side of my major. I love being in such a diverse field, and I take joy in having the flexibility to go down many different paths.


SJ: Do you participate in any extracurriculars (fraternity/sorority, clubs, internships, etc.) and, if so, what can you tell us about them?

BN: Yes, I am currently a resident assistant, where I spend most of my time ensuring the wellbeing of my residents and facility. A part of my responsibilities includes holding floor meetings and running community events. This past fall, I ran two successful events as a part of the Health and Wellness Committee at Howard. The first was a weekly fitness club where residents got together and enjoyed an upbeat workout led by myself and another RA. We encouraged them to make healthier decisions throughout their days and ensured that they were equipped with the knowledge to work out on their own. In addition to the Fitness Program, I helped run monthly HIV testing events which take place right in our residence hall. Here, I helped educate residents on the importance of sexual health and the ways to navigate sexual relationships as a college student. Being a resident assistant is something I take a lot of pride in, and I am thankful I get to help my residents as a mentor, advocate, and friend.


SJ: What have been your most memorable experiences in college so far?

BN: My most memorable experience in college so far would be Freshman-Sophomore Week. This week was dedicated to giving students time to adjust to the campus, the staff, and our peers. There were events, parties, and this was the first time I met many of the people I had been talking to all summer. It was a breath of fresh air to finally be on a college campus and be able to enjoy the direction my life was heading.


SJ: How much did your experiences at HTHS influence your choice to attend an HBCU?

BN: When I graduated from High Tech in 2020, the black student population was quite small. For that reason, I wanted to venture out and be taught by black professors, amongst black students, in a predominantly black neighborhood. Thankfully, I was able to get advice from some High Tech staff including my former health teacher, Ms.Gilmartin, who reassured me that going to an HBCU would be a life-changing experience. To say the least, she was right.


SJ: What advice would you give to current HTHS students who are considering applying to HBCUs?

BN: My advice for any HTHS students considering applying to an HBCU is to go for it! Do your research and find which HBCU’s are most fitting for you and apply to those. Reach out to alumni and watch videos that will give you a feel for the University’s culture. Don’t be afraid, and allow yourself to explore this option when it comes to higher education. I have learned more about Black culture and the Black Diaspora in my two years of attending Howard than I did in all my academic history. These universities are designed specifically for you, and you should take advantage of that.


SJ: What are some things the staff (teachers, guidance, admin, etc.) can do to support current students who are applying to HBCUs?

BN: The first step in supporting students who are applying to HBCUs is becoming knowledgeable about them. Staff at High Tech should take the necessary steps to inform themselves about the history of HBCUs and the particular schools during the 20th century. Along with that, staff can try to incorporate those schools in conversation about universities as they are not traditionally advertised when students are applying to schools. Lastly, I know many students would benefit from having alumni come in and talk about their HBCU experience so allowing students to get information first hand can be crucial.

Music and Black Culture

By Selah Maple


Since the beginning of time, black people have used music as a way to communicate, express, and reflect on the conditions of the world. First, we see the development of the blues from enslaved Africans. From the blues, we see the development of jazz and soul music. R&B was then created during the Great Migration while rap can be traced all the way back to West Africa. Celebrate Black History Month by indulging in one of the most important aspects of black culture: music.


Link to playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1ti4B8UbtWiie0hne24sxR?si=e9a8a48e0f674bd6

Black History in New Jersey

By Selah Maple


From the underground railroad to historic landmarks, here are some historically black places in New Jersey you may not have known about.



Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church/ St. Peter’s College


Martin Luther King Jr. frequently visited New Jersey. Barely a week before his death, King addressed almost 2,000 people in a speech encouraging them to support his newest “Poor People’s Campaign”. He also received an honorary Doctor of Law from St. Peter's College.





Hinchliffe Stadium, Paterson

Hinchliffe Stadium was home to the New York Black Yankees, a negro baseball league. It’s the only remaining Negro League stadium in the mid-Atlantic states.


Underground Railroad


New Jersey was known as the last slave state of the North and was a dangerous place for runaway slaves. Slaves seeking refuge through the Underground railroad often passed through Jersey City as the last stop in New Jersey before reaching New York.






