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Kelly Franco is a brilliant young woman whose journey for self-betterment has put her on the pathway to success. Hailing from Paterson, this member of the School of Education and Human Services has struck the precarious balance between, schoolwork, volunteerism, and her life’s passion.

“It all started with my desire to become a Psychologist,” Kelly explained. Naturally, it made sense to focus on a career that deals primarily with the mental and physical development of children. “I also really enjoy working with students,” she added, smiling.

For the past four years, Kelly has delved into all the opportunities afforded to her by PCTI. She has enrolled herself in numerous clubs and activities, including ERASE, the Environmental Club, GSA, and SkillsUSA – of which she’s held positions of leadership. Kelly was widely recognized first as an eager representative; then she became the Chapter Reporter. She currently holds the position of PCTI’s Chapter Vice President!

All her hard work has earned her a GPA that exceeds 4.0 and a class rank among the top nine percent of her peers! Kelly has achieved numerous semesters on Principal’s Honor Roll as well as stellar grades in both honors and AP courses. In addition, she is a proud member of the Tennis and Swim teams and enjoys donating her time to many acts of volunteerism.

When asked about her experience at PCTI, Kelly said, “If it weren’t for the School of Education and Human Services, I would have never discovered my true passion for Neuroscience.” She elaborated that her desire to explore what goes on in a person’s mind will be the focus of her future studies. “I can’t wait to continue my learning, as well as get involved in some hands on lab work.”

Kelly looks forward to pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. In the future, she will work towards her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Neuroscience.

When asked about the impact of her four years in Bulldog Country, Kelly’s face was aglow, “I discovered my independence with the help of instructors who really care about the success of their students. The availability of extensive opportunities and activities has allowed me to become the person I am today.”

Congratulations to Kelly Franco, a dedicated young woman with her eyes on the prize. We look forward to your future successes!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top nine percent of her class
  • Member of ERASE, the Environmental Club, GSA, and SkillsUSA
  • Vice President of SkillsUSA at PCTI
  • Volunteers at the Center for Family Resources (Head Start Program) and at the JDRF Walk-a-thons
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, pursue a Masters and Doctorate in Neuroscience

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September Athletes of the Month Anthony Moyano and Leoneiry Diaz were nominated for their outstanding accomplishments in the sports arena!


















Anthony Moyano, Soccer

  • Four year varsity starter
  • Soccer team’s premier Goaltender
  • Led impressive 8-0 start
  • Helped team earn #1 Seed in Passaic County Tournament (first time in school history)
  • September Goals Against Average (GAA) of 0.5



Leoneiry Diaz, Tennis

  • Two year varsity starter
  • Compiled 6-2 record for September
  • Won first two rounds of Passaic County Tournament
  • Standout Leader for Girls Tennis

Photo Caption: Curille McKenna showcases her plaque and medal from the Boys & Girls Club of New Jersey.

 

PCTI senior, Curille McKenna has been honored by the Boys & Girls Club when she was chosen as Clifton’s Youth of the Year! This accomplishment was awarded based on her active role in the community as a gifted leader.

 

The honor earned Curille a scholarship worth fifteen hundred dollars. Additionally, she was invited to compete in the New Jersey State Youth of the Year Program which honors the achievements of eighteen of the state’s finest young leaders. She faced a series of interviews, recited speeches, and wrote essays. Her efforts paid off when she received third place in NJ’s Youth of the Year program!

 

This impressive additional win earned Curille five thousand dollars, bringing her scholarship awards to a total of sixty-five hundred dollars!

 

On her accomplishments, Curille had this to say, “The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton has profoundly impacted my life and helped me become the person I am. As I prepare for university education, I know my future will be great because of the foundations instilled within me from the Club.”

 

Congratulations to Curille McKenna, a leader of her community and notable young woman on the rise to success!

 

Charmi Rana is a Passaic local whose aptitude for volunteerism knows no bounds. Her kind, generous, and determined qualities serve her well in her career of choice as a shining member of the Academy of Medical Arts.

