Two OCVTS Students Recognized at Freeholders Meeting
Jean Sullivian, March 18, 2010
TOMS RIVER, NEW JERSEY- Two Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students were recognized for their outstanding achievements at the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders Meeting in January.
Ali Pavuk, of Waretown, a junior at the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy was recognized as a prize-winning playwright. Ali’s script “For the Love of Goldfish,” won top honors at the 25th Annual Playwright Discovery contest, sponsored by the VSA arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The theme of the script for the contest had to focus on people with disabilities. Although she had never written a play before, this sixteen year old student high school decided to take on the challenge.
Last June Ali was notified that her play had been chosen as the winning entry from hundreds of scripts received from across the nation and that the play would be performed by a professional cast at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC Ali and her family traveled to Washington DC for the scheduled performances in September. She also received an award and a check for $2000, at a special ceremony, prior to the evening performance.
Ali is a junior at the Performing Arts Academy where she studies acting as part of integral college preparatory curriculum. The Performing Arts Academy is a four-year public high school administered by the OCVTS district. The school is designed to provide performing arts curriculum focused in dance, vocal music, and acting, along with a rigorous college preparatory academic program for students living in Ocean County who are gifted in the performing arts. The teaching philosophy strives to incorporate the arts into all educational areas by integrating curriculum and by interaction with professionals from the arts industry.
Also honored at the meeting was Michael Smith, of Lanoka Harbor; a senior at the OCVTS Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES). As part of a senior-year internship, Michael designed and developed plans for a 2400 sq ft. home which encompassed energy- and cost-efficient green technologies. Michael worked closely with Engineering Consultant Joseph Veni at the Ocean County Department of Building and Grounds. Mr. Veni guided Mike as he researched and evaluated newly-emerging technologies for residential construction systems such as heating, lighting, building materials, and appliances. Mike then compiled his findings and completed the design and drafting of plans for his green home.
This internship was part of the New Jersey Association of Counties/WalMart Green Internship Program. One student from each of the 21 county vocational/technical schools is chosen to participate in this internship. The students work at county government facilities on projects involving green technology. Michael received a $1000. award from Walmart for his participation in this project.
Michael Smith plans to major in engineering in college. He feels that the growing emphasis in green energy technologies will create many opportunities for engineers in environmental sustainability.
The Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) is a four-year public high school administered by the OCVTS District. The school exists within the community to provide a unique, nurturing, and challenging hands-on learning experience for college bound and career-oriented students interested in pursuing a career in the marine sciences. MATES has been designed to give its students a rigorous academic curriculum with concentration in the areas of math, science, and technology.