PCTI Culinary ProStart Students State Champions!

Wayne, NJ – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Passaic County Technical Institute’s (PCTI) Culinary Arts students have been declared ProStart State Champions, earning them the opportunity to travel to Charleston, South Carolina to represent New Jersey at the 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational! Team members Lucia Alarcon, Casey Creazzo, Melany Estrada, Shyla Hernandez, and Maricela Pina will have a limited amount of time to prepare gourmet menu items that they spent countless hours and months perfecting. The high school’s first place winning streak has been going strong for the past eleven years.

In addition to this outstanding win, PCTI’s Management and additonal Culinary team both brought home the silver award at the ProStart State Competition.

PCTI’s Culinary team students Melany Estrada (Clifton), Lucia Alarcon (Clifton), Casey Creazzo (West Milford), Shyla Hernandez (Passaic), and Maricela Pina (Passaic) celebrate their first place ProStart State win and PCTI Coach/Instructor Peter Santero (Bridgewater).

PCTI’s Management team members (back row) Carolan Terrero (Paterson), Emily Irizarry (Prospect Park), Nicholas Buttacavoli (Hawthorne), La’Dasia McClam (Paterson), Shania Medina (Prospect Park), and Lilibeth Velazquez (Hawthorne) join Culinary team members (front row) Ashley Gulliksen (Haskell), Marquese Champion (Paterson), Theodore Chambliss (Paterson), Kathleen Ortiz (Hawthorne), and Jasmine Garcia (Haledon) in celebrating their second place wins at the ProStart State Competition