It’s all about focus. Charmi’s involvement in numerous clubs and outreach initiatives has remained steady throughout her entire four years of high school. She has been a class representative, a member of SLICE, ERASE, and HOSA, and a respectable cadet in the NJROTC. Charmi has greeted her career at PCTI with untold grace.

“PCTI has presented me with so many opportunities. I want to take advantage of them all,” she said. It was her experience in the school’s ROTC that encouraged Charmi to evolve into her fullest self. The student-run program, she explained, allowed her to discover her penchant for leadership. “I learned a lot about having confidence in myself.”

With a cumulative GPA of 4.34 and having already accumulated 28 college credits, Charmi has definitely mastered what it takes to succeed! She has achieved many honors, including placing in state and national HOSA competitions and being named Division Commander during her junior year and Squad Leader during her freshman/sophomore years in the NJROTC. As a member of the Academy of Medical Arts, Charmi’s hard work has allowed her to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She is also working towards her EMT certification.

In her free time, she can be found volunteering at St. Mary’s Hospital where she assists patients, works closely with nurses, and provides services at the information desk. Charmi’s desire to enrich the lives of others is also demonstrated through her passion for cultural dance. She has performed in numerous PCTI assemblies and at family and community functions.

When it comes to life after high school, Charmi has it all figured out. She looks forward to attending NYU or Rutgers University and will work toward a Bachelor degree in Biology/Pre-Med. She will further her education by attending Medical School. This track will lead her along the path of becoming a General Physician. Her dream doesn’t end there. Charmi one day hopes to open and own her very own practice.

Congratulations to this dedicated Bulldog on achieving all her accomplishments! We wish you the best of luck in the future!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top two percent of her class
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Class Representative, Member of HOSA, ERASE, NJROTC, NHS, SLICE
  • Has taken numerous AP, College, and Honors courses
  • Volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital and Passaic Public Library
  • Goal: Graduate with a Bachelors in Biology/Pre-Med, attend Medical School, become a General Physician

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Ashley Garcia is a young woman who prides herself in exceeding expectations and embracing new experiences. Her PCTI career began with dabbling in the Performing Arts as a dancer, to pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

As a member of the Academy of Medical Arts, Ashley shed her introverted personality and focused on cultivating the skills of a Certified Nursing Assistant and EMT-B. It was the experience of competing with HOSA that inspired Ashley to further develop her leadership skills. She challenged herself with rigorous coursework, became Secretary of the Sign Language Club, and the Executive Officer of SLICE. Ashley was involved with Gifted & Talented. She also volunteered her time to noteworthy causes: the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the PCRC 5K, and working in the emergency room. All of these experiences helped cultivate a unique perspective and maturity far beyond her years.

Ashley is a driving force whose determination and strength will prove valuable when attending Rutgers University. Though interested in Pre-Med and Anthropology, she will focus on Molecular Biology and will pursue her dream of becoming a Doctor.

Payal Shah entered PCTI seeking her passion in life. After four years of pursuing a wide array of interests, she is well on her way to fulfilling all her aspirations.

She will graduate as a member of the Academy of Medical Arts. Participating in HOSA and taking on a challenging course load fostered an undeniable passion for medicine. In turn, she received awards and recognition in the medical field. Her volunteerism at St Joseph’s Hospital provided her with a unique insight that honed her desire to become a healthcare professional.

Payal’s greatest passion is giving back to the community. She volunteers regularly at her temple and participated in PCTI’s Asian Pacific Heritage celebrations. Her involvement in the Passaic County Teen Crusaders, SLICE, and the National Honor Society allowed her to leave a lasting impression on the school community. Fundraising for Leukemia and building houses for Habitat for Humanity served to increase her desire to help others.

Payal will attend Rutgers University where she will major in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Her ultimate goal is to one day place the M.D. initials after her name.