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PCTI proudly introduces the top students of 2015: Aaron Varghese & Kevin Behnke!

Valedictorian

Aaron Varghese is a graduating senior of the Academy of Medical Arts who has been exposed to numerous forms of education with a history that includes being homeschooled, private institutions, and eventually embracing the public school system at Passaic County Technical Institute. His foray into the world of Career and Technical Education with advanced academics has truly paid off!

Aaron has taken advantage of numerous opportunities and joined clubs and organizations that filled out his high school career. He is President of PCTI’s HOSA chapter. Aaron was selected for National Honor Society and NJ Boy’s State. He has also been involved in Student Council/Interact and the Chess Club. Outside of school, he is an active member in his church and youth group through which he had the privilege of acting as a missionary. Aaron is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.

After graduation, Aaron plans on using the skills and knowledge he learned at PCTI to further his education. He will attend the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and will pursue double majors in both Finance and Management.

Salutatorian

Kevin Behnke is a bright young man who’s happy go lucky personality and calm demeanor have served him well as a member of PCTI’s School of Engineering Technology. During his high school career, Kevin was selected as a member of the National Honor Society as well as Gifted and Talented. He currently acts as the Treasurer of the Class of 2015 and has participated in ERASE, Student Council/Interact, Junior Varsity Baseball, and Varsity Tennis. Last year, Kevin competed in the SkillsUSA Engineering Technology & Design competition where he came in 2nd place!

Outside of school, Kevin holds jobs at Foodtown and Dairy Queen. In addition, he works as a certified volunteer Firefighter in Wyckoff. He has also earned certifications in Hazmat Operations and CPR. Kevin’s commttment to excellence knows no bounds! In his free time, he enjoys relaxing with friends, watching movies, and going to the gym.

This determined Bulldog has his eyes set firmly on the future. Upon graduating, Kevin looks forward to attending John Jay College in New York City and pursuing a career in the field of Criminal Justice.

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Congratulations to PCTI’s May and June Athletes of the Month – Kevin Copper (Boys Spring Track), Angel Rowe (Girls Spring Track), Aaniyah Robinson (Girls Spring Track), and Zaire Weaver!









Kevin Copper is a three-year varsity starter and now two-time Athlete of the Month nominee, who:

Has had a tremendous junior season as one of the leaders of the Boys Spring Track team. At the Big North Conference Championships, Kevin took first place in the High Jump with a school record height of 6’7’’! He also took third place in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump. Kevin’s accomplishments in the High Jump earned him first team all-county accolades in the Passaic County Championships. He led the Bulldogs in both dual and relay meet points as the team’s highest scorer. Kevin’s 6’7’’ High Jump leap was the best in North Jersey for the season. He has helped the Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship (the fifth consecutive win) and a PCCA Championship. Kevin was a first team All-Liberty and First Team All-County selection in the High Jump.

Angel Rowe is a two-year varsity starter who:

Has had a tremendous junior season as one of the leaders of the Girls Spring Track team. She has increased her personal best performances in the Triple Jump, the Long Jump, and the High Jump to impressive marks: Triple Jump 37’6” and High Jump 4’10’’; Angel was able to take fifth in the High Jump and Third in the Triple Jump at the County Championship but her best marks were held in the State Sectionals and State Group Finals where she would eventually improve her personal best in the Triple Jump with a mark of 37’6’’ and earn a spot at the State Meet of Champions. Angel has helped the Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship. Angel was a first team All-Liberty selection in the Triple Jump.

Aaniyah Robinson is a two-year varsity starter who:

Has had a tremendous junior season as one of the leaders of the Girls Spring Track team. She quickly emerged as one of the premier sprinters in the county. Aaniyah earned the bronze medal with a third place finish in the Passaic County Championship meet in the 100 meter dash. She was also an important component to the All-County PCTI 4x100 meter relay team, helping the group to earn first-team all-county honors in the event. Aaniyah was a fourth place finisher in the 100 meter dash in the state sectional meet and her 4x100 meter squad went on to win the state sectional 4x100 meter relay. She has helped the Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship. Aaniyah was a first team All-Liberty selection in the 200 meter dash, a First Team All-County selection in the 100 meter dash, and a member of the First Team All-County 4x100 Meter Relay Team.

Zaire Weaver is a four-year varsity starter and now two-time Athlete of the Month nominee who:

Has had a tremendous senior season the leader of the Boys Spring Track team. At the Passaic County Championship meet, he took third place in both the Triple Jump and the 4x100 meter relay. Zaire also took first place in the Long Jump. In the state sectional meet, he again took first place in the Long Jump and third place in both the Triple Jump and 4x100 meter relay. In the State Group Four Meet, Zaire took seventh place in the Triple Jump and third place in the Long Jump, qualifying for the State Meet of Champions in both events. At the State Meet of Champions, Zaire finished with the 8th best long Jump in the entire state of New Jersey in this 2015 season, earning a bronze medal at the prestigious event. He has helped the Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship (teams fifth consecutive) and a PCCA Championship. Zaire was a first team All-Liberty and First Team All-County selection in the Long Jump.

