On Friday, October 2nd, Detective Ryan Magnotta of the Bergen County Bureau of Criminal Investigation, (BCI) a division of the Sheriff’s office, was guest speaker at River Dell High to the 120 Forensic science students. The students have been studying crime scene management, evidence collection and classification. Detective Magnotta shared with the group a case from 2006, called “Too Fat to Kill” according to Dateline NBC, the network that aired the case of the murder of Pharmaceutical Executive, Paul Duncsak of Ramsey, NJ.
The case background exemplified how detectives collect evidence and consider witnesses to interview and interrogate. Evidence ranged from ballistics and firearms to fingerprints, locked doors ‘picked’, license plate recognition technology and phone records that coincided with witness statements. The case was concluded and the victim’s father in law, Ed Ates, was convicted of first degree murder.
The presentation concluded with an eager question and answer session. Thanks to Detective Magnotta for bringing authenticity into the forensic classroom. Ms. Joanne Pawlowski is the teacher of this subject.
Two River Dell teams participated in the CSAW CTF 2015 Online Qualification Round from September 18th to the 20th. This event is a premier cyber security competition and the students pictured above (Alexander Chu, Michael Vasile, Gregory Sarafian, Michael Boyle, Marion Whitney, and Samatha Lorenzo) spent a great deal of time preparing for this event. They started training for the competition last June and met over the summer in the public library. Their efforts have paid off since they achieved a ranking of 20th and 21st place out of 240 high school teams. Their adviser is Dr. Chin Chu.
The work of four AP Photography students was selected by the Photographic Society of America to be exhibited at the PSA Annual Conference to be held in Yellowstone National Park, September 27th to October 3rd. The students are:
On Friday, May 29th, several students of French went to New York City after school with their teacher, Ms. Barbara Broomall, for an evening of culture and fun. First stop was the MOMA for some post-impressionist art, and then a quick walk to the bistro, "La Bonne Soupe." Escargots, a first for many, made for a memorable first course and a good time was had by all.
Congratulations to Charlie Lee who received a third place award for animal sciences at the Intel Competition in Pittsburgh this past week. Charlie is a student in the Science Research class taught by Dr. Chin Chu.