Academy Chronicle


Birthdays and the Coronavirus Quarantine

Meghana Veldhuis

August 13, 2020

Time has not stopped and birthdays have kept coming despite the obvious changes that have arrived at BCA with the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to required social-distancing, birthday celebrations aren’t as conventional as they have been in the past. However, people have still found ways to celebrate their...

Meet Stoshii Gemz: BCA’s Very Own Up & Coming Artist

Meet Stoshii Gemz: BCA's Very Own Up & Coming Artist

Pooja Rayapaneni and Matt Suescun, Writers

May 18, 2020

The Academy Chronicle recently sat down in an online interview with Stoshii Gemz. Known as simply “Stosh” to his classmates, the BCA student is currently a senior in the Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology who has also pursued a music career during his time at BCA. His newes...

Knitting For Life Recognized on News 12 for Donations to Healthcare Workers

Knitting For Life Recognized on News 12 for Donations to Healthcare Workers

Cadee Lee

May 8, 2020

On April 20th, BCA students Francesca Osborn,  Hannah Ferrer, Rachel Mina, and Olivia Culleton were aired on News 12 for their efforts to thank doctors and nurses who are fighting COVID-19 through Knitting For Life, a non profit organization. They received recognition for donating knitted materials ...

2020: Is this the Year of Empathetic Artificial Intelligence?

This may be the possible future of space travel if AI were effectively taught to be empathetic. Astronauts could receive mental health support on long missions if this were the case.

Michelle Kim, General Editor

April 20, 2020

     At a conference at Dartmouth College in 1956, the word “artificial intelligence” was first uttered. Now, nearly seventy years later, artificial intelligence (AI) is at the cusp of becoming emotionally intelligent with the capability to empathize with astronauts on Mars. Artificial intelligenc...

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...