Academy Chronicle


BCA Safety and Student IDs

Hafsa Ali and Margaret O'Hara

November 4, 2019

Student IDs have been issued to BCA students for many years. However, starting this year, all students are required to visibly display their IDs at all times while on campus―and there are consequences for non-compliance. Contrary to what many believe, this is not a new rule. According to the BCA Student...

BCA Takes on 80s Fashion Trends

Stacey Na, Writer

October 23, 2019

The resurgence of 80s fashion has become a hot topic of discussion in the fashion community. Ranging from the subtle high-waisted mom jeans to the more flashy neon asymmetrical tops, the 80s was a wild decade for experimenting with new styles and color schemes. A few BCA students have copped the 80s ae...

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 ...

A Club of Your Filming Dreams

A Club of Your Filming Dreams

Jordan Lavalle, Journalist

April 23, 2019

At BCA, students are constantly taking part in exceptional activities and events — a normality in such a unique school. However, it often becomes easy to overlook regular occurrences. Clubs, for example, are not always given the attention they deserve. One of the newest clubs in BCA is “Make a Movie!...

Green Ribbon Day: The Catalyst for Change Against the Stigma of Mental Health

Depiction of Mykee Fowlin, motivational speaker at BCA during Green Ribbon Day.

Maeve McFadden, Managing Editor

April 5, 2019

On Tuesday, March 5, BCA held its first Green Ribbon Day for Mental Health Awareness, led by the Mental Health club. The event was empowering, important, and a promising beginning to addressing mental health issues that have always lain beneath the surface, but have shied away from coming into sharp foc...

“Once Upon A Mattress”: A Hilarious and Heartwarming Sensation

Cast of Once Upon A Mattress during their show during March 2019.

Catherine Park

March 27, 2019

                 This year’s winter musical production of Once Upon A Mattress at BCA was another huge success, thanks to the hard work of the over one hundred students and faculty involved. A spin on the classic tale, “The Princess and the Pea”, Once Upon A Mattress is the story of a...

We Can Stop School Shootings… With A Robot.

We Can Stop School Shootings… With A Robot.

Ashley Kim, Broadcast Journalism Editor

March 20, 2019

A little over a year has now passed since the Parkland school shooting, but the gravity of the tragedy has not diminished in any way. The shooting continues to affect people within and beyond Parkland, Florida. It has particularly afflicted BCA student Mariem Ahmad (ATCS 2021). Emotionally struck b...

AMUN XX: Delegates, Diplomacy, and Diversity

2 members of BCA Model United Nations during their delegation's presentation.

Catherine Park

March 15, 2019

From February 7 to February 8, Bergen County Academies hosted the twentieth annual Academy Model UN conference (AMUN XX), with over five hundred student delegates and dozens of high schools in attendance. Delegates were assigned to fourteen different committees, each debating different international issues....

BCA Research Expo 2019

Angela Yuan, AAST junior, in front of her research poster on agriculture.

Michelle Kim

March 14, 2019

Michelle Kim Observant drivers passing by the Bergen County Academies may have been confused by the congregation of students, teachers, and parents entering the building on a recent Sunday. Little did these passersby know that inside the building, a bustling science fair was taking place – BC...

Teamwork, Competition, and Friendship: the Holiday Locker Decoration Contest

Yilin Xie

February 12, 2019

To celebrate the holiday spirit, the Sophomore Class Council organised the Holiday Locker Decoration Contest during the last week before the break. The student body avidly participated by decorating their lockers with all kinds of festive and holiday-related items for the grand prize of a basket of t...

How the BCA Community Epitomizes “Love is Love”

How the BCA Community Epitomizes

Casey Beidel, Arts Editor

February 12, 2019

When I first entered BCA, I was afraid; I was petrified. (Yes, I did just steal a Gloria Gaynor quote.) Coming from a middle school where I had been the only kid “out,” I had no idea as to what would be in store for me at BCA. To say I found a supportive community is an understatement; what I fo...