Aaron Falette is the kind of student who is determined to press forth until success is reached. He is a go-getter inspired by the possibility of growth and personal betterment. This Paterson local is set on becoming the best possible version of himself.
He found his home in the school of Automotive Technology, with a focus on Automotive Repair. This choice of study dates back to a time when Aaron was just eight years old. Having multiple uncles in the repair shop business, Aaron was exposed at a very young age to what would become his dream career.
“There’s satisfaction in putting something together with your own hands and fixing things,” Aaron said. He went on to explain a side project that both he and a fellow automotive classmate are working on. The two are currently building an engine for their very own car. Once done, they will put it in a shell and track it to see just how fast it goes. Then comes finding all the right parts and putting them together. “The experience is going to be very rewarding,” he added.
Aside from Aaron’s talent in his career area, he is also academically inclined. This Bulldog ranks in the top 10% of his class with a GPA of 3.78! He has developed quite the passion for learning, both in and out of the classroom.
Aaron has a penchant for athleticism as evidenced by his involvement in volleyball and wrestling at PCTI. Additionally, he is part of a cultural dance troupe that performs at shows, festivals, weddings, and sweet sixteen celebrations. Aaron specializes in bachata, merengue, and salsa. When not performing or attending school, Aaron can be found working at his Co-Op position at Lincoln of Wayne and volunteering at his church, St. Anne’s of Fairlawn. He is also a proud member of Teen PEP and ERASE.
After graduating from PCTI, Aaron will enroll in Lincoln Technical Institute and work toward becoming a Diesel Technician with knowledge in Transport Refrigeration. From there, he will enter the Automotive industry and will eventually open his own business which specializes in auto body and repair.
Until then, Aaron reflects on his time in high school, citing numerous lessons learned. The advice he has for his peers is touching.“Follow your heart and pick what’s right for you. Expand your horizons and take initiative in helping others. Work hard for success.”
Congratulations to this insightful young man. You’re sure to achieve all of your dreams!
- Ranked in the top 10% of his class
- Selected for Teen PEP, member of ERASE
- Involved in Boys Volleyball and Wrestling
- Co-Op student at Lincoln of Wayne
- Volunteers at St. Anne’s of Fairlawn
- Received honor status during numerous semesters while attending PCTI
- Goal: Graduate from Lincoln Technical Institute as a Diesel Technician, pursue a career in the automotive industry, culti- vate his own business
Photo Caption: PCTI Junior, Faith Boonstra, advances to the final round of the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs song-writing competition.
Performing Arts Instrumental student, Faith Boonstra, has advanced to the final round of the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs song-writing competition. She will represent Passaic County and join 17 other finalists in a live performance at the 2014 NJSDD Prevention Concert to be held at the Victoria Theatre of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on May 21st.
New Jersey Shout Down Drugs was created in 2005 and challenges high school students to create original music and lyrics with powerful substance abuse prevention messages. County finalists are chosen by peer judges to perform their original songs at the Annual Statewide Prevention Concert. First, second, and third place winners are chosen by a panel of judges to receive music contracts worth $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000. They will also perform their winning songs at various events throughout the state.
This is not Faith’s first foray into writing music. Last year, she received honorable mention in Montclair State University’s composition contest, Pictures. Entrants were required to write a piano piece and vocalist response to a specific photograph. Her piece was then performed in a composer’s forum by two professional musicians.
Earlier this year, Faith who hails from Hawthorne, also helped arrange a piece for the Performing Arts Instrumental Music Ensemble, a group of which she is a member. The piece was played at PCTI’s annual Dance Concert which featured the talents of the Performing Arts Music program.
Congratulations to Faith Boonstra on receiving this honor!
Photo Caption: Social Studies Instructor Jay Rosenfeld accepts his Teacher of the Year award from Board of Education Commissioner Glenn Brown, Vice President Damaris Solomon, and Commissioner Michael Coscia.
PCTI has declared the Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015. The honor goes to seventeen year Social Studies Instructor, Jay Rosenfeld!
Jay received his Bachelors in History and Communications from Ramapo College and his Masters in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey. He entered teaching as a second career in 1997, throughout which he has taught all levels of U.S. and World History, including AP and Honors.
This veteran educator is tremendously attentive to his students’ needs. A day in his life traditionally includes arriving on campus at 5:45am and staying past 4pm. He even takes work with him wherever he goes, proving his dedication to student education triumphs over all.
