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Peter Kelly is a young man from North Haledon who has used his time at PCTI to expand his horizons in areas of leadership and activities. This member of the School of Engineering is bright and talented, ranking in the top two percent of his class with a GPA of 4.3! Peter has taken numerous honors and AP classes in preparation for his academic future and has earned a solid standing on the Principal’s Honor Roll throughout his entire high school career.

This honorable bulldog has been a member of the NJROTC since his freshman year. In true leadership fashion, Peter served both as a Cadet Lieutenant and a Department Commander. When asked what he gained from being involved in the NJROTC, he explained, “It fostered a sense of discipline. My attention to detail really increased.”

Peter is a member of the National Honor Society and the Gifted & Talented program. Outside of school, he trains as a Sailplane Pilot, which utilizes engineless aircraft to stay aloft by riding air currents. His longest solo flight was one and a half hours. Peter is on track to earn his private license by July. He also acts as the Cadet Commander of the Civil Air Patrol Northeast Region Glider Academy.

In his free time, Peter can be found volunteering as part of the Abundant Life Reformed Church Youth Group and in the summer, he works as the Head Lifeguard at the Ramapo Ridge Recreational Center.

His fascination with the engineering field extends beyond high school. After graduation, Peter will attend Northeastern University where he will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His choice was based on the college’s outstanding co-op program. “It’s a great school and I’m all about getting the best possible college experience.” In addition, Peter plans on specializing in emerging technologies. His interests include transportation, alternative energy, and medical devices.

When asked about one of the most important lessons he’s learned while attending high school, Peter replied, “In being a leader and dealing with others, it’s important to understand people and where they’re coming from - and then to use a combination of knowledge and empathy to make the best decisions possible.”

One thing’s for certain, Peter Kelly Jr. is certainly a man with a plan! His passion for life is most endearing and there’s no doubt that he will achieve success. Congratulations and good luck in the future!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top 2% of his class
  • Achieved great academic standing with a GPA of 4.3
  • Member of NHS/Gifted & Talented
  • Winner of PCTI's Got Talent 2014
  • Passionate about performing music, especially playing the guitar
  • Volunteers at his local church
  • Goal: Graduate from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, eventually work- ing with emerging technologies

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Nicholas Legreaux (Wrestling), Symone Rodgers, and D’meriah Cuavers (Cheerleaders) have been chosen as PCTI's February Athletes of the Month!










Nick Legreaux is a three-year wrestling varsity starter who:

As a junior, has led the Bulldogs Wrestling Team as the program’s premier wrestler. Nick was the Bulldogs’ lone wrestler advancing to the Regions as the 132 lb. District 15 Champion, he finished 4th overall just missing a trip to the NJSIAA finals in Atlantic City losing the 3rd place bout by a score of 1-0. He has also had other notable marks in 2014-2015 Wrestling season, including an overall record of 30-3 at his weight class and the following:

  • 1st Place finish in the Garfield Holiday Tournament
  • 2nd Place finish in the Union City Tournament
  • 1st Place finish in the NJSIAA District 15 Championship
  • 4th Place finish in the NJSIAA Region 4 Championship
  • 1st Team Big North Conference All-Liberty Division

Symone Rodgers and D'meriah Cuavers are senior Cheerleading Co-captains who:

are united in striving for excellence and leading by example. These inseparable young women play off of each other’s strengths. Both have spirit, drive, and dedication and have earned the respect of their teammates. They were instrumental in leading the team to medal at the Big North Cheer Championship.


Symone Rodgers received the 3rd year Varsity award, is a role model for her teammates, and always gives the team a laugh with her sense of humor.


D'meriah Cuavers inspires her teammates with her constant smile, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and words of encouragement. She is affectionately known as the heart of the team.

Passaic County Technical Institute is celebrating the January Athletes of the month. Congratulations to Kevin Copper (Winter Track) Cedileth Pacheco (Girls Basketball).










Cedileth Pacheco is a three-year varsity starter who:

As a senior, serves as captain of the Girls’ Basketball team (which is currently 9-6 in conference play). She was awarded the three-seed in the Passaic County Coaches Association, County Tournament and has led the Lady Bulldogs to a 4-2 record over the past six games. Along the road, Cedileth has averaged 14 points per game with 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game. The team will qualify for the NJISAA State Tournament.


Kevin Copper is a two-year varsity starter who:

As a junior, led the Bulldogs Winter Track Team to PCCA and BNC Liberty-Championships. Kevin is currently the overall highest point earner (53 total points) for the Boys 2014-2015 Winter Season. He has had notable marks in a number of events at invitation meets throughout the season, including:

  • 1/3/15- Pietrewicz Invitational. 1st Place High Jump, the premier event of the meet.
  • 1/18/15- Big North Championship. 1st Place High Jump and 2nd Place Long Jump. Team won the Title for 5th year in a row.
  • 1/25/15 Passaic County Championship. 1st Place in High Jump, 1st Place Long Jump and 2nd Place in Triple Jump. Led team to the Title.
  • 1/31/15 N1 Gr. IV State Sectionals. 2nd Place in High Jump, qualified for State Group IV Championship.

