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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!

  • 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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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.

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.

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!

  • 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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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!

  • 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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