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“Barbenheimer”: How a Doll and a Bomb Blew up the Box Office

“Barbenheimer”: How a Doll and a Bomb Blew up the Box Office

Melanie Shim October 30, 2023

The summer of 2023 was filled with endless entertainment, and many BCA students took some of their time to head to theaters for the cinematic event of the season. Starting as internet sensations, Barbie...

Do Our Academies Define Us? A Perspective from BCA’s 2023 Senior Class

November 29, 2022

Four years ago, the class of 2023 walked through the doors of Bergen County Academies as young and impressionable freshmen, myself included. Eyes wide, we wrestled through crowded hallways among strangers....

Are The Oscars On the Decline?

Leading up to this year’s 94th Academy Awards, viewership was of big uncertainty. Would the Oscars reflect yet another year of decrease in viewers? Or would it bring a resurgence in popularity with the pandemic slowing down? The answer is quite clear.
Aidan Park, Online Editor April 25, 2022

This year’s Oscars drew in 16.6 million viewers, displaying a 58% increase from last year’s record low audience of 10.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen, a global marketing research firm. However,...

What is the Value of Standardized Tests in College Admissions?

What is the Value of Standardized Tests in College Admissions?

Bori Chung, Assistant Managing Editor January 29, 2022

The role and importance of U.S. college standardized tests have changed in the college admissions process. Many colleges have become test-optional, giving students the choice to submit their SAT or ACT...

Projects: Physical vs. Virtual

Meghana Veldhuis, Managing Editor December 15, 2021

The only thing more ingrained in BCA culture than tests are projects. Traditionally, BCA students have had the option to engage in independent research, internship, and performance projects, on top of...

Comparison of the Powerpuff Girls: 1998 original version (top) vs. 2016 reboot (bottom).

Reliving the Glory Days: Reboot Revival

June 14, 2021

There are always those couple of shows from our childhoods we can’t help but remember fondly. For the high schoolers of today, those shows are likely from one of three highly popular channels: Disney...

Climate change activists participating in an environmental demonstration as a part of a global youth-led day of action in New York on Sept. 20, 2019.

“Ignorance is Bliss”: Not When Our Earth’s Amiss

Eliana Liporace, Writer May 15, 2021

When one thinks about high school education, the first thing that comes to mind are subjects such as english, world language, history, math, and science. Schools are notorious for selectively teaching...

What did 2020 do to the Fast Fashion Industry?

Ming-Jing Qin and Elena Jacoby March 31, 2021

2020. The year that woke the fashion industry up. Sales plummeted and stores closed, retail companies raced to modernize online and salvage their businesses. A gruesome future was ahead. The old wounds,...

Image of three students from central Pennsylvania wearing masks and prom dresses

Planning a Prom in a Pandemic

BCA Senior Class Council Attempts the Unimaginable
Alex Weber, Managing Editor March 23, 2021

The Senior Class of 2021 missed out on its Junior Prom last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure a successful prom this year, the Senior Class Council took a backward approach in planning the...

Using the N-word in Educational Settings: is it ever justifiable?

Abby Saks February 25, 2021

Possibly one of the most relevant subjects in etymology is the usage of the N-word. Many non-black people now refrain from using the actual word and instead refer to it with that well-known substitute...



Michelle Kim, Online Editor November 8, 2020

It is not an understatement to say that the year 2020 is currently a roller coaster—from the collision of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to the upcoming, polarizing presidential...

VBCA Series Part 2: Commentary, Opinions, and Pass/Fail

Emily Hashem, Writer April 28, 2020

  Part 2 - Looking Forward-Pass/Fail LOOKING FORWARD: OPINIONS AND SURVEYS BCA vs Other Schools In a way, the current situation is a massive trial run for the feasibility of virtual schooling....

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