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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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Anthony Rizzo (Bowling) and Alexes Washington (Winter Track) have been selected as PCTI’s December Athletes of the Month!










Anthony Rizzo is a three-year varsity starter who:

Serves as one of the team leaders of a two year undefeated team. He has been selected for All-County for the last two years. This past December, Anthony led the team to win the Crusader’s Challenger Champions Tournament and took High Game (288) And High Series (744). At the Holiday Classic Individual Tournament in December, he finished in the top 10 out of 125 bowlers. Anthony was also a pivotal in securing the New Year’s Tournament Championship, a New Jersey elite competition, and the second tournament championship.



Alexes Washington is a four-year varsity starter who:

Serves as captain of the Girls’ Winter Track team which is currently ranked #1 in Passaic County. She holds the best Passaic County times in the 55 meter dash (7.49 seconds), the 55 Hurdles (8.55 seconds) and a high mark in the High Jump (5’-0’’). Her 55 meter dash time is the 14th best time in New Jersey and her 55 Hurdles time is currently the 8th best time in state. Alexes also has two major meet wins so far this season, earning her gold medals in the in the 55 meter dash at the FDU Holiday Classic and The Paul Schwartz Invitational.



Congratulations to November’s Athletes of the Month, Jeremy Gray and Zaire Weaver! Both senior football captains led the Bulldogs on a historic playoff run that concluded with the team’s first trip to MetLife Stadium. Read on to discover statistical information for these star athletes!








Jeremy Gray is a two-year varsity starter who earned the following post season honors:

  • 2014 1st Team All-Big North Liberty Divison Tight End

  • 2014 2nd Team All Passaic County


Season accolades include:
OFFENSE
  • 10 catches, 154 yards, 4 touchdowns

DEFENSE

  • 58 1st hits with 37 assists - 95 total tackles, 3 sacks, 1 interception



Zaire Weaver is a four-year varsity starter earned the following post season honors:

  • 2014 1st Team All-Big North Liberty Division Quarterback

  • 2014 1st Team All Passaic County - Open Position


Season accolades include:
OFFENSE
  • 63 rushes, 360 yards, 9 touchdowns, 76 completions, 141 attempts

  • 1166 yards, 17 touchdowns, 2 interceptions

SPECIALS

  • Punting - 27 punts, 970 yards, 35.5 yard average



Justin Winfrey is an intelligent individual dedicated to achieving each and every one of his dreams. This talented Bulldog hails from Paterson and has carved out a home for himself as a member of PCTI’s Academy of Information Technology. Drawn to computers at a young age, Justin says the process of figuring out how things work is what attracted him to the field.

“I’ve always had a knack for computers and was really interested in learning more about Computer Science,” he said.

It is a great passion that allows Justin to navigate his life at Passaic County Technical Institute. Throughout his four years, he has consistently maintained a GPA that pushes beyond the 4.1 mark. Justin has also achieved Principal’s Honor Roll on a near consistent basis and has accumulated twenty-one college credits. His success in the academic realm has earned him a top five percent rank in the Class of 2015.

Justin’s accomplishments aren’t purely academic related. This motivated young man pursues numerous other interests, including participation in ERASE, FBLA, and NJ Boys State. He is also an accomplished athlete, having competed in both Winter and Spring Boys Track. “I have a real affinity for running,” Justin mentioned. “It just comes naturally.” Outside of PCTI, Justin volunteers at St. Peter’s church in Clifton by aiding in organizing items for local fundraising events.

Upon graduating, Justin looks forward to attending a university and pursuing a degree in Biology, perhaps going so far as to receive a Doctorate in the subject! In addition, he hopes to acquire Minors in both Computer Science and Music. Justin’s dream schools include the University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

When asked about an admirable characteristic that defines him, Justin expressed his desire to live as a respectable young man. “So many people don’t understand that if you don’t give respect to others and you don’t earn it, then you won’t get anywhere in life with anyone.”

This personal philosophy showcases the positive values with which Justin aligns himself. His quest for personal betterment and his pursuit of success is sure to be realized.

Congratulations on all your numerous achievements, Justin! The PCTI family is proud to call you one of our own!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top five percent of his class
  • Consistently earned a GPA topping 4.1
  • Chosen for NJ Boys State
  • Maintains outstanding academic grades, has earned Principal’s Honor Roll during most of his PCTI career
  • Volunteers at St. Peter’s church
  • Has participated in ERASE, FBLA, and Winter/Spring Boys Track
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a degree in Biology and Minors in Computer Science and Music

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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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