Jay Rosenfeld is a fantastic role model to all his students and colleagues, both in and outside of the classroom. When not teaching, Jay can be found serving on numerous committees at PCTI, including the Social Studies Textbook Selection Committee, the Character Education Committee, the Principal’s Teacher Liaison Committee, and the Principal’s Forward Committee. He is also advisor for SLICE (Student Leaders Improving Character Education) and the TI Leadership Group and frequently volunteers as a youth coach in football, baseball, and basketball.
On his instruction philosophy, Jay had this to say, “I aim to create a positive and enjoyable atmosphere that fosters growth and learning, all while modeling my expectations in character and responsibility. My goal is that my students are well-prepared to enter the world after high school. I find it gratifying that as a teacher I impact my students, and they, in turn, motivate me to become both a better person and a better educator.”
Congratulations to Jay Rosenfeld, a dedicated teacher, colleague, friend, and PCTI’s Teacher of the Year for 2014-2015!
Photo Caption: Yudelka Torres takes home the first prize trophy in the America’s Best High School Pastry Chef competition.
PCTI’s very own Yudelka Torres of the School of Culinary Arts competed against numerous high school students at Monroe College in New Rochelle, NY for the coveted title of America’s Best High School Pastry Chef.
She came out on top, taking home the much sought-after title and the honor of receiving a full tuition scholarship for the AAS Baking and Pastry Arts Program at Monroe College!
Only the top eight submissions were invited to compete in the final round of the America’s Top High School Pastry Chef competition. Yudelka’s award winning dessert featured a delectable passion fruit mousse with coconut sorbet and blood orange sauce.
Chef Gerard Molloy, CEPC, AAC, and Monroe Pastry Instructor, had said this about the highly competitive event, “We continue to be impressed with the caliber of entries we receive in pastry. It is a tribute to the student, their schools and their coaches.”
Monroe College is dedicated to strengthening the culinary capabilities of high school students by providing high-quality educational experiences.
Congratulations to PCTI culinary superstar Yudelka Torres, America’s Best High School Pastry Chef of 2014!
Passaic local, Mateusz Rowicki, possesses the ambition necessary to succeed in the world after high school. This academically inclined Bulldog found his home in the School of Engineering Technology and has already begun planning his professional career.
His story starts in the 6th grade when Mateusz was introduced to a summer program at NJIT. Here, he built model cars and bridges. "It was one of my first steps in thinking out of the box. I’ve been intrigued by Engineering ever since.”
He is already well prepared. Mateusz has earned fourteen college credits and has been on the Honor Roll for most of his academic career. He is ranked in the top 4% of his class with a GPA 3.97! Mateusz was even a past member of PCTI’s Circle of Success.
He has accomplished much while in high school. Mateusz is a member of the Engineering Club, National Honor Society, the Robotics Club and SkillsUSA. In fact, he’s competed in and won two gold medals for robotics in the SkillsUSA State competition. Mateusz will once again aim to repeat this amazing feat during his senior year. But that’s not all; he was also selected for participation in New Jersey Boys State.
Outside of school he is an assistant T-Ball Coach at the Garfield YMCA. In addition, this bilingual bulldog has journeyed back to Poland where he embraced his roots as a Camp Counselor. Recently, Mateusz can be found working his Co-Op career at TerraSense. He routinely spends time in the laboratory, checking the properties of environmental sites to make sure that these areas are able to withstand their intended constructs.
Mateusz has already been accepted into Manhattan College and NJIT. This bright young man plans to graduate from college with a degree in Civil Engineering. Later, he will pursue a Masters in Structural Engineering and looks forward to working at an architectural firm.
When asked about the advice he has for others at PCTI, Matuesz said, “I’m ahead because of Tech. Make contacts and meet new people. Network. Be yourself and try your best!”
His words are full of wisdom. Congratulations Mateusz! May your ambition and dedication continue to burn bright! Spread your Bulldog pride to your classmates and beyond. You’re sure to succeed in all your future endeavors.
- Ranked in the top 4% of his class
- Member of the Engineering Club, SkillsUSA, the Robotics Club, & National Honor Society
- Has earned 14 college credits
- 2x SkillsUSA State Gold Medalist
- Selected for NJ Boys State
- Co-Op student at TerraSense
- Goal: Graduate from a University with a degree in Civil Engineering, pursue a Masters in Structural Engineering, work at an architectural firm.