Tappan Zee High School senior and Medical & Nursing Fundamentals Kerri O'Rourke (center) delivered the student address at the 2015 CTEC completion ceremony on June 10.

Tappan Zee High School senior and Medical & Nursing Fundamentals Kerri O’Rourke (center) delivered the student address at the 2015 CTEC completion ceremony on June 10.

More than 300 students were celebrated at the June 10 CTEC completion and GED graduation ceremony on the CTEC Lawn in West Nyack.Scholarships and awards from institutions of higher education and local civic organizations totaled $1.2 million.

Dozens of students representing all the component school districts approached the podium to collect scholarships, including:

Jessica Fray, a Medical & Nursing
Fundamentals student from Clarkstown North, received the Principal’s
Award, New City Rotary Vocational Award and Dominican College Academic Achievement Award

Gabriella Flannery, a Certified Nursing Assisting student from Clarkstown South, received the Hartwick College
Judge William Cooper Award and Jennie Kunert Memorial Scholarship award

Adriana Scala, a Culinary Arts student from Nanuet, received a Mount St. Vincent Academic Award

-North Rockland seniors Edwendy Lopez and Eveline Martinez and Pearl River senior Zenia Bonilla, all in the Medical & Nursing Fundamentals program, were awarded the Riversville Foundation Scholarship for full tuition to Rockland Community College

Angela Hall, a Digital Design & Marketing student from Suffern, received the George Penza Memorial Award and
Pratt Institute Scholarship

Amanda Violetto, a New Visions Health Careers Exploration student from Tappan Zee, received the 2015 John
DeSimone Memorial Order of the Sons of Italy Award

-Mickey DeSimone Memorial Scholarships were presented to Carpentry student Joshua Reichard of Nyack and
Electrical student Juan Chumaina of Spring Valley

-Rockland County School Boards Association Award was presented to two Culinary Arts students: Gregory Leon of
Nanuet and Travis Peterson of North Rockland

In her student address, Tappan Zee High School senior and Medical & Nursing Fundamentals completer Kerri O’Rourke credited CTEC with instilling her with the self-confidence to succeed in the highly competitive healthcare field. O’Rourke is a two-time National Technical Honor Society inductee and has won scholarships from both NTHS and Springfield College.

Assistant Superintendent for Career and Administrative Services Catherine O’Brien and Principal Kim Bell congratulated the Class of 2015 and remarked on the advantage a career and technical education provides.