January Students of the Month

Congratulations to Isabelle Foti and Fabliha Zaman, January's Students of the Month.


Isabelle Foti

A Talent and Dedication for Musical Success

Isabelle Foti of North Haledon is an ambitious student in PCTI’s School of Performing Arts who holds a remarkable 4.2 GPA and ranks in the top 9% of her class! Isabelle will graduate from high school with 9 potential college credits and plans to continue her musical passion after graduation.

With a knack for music and dance from an early age, Isabelle excels in her musical education at PCTI. A student in the Instrumental program, Isabelle plays the bass, guitar, violin, tuba and ukulele. Her love for music is also demonstrated by her participation in PCTI’s Jazz Band, Marching Band and Concert Band.

Isabelle also has a passion for dance, and she has participated in various dance programs for charity, including events to benefit autistic children as well as “Leap for Literacy” which is dedicated to helping adults learn to read.

Isabelle has participated in NJ Girls State, an unforgettable experience from which she developed a passion for politics and music. As a delegate, she enhanced her interpersonal skills and became a much more confident public speaker. To support her passion for music, Isabelle also teaches bass to interested music students. Notably, Isabelle has been named to the Principal’s Honor Roll every semester and was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society.

Upon graduation from PCTI, Isabelle’s goal is to attend William Paterson University’s Popular Music Program, while minoring in Political Science. From there, Isabelle aspires to work as a musician in the orchestra of a Broadway show!

Isabelle reflects positively on her time at PCTI and says she has grown significantly both as a musician and as a person. “I used to be much more nervous and compared myself to older students in the program,” she said. “Now, I just do the best I can. I can do anything I put my mind to.” She also notes the many wonderful opportunities available to students on campus. “There are so many things to explore,” Isabelle said. “You aren’t limited to your program of study, and you’re able to take electives in other areas you’re interested in.”

When giving advice to other students, Isabelle says, “Seize every opportunity presented to you, and take advantage of all resources. Plus, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.”

Congratulations on all of your amazing accomplishments, Isabelle! Your passion for music and strong work ethic will ensure your success in college and beyond!

Highlights

  • Ranks in the top 9% of her class
  • Will graduate with 9 potential college credits
  • Participates in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, NJ Girls State
  • Member of Tri-M Music Honor Society, World Language Honor Society
  • Achieved Principal’s Honor Roll
  • Goal: Attend William Paterson University, become an orchestra musician on Broadway

Fabliha Zaman

Combining Business and Creativity

Fabliha Zaman of Paterson is a charismatic student in PCTI’s School of Business Careers who is known for her bright smile and bubbly personality. Fabliha holds an outstanding 4.1 GPA and currently ranks in the top 8% of her class! Additionally, Fabliha will graduate from PCTI with an amazing 12 potential college credits!

Throughout her high school career, Fabliha has participated in the Performing Arts Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and SkillsUSA. Furthermore, Fabliha has worked as part of the Stage Crew during PCTI’s musicals and participated in Fall One-Acts in 2018, activities which highlight her enthusiasm for the arts.

Outside of school, Fabliha keeps busy with jobs and volunteer work. In addition to working as a cashier at ShopRite, Fabliha has volunteered at the Preakness Healthcare Center, where she spent time with elderly patients and assisted with their transportation. Fabliha also spends time pursuing her passions for painting, poetry, spoken word, and acting.

Upon graduation from PCTI, Fabliha hopes to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where she plans on double majoring in Criminal Justice and Business. After college, she strives to work in the marketing industry in New York City, with the goal of working in management. Fabliha’s love for art drew her to the marketing field, which would enable her to pursue her creative aspirations within the business industry.

When reflecting on her time at PCTI, Fabliha comments that as a freshman, she wasn’t as open and social as she is today. Now, she describes herself as a “social butterfly” and is eager to participate in classes and activities. Fabliha also praises diversity at PCTI and notes that she has made many good friends throughout high school.

Fabliha offers wise advice to other students, advising others to “Do the most you can, and try your best in every way. Don't be afraid to try new things, because you will never know unless you try.”

Congratulations, Fabliha! Your charisma and energetic personality will be extremely beneficial as you begin your professional journey!

Highlights

  • Ranks in the top 8% of her class
  • WWill graduate with 12 potential college credits
  • Participates in Performing Arts Club, FBLA, SkillsUSA
  • Worked as Stage Crew during PCTI musicals
  • Volunteered at Preakness Healthcare Center, assisted elderly patients
  • Goal: Attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, become a Marketing Manager in New York City