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The following Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) Football players have been accepted to college and plan on playing next year. They are (top row left to right): Naetrelle Thomas & Mark Giles (FDU Florham Park), Elijah Dolson & Drew Lindsay (Rowan University), Jeremy Gray & Amir Carter (Muhlenberg College), (bottom row left to right) Tyler Klinger (Winston Salem State University), Zaire Weaver (Stevenson University), Justin Hunt (William Paterson University), and Jacquese Johnson (American International College). Congratulations!

Sarah Velez is a young woman of unparalleled focus whose eyes are set firmly on the future. This Paterson local and member of the Academy of Finance is well known for her academic achievements. She is ranked in the top 4% of her class with a cumulative GPA of 4.167 and has already accumulated twelve college credits. Sarah has also consistently achieved honor roll status throughout her PCTI career. So what’s her secret?

“I take advantage of every opportunity,” Sarah says, “and allow my achievements to speak for themselves.”

This grounded perspective has served Sarah well throughout her high school career. Entirely modest in her learning, Sarah’s practical approach to education has ensured a solid foundation for the future. She is a member of the MSA, FBLA, and SLICE and was selected for Girl State and the World Language Honor Society. This year, she participated in the Federal Reserve Challenge - a competition where student teams were expected to solve hypothetical scenarios of economic downturns by submitting recommendations and answering the questions of Federal Reserve bankers and economists. Out of sixty teams from the tri-state area, Sarah and her classmates came in third place!

Building on her experience in the finance arena, Sarah also holds a Co-Op position with the on campus branch of Columbia Bank.

“What I really enjoyed was training to be a Teller. It’s fascinating. I started at sixteen years old and I thought, I can do this!”

After graduation, Sarah will attend Montclair State University and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Her greatest dream is to travel the world and work with a bunch of different companies. Eventually, she’ll receive her CPA and one day hopes to become a partner at an Accounting firm.

When asked what she appreciated most about PCTI, Sarah says, “There’s always people to guide you whenever you need them. They’re available and receptive. That’s important for students to experience.”

This determined Bulldog has discovered her passion for learning within the halls of Passaic County Technical Institute. “Throughout my four years, I’ve really broken out of my shell to become an open-minded and social individual.”

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Sarah. We know you’ll achieve your dreams!

  • Ranked in the top 4% of her class
  • Has earned 12 college credits
  • Co-Op with Columbia Bank
  • Involved in FBLA, SLICE, & MSA
  • Selected for Girls State & World Language Honor Society
  • Volunteers at St. James of the Marches R.C. Church as Catechist Assistant
  • Accepted into 6 prestigious universities
  • Goal: Graduate from Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, earn her CPA, pursue a Master’s in Business field, become a partner at an Accounsting firm

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Nicholas Magna is a young man whose strong work ethic influences every area of his life. Hailing from Hawthorne, this member of the School of Automotive Technology has made the very best of his educational endeavors by combining passion and practicality.

For twelve years, Nicholas has cultivated a healthy motocross hobby. The thrill of racing, building, and fixing his bike urged him to study the automotive field. “I wanted to learn the difference between cars and bikes, and how the two overlap.” In a similar vein, Nicholas has taken on the challenge of building and sustaining his very own monster car (which he drives to school)!

Within the halls of PCTI, he is a member of the Environmental Club, SkillsUSA, and the Auto Advisory Board. Additionally, his stellar grades and GPA of 3.56 ensured he was inducted into the National Honor Society. He is genuinely dedicated to working hard as a Co-Op student for Paul’s Volvo in Hawthorne where he’s continually sharpening his skills in the Automotive Industry. After school, Nicholas heads to his job at Broadhurst Sheet Metal Works, where he spends twenty hours of his time per week. Up until recently, he volunteered at the Jr. Fire Department in Hawthorne where he held the title of Captain.

