Faculty, staff, and students of Passaic County Technical Institute marched into summer with the 54th annual commencement ceremony. On Friday, June 22nd, more than 830 seniors processed across the high school’s athletic field. Cheers erupted from the bleachers as seniors waved to enthusiastic spectators. The graduation ceremony welcomed more than 4,000 guests who came out to support this year’s graduating class.

Students of the Class of 2018 hailed from fourteen diversified areas of study and were led by their respective program banners. PCTI’s NJROTC students participated by ushering soon-to-be graduates in the procession and by presenting the flag salute and the National Anthem. The school’s Alma Mater followed and was performed with the help of the Tech Tone Choir, American Sign Language Club students, and graduating seniors.

Class President Avani Topiwala welcomed everyone, while Vice President Robby Rosa addressed those in attendance with the Invocation. Speeches were also presented by Valedictorian Keri Fuhrmann and Salutatorian Po-Lun Kung.

Superintendent Diana C. Lobosco and Principal Dr. Michael Parent congratulated students and addressed the Class of 2018. Joining the festivities were members of the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. A special speech was delivered by Freeholder Director Cassandra Lazzara.

When it was time for the Class of 2018 to receive their diplomas, Board of Education President Al Alexander, Vice President Damaris M. Solomon, and Commissioners Glenn Brown and Michael Coscia, shook the hands of graduates as they collected their certificates on stage.

The adventure of yet another PCTI class has come to an end. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 and best of luck in the future!

Valedictorian Keri Fuhrmann and Salutatorian Po-Lun Kung give speeches during PCTI’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

Students of Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) celebrated their prom in style at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ with a theme that harkened back to the roaring twenties. The Gatsby themed prom saw that all in attendance showed up in style to enjoy an unforgettable evening celebrating dancing and friendship. The glamorous event sprawled the courtyard grounds and throughout the Westmount’s multiple ballrooms.

Students of Passaic County Technical Institute enjoy prom held at the Westmount Country Club.
Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) alumnus, Arbert Cipion, has a lot to look forward to following graduation. The center fielder was snagged by the Milwaukee Brewers on day two of the Major League Baseball Draft. Arbert is the first baseball player from PCTI to be drafted into the major leagues.

He’s batted.482 and led PCTI to a 20-4 record, the Big North Liberty title, and the NJTAC championship. Arbert is a leadoff batter who led the team in runs scored, walks, and stolen bases, which earned him a spot on the All-Passaic County first team.

Prior to being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, Arbert committed to playing baseball at Southern New Hampshire University. By choosing to pursue a career in the major leagues he can expect a signing value to exceed $146,000 (according to MLB.com). Further education will also be paid for by the association.

PCTI alumnus, Arbert Cipion (Paterson), was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers during day two of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) annual Senior Awards Night put a spotlight on student excellence and achievement with scholarships presented by numerous business, educational, community, and military sponsors. Members of the Class of 2018 received generous scholarship awards that will profoundly impact their academic futures.

This year, PCTI’s Education Foundation awarded over $62,000 in scholarships to sixty-seven students! As has been tradition for the past few years, seniors were excited when the Foundation selected twelve students at random to receive brand new Apple iPads to assist with their future studies.

Congratulations to PCTI’s Class of 2017 Senior Awards recipients! A special thanks to those who made the event a success!

PCTI Seniors Po-Lun Kung (North Haledon), Rachel Polzer (North Haledon), Pamela Ruiz (Prospect Park), Akash Rana (Clifton), Sumaiah Uddin (Paterson), Ummay Habiba (Paterson), Janaya Espino (Woodland Park), Noemi Rosario (Paterson), Jamie Loverdi (Little Falls), Vinit Patel (Clifton), Melany Pena (Woodland Park), and Sundeep Singh (Woodland Park) received Apple iPads at the school’s Senior Awards Night event.
Two students from Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) made headlines with their participation in the International SeaPerch Challenge. Juniors Christopher Ocasio and Eugene Osetskyy competed as team Projekt942 and were tasked with navigating their robot through a series of in-pool obstacles. Both Eugene and Christopher ended up ranked among the top fifty teams. In total, more than one-hundred and sixty teams participated.

Additionally, all in attendance were tasked with completing the surprise STEM challenge of drafting and building a bridge out of toothpicks and glue. Christopher and Eugene ultimately earned third place for their outstanding efforts!

The SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Program encourages students to build remotely operated vehicles and is sponsored by RoboNation and the US Navy Office of Naval Research.

PCTI students Christopher Ocasio (Clifton) and Eugene Osetskyy (Ringwood) display their bridge which secured them third place in the International SeaPerch surprise STEM challenge.