First 4-Year Class At Woodbridge Academy Highlights MCVTS Graduations

MIDDLESEX COUNTY — The graduation of the first four-year class from the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge highlighted commencement ceremonies for 554 students at the five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

Thirty-four students graduated from Woodbridge Academy, which was founded in 2008 in the building that formerly housed Woodbridge Tech. Students take career-oriented classes in applied sciences while also completing traditional college-prep courses.

“Four and a half years ago, these students visited a school that was being renovated and heard about an academy that didn’t exist yet,” said MCVTS Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin. “Yet they made a commitment, and they set the standard for future generations of students who will attend this academy.”

“We know you’re going to do great things,” said Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dianne Veilleux, who was the first principal of Woodbridge Academy.

“This is a big night for everyone here,” said Principal Alex Guzmán, who noted that the graduates had received $240,000 in scholarships.

John F. Bicsko Jr., president of the MCVTS Board of Education, challenged the students to “do things that frighten you. Face your fears head on.”

“If you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t pressing the boundaries of your ability,” Bicsko said.

The standing-room-only audience also was addressed by valedictorian Navneet Goraya of South Plainfield, who will attend Widener University and Temple University Medical School on scholarship, and salutatorian Sri Puli of Edison, who will be a pre-med student at Rutgers University. Graduate Morissa Schwartz sang the national anthem.

The other MCVTS valedictorians were Lindsay Andreanszky of Monroe at East Brunswick Vo-Tech; Elisbelka Jimenez of Perth Amboy at Perth Amboy Vo-Tech; Alyssa Vakulchik of Piscataway at Piscataway Vo-Tech, and Karin Shmulevich of Edison at the Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison.

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