District News

Marketing & Media Students Hit It Big With The eByram Blitz

Although times are different, members of the Byram Hills High School Marketing & Media Club are developing some very inventive and informative original content.  The E-Byram Blitz is hosted and produced by a talented group of Byram Hills High School students and has been receiving great attention.  “I love how the Blitz connects and reaches the whole school.  Everybody on the Blitz team is great to work with, and I love the content we produce,” said Markian Nychka, Co-President.

Ansh Arvati, Drew Krevolin, Jesse Wild, Evan Weiss, and Brian Zhang are the program’s team members and co-hosts, and Markian Nychka and Matthew Marinozzi are the club’s co-presidents and co-producers.   "The Blitz is so great,” said Evan Weiss, Co-Host and Blitz Producer. “I love all my co-hosts, and talking about stuff we love makes it 1000 times better."  Together they collaborate on all aspects of production, including research, scripting, coordinating, conducting interviews, filming, and editing. These students do it all.

The team saw an opportunity to outline what was happening in athletics during the pandemic and provided a venue for athletes to speak candidly about their experiences.  “I am extremely proud of these students,” said Brian Melso, Byram Hills High School Marketing & Media Club Advisor. “Their dedication to the club, the Byram Hills Athletic program, and their craft is remarkable and a wonderful asset to our school community. Wrapping on an episode is always a great feeling for the team, but seeing 1,000+ views across our social platforms knocks the experience out of the park.”

Aside from producing more Blitz episodes, the team is excited to begin live streaming and commentating on winter and spring athletics. 

Please view the most recent episode:


Five Byram Hills Students Named National Merit Finalists

Byram Hills High School is proud to announce that five seniors have been named Finalists in the 2021 Competition for National Merit Scholarship awards. The students are Jordyn Bernard, Luke Briody, Talia Dinstein, Jared Ilan, and Kathryn Petlyuk.  
Over 1.7 million juniors took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Test in October of 2019, and more than 15,000 were named Finalists.   
“This year, five of our students earned the prestigious distinction of becoming Finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program,” said Ms. Kristina Wilson, Byram Hills Guidance Department Chairperson. “Finalists were chosen not only for their PSAT scores but also for their SAT scores and general academic performance. Congratulations to our Finalists for earning this honor.”

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMSC, National Merit Scholarship Corporation, notifies approximately 7,600 Finalists that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. NMSC is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Byram Hills National Merit Finalists

Byram Hills Senior, Jennifer Mui Wins Con Edison Athlete of the Week

Byram Hills High School is proud to announce that senior Jennifer Mui is this month’s winner of the Con Edison Scholar-Athlete of the Week Award.  This award honors and highlights student excellence in sports, academics, and community service.

Since the seventh grade, Jennifer has been a member of the cross country and spring track teams, a two-time captain for each, and holds the school record for every cross country course in Section 1. On January 30, 2021, at the Darin Gillenwater Classic at Iona Prep, she won the 800 meters (2:33.79) and placed fourth in the 1,500 meters (5:11.42). During the cross country season, Jennifer broke the school record in the 5,000 meters in a time trial (18:59) and won both of her dual meets against John Jay/Cross River and Horace Greeley. At the Milton Invitational, she finished 7th in her division (19:44).

Jennifer finished 5th in the Regional Championships among Putnam/Northern Westchester small schools, earning All-League, All-County, and All-State Honorable Mention. She holds every school record for cross country and six school records in track for individual and relay events. Jennifer’s commitment to athletics is evident on the basketball court as well. She has played on the Byram Hills Varsity Basketball Team from grades 8 to 11. She earned All-League and All-Conference Honors twice and was the team MVP last season.

In school, Jennifer is a member of the Athletic Advisory Council, the Captain’s Council, and SALT (Student Athletic Leadership Team).  She participates on the Acting With Integrity Committee and is a member of the Science Olympiad Team. Jennifer coaches basketball at fourth-grade clinics through the Junior Bobcats program. When she is not participating in school-related events, she is a member of The Youth Group of the River Church of New Jersey. 
Jennifer is an exceptional student who has a remarkable ability to engage in learning with singular focus and devotion.  She thrives on challenges and has excelled in her coursework at Byram Hills.  Jennifer Mui embodies all of the qualities that this award stands for.  She will be attending Binghamton University in the fall, competing in Division 1 track and field and cross country. The Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award celebration will be held virtually in June.
Jen Mui Con Edison Athlete of the Week


Byram Hills Honors 16 Seniors at Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Byram Hills congratulates 16 seniors who won special recognition at the 58th Annual Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on January 30, 2021. JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics by presenting their original research before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. Regional presenters will participate at the 2021 Upstate New York JSHS and compete for a spot in the national symposium. Congratulations to the following Byram Hills students.

1st place
- Kristen Eickelbeck - Physical Science
- Olivia Canter - Biological Sciences

2nd place
- Luke Briody - Neurology/Genetics
- Mia Dittrich - Neurology/Genetics
- Ali Hafez - Engineering & Technology

3rd place
- Lily Deitelzweig - Neurology/Genetics

5th place
- Raquel Kanner - Behavior
- Lizzie Manowitz - Behavior
- Bailey Goldstein - Biological Sciences

1st place 
- Jared Ilan - Math, Engineering & Technology
- Chloe Weissman - Behavior
- Gabriella Ripka - Behavior
- Tessa Schwartz - Math, Engineering & Tech
- Alexa Jindal - Medicine & Health

2nd place 
- Griffen Nenner - Biological Science
- Sophie Stumacher - Behavior

Byram Hills Earns AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award

Byram Hills High School has earned the College Board's AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP Computer Science Principles. This award acknowledges 1,119 schools for their work toward equal gender representation during the 2019-20 school year.  This distinction honors the outstanding work that Byram Hills is doing to engage more female computer science students.

The College Board is celebrating schools that have either reached 50% or higher female examinee representation in one or both AP computer science courses, or whose percentage of female examinees met or exceeded the school's female population. 

“I think this award speaks to our school's continued dedication to our mission statement of preparing students with 21st Century skills, as well as the District's desire to develop leadership qualities,” said Lisa Pellegrino, Byram Hills Mathematics Chairperson.  “Technology has demonstrated, over the past five years, to play an ever-increasing role in every aspect of life, and we work to ensure all students can meet these dynamic challenges.”

Byram Hills is preparing all students by providing them the opportunity to help solve society's most challenging problems.