Eldad Cano is a young man from Paterson who is fascinated by the endless possibilities provided by PCTI. In order to become a successful and productive member of today’s society, Eldad has taken advantage of numerous opportunities while in high school. This member of the School of Applied Technology enjoys the fruits of self-betterment, especially when it comes to embracing the qualities he’s cultivated as a leader.
Eldad has been a member of the NJROTC since he was a freshman. His decision to join was based on the fact that he participated in a Police Academy program while in middle school. “The NJROTC was nothing like I thought it would be - it was better. I’m glad that I ended up joining.” For the past four years, Eldad has climbed the ranks to become the NJROTC’s Executive Officer. This second in command position provides Eldad with opportunity to shoulder a great deal of responsibility. He explains, “My greatest joy is opening the channels of communication between myself and others. It’s important that every student has a voice and that they’re heard.”
Eldad ranks in the top seven percent of his class with a GPA of 4.05. His enrollment in countless AP and honors courses has earned him a potential nineteen credits towards his academic future.
Eldad is involved in numerous PCTI activities, including the History Club, Environmental Club, ERASE, and the ASL Club. He was even selected for the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society. Outside of high school, Eldad works as a server at Johnny Rockets, and has been a CoOp ACAD Engineer for JoeMax Telecom LLC as well as Michael Raiser Associates. However, it is his volunteer work with St. Joseph’s Hospital which unveiled new talents and educational prospects for the future.
“I’ve always enjoyed the subjects of biology and math and working in a hospital allows me to solve new mysteries every day.” Eldad further explained that the parallel between the School of Applied Technology and the health field is a simple one. “I like making sure projects are structurally sound. With people, it’s the healing experience.”
Eldad seeks to begin an education in Pre-Med and will eventually earn a doctorate. This determined Bulldog has applied early decision to his dream school of NYU, as well as to Rutgers, Keane, Ramapo, Boston University, and Pennsylvania State University.
Congratulations to this man on a mission. Best of luck!
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Alexa Mazzoccoli has always had a passion for makeup and hair. “It’s all about making people feel beautiful,” she says. This young woman from North Haledon prides herself on bringing joy to others, especially as a member of PCTI’s School of Cosmetology.
Much of Alexa’s time has been spent training towards her Cosmetology permit, which takes six hundred hours to complete. She gains her experience, and so much more, by working in PCTI’s full-service salon. Come May, Alexa will have the opportunity to take the NJ State Board Exam to receive her Cosmetology License.
High school has been a busy time for Alexa. She was inducted into the World Language Honor Society and has applied for the National Honor Society. Among her in-school involvement in ERASE, Yearbook Club, and the Environmental Club, as well as being selected for the Circle of Success, Alexa is quite the community volunteer. Her free time is spent teaching students as the Safety Town Instructor, donating her time to her local Goodwill store, aiding with the North Haledon 5K Run, and fundraising for her local church. Alexa cites that some of her most influential volunteer work was with PCTI events. “I’m a freshmen mentor and help out at Open House and the Saturday Academy,” she says. During the latter, Alexa led a cosmetology class as a student-instructor. The experience was a profound one; she even wrote her college essay on the subject!
Despite a busy schedule, Alexa maintains her 4.1 GPA and ranks in the top five percent of her class. She’s even managed to submit all her college applications - a total of six - by October! In addition, Alexa has working experience as an administrative assistant with the New World Sales company.
This senior is truly undaunted by the future, which is likely due to her top notch organizational skills and her flair for productivity. Alexa has already decided on her educational path after graduation. “I want to study Business and Marketing and incorporate what I’ve learned at PCTI.” She further explained that she looks forward to eventually working for a well-known cosmetics company.
When asked about her high school accomplishments, Alexa cited that’s she proud to have come out of her shell. Her engagement in the PCTI community allowed her to break out of that fabled comfort zone.
“It’s also been a longstanding dream of mine to be named Student of the Month,” Alexa gushes, positively beaming. “I’m glad to have finally achieved it!”
Congratulations to this deserving young woman. Keep achieving your dreams!
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PCTI seniors Scott Boorman, Christopher Valencia, and Aleksey Strekalov showcase their recently received AP Scholar Awards.
