It was a picture-perfect spring evening for our 2017 Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) Awards and Recognition Ceremony and TASC graduation. On June 7, 229 students were honored for completing various occupational programs, many of whom were recognized with a Technical Endorsement on their high school diploma for demonstrating a specific industry competency. This distinction is the technical equivalent of graduating with academic honors. County Executive Ed Day delivered keynote remarks, noting that BOCES career and technical education programs provide strong economic stimulus for Rockland by offering solid training for high-skill, in-demand jobs in our community.
This year, Rockland BOCES Career and Technical Education students amassed over $1.3 million in scholarships to colleges and universities. All CTEC students received certificates from their respective programs, with special recognition given to those receiving additional honors and awards.
Very special honors went to the following students, representing each of the component school districts in Rockland County:
- Ashley Pena, a Health Sciences student representing North Rockland High School, received an Academic Scholarship Award from Dominican College in the amount of $44,000
- Simar Goyal, a New Visions Health Careers Exploration student representing Clarkstown North High School, received an Achievement Scholarship from Baylor University totaling $174,000
- Sarah Resanovich, a Culinary Arts student representing Clarkstown South High School, received the Julius Denton Scholarship Award, New City Rotary Vocational Scholarship Gift Card and scholarship offers from Drexel University, SUNY Cobleskill, Culinary Institute of America and Sullivan Community College totaling $159,100
- Aaron Honey, a Culinary Arts student representing Suffern High School, received the Rockland County School Boards Award and Culinary Institute of America Academic Award totaling $20,1000
- Courtney Hammond, a Direct Care student representing the Nyack High School, received the PROMISE Scholarship totaling $250
- Matthew Karlon, a Culinary Arts student representing Tappan Zee High School, received the Rockland County School Boards Award and scholarship offers from Monroe College (Culinary Award), SUNY Cobleskill, Culinary Institute of America and Sullivan Community College totaling $49,500
- Aileen McBride, a New Vision Health Careers Exploration student representing Pearl River High School, received the Dr. Johnson Fletcher Memorial Award, Elks of Pearl River Scholarship Award and Villanova Academic Achievement Award totaling $21,900
- Avery Payne, a Culinary Arts student representing Nanuet High School was awarded the Michael MacRobbie Memorial Scholarship, CTEC Pride Award, Joanne & Walter Leiss Culinary Award and scholarship officers from SUNY Cobleskill, Culinary Institute of America, Sullivan Community College and Johnson & Wales totaling $55,000
- Lesly Gaibor-Lema, a Criminal Justice student representing Spring Valley High School, received the Sgt. O’Grade and Police Officer Brown Scholarship and the Spring Valley Rotary Scholarship totaling $2,000
- LoTechine Brevil, a Cosmetology student representing Ramapo High School, received the Tobin/Skrcz Memorial Award and Christine Valmy Scholarship Award totaling $1,450
- Brittany Waters, a Health Sciences student representing River View High School, received the Portia Davis Scholarship and Rockland Negro Scholarship Award totaling $1,100