Anabel Martinez

Ever since she was young, Anabel Martinez has wanted to become a teacher. Attending PCTI didn’t disappoint as this Paterson local soon found her home in the School of Education & Human Services.

“My little brother had stuttering issues as a kid,” Anabel explains. This personal circumstance kindled her interest in education, and ultimately inspired the goal of becoming a Speech Pathologist.

Anabel is well on her way to achieving her dreams. This young woman has shown she has the initiative to make sure others are well-taken care of - a valuable skill, especially in her profession of choice.

It all started during Anabel’s sophomore year when she began working on her “Passion Project” for English. Titled “Be the Change,” the project grew from a concept into a fullfledged campaign which supplied the needy people of Paterson and Passaic with food and toiletries. Anabel’s outreach expanded to the Dominican Republic, where she gathered and donated school supplies to children. The initiative garnered her great acclaim and she was inducted into the Wayne AAUW Girls Hall of Fame during her junior year. She even received the Paterson Mayor’s Award for the same project.

Anabel’s has a penchant for doing her absolute best in all areas of her life. This extends to her academic career. She ranks in the top eight percent of her class with a GPA of 4.02. Such high marks have earned her a place on the Principal’s Honor roll for the past four years. She is a member of SkillsUSA, Future Educators of America, Ti@Ti, and the Sign Language Club. Anabel was selected for the National Honor Society and is a past Circle of Success Member. She has also competed and placed in SkillsUSA at the state and national levels! She even volunteers with Jersey Cares, Bethel Christian church, and works for both Wayne Head Start as an Assistant Teacher and with La Vida Child Care.

When asked how an education at PCTI has impacted her high school experience, Anabel responded, “Ambition can be learned. I realized what I was capable of when I took English Honors my sophomore year. From then on, I wanted to challenge myself.”

Anabel will pursue a Bachelor of Science and Masters n Communication Disorders and Speech Pathology. She’s keeping her options open and may even choose to someday go back to school for teaching.

Congratulations to this young woman with a heart of gold. Her passion is sure to change the world!


  • Ranks in the top 8% of his class
  • Will graduate with a potential twenty-six college credits
  • Selected for Circle of Success and National Honor Society
  • Inducted into Wayne AAUW Hall of Fame, recipient of Paterson Mayor’s Award
  • Member of SkillsUSA, Future Educators of America, Ti@Ti, & Sign Language Club
  • Volunteers with Jersey Cares & Bethel Christian Church; works with Wayne Head Start and La Vida Child Care
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a BS and Masters in Communication Disorders and Speech Pathology; become a Speech Pathologist

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Himanshu Rana

Himanshu Rana is a young man from Passaic who champions the power of preparedness. This Bulldog is a proud member of the Academy of Information Technology where he studies Computer Science. The allure of this particular brand of education stems from Himanshu’s interest in computers. “I’m more of a logical and visual thinker, so web design is perfect for me.”

There’s a lot to be said about Himanshu’s educational perspective. His penchant for preparedness has seen him enrolled in honors and AP courses throughout his entire high school career. Even his Computer Science course is AP! This brilliant young man has the potential to graduate with eighteen college credits. He ranks in the top four percent of his class with a GPA of 4.19! Himanshu has also achieved Principal’s Honor Roll throughout all four years of high school.

It comes as no surprise that Himanshu is enticed by the prospect of a challenge. He actively seeks out learning opportunities for the sake of self-betterment, proving that the power of education is its own reward.

Additionally, this academically savvy Bulldog is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and serves as a class representative. Himanshu is also in ERASE and holds the position of Parliamentarian for the National History Club. While at PCTI, he has earned community service hours through volunteerism opportunities with Open House, the Special Olympics of New Jersey, and the Education Foundation’s 5K Run.

When not thoroughly absorbed in his studies, participation in clubs, or acts of volunteerism, Himanshu dabbles in travel and photography. The two go well together. He’s traveled up and down the east coast, from Maine to Florida, and enjoys learning Photoshop in his free time.

After graduation, Himanshu seeks to further his education in Computer Science and will work towards a Bachelor of Science degree. He’s also interested in exploring business courses and dreams of attending Stevens University. He will also be applying to Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology

When asked about the advice he had for students of the PCTI family, Himanshu said, “Don’t overload yourself with work. Make sure to strike a balance - find a club you look forward to and spend time with friends. A strong support network is key.”

Congratulations to this hardworking young man and best of luck in the future!


  • Ranked in the top 4% of his class
  • Will graduate with a potential 18 college credits
  • Member of FBLA, ERASE, & class representative
  • Enrolled in PCTI’s AP Computer Science program
  • Achieved Principal’s Honor Roll throughout all four years
  • Parliamentarian of the National History Club
  • Accumulated community service hours with participation in Open House, the Special Olympics of New Jersey, & the Education Foundation’s 5K Run
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science

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Congratulations to swimmers Sophia Ciaravino and Daniel Castro, December’s Athletes of the Month!

