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      Jean Sullivan
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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2015


    June 8, 2015

    Jean Sullivian, June 8, 2015

    OCEAN COUNTY, One hundred Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) students were recently recognized by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders for their outstanding achievements during 2014-2015 competitions. The students had all won their respective contests which entitled them to advance to national competitions.

    Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to OCVTS, recognized and commended each student on their dedication and outstanding achievements. Receiving recognition certificates were members of the following competition teams: Annual Jersey Shore/Delaware Valley Science Fair, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); International Thespian Society, New Jersey FCCLA State Leadership Conference, New Jersey FFA Career Development; NJ Department of Environmental Protection Mapping Contest, New Jersey Envirothon, and SkillsUSA NJ State Conference.

    Jersey Shore/Delaware Valley Science Fairs

    Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) students Jessica Olsen, Charles Homoki, Alexa Ornstein, Julianna Byrne, and Jessica Intile each earned a First Place Award at the Jersey Shore Science Fair. Michael Signorelli, Mark Baker, Grace Cocanower and Jenna Kwiecinski earned top place awards at the Delaware Valley Science Fair. Science Fair Advisors are Dr. John Wnek and Jason Kelsey.

    Medical Assisting students Andrea Velazquez-Leonor, Vanessa Michael, Stephany Otero-Monico, and Merdith Wendt, Dental Assisting students Zuleyca Flores, Esmerelda Lezama, Cindy Aguilar, and jean Anton, and Medical Skills students Jamela Meziane and Samantha Carrer all took top honors at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State competition. Their national competition is in Nashville, Tennessee in June. HOSA advisors are Marlene Damon, Roxanne Beers and Mildred Fritz.

    International Thespain Society

    Thirty Performing Arts Academy students earned top honors among theatre performers in the state of New Jersey at the International Thespian Society State Festival held at Kean University in March. They will travel to Nebraska to perform at National ITS Festival in June. Top performers are: Alyssa Bohn, Chase Theibault, Brianna Bove, Nora Burns, Casey Connor, Paige Davis, Brianna Ellison, Dominik Faruolo, Kirsten Gorsak, Sydney Gottesman, Gabriella Grinwald-Alves, Bethany Harding, Antonio Dasti, Ellen Harrigan, Josie Janssen, Natalie Klein, Joy Chanik, Stephanie Gulino, Griffin Holland, Hannah Kraft, Rorry Nilsen, Brandon pata, Brian Stringer, Michael Prachthauser, Abigail McTaggart, Robin Purtell, Julie Murtha, Morgan Prytherch, Nick Spinelli and Christa Steiner. . ITS advisors are Laura Grandi-Hill and Joseph Puliafico.

    NJ FCCLA State Leadership Conference

    Miczjhane’ Clay, Maria Palacios-Gonzales, Jessica Albanese, Mikayla Guido, Cristina Chavez, Ashley Ferriolo, Hailey Poehler, Celine Rogers, Angelina Richardson, Patricia Mura, Nick Francischetti, Cristal Appice and Kristen Davies, all Fashion Merchandising/Design students received Gold medals at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference, held in Cherry Hill NJ, in March. The FCCLA advisor is Carey Brown. They qualify to attend the National Conference this summer in Nashville, Tennessee.

    MATES team members Lauren Zodl, Megan Tumpey, Michael Signorelli, Katherine deMario and Gillian Schriver won First Place at the New Jersey Envirothon held in Cape May County NJ in May. They will travel to Missouri for the Canon International Envirothon this summer. This is the sixth consecutive year that MATES has won at the state level and advanced to national competition. Envirothon advisors are instructors Dave Werner and Adam Sprague.

    New Jersey Envirothon

    MATES students Alexa Ornstein, Lucy Kosty, Andrew Pidduck and Megan Tumpey each earned First Place Honors in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Mapping Contest. The advisor is Instructor Jason Kelsey.

    Agriculture and Environmental Science students Lauren Fix, Victoria Householder and Keith Tonra earned First Place Awards at the New Jersey FFA Career Development Event. Team Advisor is Instructor Kim Szulecki.

    Twenty-eight students won gold medals at the New Jersey SkillsUSA Leadership Conference held in Somerset NJ in May. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides

    New Jersey SkillsUSA Leadership Conference held in Somerset NJ in May.

    quality educational experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. They are: Law and Public Safety students Ryan Tilton, Neal Roche, Brandon Van Orden, Joshua Battaglia, Santino Galati, and Brian Rizzolo. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) students Raymond Brache and William Stanislawczyk; Culinary Arts students Christopher Castellano and Justin Lagonegro; Architectural Design/Drafting student Jose Morales; Cosmetology students Catherine McCallister, Christina Kennedy and Michelle Constantinople; MATES students Kate Doherty, Jenna Kwiecinski, Nicolette Corrao and Sean Begane; Aviation Aerospace Technology student Ethan Passiment; Marine Trades student Thomas Fix; Electrical Trades/Integrated Cabling students Jared Stuart, John Verde and William Reebe; Collision Repair student Bailey Marcella; Automotive technology students Robert Burrows and Matthew Mazepa; Medical Administration student Soledad Suarez; and Child Care Professions student Angela Koletis. Twenty-five of these students will travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. SkillsUSA advisors are Thomas McInerney, Kirk Goebel, Bruce Van Sickle, Kevin Musto, Mark Lamb, Rob Berenwick, Eileen Verde, Trista Altstadt, Frank Morelli and Gert Silsby.

    Agriculture and Environmental Science students Lauren Fix, Victoria Householder and Keith Tonra earned First Place Awards at the New Jersey FFA Career Development Event.

    *All students who were recognized at the ceremony are listed. Not all students were present for photographs.

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