Jovan Watlington is a Paterson local who openly embraces the power that comes with being different. It is a combination of his talent, drive, and genial nature which fostered success for this member of the School of Performing Arts.

He’s always known acting would play a significant role in his life. “Theatre is everything to me. As a child, I found that my outlet for expression was performing. I started very young.” From cultivating his voice through song at Grace Chapel Baptist Church, to being scouted and participating in numerous productions, Jovan has always gravitated toward the spotlight. He’s become well known within the halls of PCTI as a promising performer on the rise.

In addition, Jovan has built quite the resume for his professional career. He has participated in all the Spring Musicals at PCTI and received the lead of Julian Marsh in this year’s 42nd Street. In addition to numerous performances as part of the Theatre Program, Jovan was also selected by NJPAC to participate in their rigorous Young Artist Summer Intensive program. It was here that he received the distinguished role of Tarzan.

Despite a very active and busy schedule, Jovan has maintained a great academic standing. He has achieved Principal’s Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.4 and is President of the Performing Arts Club. Jovan was also chosen as a member of Teen Pep and is part of PCTI’s Dance Club.

When it comes to being prepared for life after graduation, our actor extraordinaire has it covered. He’s already applied to seven universities which include NYU, PACE, Montclair State University, the University of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park University, and Marymount Manhattan College. Amazingly enough, Jovan has been accepted to five of them so far!

“I really want to make all of my dreams come true. PCTI gave me such valuable experiences and without the people who believed in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Jovan has built a strong foundation for success by embracing all educational opportunities big and small. His future plans include receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from an accredited university. During his undergrad career as a senior, Jovan looks forward to performing in showcases to gain exposure with agents, casting directors, and managers.

Congratulations to this inspirational young man on his journey in realizing his dreams!

Highlights
  • Achieved Principal’s Honor Roll
  • President of the Performing Arts Club
  • Member of Teen Pep & the Dance Club
  • Widely known for his talent in all areas of the performing arts at PCTI
  • Selected for NJPAC's YASI program
  • Goal: Graduate from a University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre, pursue a career in entertainment as an actor, model, dancer, singer, etc.

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Shivani Topiwala is a bright young woman who prides herself on practicing self-motivation to achieve her dreams. This Clifton native of the School of Communication Arts avidly seeks out opportunity in the pursuit of personal growth, which accounts for much of her success at Passaic County Technical Institute.

Shivani’s enthusiastic and hardworking attitude has earned her an outstanding 4.4 GPA. She also ranks in the top one percent of the Class of 2015. By extension, it’s no surprise she has achieved Principal’s Honor Roll throughout most of her academic career.

Dedication permeates throughout her entire lifestyle. “I only feel comfortable giving 110%. I really look forward to challenging myself.” While attending PCTI, Shivani has taken ten Honors courses and four AP classes, earning her a potential twenty-eight credits for use after graduating high school.

Aside from her fortitude with stellar grades, Shivani is also involved in a host of activities. She is a prestigious member of PCTI’s NJROTC and serves on the Drill Team. In addition, she acts as the Lieutenant ranking Liaison Affairs Officer – a role which dutifully assesses and fosters communication between instructors and cadets. Shivani is also a member of ERASE, National History Club, Gifted & Talented, National Honor Society, and the World Language Honor Society. She plays on the Girls Tennis team and was also selected for NJ Girls State.

Shivani showcases great diligence in all her endeavors. It’s no surprise that she already has plans lined up after graduation. Shivani looks forward to applying to Boston University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and NJIT and pursuing an education in Biomedical Engineering - an area which focuses on making prosthetics, stem cell research, and 3D printing. As a minor, she will dive into the wonderful world of Neuroscience. She also plans on pursuing the Pre-Med track.

When asked about the valuable experiences she’s had while attending PCTI, Shivani said, “This is the closest kind education a high school student can get to actually being in college. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of so take chances and just go for it!”

This creative thinker provides sound advice for future Bulldogs. Congratulations Shivani, on becoming such a well-rounded and intelligent individual. We wish you the best of luck!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent of her class
  • Co-Op student for PCT's Communication Department
  • Earned 28 college credits
  • Member of ERASE, National History Club, Gifted & Talented, National Honor Society, & World Language Honor Society
  • On the Girls Tennis team
  • Volunteers at St. Mary’s Hospital
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Neuroscience; pursue the Pre-Med track

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