Sophia Ciaravino a four-year varsity starter who:

Is a dynamic swimmer, strong leader, and a captain of the Girls Swim team. She has had an outstanding start to her senior year and is a dominant part of the team. Sophia has been a beacon of motivation for her teammates and over the past three seasons, has contributed greatly to their current 6-1 record. As an influential leader, Sophia has guided the PCTI Girls Swim team to first-time victories against both Wayne Hills and Hackensack High School. She currently holds the PCTI record for the 50 Yard Freestyle and is on the Record Holding 200-Medley Relay, 200-Freestyle Relay and 400-Freestyle Relay teams. This season, she has competed in seven meets and has proven to be very versatile as a sprinter (competing and taking first place in the 50 and 100-Free) and in swimming distance (the 200 and 500-Free, taking first place in each event). Outside of dual meet competition, Sophia has achieved All-League, as well as All County Honors (for the past three seasons) and looks to repeat these accolades during her senior year.

Daniel Castro is a three-year varsity starter who:

Is a pivotal leader and a captain of the PCTI Boys Swim Dynasty “back to back” winning league. The team has won county and state sectional championships in the 2015 and 2016 seasons and has captured their third consecutive PCCA County Swim Championship this year by completing the “3-Peat.” Daniel is a versatile swimmer who anchors the Bulldogs’ 200-medley relay, 200-free relay (currently part of the PCTI 200-free record holding relay) and the 400-free relay in most of the teams’ dual meets. Daniel was also part of the relay team to qualify for the "Meet of Champions" in the 2016 season. This tremendous feat marked PCTI’s first appearance in this exclusive NJSIAA championship meet, from which only a handful of the state’s top swimmers get a chance to compete. Daniel and his teammates have recently qualified for the 2017 State Meet of Champions in the 200-free relay, thereby continuing their reign of excellence. Outside of dual meet competition, Daniel has achieved All-League, as well as All County Honors in the past two seasons and looks to repeat these accolades in this his senior year.

Congratulations to football players Vincent Mariani and Clarence Freeman, November’s Athletes of the Month!

Vincent Mariani a three-year varsity starter who:

As a senior, helped power the Bulldogs to a North 1 Group 5 NJSIAA State Sectional Final at MetLife Stadium. Vincent is a versatile player who made key contributions to all aspects of the game: offensive, defensive and on special teams. On offense, he was the team’s premier threat at Wide Receiver. In the semi-finals against Union City and the Finals against Ridgewood, Vincent had 8 receptions for 102 yards and a fourth quarter MetLife Touchdown, which included an 81-yard game tying attempt in the final minutes of the Championships. Vincent was also a solid contributor on special teams as the Bulldog’s long snapper for punts and extra points. He was selected for the Second Team All-Liberty Red Division in the North Jersey Super Football Conference and has received Honorable Mention All-County for the wide receiver position.

Clarence Freeman is a three-year varsity starter who:

As a senior, helped power the Bulldogs to a North 1 Group 5 NJSIAA State Sectional Final at MetLife Stadium. Clarence is a versatile player who made key contributions in the defensive aspect of the game, as well as on special teams. On Defense, Clarence recorded 6 solo tackles and 5 assists, which accounted for 11 tackles in the semifinals and at the championship game at MetLife Stadium. Clarence was also a pivotal contributor on special teams as the Bulldog’s standout punter. With 9 punts for 352 yards (averaging nearly 40 yards a punt), he helped the Bulldog’s defense control field position during their magical playoff run. Clarence was also selected for Honorable Mention All-County at the defensive back position.
Christopher Valencia has been announced as a semifinalist for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. He is one of just 1,914 students to be named a semifinalist out of 86,000 applicants from across the country!

Christopher Valencia is a member of PCTI’s School of Engineering Technology and has been recognized with the prestigious honor of being named a Student of the Month. Some of his notable accomplishments include ranking in the top one percent of his class, having earned the AP Scholar with Distinction title, receiving PCTI’s Honor Cadet Award, as well being involved in numerous clubs and community service ventures.

The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation’s commitment to education supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships exceeding 3.4 million dollars. Scholarships are achievement based, and provide lifelong enrichment opportunities to all recipients. Eventually, one hundred and fifty students will be named 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars.

Congratulations to Christopher Valencia for being named a 2017 Coca-Cola Semifinalist!

Aleksey Strekalov

Aleksey Strekalov is an ambitious young man from Wayne who seeks to endlessly expand his knowledge in his program of study. This member of the Academy of Medical Arts has gone above and beyond his station in order to discover what he enjoys about the field of healthcare.

