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Madeline Reina

Madeline Reina is a passionate young woman from Paterson who is driven by her desire to help others. This member of the School of Education and Human Services has always dreamed of working with children, which is unsurprising considering she comes from a very large family. Madeline has certainly found a home at PCTI where she continues to grow and develop into a courageous young woman.

“I was very lucky to meet instructors and fellow students who positively shaped my view of the world and myself,” Madeline says. She went on to cite how her sense of purpose grew throughout her four years of high school. “I became more assured in who I was, more comfortable in my confidence and embraced becoming a leader.”

Madeline is PCTI’s SkillsUSA President, a member of the World Language Honor Society, the History Club, ERASE, GSA, and the Environmental Club. She is a former Circle of Success honoree, an avid volunteer with Head Start as part of her program’s externship program and has pledged more than four hundred and sixty hours as an Assistant Volunteer Teacher at the Clifton Boys & Girls Club. Despite a busy schedule, Madeline maintains her spot on the Principal’s Honor Roll with a GPA of 4.2 and ranks 10th in the Class of 2016! She will graduate from PCTI with eleven credits toward her college career.

When asked about life after graduation, Madeline has it all figured out. “I want to continue working with children and become a Speech Pathologist and specialize on working with those who have Special Needs.”

Madeline elaborated (with much enthusiasm) that her passion for making a difference is deeply rooted in her spirituality. “Affecting the lives of others positively is what I’m meant to do. It makes me so happy.”

She’s chosen the right career. Madeline will pursue a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech Pathology and plans on opening her own practice in order to help children with Communication Disorders.

When questioned about the advice she has for future Bulldogs, Madeline offered this reply, “We get so many opportunities here and PCTI has a way of encouraging you to go beyond your perceived boundaries. As long as you take advantage of what our school has to offer, you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to!

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

  • Ranked in the top 2% percent of her class
  • Will graduate with 11 college credits
  • CPR, Basic First Aid, & AED certified
  • PCTI SkillsUSA President
  • Member of WLHS, ERASE, GSA, & the Environmental Club
  • Volunteer at La Vida Child Care Center Too (externship)/Boys & Girls Club
  • Goal: Earn Masters degree in Speech Pathology, own/open own practice to help children with Communication Disorders

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Emma Tang

Emma Tang is a young woman from Hawthorne who transformed a hobby into her area of study. This member of the School of Applied Technology has always had an interest in architecture/drafting. All it took was a trip to Open House during 8th grade and she was hooked!

“That was a big moment for me. That’s when I knew I wanted to come to PCTI. Seeing each career laid out and represented was life changing,” Emma says. She’s even volunteered at the event responsible for her Bulldog status.

Cheerful and hardworking, Emma is known for her stellar grades and accomplishments. One of these exceptional feats includes being selected at each grade level for our student recognition programs: Freshmen Foundation for Success, Circle of Success, and senior Student of the Month. Recently, she was recognized as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship program - one of 34,000 students to be receive the honor in the US! The honor is well deserved. Emma ranks 6th in her class with a GPA of 4.3 and has accumulated sixteen college credits throughout her high school career.

She is actively involved in numerous clubs and volunteer organizations, including World Language Honor Society, ti@TI, Sound Chasers, National Honor Society, and the American Sign Language Club. Outside of school, she is a member of her church choir, youth band, and teaches Vacation Bible school. Emma is also known for acting as support staff at the Spruce Lake Summer Camp in Pennsylvania.

Though she’s quite enjoyed her time in the drafting field, Emma plans on switching gears after graduation. “I really enjoy working with others, especially children. I want to combine everything I’ve learned with ASL and pursue a career in Speech Pathology.”

Emma elaborated that collaborating with the deaf community and children is her ultimate goal. “Those are two areas I feel really strongly about,” she added.

When asked how her education at PCTI profoundly affected the person she has become today, Emma referenced her comfort in growing as a leader. “When I came here, I didn’t know anyone. PCTI gave me the opportunity to join clubs and get to know others and more importantly, myself. Everyone here has influenced who I am today.”

It takes a special amount of warmth and kindness to successfully deliver care to humans and animals alike. Melanie has the precise amount of drive and determination needed to make a difference in the world. If your accomplishments are any indication of your future, you’re bound to go far!

