Photo Caption: Basketball Coach Ronnie Williams (left) joins Principal Dr. Michael Parent (right), Kierona Morton (center), and her parents for the signing of her contract with North Carolina Central University.
Passaic County Technical Institute’s resident basketball star, Kierona Morton, has signed with North Carolina Central University (NCCU)! She will pursue an outstanding athletic career after graduation.
This Paterson local is a true force to be reckoned with. She averages 10.3 points per game with 5.1 rebounds. Kierona was team captain for two years and her best game was against Kennedy when she was a junior. She scored 26 points with 11 rebounds. This earned her the Team MVP title.
Her signing with North Carolina Central University has earned her a full athletic scholarship. Kierona will go on to study accounting in the fall.
Congratulations to this deserving young woman!
Christian Velez-Vargas is an ambitious young man who has dedicated his life to helping others. This Paterson local is a member of the School of Service Careers. His education in Criminal Justice will serve him well, especially in his future career of choice. Christian is set on becoming an FBI Agent.
For now, Christian is submerging himself in the PCTI high school experience. He is a prestigious member of the NJROTC and acts as the Commander in Chief. Such a title affords Christian great responsibility. He is in charge of maintaining drill, bearing, and the safety of his fellow cadets. Throughout his service, Christian was selected to attend the Leadership Academy & Sail Training. In past years, he was named PCTI’s Distinguished Cadet and Cadet of the Quarter.
When asked why he joined the NJROTC program, Christian said, "At first it was all about the uniform, but looking back I realize I’ve learned so much about life skills, with a focus on building a future and college planning. It’s a one-of-a-kind support system that I’m glad to be a part of.”
One of Christian’s greatest assets is his time management skills. This Bulldog is involved in the Drill Team, National Honor Society, and SkillsUSA. He is the President of the Paterson Youth Council, a group of young emerging leaders that learns about government at the state level. Christian also works for his city’s Habitat for Humanity.
Along with these great accomplishments and a packed schedule, Christian maintains a GPA that exceeds 4.0! He is ranked in the top three percent of his class and has accumulated twenty-five college credits from both Seton Hall and Passaic County Community College.
With all of his accumulated knowledge and experience, Christian looks forward to attending a university and graduating with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Law. His first choice is the US Naval Academy. He has also applied to Rutgers,Seton Hall, and many others colleges.
Christian’s dream is to become an FBI Agent and to continue serving those in need. When asked about advice for future Bulldogs, he said, “Strive to do the right thing even when no one is watching. Live by a code of integrity.”
Wise words from a wise young man. Congratulations Christian, you’re sure to succeed in the world after high school!
- Ranked in the top 3% percent of his class
- Member of Drill Team, SkillsUSA, & National Honor Society
- Has earned 25 college credits
- President of Paterson’s Youth Council
- Selected for the Leadership Academy & Sail Training,Trooper Youth Week, New Jersey’s Boys State
- Works for Paterson’s Habitat for Humanity
- Goal: Graduate with a Bachelors degree in Political Science & a Masters degree in Law; become an FBI Agent
Paterson resident, Regina Jackson, has mastered the fine art of balance. Between life, school, and volunteerism, this member of the School of Education and Human Services is set on becoming a Pre-School teacher and she’ll do everything possible to achieve her dream.
It all begins at PCTI where Regina maintains a 3.9 GPA, placing her in the top six percent of her class. This dedicated young woman has challenged herself by taking three honors courses and two Project Advance classes in American History and Biology. These courses have earned her a total of fourteen college credits. As an added bonus, Regina is enrolled in a Passaic County Community College program that will earn her a Childcare Development Associate certificate.
She is also involved in numerous clubs and organizations, including National Honors Society, SLICE, and SkillsUSA. In the past, Regina was a member of both the Choir and NJROTC. She was even recognized as a model PCTI student by being selected for the Circle of Success.
But this bright young woman is more than her grades. She’s got heart and lots of it, a trait which is best demonstrated through her extensive volunteerism. Regina spends just as much of her time dedicated to helping others, serving mostly dream of working with children. Her dedication is simply inspiring.