T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center


T. Thomas Fortune was born into slavery and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation. He later became the editor of the nation’s leading black newspaper and a leading economist in the black community. His home is now a historic landmark with the mission to “preserve and further the civil rights and social justice legacy of T. Thomas Fortune through community outreach, education, the arts, and public programming.”




Black History Month Video made by Johnathan Ortega

BLACK HISTORY MONTH.mp4

January 2021

High Tech Students Take on Spotted Lanternfly Blight

By: Grace Conlin


The spotted lanternfly—an invasive species to New Jersey—has been taking over the environment egg by egg. But, thanks to the High Tech Environmental Science seniors, our students won’t have to worry as much about these Lanternflies at school. Our Science seniors, with help from the Secaucus Environmental Department, expertly removed thirty-eight Spotted Lanternfly egg masses from trees around the Frank J. Garguilo campus. If these seniors didn’t remove the eggs, the egg masses could have killed or harmed the trees they were in and, once hatched, would have led to approximately 1,500 adult Spotted Lanternflies. The removal occurred on December 15, 2021, and since then we haven’t seen any of these flies or their eggs on our campus thanks to them. To learn how to take care of these Lanternflies, our environmental teachers, Shelly Witham, Cathy Yuhas, and Samantha Doria teamed up with Ava Mroz and High Tech’s very own alumni Sean Heaney who graduated in 2017, who both work for the Secaucus Environmental Department and to successfully teach our students how to squash these bugs once and for all.

December 2021

High Tech Band THERMADORA Releases First Single

By John Rosado


High Tech senior band THERMADORA just released their very first single and we had the opportunity to ask them a couple of questions regarding the release.


JR:. For those who don’t know about your band, give us a little introduction about it all.

T: We are Thermadora! Our members consist of Tobin Harrison, Joaquim Pereira, Joshua Ibarra, and Luke Rodriguez.


JR: Awesome, how about when you guys first formed? And how about genres, what music do you guys play?

T: We formed our band in November of 2018, and have been going strong ever since. We mostly play indie-rock/alternative music.


JR: Cool, so you guys just released your first single right? Tell us about the process you guys went through.

T: Yeah, we just released our first single, HOW I FEEL, on all platforms. We've been working on music for the past 3 years together, trying to find our sound. And after tons of different demos and working together we finally started writing songs we all really liked and wanted to release as soon as we could. After making it through the pandemic we were able to contact some producers eventually leading us to Michael Cosine (Clown, Baby) a very good friend of the band.


JR: Yeah, that’s good, take as much time as you need to perfect your sound. So, give us some more info on HOW I FEEL. What inspired you guys?

T: We ended up recording our first song HOW I FEEL which has just been released on all platforms. Our song takes lots of inspiration from The Cure, inner wave, and Queens of the Stone Age. This song is about a girl, but no girl in particular.


Alright well, thanks for your time, THERMADORA. To everyone reading, make sure to check THERMADORA’s new single HOW I FEEL out now on all major platforms.


https://open.spotify.com/track/2Y0km9csCyfyjimgriGrwX?si=6fbb488b604048e0

https://youtu.be/nzMrpsRcP7Q

12 Days of Christmas

Directors: Samiksha and Max Mclain

Editor: Leigh Issac

Production Assistant: Beck Amato

Producer: Jonathan Oretga

Written by : Taylor Shaw & Jonathan Ortega

To spice up this holiday season, the Film Club and the Audio Visual Department, run by Mr. Ascolese, have created a series of films to get everyone in the holiday spirit! The project is titled 12 days of Christmas. Some of the films consist of music videos, chilling thrillers, and light hearted short films that will get you in the holiday spirit! This project has become an ongoing tradition within the film department at High Tech beginning in 2018, but was halted due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year the club/department has picked up this project once again, and is very excited for you to enjoy the videos.


Here’s some insight into the club and the long standing project from a film club’s personnel:


“Students in Video class and in the film club are writing, directing, and editing their own episodes for the annual Holiday Variety Show. From the traditional Senior Lip-Syncs to Christmas Mukbangs and narrative episodes, members of Film Club are preparing for the holiday season with a spectacular Holiday countdown with episodes to be released on Youtube.”