Sarah Velez is a young woman of unparalleled focus whose eyes are set firmly on the future. This Paterson local and member of the Academy of Finance is well known for her academic achievements. She is ranked in the top 4% of her class with a cumulative GPA of 4.167 and has already accumulated twelve college credits. Sarah has also consistently achieved honor roll status throughout her PCTI career. So what’s her secret?

“I take advantage of every opportunity,” Sarah says, “and allow my achievements to speak for themselves.”

This grounded perspective has served Sarah well throughout her high school career. Entirely modest in her learning, Sarah’s practical approach to education has ensured a solid foundation for the future. She is a member of the MSA, FBLA, and SLICE and was selected for Girl State and the World Language Honor Society. This year, she participated in the Federal Reserve Challenge - a competition where student teams were expected to solve hypothetical scenarios of economic downturns by submitting recommendations and answering the questions of Federal Reserve bankers and economists. Out of sixty teams from the tri-state area, Sarah and her classmates came in third place!

Building on her experience in the finance arena, Sarah also holds a Co-Op position with the on campus branch of Columbia Bank.

“What I really enjoyed was training to be a Teller. It’s fascinating. I started at sixteen years old and I thought, I can do this!”

After graduation, Sarah will attend Montclair State University and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. Her greatest dream is to travel the world and work with a bunch of different companies. Eventually, she’ll receive her CPA and one day hopes to become a partner at an Accounting firm.

When asked what she appreciated most about PCTI, Sarah says, “There’s always people to guide you whenever you need them. They’re available and receptive. That’s important for students to experience.”

This determined Bulldog has discovered her passion for learning within the halls of Passaic County Technical Institute. “Throughout my four years, I’ve really broken out of my shell to become an open-minded and social individual.”

Congratulations on your accomplishments, Sarah. We know you’ll achieve your dreams!

Highlights
  • Ranked in the top 4% of her class
  • Has earned 12 college credits
  • Co-Op with Columbia Bank
  • Involved in FBLA, SLICE, & MSA
  • Selected for Girls State & World Language Honor Society
  • Volunteers at St. James of the Marches R.C. Church as Catechist Assistant
  • Accepted into 6 prestigious universities
  • Goal: Graduate from Montclair State University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting, earn her CPA, pursue a Master’s in Business field, become a partner at an Accounting firm

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The following Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) Football players have been accepted to college and plan on playing next year. They are (top row left to right): Naetrelle Thomas & Mark Giles (FDU Florham Park), Elijah Dolson & Drew Lindsay (Rowan University), Jeremy Gray & Amir Carter (Muhlenberg College), (bottom row left to right) Tyler Klinger (Winston Salem State University), Zaire Weaver (Stevenson University), Justin Hunt (William Paterson University), and Jacquese Johnson (American International College). Congratulations!

Congratulations to Cheyenne Allen (Girls Spring Track) and Troy Hartung (Boys Golf) on being selected as PCTI’s April Athletes of the Month!










Cheyenne Allen is a three-year varsity starter and a 2015 senior captain from Haledon who:

Has had a tremendous senior year as the leader of the Girls Spring Track squad. Cheyenne has increased her personal best performances in the Triple Jump (36-’3”) and the Long Jump (16’-6”), both of which are top within the BNC Conference and Passaic County. She has helped the Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated this season (5-0) and powered them to yet another Big North Conference Liberty Division Championship. Cheyenne was a first team All-Liberty selection in the Triple Jump and a second-team All-Liberty selection in both the Long Jump and the 400 Meter dash. She was also a pivotal lead off runner on the team’s 4x400 meter relay.


Troy Hartung is a three-year varsity starter and a 2015 senior captain from Hawthorne who:

During the month of April, shot an amazing average of 39.7 (9 holes). In the Big North Conference Championship Match (18 holes), Troy shot an outstanding round at 75 taking 6th place overall as an individual against some of North Jersey’s best golfers. On the state level, he qualified for the NJSIAA Individual Championship Tournament (18 holes) and shot a 78 at the Group IV event, finishing 7th in Group IV at the state level. In other relevant Tournament outings, Troy marked a core of 82 at the prestigious FDU invitational, taking 15th overall in an event relegated to the state’s top golfers who plan on continuing their careers in golf at the collegiate level. He is a First Team Big North All-Liberty selection and will again qualify as a first team All-Passaic County golfer. At the PCCA county golf tournament, Troy finished in second place overall and fell just three stokes short of the Passaic County title.