MIDDLESEX COUNTY — With the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence banner as a backdrop, 66 seniors graduated from Perth Amboy Vo-Tech to cap a year in which the school received that coveted national recognition.
The June 25 graduation was one of five held simultaneously on the campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, as a total of 504 students received diplomas.
Superintendent of Schools Brian J. Loughlin, presiding in Perth Amboy, said the credit for the Blue Ribbon School designation by the U.S. Department of Education was shared by parents, administrators, faculty and staff, but he singled out the graduates. “We strive for excellence in all of our schools,” Loughlin said. “Perth Amboy Vo-Tech has achieved that goal.
“Being a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence really describes everyone within the school,” he added. “But it especially applies to these young people who made Perth Amboy Vo-Tech a school of excellence.”
Loughlin said the students “seized every opportunity” to demonstrate “the love they have for this school” through their academic, extracurricular and community service efforts.
“The Blue Ribbon is their ribbon,” he said.
Principal Robert Fuller also praised the graduates, 43 of whom will be attending college or another post-secondary educational program.
“This has been one of our most successful classes,” he said. “More of these students are going to college than ever before.”
Valedictorian Hector Santana of Carteret said his classmates “have spent years becoming the kind of people society wants and needs … and we don’t have to stop here.” Salutatorian June Weber of South Amboy said the class had “learned genuine life skills” from the staff and faculty and had contributed to the community, including helping with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
The other MCVTS valedictorians were Aesha Shah of Woodbridge at the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge; Artur Filipowicz of Avenel at the Academy for Science Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison; Kelsey Rodriguez of Carteret for the East Brunswick Campus, and Kassancia Pierre of Woodbridge for the Piscataway Campus.
The Edison Academy was recently ranked 13th in the nation among science, technology, engineering and math high schools by U.S. News and World Report, while both the Edison and Woodbridge academies were recognized by the JerseyCAN educational advocacy group as two of the state’s top-performing schools for having achieved 100 percent proficiency in language arts and math on state exams.
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