-- Sammiksha Thakur


“We’ve been doing 12 Days of Christmas since the beginning of my time at High Tech. Two years ago we were asked by the superintendent, Amy Lin Rodriguez, to go above and beyond with the project to make the kids feel acquainted with the new school. So we concentrated on doing scenes from the old school, and transitioned to scenes from the new school. It was a great experience for the students to partake in, and ever since then it’s been a major staple of the Video program and Film Club. And what’s great about it is that the Film Club is a club run by students, for students.”

A Dance So Nice, We Did It Twice: HTHS Hosts Inaugural Homecoming

By Sarah Jaafar

Here at high tech, we had a blast at not one, but two “Roaring 20’s” themed homecomings. The first one, on Friday, December 3, was just for the freshman and sophomores. The second dance took place on Saturday, December 4, for the juniors and seniors. Both nights, everyone danced non stop from 6pm until 10 pm! Not to mention, everyone was in their best classy Great Gatsby themed outfits. Check out these awesome pictures taken by Mr. Gongora, to go along with all the wonderful decorations put up by our spectacular decoration committee. The party was kept alive thanks to our wonderful DJ Jojo, a student here at High Tech who totally knows how to get high school students going. We definitely “Danced like Gatsby”! All this is thanks to our amazing student council for planning and orchestrating the evening, and to all the administrators, teachers, staff, and security that made sure everything ran smoothly. Both events definitely went off without a hitch. We hope to see everyone at our next school dance...stay tuned!

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Salad Party! High Tech’s Hydroponics Lab Bears Fruit

By Misha Godha


Students and teachers at High Tech High School have been utilizing the school´s exquisite, state-of-the-art hydroponic lab. The lab also doubles as a greenhouse classroom which furthers students’ education by providing a hands-on learning experience. Our hydroponic labs’ equipment includes a Nutrient Film Technique system (NFT), multiple grow towers, two Dutch Bucket systems, and a Deep Water Culture System (DWC); these systems utilize thin films with pumps and net pots. There are different variations on how to grow the crops in our lab, along with the best suitable systems for specific crops. Over the course of the school year, students monitor levels of temperature, electrical conductivity, and nutrient levels. In addition, some of the crops harvested are brought down to the kitchen to be served during lunch so all school community members can enjoy it. My class grew radish, basil, romaine, spring mix, arugula, and kale during this year’s fall harvest. To celebrate our achievements thus far we had a salad party!

November 2021

HTHS Debates Safety and Socialization During Omicron Remote Learning

By Taylor Shaw, Jonathan Ortega, and Leah Garcia


2020 felt like a fever dream. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, people began to wear masks like accessories and us students found ourselves learning remotely from the comfort of our homes. In the Fall of 2021, we had believed the pandemic pandemonium of virtual learning was over and eradicated, until last week, when the Omicron variant of the coronavirus ushered us back into the unconventional yet innovative way of learning. This return to remote learning created a spectrum of love and hate towards virtual school.


Some students at the Laser, “personally hate it.” Specifically, Sarah Jafaar dislikes online learning because she is “an extroverted butterfly.” Meanwhile fellow senior Dana Rosen was more open to it, saying that “in moderation, [I] absolutely love virtual learning.” Given the divide, Laser staffers Jonathan Ortega and Taylor Shaw weighed the compromise of safety over social interaction, discussing the pros and cons of the virtual “pandemication” they experienced over the last two years.


Jonathan Oretga debated the pros of virtual learning as he felt it benefited students in many ways, Zoom School in December was definitely a deja-vu moment for me. I was instantly transported back to online school last year. Although many are opposed to the idea of online school, I found that I was able to better prioritize a lot of personal endeavors as well as maximize my time. I believe that as human beings we are constantly moving and constantly working. Sometimes slowing down can be very beneficial to our clear-headedness and mental health.”


