RPHS STEAM Team Shines A Light To The Future

Roselle Park put another marker in its history by recognizing its future when it presented Roselle Park High School’s STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Technology) Team with Certificates of Recognition at the October 4th Mayor & Council meeting.

26 students had their achievements this year of placing first or second at the 2018 New Jersey TSA High School State Conference in April of this year. This qualified them to take part at the National TSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of June.

RPHS teacher and STEAM advisor Angelena Hreczny spoke during the ceremony, “These students all competed at the state level for the Technology Students Association which is a competition that is focused on architecture, robotics, engineering, arts, design. So we had fashion, music, graphics, all these things. We went and competed and all these students up here placed first or second in their category which won them a spot at Nationals so we went and competed in Georgia. We did really well there.”

The over two dozen students recognized were:

  • Raymond A. Arocha
  • Nicole Badillo
  • Jasmine Bayot
  • Dylan M. Camilo
  • Gianna Fernandes
  • Aubree M. Gergich
  • Jasin Gjokaj
  • Isaac Goodman
  • Isaiah A. Gray
  • Jacob Lakomy
  • Richard Lasalle
  • Rachel Leone
  • Beatriz L. Matos
  • Jonathan Mejia
  • Brandon M. Mishoe
  • Juan Morales
  • Axel Moreno
  • David A. Munera
  • Kevin Naranjo
  • Bianca M. Ortega
  • Aryan Patel
  • Emily Perez
  • Jonathan Perez
  • Christina S. Rodden
  • Eduardo Solar
  • Kyra Williams

“A lot of people were asking who we were and . . . they’re always wondering where this school came from because we aren’t a hi-tech high or a biotech high or any of those school,” Mrs. Hreczny stated, “I’m not exaggerating when I say people are in awe of a one-square-mile town doing so well. So we truly appreciated everyone’s support and the backing that we get from this town because without everybody supporting us we wouldn’t be able to go and do these really awesome things.”

She concluded by saying, “Germany, Turkey, [and] China were all represented there this year. In some of the categories, students weren’t just competing nationally, they were competing internationally. Really big things. It’s awesome that these students get to go and meet all these people from around the world. It was an amazing time. We have our next competition in March so we’ll keep you guys posted and we hope to have similar results. Thank you so much for having us.”

Photograph courtesy and property of Larry Leone.