It all boils down to experience, which Regina has in spades. This young woman was selected as a Student Ambassador for People to People, a prestigious initiative wherein students travel to foreign countries to learn about cultural differences. Such eye-opening adventures have shaped Regina’s worldview and solidified her desire to pursue her teaching endeavors.
As far as her future goes, Regina has it all figured out. She will attend a university and work towards both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Urban Education.
Congratulations to a one-of-kind and determined Bulldog. Your character and hard work will take you far!
- Ranked in the top 6% percent of her class
- Member of National Honor Society, SLICE, and SkillsUSA
- CPR and First Aid certified
- Volunteers at La Vida Too, the Christian Fellowship Center, and Head Start's Center for Family Resources
- Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Urban Education; become a Pre-School Teacher
Advertising Art & Design Alumni Priscilla Romero (Class of 2006), and Kevin Manthi (Class of 2010) returned to Bulldog Country to tell seniors about their journey through Montclair State University’s Industrial Design Program. The alumni conducted PowerPoint presentations which visit gave seniors a taste of what awaits them after high school.
Priscilla Romero, a Product Coordinator at The Children’s Place, told of her ambitious journey from Montclair to her internships in NYC, her experience at the handbag company Chez by Cheryl, as well as her current blossoming photography and design business.
Kevin Manthi is a senior year at Montclair State University who is working on his thesis for graduation. His internships include positions at Movado Group and Randa Luggage
Passaic County Technical Institute is proud of their alumni’s accomplishments and thanks them for returning to their alma mater in order to share their experiences with current students.
Clifton local, Juliana Irizarry, is a determined young woman whose passion for self-betterment has her pushing her educational limits! This member of the Academy of Medical Arts does it all. Her greatest desire is to take advantage of every opportunity and to pursue the ultimate goal of excellence.
Juliana is well on her way. This 2nd in Command and Chief of Staff of PCTI’s NJROTC spends a great deal of her time dedicated to guiding all 314 members of the JROTC unit. Her hard work and individuality has earned her acceptance into the Leadership Academy and recognition as both an Honor Cadet and a Distinguished Cadet, an award she received twice!
When asked about her involvement in the program, Juliana had this to say, “I originally became a member to work on my public speaking and communication skills. I’m always looking for ways to improve myself. Then I fell in love with the call to honor, courage, and commitment that a cadet represents. I know this is what I want to do with my life.”
Juliana’s ultimate dream is to be accepted into the Naval Academy where she will pursue a career as a doctor, more specifically a Psychologist. In the meantime, she’s focusing on immediate goals. Juliana has achieved the tremendous feat of ranking in the top one percent of her class with an astounding 4.3 GPA. She has earned these honors with the help of a rigorous course load of four AP classes, three college classes, and six honors classes. In addition, Juliana is also involved in numerous PCTI activities. This includes HOSA, ERASE, Drill Team, and National Honors Society, among others. She was even selected as a participant in New Jersey Girls State during her junior year at PCTI.
Outside of school, Juliana enjoys a host of other hobbies. She is an avid reader and even finds the time to train in Tae Kwan Do, Hapkido, and Braziian Jiu Jitsu!
When asked what advice this bright bulldog had for others, she said, “Do your best and focus on your education. If you can make it happen, you’ll make it happen. Don’t make excuses and above all else be true to yourself!”
Those are sound words of advice from a bright young woman. Congratulations Juliana, your educational enthusiasm will pave the path to success!
- Ranked in the top 1% percent of her class
- Member of HOSA, ERASE, Drill Team, NHS, SLICE, Student Council/Interact
- Selected for New Jersey Girl State
- Has taken numerous AP, College, and Honors courses
- Applied to Boston University, Northeastern, Rutgers, Stevens, Harvard, Cornell, and the Naval Academy
- Goal: To become a Naval Cadet and Psychiatrist, ultimately working in service of our great nation