North Bergen High School’s First STEM Academy Graduates Accepted to Top Colleges 

Class of 2019 students were all accepted to the colleges and universities of their choice


NORTH BERGEN, NJ– North Bergen High School’s first ever STEM Academy cohort recently graduated, and each of them were accepted to some of the nation’s most prestigious and renowned colleges and universities. These institutions include Boston University, Penn State University, Wesleyan University, Hamilton College, Howard University and Fordham University.


“I am so incredibly proud of all of our North Bergen High School graduates, especially those 10 students who completed to STEM Academy,” said Dr. George Solter, Superintendent of North Bergen School District. “I am eager to see what their bright futures hold for them and how our incoming class of freshmen adapt and grow from the STEM Academy. I am confident that the academy prepared them for anything life brings.”


STEM Academy graduates include: Andrew Fuentes, attending Rutgers University to study economics and finance, Christine Adewale, attending Howard University, Eliel Esquivel, attending New Jersey Institute of Technology to study electrical engineering, Marianna Said, attending Fairleigh Dickinson University to study nursing, Nidhi Parekh, attending Stevens Institute of Technology to study computer science, Riyakumari Jain attending Seton Hall University to study 3+3 PT Doctoral, Sebastain Tapia attending Rutgers to study pre-dental, Wayne Bertrand attending Rutgers and Yahira Herrera attending The College of New Jersey.


One graduate of the STEM Academy, Cristina Morocho, who will be attending Montclair University in the fall to study computer science, was awarded the APA Award for Psychological Science at the Jersey City Medical Center/ RWJ Barnabas Health STEM Showcase.


“ It is amazing to see how the STEM Academy allowed our students to grow and develop their skills,” said Dr. Jared Keshishian, District Supervisor of Science and Director of the STEM Academy. “We are confident that they are fully prepared to continue their studies in the STEM field at any institution they choose to attend. The STEM Academy gives students an advantage early on in their careers and sets them apart from their peers.”

This fall, North Bergen High School will be welcoming Cohort V to the STEM Academy. This celebrates the fifth year of the academy and holds the largest incoming class to date with 24 freshmen.


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