Nicholas’ strategic educational planning has paved the way for a successful future. Upon graduating PCTI, he will attend the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Ohio where he will learn to become a Master Welder. Nicholas’ ultimate dream is to build a career in Steamfitting, that is, to layout, assemble, maintain, and repair piping that carries water, steam, fuel and more in heating/cooling process piping systems. He aims to work closely with architects in New York City, constructing buildings and putting his amazing skills to good use.

When asked how he’s grown since first entering Bulldog Country, Nicholas said, “There’s a time when you realize that you can’t always have fun. You have to go out there and get the work done.” He added, “My instructors here were always willing to go the extra mile to help me. PCTI is a great school with an amazing learning environment that allows students to work with up and coming technologies.”

Nicholas sure has learned a lot during his high school career. He’s become a self-motivated young man who prides himself on succeeding in whatever he sets his mind to. There’s no doubt that Nicholas will achieve all his dreams and more. Congratulations and good luck in the future!

  • Achieved stellar grades with a GPA of 3.56
  • Selected for Circle of Success
  • Member of for the Automotive Advisory Board, the Environmental Club, SkillsUSA, & the National Honor Society
  • Co-Op student at Paul's Volvo, works at Broadhurst Sheet Metal Works
  • Volunteered at the Hawthorne Jr. Fire Department for four years, held Captain title
  • Goal: Graduate from the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Ohio, become a Master Welder

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Congratulations to Cheyenne Allen (Girls Spring Track) and Troy Hartung (Boys Golf) on being selected as PCTI’s April Athletes of the Month!

Cheyenne Allen is a three-year varsity starter and a 2015 senior captain from Haledon who:

Has had a tremendous senior year as the leader of the Girls Spring Track squad. Cheyenne has increased her personal best performances in the Triple Jump (36-’3”) and the Long Jump (16’-6”), both of which are top within the BNC Conference and Passaic County. She has helped the Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship. Cheyenne was a first team All-Liberty selection in the Triple Jump and a second-team All-Liberty selection in both the Long Jump and the 400 Meter dash. She was also a pivotal lead off runner on the team’s 4x400 meter relay.

Troy Hartung is a three-year varsity starter and a 2015 senior captain from Hawthorne who:

During the month of April, shot an amazing average of 39.7 (9 holes). In the Big North Conference Championship Match (18 holes), Troy shot an outstanding round at 75 taking 6th place overall as an individual against some of North Jersey’s best golfers. On the state level, he qualified for the NJSIAA Individual Championship Tournament (18 holes) and shot a 78 at the Group IV event, finishing 7th in Group IV at the state level. In other relevant Tournament outings, Troy marked a core of 82 at the prestigious FDU invitational, taking 15th overall in an event relegated to the state’s top golfers who plan on continuing their careers in golf at the collegiate level. He is a First Team Big North All-Liberty selection and will again qualify as a first team All-Passaic County golfer. At the PCCA county golf tournament, Troy finished in second place overall and fell just three stokes short of the Passaic County title.

Congratulations to Zachary Polzer (Baseball) and Amirah Chaney (Softball) on being named PCTI’s March Athletes of the Month!

Zachary Polzer is a second-year varsity starter who:

As a junior, quickly emerged as the Bulldogs varsity baseball pitching ace. Zach is currently 2-1 as the Bulldogs’ #1 arm facing off against the opposing teams’ top competition. Zach has an ERA of 1.167 over 18 innings pitched featuring 14 strike-outs only allowing 3 total earned runs on 5 total hits. The Bulldogs are currently 4-3 overall (4-1 in the Big North Conference - Liberty Division).

Amirah Chaney is a three-year varsity starter and a 2015 senior captain who:

Aided in ensuring the Lady Bulldogs a solid 5-3 start (4-1 in the Big North Conference – Liberty Division). She currently leads the team in batting average, runs batted in (RBI), on base percentage (OBP) and extra-base hits. As the team’s starting catcher, her savvy veteran prowess has helped develop the Varsity teams’ two sophomore starting pitchers.