Academy Chronicle

BCA: Beyond the School

BCA: Beyond the School

Amelia Okulewicz, Writer

February 28, 2020

Since the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, students, Lindsey Polevoy, Reese Conway, and Tiffany Kim have been avidly working on the “Community Service 2020” contest for SkillsUSA called Feed NJ BCA. Thus far, Feed NJ BCA has been manifested in a variety of smaller projects at BCA, such as...

BCA SkillsUSA’s American Spirit Team Leads Intro to Culinary Class at Annual BCA Flash Event

Bryant Kye

February 25, 2020

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, the Bergen County Academies held its annual BCA Flash event, teaching middle school students in Bergen County a variety of courses ranging from Robotics to Beginner’s Bookbinding. This year, the Bergen County Academies SkillsUSA Chapter partnered with the Academy...

The Academy Imposters

Meghana Veldhuis

February 25, 2020

        BCA has a reputation as a top school filled with bright students and encouraging teachers; any hallway boasts awards, creations, and photos of smiling scholars whose accomplishments are clear. It is no small feat to be accepted at the end of the multi-step application process, and it would be...

The Bullet Journal: Lists, Art, and Everything In Between

Yilin Xie

February 24, 2020

Bullet Journaling is among the many methods of much-needed organisation and time-management strategies employed by BCA students. The Bullet Journal—also affectionately known as BuJo—was created by Ryder Carroll with the intention of being a minimal, efficient, and methodical organisation s...

‘Playing Hooky’ A Clothing Brand Started by BCA Teens for Teens

February 11, 2020

In the summer of 2019 three like minded BCA students decided to put their heads together and develop a clothing brand that reciprocated their passion for experimental fashion along with their own unique style. Juniors, Gavin Zhao, Natalie Painter and Priya Aggarwall, all from different academies, agreed...

Gender-Bending Fashion in the 21st Century

January 28, 2020

The end of a year often signals a time of reflection—in 2019, there were protests regarding climate change, proposed legislation on gun control, and more diverse representation in the film industry. In addition to all these significant societal strides, there was the challenging of gender norms within...

How Much is Higher Education Worth?

Michelle Kim

December 23, 2019

“It tends to be ingrained from a very young age that we have to go to college and we have to go into a good school to get anywhere in life, and that a college degree is all that matters,” says one anonymous BCA student. “We’re told this by our parents and teachers, and pretty much every adult a...

BCA Students on Hackathons

Remington Kim, Writer

December 16, 2019

Competitions where programmers, engineers, and builders come together to create a real working software or hardware program all in the span of 24 hours have become increasingly popular in recent years. These events, known as hackathons, take place all over the world every weekend at high schools, colleges, and community centers. Competitors can build any product they wish, and c...

Four Must-See Movies for the Holiday Season

Cadee Lee

December 15, 2019

With the Winter Holiday Season coming up, a variety of new and exciting movies are being released all throughout December. This season is the best time of the year to enjoy the movies with friends and family. Here are just a few movies that will be released within the next few weeks.  Cats is a ne...

Fast Fashion: A Global Epidemic

Ming-Jing Qin, Writer

December 8, 2019

  Hidden beneath layers upon layers of beauty and acclaim lies the dark side of the fashion industry; a market that victimizes the poor, feeds off the wealthy, and forces creativity inside a narrow box. The radical shift in our modern culture to fast fashion is a recent global trend that many a...

TEDxBergenCountyAcademies: An Exciting Opportunity for BCA Students

TEDxBergenCountyAcademies: An Exciting Opportunity for BCA Students

Michelle Kim, General Editor

October 11, 2019

A passionate speaker delivers an inspiring story to an attentive audience of students, sparking conversations and the sharing of ideas — this is what a moving and powerful TED talk can do. Many of us normally enjoy viewing TED talks on YouTube. However, on this upcoming Friday, 100 students who have r...

Chocolate Competition 2019: Bringing the Chocolate World to Life

Rachel Hur, Managing Editor

April 30, 2019

Every year, students marvel as ACAHA juniors and seniors wheel in extravagant cakes into the upper cafeteria. These cakes, prepared for weeks by the entire ACAHA, aren’t just any cakes; they are made for BCA’s annual Chocolate Competition, a years-long school tradition in which ACAHA students ...