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PCTI is inducted into the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll and is given two Golden Footballs in honor of alumni playoff players Mike Adams and Gerald Hayes.

PCTI is delighted to announce our recent induction into the National Football League’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. The new initiative marks the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl season and celebrates players and coaches of the past 49 Super Bowls with Golden Footballs. The commemorative footballs have been delivered to the hometown high schools of coaches and players that were on past active Super Bowl rosters.

PCTI has not received one, but two Golden Footballs in honor of alumni Gerald Hayes and Mike Adams, making them among the elite 2,000 institutions across the country to receive this honor! Nearly 3,000 players and head coaches will be recognized for their participation in the past 49 Super Bowls. In addition, as an inductee of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll, we will receive an NFL Character Education Curriculum and are eligible for foundation grants of up to $5,000 to support our football program.

The Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative was developed by the NFL to recognize schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history, positively impacting one of America’s greatest pastimes.

Kayleen Acosta

Kayleen Acosta is an enthusiastic young woman whose artistic passion has led her to join PCTI’s Advertising Art & Design program. Hailing from Prospect Park, this talented individual knew her life’s calling at a very young age. “I’ve loved drawing ever since I picked up a pencil,” she says. Kayleen is willing to take on every challenge necessary in order to expand her knowledge in her chosen field.

This young Bulldog has accumulated quite the list of activities. She is Co-Captain of the Girls Volleyball team, a member of Girls Lacrosse, NJROTC, National Honor Society (and serves as the Corresponding Secretary), the World Language Honor Society, and was selected for Circle of Success. Needless to say, Kayleen navigates her busy schedule with ease. In addition to these in-school activities, she has two part-time jobs with Foodtown and GameStop, where she works a combined thirty hours a week. Still, Kayleen prioritizes her coursework with honors classes and has earned nine credits towards her academic future through Japanese and Advertising Art & Design courses. As a testament to her dedication, she ranks in the top nine percent of her class with a GPA of 3.98!

In her time at PCTI, Kayleen has achieved quite a few of her dreams. She was selected as the School of Visual Arts Pre-College Scholarship Winner, which allowed her to take animation courses in NYC and secured her decision to pursue specific goals after graduation. She adds, “I’ve also always wanted to be nominated as a student of the month and now, here I am!”

Kayleen’s motivation to succeed is inextricably linked with pursuing her passions. Her fondness of Japanese culture has cemented her desire to receive her translator certification. This pairs well with her ambition and career of choice, to receive an education in GameDesign and to eventually move to Japan to work for one of the top video developers, publishers, and distribution companies, Square Enix.

Kayleen has been accepted into her top school of choice, Savannah College of Art Design, as well as the School of Visual Arts and Full Sail University, and has received scholarships to each of the aforementioned colleges.

After graduating from PCTI, she will attend a university and pursue both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Game Design, with a focus on utilizing her artistic skills in the animation realm.

Congratulations to this driven young woman on all her prior and future successes!

  • Ranked in the top 9% of her class
  • Earned 9 college credits
  • Co-Captain of the Girls Volleyball team & NHS Corresponding Secretary
  • Member of Girls Lacrosse, NJROTC, the NHS, & World Language Honor Society
  • Recipient of the School of Visual Arts Pre-College Scholarship Winner Award
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor/Master’s degree in GameDesign, work for Square Enix in Japanpairs

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Hamlet Jaquez

Hamlet Jaquez is a young man known for being educationally ambitious, pursuing knowledge in areas of interest on his own time. This disciplined Bulldog from Haledon and member of the School of Engineering Technology takes great pride in advancing his studies. When asked what skills he’s acquired outside of his routine schooling, Hamlet said, “I taught myself C++ and have a lot of knowledge in other programing languages.”

To take advantage of all PCTI has to offer, Hamlet has enrolled in a rigorous course load of AP and honors classes that account for a potential thirty-nine credits toward his college career. He ranks in the top eight percent of the Class of 2016 with a GPA of 4.03! Meanwhile, he is an active member and Lead Programmer of the Engineering Club, the SkillsUSA Officer Team (Historian), the Student Leadership Council, the Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute, and the Boys Bowling team. He has earned various PCCC and FTC Robotics Competition Awards and has received the AP Scholar Award for high marks on the AP exam. In addition, Hamlet has trained in Taekwondo for twelve years and will receive his first degree black belt.