Outstanding accomplishments on the AP exams saw that three PCTI students were recognized with AP Scholar Awards. Aleksey Strekalov and Scott Boorman both earned the AP Scholar with Honor–a recognition reserved for those who receive an average of 3.25 on all AP Exams and scores 3 or higher on four or more on their exams. Christopher Valencia was honored with the AP Scholar with Distinction award, which is granted to those who achieve the outstanding feat of receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of their exams.
The AP Scholar Awards are academic distinctions that students can cite among their credentials on applications and resumes. Congratulations to all!
Tiamera Ellen intuitively knew her calling in life before even entering the halls of PCTI. This animated Passaic native spent much of her time creating mock book covers with a free version of Photoshop. Well, she certainly picked the right place to be. Tiamera found the perfect home as a member the Graphic Arts program of the School of Communication Arts.
This organized Bulldog is one half of the Co-op team for the Communications Department. Tiamera’s keen eye for design has greatly contributed to the success of numerous projects. With a GPA of 4.24 and ranking in the top three percent of the Class of 2017, she’s certainly on top of her game! Through taking AP and honors courses, she’s accumulated a potential twenty-seven college credits to be used towards her academic future!
Her career area is not the only place where she shines. Tiamera is the acting President for both the Class of 2017 and the Book Club. Not only was she selected for the National Honor Society, but she’s also the Corresponding Secretary. Additionally, Tiamera is a member of PCTI’s chapter of LMTI - where she has participated in the Father English Community Center Toy Drive. She’s even the Layout Editor in Chief of the Yearbook club and was selected for New Jersey Girls State. Yet another fantastic accomplishment for which Tiamera should be recognized is receiving the bronze medal for the SkillsUSA T-Shirt design contest (junior year).
None of these fantastic accomplishments account for Tiamera’s life outside of school. Her passion for the arts truly knows no bounds. She explains, “I spend a lot of time working on my own business - Tellen Designs. The company deals mainly with shirt designs and specializes in working with charities and their events.”
When asked what has profoundly affected her growth while in high school, Tiamera references LMTI. “I learned how to be a leader. Acting as a Youth Advisory Counselor for the LMTI Leadership Camp changed who I was.” She continues to volunteer with the organization and does the same with Jersey Cares.
After high school, Tiamera will go on to pursue her love for the arts. She plans on receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. Her greatest aspiration is to become a Freelance Graphic Designer, own her own business, and work closely with charitable organizations.
Tiamera is a true leader whose dedication to her craft and others will ensure a successful future. Congratulations to this talented young woman!
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Qian Zhang is a dynamic young woman from Paterson who whole-heartily believes in the transformative power of education. Just how does she pursue her passion for boundless learning? Why, by taking advantage of every presented opportunity, of course! This Bulldog has big dreams and she’s determined to do everything possible to attain them.
As a member of the Academy of Finance, Qian always saw herself following a business path. Not enamored by the prospect of living life in a cubicle, Qian has decided to fine tune her future pursuits. “What I love about finance is that numbers make sense. I enjoy planning too, but I want to combine that with a social aspect.” It’s for this reason that she has decided to venture into the field of Hotel and Tourism Management.
Qian has already made connections with her dream school of NYU and has sat in on a college course. Her drive and accomplishments are unparalleled. She ranks in the top two percent of the Class of 2017 with a GPA of 4.38. By enrolling in numerous honors and AP courses, Qian has accumulated a potential eighteen credits towards her future education.
While attending PCTI, she was selected as a member of Foundation for Success, Circle of Success, Gifted & Talented, the National Honor Society, and New Jersey Girls State. As the team captain of the Consumer Bowl team, she led her peers to become county champions! Qian is also involved in Book Club and the Future Business Leaders of America. As far as volunteering efforts go, she has been a part of the March of Dimes, the Paterson Boys & Girls club staff, and has donated her time as a PCTI Saturday Tour Guide and an Open House representative. Qian even works twelve hours a week as part of PCTI’s Columbia Bank branch!
Qian’s impeccable time management skills have ensured she can tackle many goals simultaneously. She’s begun the task of instituting her own ‘Pencils of Promise’ program, an organization which aims to build schools in developing countries.
“My goal is to eventually set up schools in Laos and Kenya,” Qian adds.
She looks forward to attending NYU, but will also apply to Boston and Syracuse University. Qian explains that she looks forward to expanding her horizons by pursuing a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management, with a minor in Marketing & Revenue Management.
There’s no doubt Qian will make others feel at home when she eventually manages her own hotel. Congratulations & best of luck to this gifted young woman!
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