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Morgann Duncan is a dedicated young woman of the Academy of Criminal Justice/Public Safety, who has tested the waters of law enforcement, CSI, and forensics. It was throughout the experience of her entire high school career that Morgann discovered her true passion for helping others. This bright Bulldog plans on combining her love of athletics with her altruistic ways to ultimately become a Physical Therapist.

Morgann is currently focusing on making the most of her time at PCTI. She is an avid runner for Cross Country and Girls Track. Though not competitive by nature, Morgann mentions that she finds freedom in embracing her athletic side. “When racing, my mind goes blank and I gain all this personal space,” she said. Her involvement and familiarity in the sports arena will allow Morgann to foster a healthy relationship with patients in her future career.

Success is just on the horizon. Morgann has earned a 4.05 GPA and currently ranks in the top seven percent of her class. She has taken numerous honors courses and has achieved Principal’s Honor Roll on various occasions. Her academic fortitude has ensured she will graduate from PCTI with twelve college credits.

It is Morgann’s desire to inspire others that permeates throughout all areas of her life. Outside of school, she works at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson where she gains experience in the healthcare setting. In the past, Morgann has volunteered as both a Junior Camp Counselor for her church and at the soup kitchen. She has also provided support at PCTI’s PCRC Winter 5k Walk/Run.

“I really enjoy encouraging people to achieve success,” Morgann said. Her optimism and caring nature will play a large role in all her future achievements and endeavors.

After leaving PCTI, Morgann looks forward to furthering her education by graduating from an accredited university with a minor in Spanish, eventually receiving a degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Her ultimate dream is to cultivate strong relationships with patients and to work with and heal recovering athletes.

When asked about the advice she has for her fellow Bulldogs, Morgann had this to say, “Enjoy all four years and don’t rush anything. Take advantage of every opportunity.”

Best of luck to this brilliant young woman on achieving all her dreams. Congratulations, Morgann! You’re bound to succeed in the world after high school.

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top seven percent of her class
  • Will graduate with twelve college credits
  • Involved in Cross Country & Girls Track
  • Member of World Language Honor Society
  • Works at St. Joseph’s of Paterson
  • All-County Girls 2013 Outdoor Champion 4x100m relay
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a minor in Spanish, pursue a DPT degree, become a Physical Therapist

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Congratulations to Sarah Shannon and Tarin Nelson for being selected as October’s Athletes of the Month!











Tarin Nelson is a three-year Cross Country varsity starter who:

As a Junior Captain, he has the fastest times and the best averages of the Boys’ Team at both Darlington Park and Garret Mountain. Tarin led the team to two major victories: the Brett Taylor Invitational and Big North-Liberty Division Championship. The team’s Divisional title was the 1st in 10 years for PCTI.

He earned 1st Team All Big North-Liberty (2nd overall) and 1st Team All Passaic County (8th overall). Tarin also placed 2nd overall at State Vo-Tech Championship at Holmdel Park.

Sarah Shannon is a two-year Cross Country varsity starter who:

As a sophomore, emerged as the team’s top runner and is one of the premier female runners in Passaic County. Sarah medaled in every Varsity meet she has participated in this season including the Brett Taylor Invitational, the Big North Conference Divisional Meet, and the Passaic County Championship Meet. Sarah also earned 1st Team All Big North Liberty honors in the fall of 2014. Two of her most impressive accomplishments have come with a third place overall finish in the Passaic County Championship and a third place finish in the New Jersey Technical Athletic Conference Championship.

September Athletes of the Month Anthony Moyano and Leoneiry Diaz were nominated for their outstanding accomplishments in the sports arena!


















Anthony Moyano, Soccer

  • Four year varsity starter
  • Soccer team’s premier Goaltender
  • Led impressive 8-0 start
  • Helped team earn #1 Seed in Passaic County Tournament (first time in school history)
  • September Goals Against Average (GAA) of 0.5



Leoneiry Diaz, Tennis

  • Two year varsity starter
  • Compiled 6-2 record for September
  • Won first two rounds of Passaic County Tournament
  • Standout Leader for Girls Tennis

Kelly Franco is a brilliant young woman whose journey for self-betterment has put her on the pathway to success. Hailing from Paterson, this member of the School of Education and Human Services has struck the precarious balance between, schoolwork, volunteerism, and her life’s passion.