“I like that Medical Arts is flexible and that I do something different every day.” He goes on to explain that his true interest is Emergency Medicine, of which he has much experience. Aleksey volunteers an average of eighteen hours a week as an EMT for both Wayne and Oakland. As part of PCTI’s STC program, he works out of Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

This driven Bulldog has earned certifications as an EMT and a CNA, as well as in First Aid and Basic Life Support. He will graduate with twenty-five college credits as part of the Academy of Medical Arts. Additionally, Aleksey has taken it upon himself to study the information of five AP courses outside of school. What’s more, he passed each and every test he took and was awarded with the AP Scholar with Honor Award!

It comes as no surprise that Aleksey ranks in the top two percent of his class with a GPA of 4.34. Amidst his studies, he has been involved in NJROTC and HOSA and has held notable leadership positions. Aleksey was also selected for Boys State, National Honor Society, the 11th Congressional District’s Youth Advisory Council, and was a member of last year’s Spirit Council (which spearheaded the institution of Spirit Week).

When asked about his future plans, Aleksey explains that he will either pursue a career as an Emergency Room Physician or would work for the FBI. “In either case, I would be helping people by giving back - either by preserving life or maintaining order in society.” He already has fourteen college applications in progress, but is leaning towards Boston University or the University of California.

Aleksey plans on receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Afterwards, he will either pursue Medical School or enter the FBI Academy.

When asked if he has any advice for members of the Bulldog family, Aleksey said, “Don’t disregard the program area you choose - it’s what sets our school apart. Work in careers where you get to see things. Get exposure and pick up new skills.”

Those are wise words from an intelligent young man who has definitely embraced every possible opportunity. Congratulations, Aleksey! Your perseverance is to be admired. Best of luck in the future!


  • Ranks in the top 2% of his class
  • Licensed EMT, CNA, First Aid & Basic Life Support certified
  • Will graduate with more than twenty-five college credits
  • Reached 1000 EMT hours
  • Selected for NJ Boys State, NHS, 11th Conressional District’s Youth Advisor Council
  • AP Scholar with Honor recipient
  • Past involvment includes Drill Team, HOSA, ERASE. GSA, History Club, Student Council, Boys Tennis
  • Goal: Graduate from university with a BA in Psychology, enroll in Medical School/attend the FBI Academy

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Julianna Tolerico

Julianna Tolerico is a North Haledon local who is enrolled in PCTI’s School of Construction Technology. She chose Plumbing Technology as her path of choice, mainly due to the intrigue of someday being able to design her own kitchen. This Bulldog is into baking and cooking, and setting up her own space to work would be icing on the metaphorical cake. “Being able to complete a project like that - from start to finish - is enticing to me,” she added.

Much of the PCTI community probably knows Julianna by her extensive involvement on the Varsity Softball team. She’s been an active sports athlete since the 2nd grade and even received honorable mention last year for All County.

A certain amount of hard work and diligence is required when participating in any sport. Time management is key, and it seems that Julianna has struck the perfect balance. This young woman ranks in the top four percent of the Class of 2017 with a GPA of 4.18. Her stellar grades have earned her Honor Roll status throughout her entire high school career. Julianna’s enrollment in honors courses has qualified her to earn a potential sixteen college credits by the time she graduates. She was also selected for the World Language Honor Society.

Julianna isn’t just an athlete, she’s a sports fan too. She’s a supporter of the NY Jets and the NY Mets and says that football and baseball are two sports she can’t get enough of.

Upon graduation, Julianna looks forward to using her love of sports to pursue an education in Sports Management. Getting to know athletes as more than a team commodity, and on a personal level, is her style. “I want to represent the players, not a product,” she said. She’s even thinking about becoming a Sports Agent.

Until then, Julianna is looking into getting her Coaching Certificate so that she can inspire today’s youth with the passion she has for one of America’s favorite pastimes.

When asked if she’d potentially come back and show tomorrow’s Bulldogs how to throw a ball, she replied, “Sure, I’d never thought of that!”

This caring Bulldog further explained that it’s important to exhibit good sportsmanship in all areas of life. Her philosophy is a sound one. No matter the path her future takes, Julianna’s friendly nature is sure to inspire everyone she meets. Congratulations to this kind young woman!


  • Ranked in the top 4% of his class
  • Will graduate with a potential sixteen college credits
  • Selected for World Language Honor Society
  • Received Honorable Mention for All League Softball
  • Maintained Honor Roll status throughout her entire high school career
  • Working towards her Coaching Certification
  • Holds a seasonal position with Marshalls
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a degree in Sports Management; become a Sports Agent

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