Reflecting on why he chose Passaic County Technical Institute for his high school experience, Hamlet offered that his acceptance provided a means for pursuing his passion. “My interests were programing and robotics, tailored towards manufacturing and other machining. I was also able to enroll in independent studies which allowed me to study higher level math courses at a younger age.”

The curriculum has prepared him well for his college career. Hamlet seeks to pursue an education in Computer Engineering with hopes of being accepted into his dream school, MIT. Taking the ambitious route, he has applied to more than ten schools and is eager to discover which one will meet his academic needs.

When asked what he’s learned since attending PCTI as a freshman, Hamlet offered, “No matter how unique you think you are, you’re never alone. There will always be people who are sympathetic towards your experiences.” He went on to praise the diversity and talent of his peers, and how PCTI provides unique opportunities for all.

Hamlet has surely made the most of his education at PCTI. His direction and focus in the Engineering field will no doubt contribute to his future success. Congratulations to this brilliant young man and best of luck!

  • Ranked in the top 8% of his class
  • Accumulated a potential thirty-nine credits toward his college career
  • Member of the Engineering Club, SkillsUSA Officer Team, Student Leadership Council, Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute, & the Boys Bowling team
  • Recipient of AP Scholar Award, PCCC & FTC Robotics Competition Awards
  • Trained in Taekwondo for 12 years
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor/Master’s degree in Computer Engineering, earn a MBA

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Congratulations to Toniann Feigel (Girls Swimming) and Garrett Pilkington (Boys Swimming) on their December Athletes of the Month nomination!

Toniann Feigel is a four-year varsity starter who:
Has had an outstanding start to her senior year of Girls Swimming. As one of the team captains, Toniann is integral in leading her peers to victory. She holds PCTI’s records for the 100 Butterfly and 200 Individual Medley (IM). Toriann competed in five meets this December where she took first place in the Butterfly (all five meets) and first in the 200 IM (three times). In addition, she placed first in the 100 backstroke twice and is an unparalleled member of the 200 Medley Relay Team, the 200 Free Relay Team, and the 400 Free Relay Team. Anchoring the relays, she is a consistently strong swimmer. Toniann achieved First Team All-League throughout all four years as a member of the swim team. She was named First Team All-County during her sophomore year and Second Team All-County during her freshman and junior years. This season, Toniann inspired her teammates to achieve victories against both Wayne Valley and Clifton High School, and continues to be a prominent swimmer on the team.

Garrett Pilkington is a four-year varsity starter who:
Has had an outstanding start to his senior year of Boys Swimming and came off a strong season last year in which his team won the league, county, and state championships. Garrett is a captain that is once again leading the team towards greatness during the 2016 season. Holding the PCTI records for the 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 Free Relay, and the 400 Free Relay, he has also been a member of the Bulldog’s First Place relay teams in five of the teams’ six meets this December. Garrett finished First Place in five meets for the following individual events: 200 Individual Medley, 500 Freestyle, and 200 Freestyle. He has been a First Team All-County and First Team Big North All-Liberty nomination as a freshman, sophomore, and again during his junior season. Garrett has helped the Bulldog Boys Swim Team remain undefeated this season (7-0) and powered them to win their first ever Super Six (elite swim invitational) swim meet.

Sophomore Amaya Ruiz of the Academy of Criminal Justice has been accepted into Brown University’s prestigious summer program. Summer@Brown offers non-credit courses in the liberal arts and sciences for students looking to experience academics on an Ivy League campus. The program features nearly 200 courses that echo the level of first year college classes.

Brown is extremely selective of its accepted students. Amaya’s high scoring on her practice ACT enabled her to be considered for this honor. In addition, she was required to write an essay and to submit a letter of recommendation.

Amaya chose her area of study to existentialism, which falls under the umbrella of philosophy. The three week long course will give her the opportunity to live and learn on the Brown University Campus.

Congratulations to Amaya Ruiz on being selected for this remarkable program!

Ariana Soriano

Ariana Soriano is a talented young woman from the the Academy of Information Technology who studies Computer Repair. When asked what drew her to the program, she heralded the whim of practicality and her interests at the time. “I was always having issues with my computer and I wanted to learn to correct it myself. There’s always been a demand to fix booming technology.”