On the other hand, Taylor Shaw felt that virtual learning harmed students in more ways than it benefited them. According to Taylor, she said: “This week I've been struggling to adapt to online learning. Us returning to virtual learning is reminding me of when I was at my lowest struggling with depression, anxiety, and OCD. It's reminding me of when I used to cry everyday for seven months straight and felt extremely unmotivated. While I may not enjoy virtual learning for many reasons, I understand the importance of it as the new variant is highly transmissible and we are trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.” In other words, she ultimately felt it negatively impacted students' mental health, but recognizes why virtual learning is still a viable option for students to receive an education.


While these past two years have brought about many ups and downs in the educational realm, it has taught us how to adapt to given circumstances. Let us know how you feel during these tough times!

Dance Major Master Class with HTHS Alumni

By Maialen Abio

The week of November 15th–19th is National Love Your Body Week as sponsored by the National Dance Education Organization and the National Honor Society for Dance Arts.

NDEO invites all individual participants and chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) to join us in celebrating "NHSDA Love Your Body Week" - a national campaign to encourage body positivity and celebrate all the wonderful things our bodies can do.

As part of the week-long celebration, veteran dance instructor Trista DeFilippis brought in HTHS dance alumni, Sarah Botero (class of 2015), to do a masterclass with the dancers on Monday, November 15th. Sarah's bio can be found here: https://www.hthspa.org/alumni


HTHS Alumni Sarah Botero

October 2021

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Halloween Fest at High Tech

By Grace Conlin

Halloween Fest at High Tech was super “ghoul.” From a very entertaining costume contest with the best costumes in school, to Mr. Fuda getting his hair cut by our students, everything was so festive and in full Halloween spirit.


We also can’t forget the 90’s era dance in the gym held by the wonderful sophomore student council, where the super-talented bands Thermadora and Israel’s Chair performed for our students!


Also in the gym was the costume contest hosted by the seniors! This contest was filled with our more creative and outgoing students.


The costume that was the scariest goes to Michael Casais as the ever-so-frightening plague doctor. For the best group costume, the winners were Daniel Tobar and Liz Garcia with the dynamic duo of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy!


For the category of best character representation the winner was Kayla Lavilette with an amazing costume of Hatsune Miku.


For the next category, we all know it’s always important to be creative and make your own costume during halloween, so the winner for the most creative/DIY costume goes to Brogan Donston with a spectacular rendition of catwoman.


For the last category, but certainly not the least, is the funniest costume awarded to Henrik Van Tassell with Dat Boi. This contest was definitely so well run and all the people who participated looked “spooktacular”!


Another event that is definitely noteworthy is that our very own Mr. Fuda allowed students to cut pieces of his hair. Yeah, you heard that right, he let teenagers use scissors to cut his hair––definitely the MVP of the event! The Juniors also hosted so many fun games in the cafeteria and a super spooky dance party.


High Tech Halloween Fest was definitely a great distraction from all the hard work our students and staff have been doing, and we can’t wait for next year.

HT Hosts Annual Club Fair

By Misha Godha & Sophia Corral

While High Tech High School is known for its school spirit, to accentuate that the student body came together for the Club Fair in the resource room on October 5th and 6th from 4th to 7th periods. With over 1200 students back on campus after a year and a half, the fair offers students opportunities to engage in the school community and explore student organizations. Students were able to stop around numerous tables to speak with club officers and representatives. Representatives gave brief overviews about the club and answered any questions. The tables of clubs included: Students in Action, Yearbook, Science League, Junior State of America, Culinary Club, and Council on Diversity.

There was a wide variety of clubs and worked to promote student awareness in the community. Several attending students noted the Club Fair had new opportunities to get involved that they were not familiar with before. Some new organizations were established; Girl Up and Female Empowerment Through Fitness. After returning from over a year of online schooling, incoming students may not know the extent of clubs provided at the school. The Club Fair allowed students––new and old––to integrate and socialize in a way that hasn’t been seen since before quarantine. It is essential to show all that High Tech has to offer with the amenities available, and the Club Fair is just one way.

