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Photo Caption: Curille McKenna showcases her plaque and medal from the Boys & Girls Club of New Jersey.


PCTI senior, Curille McKenna has been honored by the Boys & Girls Club when she was chosen as Clifton’s Youth of the Year! This accomplishment was awarded based on her active role in the community as a gifted leader.


The honor earned Curille a scholarship worth fifteen hundred dollars. Additionally, she was invited to compete in the New Jersey State Youth of the Year Program which honors the achievements of eighteen of the state’s finest young leaders. She faced a series of interviews, recited speeches, and wrote essays. Her efforts paid off when she received third place in NJ’s Youth of the Year program!


This impressive additional win earned Curille five thousand dollars, bringing her scholarship awards to a total of sixty-five hundred dollars!


On her accomplishments, Curille had this to say, “The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has profoundly impacted my life and helped me become the person I am. As I prepare for university education, I know my future will be great because of the foundations instilled within me from the Club.”


Congratulations to Curille McKenna, a leader of her community and notable young woman on the rise to success!


Ashley Garcia is a young woman who prides herself in exceeding expectations and embracing new experiences. Her PCTI career began with dabbling in the Performing Arts as a dancer, to pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

As a member of the Academy of Medical Arts, Ashley shed her introverted personality and focused on cultivating the skills of a Certified Nursing Assistant and EMT-B. It was the experience of competing with HOSA that inspired Ashley to further develop her leadership skills. She challenged herself with rigorous coursework, became Secretary of the Sign Language Club, and the Executive Officer of SLICE. Ashley was involved with Gifted & Talented. She also volunteered her time to noteworthy causes: the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the PCRC 5K, and working in the emergency room. All of these experiences helped cultivate a unique perspective and maturity far beyond her years.

Ashley is a driving force whose determination and strength will prove valuable when attending Rutgers University. Though interested in Pre-Med and Anthropology, she will focus on Molecular Biology and will pursue her dream of becoming a Doctor.

Payal Shah entered PCTI seeking her passion in life. After four years of pursuing a wide array of interests, she is well on her way to fulfilling all her aspirations.

She will graduate as a member of the Academy of Medical Arts. Participating in HOSA and taking on a challenging course load fostered an undeniable passion for medicine. In turn, she received awards and recognition in the medical field. Her volunteerism at St Joseph’s Hospital provided her with a unique insight that honed her desire to become a healthcare professional.

Payal’s greatest passion is giving back to the community. She volunteers regularly at her temple and participated in PCTI’s Asian Pacific Heritage celebrations. Her involvement in the Passaic County Teen Crusaders, SLICE, and the National Honor Society allowed her to leave a lasting impression on the school community. Fundraising for Leukemia and building houses for Habitat for Humanity served to increase her desire to help others.

Payal will attend Rutgers University where she will major in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Her ultimate goal is to one day place the M.D. initials after her name.

Seniors and four year varsity starters, Juan Reina and Tamira Easterling, have been nominated as PCTI’s May Athletes of the Month for their outstanding accomplishments on the field!





Juan Reina, Baseball

  • As a senior: First Team All-League, First Team All-County
  • Chosen for Senior All-Star Classic (top 100 players in NJ)
  • Selected to Hudson vs. Passaic County All Star Team
  • Final Stats: .474 Avg., 37-78, .885 SLG, 26R, 26RBI, 11-2B, 3-3B, 5HR, .910 Fld Pct.
  • Received an academic and athletic scholarship to Bloomfield College

Tamira Easterling, Softball

  • Led team in 8 offensive categories, including: Hits, HR’s, RBI, BA, and Slug
  • Set school record for RBI in one game
  • Helped team win first League Championship in PCTI history
  • Unanimous 1st Team All County and All League selection
  • Selected to play in the Passaic vs. Bergen All Star Game
  • Will continue her softball career at Johnson & Wales University

Photo Caption: Damani Van Rensalier of Paterson recently received Honorable Mention for her submission to the 2014 NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.


Damani Van Rensalier, junior of the School of Performing Arts Dance, has received honorable mention for her submission to the 2014 NDEO (National Dance Education Organization) for the Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award!


The recognition is a high-boasting honor, considering all the criteria that must be met in order to enter. The competition is open to junior and senior students who were inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Nominees are evaluated based on three categories: Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement, each of which requires students to demonstrate their exemplary character through service to the community, a high cumulative GPA average, and much more. They are also required to write multiple essays on the topics of choreography, leadership, future plans, and the impact of dance.


Receiving honorable mention for this national award is an outstanding feat. Congratulations to Damani Van Rensalier for exceling in her field and achieving such greatness!


View her submission here:



Chantelle Smith of the School of Cosmetology has signed with Coffeyville College in Kansas to continue her budding basketball career! This talented bulldog has scored an average of nine points per game, with four rebounds and three steals. She has been selected for 2nd Team All County and two teams All League.



Congratulations to Chantelle Smith on her acceptance into Coffeyville!