Many people will recognize Ariana by her role in the AP History videos at patriotic assemblies and as Co-Captain of PCTI’s drumline in which she plays snare, but not everyone knows that this Bulldog is ranked 7th in her class with a GPA of 4.29. An array of AP coursework has earned Ariana the right to claim twenty-seven college credits when she graduates. In addition to her stellar academics, she is also a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and was selected for the Tri-M Music Honor Society and Girls State.

Experiencing so many unique opportunities has given Ariana the privilege of getting to know herself. “I’ve grown a lot since I came here as a freshman and I’ve met people who humbled me. I also discovered what I want to do with my life after I graduate.”

She is, of course, referring to her flair for the creative. In her spare time, Ariana can be found writing poetry, taking photographs, and drawing. It’s no wonder she wants to use her voice and unique outlook of the world to become a high school English teacher.

“I believe English teachers have a profound influence over the lives of their students. It’s their responsibility to make sure we grow socially and embrace self-expression.”

Ariana will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in English and plans on one day receiving her Master’s degree in Secondary Education.

When questioned about her life philosophy, she was quite candid, “Work smarter, not harder. Be open to whatever experiences come your way and take the world as it comes. Be adventurous and hope for the best.”

Those are wise words from a well-spoken young woman. She has truly found her voice as a member of the PCTI family. Congratulations Ariana on being recognized for all your hard work. We know you’ll continue to succeed in the world after high school and will go on to impact many young minds along the way.

Congratulations to this inspiring young woman on all her future success!

  • Ranked in the top 1% of her class
  • Consistently earned a GPA topping 4.0
  • Accrued 27 college credits from AP classes
  • Co-Captain of PCTI’s drumline
  • Member of Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Selected for NJ Girls State
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a BA in English, pursue a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, become a high school English teacher

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Tatyana Williams

TaTyana Williams is a young woman from Paterson who lives and breathes the tenants of passion. As a member of the School of Performing Arts Dance program, it’s exceedingly important that she communicate an array of emotions using body language. With much practice, TaTyana is well on her way to mastering her craft. She’s been dancing since she was three years old and at the age of eight, knew that she wanted to perform.

“I’ll never forget when I got my first solo at the dance company,” TaTyana says, “It gave me the biggest confidence boost!”

Dance is heavily integrated into her life. TaTyana performs in PCTI’s school productions and was featured in seven numbers of this year’s show, “Dancing Off the Pages.” Outside of school, she is a member of the 5-6-7-8 Dance company, spends 10-16 hours a week practicing and has, on occasion, acted as an assistant teacher.

Within the halls of PCTI, TaTyana embraced a courseload that includes honors classes, which has pushed her GPA to 3.89, placing her in the top 10% of the Class of 2016! Throughout her high school career, she has received recognitions, including induction into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, being selected for Circle of Success, as well as receiving the Beverly Miller Scholarship, the Governor’s Award for Artistic Excellence in Dance (one of two students in NJ to receive this honor), and the Chance for Dance Scholarship.

In the future, TaTyana hopes to become a professional dancer with a company, eventually training to become a choreographer. She is applying to Pace, AMDA, the University of the Arts, Rutgers, and Montclair State University. Her plans are to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, to earn Masters’ degree in Dance and Business, and to eventually open up her own studio.

When asked how she’s grown since coming to PCTI as a freshman, TaTyana says, “The friendships I’ve built with everyone in my program during the last four years has allowed me to become the dancer I am today. I have so much more confidence knowing that we all support one another in every possible way.”

Her one-of-a-kind passion permeates through every action. From dancing on stage to her ambition in her future career, TaTyana will impact the world in positive ways. Congratulations to this ambitious Bulldog!

  • Ranked in the top 10% of her class
  • Performs in many PCTI dance functions
  • Member of National Honors Society for Dance Arts & Circle of Success
  • Received Beverly Miller Scholarship, Governor's Award for Artistic Excellence in Dance, & Chance for Dance Scholarship
  • Student of 5-6-7-8 Dance, practices 5x a week, assists in teaching
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a BFA in Dance, pursue Masters’ degrees in Dance/Business, open up her own studio

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