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September 2021

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Hispanic Heritage Month: How HTHS Identifies

By Maialen Abio, Leah Garcia, Taylor Shaw, Jonathan Ortega

Hispanic Heritage Month represents much more than the celebration of numerous cultures and traditions located in the Western Hemisphere––it also represents the recognition of each individual's identity who’s ethnic background hail’s from these central and southern countries.

Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx have become prevalent terms when referring to anything of or related to these various ethnic groups, cultures, customs, etc. They regard the origin of individuals and the inclusion of the general terms. When discussing Hispanic Heritage Month it is imperative that the terms we use provide a degree of specificity over our cultural background.

Although the month is called Hispanic Heritage month many have disputed whether or not the month should be renamed to one that includes the Latino population. The term Hispanic refers to people from Spain or a Spanish speaking origin, while the term Latino refers to people of Latin America or Latin American descent; this includes Brazil, and Haiti. A term that has become more ubiquitous in the Gen-Z era is Latinx, a gender-neutral or non-binary term for Latino/Latina that pushes back on the gendered language to be more inclusive “of the range of gender identities”. When juxtaposing the two largest terms that encompass Spanish Speaking countries, we recognize that the nuances of geography is the biggest part of what differentiates the two terms. These terms allow for cultural inclusivity, accurate cultural representations, and empowerment through proper identification of our ancestral heritage & ethnicity.

Below are the results of a poll conducted with High Tech students that asked whether students are aware of the differences between the terms: Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx. Additionally, to get insight into the minds of some Gen-Zers and their opinions on this topic, we interviewed three students from High Tech: Kiana Roman, Nixi Fuentes, and Cesar Ovalles. Here is what they had to say:

“I wasn't necessarily taught the difference between the two at an early age, but was taught this recently. I am aware it has to do with the different Spanish speaking countries, and the geography. For me, personally, I identify more or so as Latina, LatinX, and Hispanic. Those three terms definitely represent my roots, and they fit best for me. I come from Puerto Rico and Colombia, so I identify as all three”. -- Kiana Roman

“Yes. The difference between being Hispanic and being Latino is geography. Being Hispanic would exclude places like Brazil and Portugal because they speak Portuguese. Being Latino means that you have origins in Latin America, such as central and south america.” -- Nixi Fuentes

“I identify with the term Latino because I haven’t adjusted to using the term Latinx.” -- Cesar Ovalles

From this report, we learned that everyone has a different definition/connection of their Hispanic and Latin roots. It’s time we amplify their voices and tell their stories.

HTHS Hosts Voter Registration Drive

By Rachel Chowanec


On Monday, September 13th, the Hudson County Board of Elections held a voter drive at High Tech High School. At this drive, students turning 18 before the November General Election were able to register to vote. The State of New Jersey is one of the few states that permits for 17 year olds to preregister. This is an amazing opportunity for us to get involved, and prepare us to vote. Young voters account for half of the voting population, this means at a young age we hold a lot of power and influence in issues that might affect our lives for years to come.


Becoming eligible to vote is one of the exciting milestones that seniors in high school achieve. The idea of voting amongst young people is a very popular idea, but many statistics are showing that it usually isn’t the young people who are voting in the presidential election. From this article we can see how the voter turnout was broken down. The percentage of people who voted in the 2020 election in the age category of 65-74 was 70%, while the percentage of voters that were in the 18-24 age group was at record low of 51.4%. This negates the idea that meeting the age requirement of 18 for voting is not really all that motivating to actually register. That is, for people that are actually 18. In terms of breaking up the voting percentages based on ethnicity, the Asian voter turnout was 59.7%. This information is definitely important, but the question that arises when analyzing this data is: where do these people sign up to vote? Is it maybe at a school voter registration drive like the one here at High Tech? Or, is it maybe by mail? Well, according to the United States Census bureau, one of the most common places that citizens are registering to vote is actually the place where many teenagers are going to get their driver's license, the department of motor vehicles: 27.7% of people registered to vote there.


If you were unable to register at the election drive the following information will help you begin your journey in the importance of voting;

Online Voter Registration Application: https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register

Hudson County Superintendents of Elections Phone Number: 201-369-7740


https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2021/2020-presidential-election-voting-and-registration-tables-now-available.html