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FREEHOLD, NJ - Lauren Allex, a 9th grader at Biotechnology High School and resident of Marlboro, NJ was recognized for her achievement as a state finalist in the “Doodle for Google” competition during a school-wide assembly on February 10th.
Doodle 4 Google is an annual contest open to students in grades K-12. Students are invited to create their own Google doodle for the chance to have it featured on the Google homepage. Lauren is one of 53 finalists from across the United States who submitted doodles in response to the question, “What makes me… me.” Lauren wrote about her doodle, “Ever since I was a child I’ve collected bugs and plants (mostly weeds that I thought looked nice!), googling how to care for them. If anyone ever finds a jar with a bug in it around the house, they instantly know it’s me!”
During the final round, the public can vote online till February 22 for their favorite doodle by visiting the Doodle 4 Google website ( . The National Winner will have his or her doodle featured on the U.S. homepage for one day. He or she will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 Google for Education grant for his or her school, a trip to Google’s Headquarters in California to meet the Google Doodlers, and the opportunity to nominate a teacher to come on the trip.
The Principal of Biotechnology High School, Mr. Sean Meehan, was delighted to hear about Lauren’s success. He commented, “I always encourage students to follow their passion. Lauren’s achievement is an example of where your interests can take you.”
Biotechnology High School is a specialized public magnet high school which focuses on biology and the life sciences delivered through a rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum. Biotechnology High School has 325 students in grades 9-12 from all over Monmouth County. It is part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District and one of its five Career Academies. It frequently tops the list of best high schools in the nation and last year was recognized by the US Department of Education as a 2014 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

February 4, 2016- From NJ Spotlight, an op ed by NJCCVTS President/MCVSD Superintendent Tim McCorkell: NJ’s made great strides in expanding high school career-readiness offerings. Click here for the link