  • Ranked in the top 1% percent of her class
  • Will graduate with 16 college credits
  • Recognized as Commended Student, 2016 National Merit Scholarship
  • Member of WLHS, ti@TI, Sound Chasers, and ASL Club
  • Competed in SkillsUSA competition at the state level (Architectural Drafting
  • Goal: Graduate with a Bachelor’s/Master’s degree, become a Speech Pathologist who incorporates ASL into her practice

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PCTI Director of Pupil Personnel Services Nick Bucci joins Principal Dr. Michael Parent, and Instructor Maureen Wacha in honoring Emma Tang of Hawthorne for being recognized as a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Hawthorne local, Emma Tang has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program and is roughly one of 34,000 students throughout the nation to be recognized for this tremendous honor. Commended Students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” said a NMSC spokesperson. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role in their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

Shamshad Azimi

Shamshad Azimi is a young man whose pivotal journey started long before coming to Passaic County Technical Institute. At the age of twelve, he moved from Bangladesh to the US and continued to move around the Tri-State area before settling in Paterson. It was here that he decided to become a medical professional, hence why he chose the Academy of Medical Arts.

“My choice was motivated by circumstance. I saw how doctors in America took care of my family and wanted to emulate their kindness and consideration for others.”

For the past four years, Shamshad has involved himself in a host of activities, including Boys Golf, the Chess Club and the Muslim Student Association, all while maintaining a 4.3 GPA and ranking 5th in the Class of 2016! As a HOSA member, he’s competed as a member of the Dental Terminology team and has placed at the regional level. Additionally, Shamshad is a certified CNA and is working towards his EMT certification. Outside of PCTI, he can be found designing fliers and banners as the Head of Marketing for the Ashraq Youth Group, volunteering to organize and clean up Paterson’s Elysium Community Garden, and working twenty-five hours a week as a sales associate at Sears.

When asked about his challenging course load, Shamshad said, “There are so many opportunities to take advantage of and I love thinking analytically. Even if something isn’t easy, I’d rather have the experience and work through it than not be involved at all.” It’s no wonder he’s taken classes that are worth nineteen college credits!

The future looks bright for this determined Bulldog. Shamshad will apply to Stevens University, Rutgers New Brunswick, TCNJ, and Columbia University (he’s already applied to Fairleigh Dickinson) and will pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering. In the future, he hopes to earn a Doctorate in either Hematology or Oncology.

Shamshad has learned a great deal about himself since coming to the United States, especially in relation to his education at PCTI. “I’ve gained so much confidence since my freshman year. Now I actively engage with others - which is something I never would have done in the past - and I have great friends from diverse backgrounds that I’ve learned a lot from!”

Congratulations to this young man on achieving his accomplishments!

  • Ranked in the top 1% percent of his class
  • Member of ERASE, Boys Golf, HOSA, Chess Club, & the MSA
  • Certified Nurse Assistant, working towards EMT certification
  • Head of Marketing for the Ashraq Youth Group, volunteer at Elysium Community Garden, Sears Associate
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, become a Hematologist/Oncologist

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Melanie Hoyos

Melanie Hoyos is a Paterson local whose love of animals influenced her decision to attend Passaic County Technical Institute. Taking full advantage of career and technical education, Melanie chose the Academy of Medical Arts to jumpstart her journey of becoming a Veterinarian/Zoologist.

When she was in middle school, Melanie found herself drawn to the well-being of furry creatures. “I even had a few pets,” she adds. “I always found it easy to identify with animals.”

Naturally Melanie did what any forward thinking individual would do - she selected an area of study best suited to her needs.

For the past four years, Melanie has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered by PCTI. She has selected numerous honors and AP courses which have pushed her GPA to an astounding 4.39, earning her the distinct honor of ranking 4th in the Class of 2016!

Melanie keeps an active routine and is involved in numerous clubs and activities. She is a Class Representative (previously Secretary), a member of HOSA, GSA, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, and the Environmental Club. In HOSA she has competed twice with success at the National level. Melanie is also a Certified Nurse Assistant and is working towards becoming an EMT.

When asked to elaborate on her passions, Melanie cited her love of science and being selected for the Teen Crusaders - a community service program that builds character. Through this venture she has attended summer science courses at Rutgers University. Melanie is also involved in the 4H National Youth Organization through which she has competed and won numerous awards in the Arts & Crafts category.