“It all started with my desire to become a Psychologist,” Kelly explained. Naturally, it made sense to focus on a career that deals primarily with the mental and physical development of children. “I also really enjoy working with students,” she added, smiling.

For the past four years, Kelly has delved into all the opportunities afforded to her by PCTI. She has enrolled herself in numerous clubs and activities, including ERASE, the Environmental Club, GSA, and SkillsUSA – of which she’s held positions of leadership. Kelly was widely recognized first as an eager representative; then she became the Chapter Reporter. She currently holds the position of PCTI’s Chapter Vice President!

All her hard work has earned her a GPA that exceeds 4.0 and a class rank among the top nine percent of her peers! Kelly has achieved numerous semesters on Principal’s Honor Roll as well as stellar grades in both honors and AP courses. In addition, she is a proud member of the Tennis and Swim teams and enjoys donating her time to many acts of volunteerism.

When asked about her experience at PCTI, Kelly said, “If it weren’t for the School of Education and Human Services, I would have never discovered my true passion for Neuroscience.” She elaborated that her desire to explore what goes on in a person’s mind will be the focus of her future studies. “I can’t wait to continue my learning, as well as get involved in some hands on lab work.”

Kelly looks forward to pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. In the future, she will work towards her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Neuroscience.

When asked about the impact of her four years in Bulldog Country, Kelly’s face was aglow, “I discovered my independence with the help of instructors who really care about the success of their students. The availability of extensive opportunities and activities has allowed me to become the person I am today.”

Congratulations to Kelly Franco, a dedicated young woman with her eyes on the prize. We look forward to your future successes!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top nine percent of her class
  • Member of ERASE, the Environmental Club, GSA, and SkillsUSA
  • Vice President of SkillsUSA at PCTI
  • Volunteers at the Center for Family Resources (Head Start Program) and at the JDRF Walk-a-thons
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, pursue a Masters and Doctorate in Neuroscience

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Charmi Rana is a Passaic local whose aptitude for volunteerism knows no bounds. Her kind, generous, and determined qualities serve her well in her career of choice as a shining member of the Academy of Medical Arts.

It’s all about focus. Charmi’s involvement in numerous clubs and outreach initiatives has remained steady throughout her entire four years of high school. She has been a class representative, a member of SLICE, ERASE, and HOSA, and a respectable cadet in the NJROTC. Charmi has greeted her career at PCTI with untold grace.

“PCTI has presented me with so many opportunities. I want to take advantage of them all,” she said. It was her experience in the school’s ROTC that encouraged Charmi to evolve into her fullest self. The student-run program, she explained, allowed her to discover her penchant for leadership. “I learned a lot about having confidence in myself.”

With a cumulative GPA of 4.34 and having already accumulated 28 college credits, Charmi has definitely mastered what it takes to succeed! She has achieved many honors, including placing in state and national HOSA competitions and being named Division Commander during her junior year and Squad Leader during her freshman/sophomore years in the NJROTC. As a member of the Academy of Medical Arts, Charmi’s hard work has allowed her to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She is also working towards her EMT certification.

In her free time, she can be found volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital where she assists patients, works closely with nurses, and provides services at the information desk. Charmi’s desire to enrich the lives of others is also demonstrated through her passion for cultural dance. She has performed in numerous PCTI assemblies and at family and community functions.

When it comes to life after high school, Charmi has it all figured out. She looks forward to attending NYU or Rutgers University and will work toward a Bachelor degree in Biology/Pre-Med. She will further her education by attending Medical School. This track will lead her along the path of becoming a General Physician. Her dream doesn’t end there. Charmi one day hopes to open and own her very own practice.

Congratulations to this dedicated Bulldog on achieving all her accomplishments! We wish you the best of luck in the future!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top two percent of her class
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Class Representative, Member of HOSA, ERASE, NJROTC, NHS, SLICE
  • Has taken numerous AP, College, and Honors courses
  • Volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital and Passaic Public Library
  • Goal: Graduate with a Bachelors in Biology/Pre-Med, attend Medical School, become a General Physician

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