High Tech High School students win future engineering scholarship from Amazon. (left to right) Dr. Mychele Perez, Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Fady Besada, Abakir Adel Hanna, and D|Fab Academy Supervisor Gregory Simon.
High Tech High School students win future engineering scholarship from Amazon. (left to right) Dr. Mychele Perez, Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Fady Besada, Abakir Adel Hanna, and D|Fab Academy Supervisor Gregory Simon.

High Tech High School students awarded $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship

Two seniors at High Tech High School will each received a $40,000 scholarship through Amazon’s competitive Future Engineer Program. Abakir Hanna and Fady Besada, both seniors studying Design and Fabrication, were among 100 students nationwide to receive this prestigious award.

“This scholarship is giving two of our students an incredible career opportunity that will prepare them for success in the workplace while they are still in college,” said Acting Superintendent Amy Lin-Rodriguez. “All of us at Hudson County Schools of Technology are so proud of Abakir and Fady for their hard work and commitment to their studies and congratulate them for being recognized among the best computer science students in the country.”

In addition to the $10,000 that students will receive during their first four years studying for an undergraduate degree, they are also guaranteed a paid internship with Amazon. Abakir will attend the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Fady will attend Rutgers University. Both plan to study computer science.

“The students in our Design and Fabrication program work incredibly hard in this rigorous program each and every day,” said D|Fab Academy Supervisor Gregory Simon. “Abakir and Fady are young men with bright futures in computer science, and all of us cannot wait to see all they will accomplish for years to come.”

The Amazon Future Engineer program aims to provide need-based scholarships to deserving students from underprivileged, underserved and underrepresented communities. The entitled paid internship is available to students after completing their first year of college. This is a unique opportunity since most college students do not have access to software and engineering internships until later in their careers.

Earth Day cleanup set for April 20

Secaucus will celebrate Earth Day on April 20, with a cleanup of Mill Creek Marsh.  The event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Creek Marsh, behind the Kohl’s Mall just off Mill Creek Drive. Those involved will clean up debris from the waterway. Bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Wear work clothes and expect to get dirty. Wear shoes or boots, no sandals or flip-flops.

Green Day Festival to be held at Xchange

Secaucus will hold its Green Festival on May 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Noon to 4 p.m. at the Secaucus X-Change.  Admission is free. There will be a petting zoo, rock climbing, raptors, butterflies, food trucks, pony rides, arts and crafts, and more. The Fantasy Puppet Theater will hold a number of performances including “The recycling show” at 11 a.m., Little Red Riding Hood at noon, “The Frog Prince” at 1 p.m., “Shoemaker and the Elves” at 2 p.m. and “Mortal Danger” at 3 p.m.

China Chef hosts opening night of Meadowlands Comedy Club

Meadowlands Comedy Club will hold its opening night on Wednesday, April 24, at China Chef, 1322 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus.  Tickets are $15. Show starts at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets go to

Letter carriers food drive set for May 11

Secaucus is taking part in the 27th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11.

On the second Saturday of May, set out your nonperishable food well before your letter carrier’s normal pickup time. The earlier the better. Note that he or she will be delivering and collecting mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual. Your letter carrier might also have helpers. A good rule of thumb is to have the bags by your mailbox by 9 a.m. All of the donated food stays in the local community.

Secaucus UNICO’s ‘Quattro De Mayo Tricky Tray’ is May 4

The Secaucus Chapter of UNICO will host a “Quattro De Mayo Tricky Tray” on Saturday, May 4. The event will take place at the Immaculate Conception Church Gym at 1219 Paterson Plank Road in Secaucus. Admission is $15 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission includes chips, salsa, coffee, tea and cake. Those attending are invited to bring their own food, snacks and B.Y.O.B.

Those bringing a bottle of wine will be given a free entry to a Special Wine Raffle in addition to the many baskets of special items that will be raffled off that evening.

While tickets are available at the door on the day of the event, they can also be purchased in advance by contacting Gerry at 551-655-4876 or Jackie at 201-348-0862. Tables of eight or more can be reserved in advance and should be requested when contacting either Gerry or Jackie to purchase tickets.

Donations are still being accepted. Those interested in donating to the event should call UNICO President Melissa Vogel at 201-469-6677.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the awarding of college scholarships to June graduates.