During her education at PCTI, Melanie has learned much about herself. She enjoys working with the elderly and plans on embracing her CNA certification by picking up a part time job while attending a university. She plans on following the Veterinarian track by earning a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Ecology.

It takes a special amount of warmth and kindness to successfully deliver care to humans and animals alike. Melanie has the precise amount of drive and determination needed to make a difference in the world. Congratulations to this outsanding Bulldog. Best of luck in the future!

  • Ranked in the top 1% percent of her class
  • Class representative, member of HOSA, GSA, NHS, WLHS, & Environmental Club
  • Certified Nurse Assistant, working towards EMT certification
  • Volunteers throughout the community as a member of the Teen Crusaders
  • Received “Best in Division” at 4H National Youth Organization competition
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor’s degree Animal Science/Ecology, become a Veterinarian/Zoologist

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Congratulations to Meralis Mendez (Girls Cross Country) and Alejandro Ibarguen (Boys Cross Country) on being named October’s Student Athletes of the Month!

Meralis Mendez is a two-year varsity starter who:
Has had a tremendous sophomore season as a compliment to the Girls Cross Country team. Meralis finished eleventh at the prestigious Greystone Invitational, fourth place in the Big North Championship meet, fourth place in the PCCA County Championship meet, and third place in the NJTAC Tech Tournament Championship. She was selected as a First Team All-Big North Conference-Liberty Division nominee and a First Team All-Passaic County nominee. PCTI Coach Weinpel said, “What makes Meralis so impactful to the team is how she has developed athletically. Last season Meralis was our 6/7th runner and now she has emerged as one of the top runners on our team and in the county. It should also be noted that because of her efforts, along with those of her teammates, the Girls Cross Country team has earned their first-ever (in school history) invitation to the NJSIAA State Group Meet to be held November 14, 2015.

Alejandro Ibarguen is a four-year varsity starter who:
Has had a tremendous senior season as the leader of the Boys Cross Country team. As captain of the squad, Alejandro has both the fastest and best average time of the 2015 Boys Cross Country team at Garret Mountain. He finished in third place at the prestigious Greystone Invitational and led the team to a fourth place overall finish. Alejandro led the team to a Big North Conference-Liberty Division Championship title in the 2015 season. This is the first time that the Boys have won “Back to Back” titles in the past 25 years! He earned 1st Team All Big North-Liberty (6th overall in the entire Conference) and 1st Team All Passaic County (4th overall in the County). Alejandro also led his teammates to the 2015 Team Title and received 2nd place overall at the NJTAC Vo-Tech Team Championship.

PCTI student Annabel Martinez (Paterson) showcases her Passion Project display “Be the Change,” which earned her induction into the AAUW Girls Hall of Fame and showcases her letters from the Mayor of Paterson, the AAUW, and the Passaic County Freeholders.

The Greater Wayne Area (GWA) Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has selected Anabel Martinez of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) as one of three students to be inducted into their Girls Hall of Fame. The honor was received in light of Anabel’s extensive volunteerism and community service for her Passion Project, “Be the Change.”

The AAUW breaks through barriers for women and girls by means of advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Anabel’s unparalleled drive and the desire to give back to her community are qualities that the AAUW seeks to honor with their Girls Hall of Fame program. In explaining her project, Annabel said, “I’m greatly inspired by Gandhi, so I wanted my project to reflect bringing peace to others.” Growing up in Paterson, she often noticed the less fortunate being helped by Eva’s Village, an organization dedicated to fighting homelessness and poverty. Urged by her goodhearted nature, Anabel sought to echo the impact the association had on her community. Her project started small, with planning, and expanded to collecting and distributing toiletries and snacks to local in the area.

“It came to the point where I would be making sixty sandwiches a visit – then two-hundred – packed with water and juice,” Anabel cited about the growth of her twice monthly mission. Her family and friends have also become involved in the outreach initiative, making it even more of a success!

One of the greatest outcomes of Anabel’s project has been the inspiration she’s instilled in others. She and her sister recently banded together in collecting school supplies for children and made to the trip to Cabral in the Dominican Republic to distribute the donations.

Congratulations to Anabel Martinez on being inducted into the much respected AAUW Girls Hall of Fame and for a truly making a difference in the lives of those in her community and beyond.