MEXICO, NY – More than 100 CiTi students were recently recognized for achieving academic success during the first half of the school year.
The top three students enrolled in each Career and Technical Education (CTE) course were rewarded for their hard work and dedication with a luncheon at CiTi’s Mexico campus, where they were greeted by CTE Principal Marla Berlin and counselors Dave Eastman and Scott Henry.
Two separate luncheons were held to honor students from the morning and afternoon sessions.
“The fact that you’re sitting here means you’re in the top three in your program for not only your academics or knowledge, but also for your skills,” Berlin said. “And that’s what you come here for. Ask your friends at your home school how many of them were graded for running a brand new excavator, styling an ‘updo’ or performing TIG welds.”
The students identified to receive the honor have achieved the highest grade point averages within their respective class.
Moreover, each student recognized had a grade-point average of at least 85.
Guest speaker Ginny Perrine, an admissions representative for the Universal Technical Institute and former Nassau BOCES student, told the students they should continue to strive for the career they desire to have.
“If you’re enrolled in a class that you love, I encourage you to continue to do it. The worst thing in the world is to have a career you don’t love,” Perrine said.
The following students, representing all nine component districts in the county, were recognized for the honor:
Erik Muench, Joshua Fuller and Hunter Ouderkirk, Robert Swan Steven Larkin and James Nash (Advanced Metal Manufacturing); Karley Hilton, Kalyn Rupracht and Kali McClemons (Auto Body); Eric Hartman, Justin Kingsley and Ashley Leighton, Giuseppe Nozzolillo, Allen Boynton II and Kevin Cronk (Auto Technology); Marc Maestri, Shawn Layton and Jacob Guernsey (Computer Systems & Networking – CISCO); Ezra Hulbert, Antonio Smith and Austin Monson (Computers Systems & Networking – A+); Rusty Peters, Ty Kranz, Tobey Mills, Jordan Twiss, Tyler Emmons and Stephen Geers (Construction Technology);
Amanda Picciott, Katherine Hanson, Kendyl Lutz, Alexandra Mueller, Courtney Wise, Mackenzie Auclair-Judware, Brooke Fralick, Crystal Heywood, Lillian Wheeler, Lindsey Rollson, Emily Prell and Julie Keytack (Cosmetology); Cassidy Hoffman, Chase Strong, Nicklaus Ostrander, Allyson Conner, Cierra Masters and Brittney Johnson (Culinary Arts); Jennifer Young, Aleah LaFlamme, Jacob Cornell, Tyler Mitchell, Titiana Ladd and Cameron Clarke (Digital Media Technology); CodiAnne Salzman, Mariah Johnson, Katelyn Perez, Samantha Caskinette, Kayla Richards and Jordan Turner (Early Childhood Education); Gary Baumbach Jr., Michael Backman, Garet Roik, Daniel Sigle, Nicholas Bell, Edward Lauricella, Logan Scott, Charles Dixon, Anthony Malambri, Garret Snyder, Cody Sullivan and Eric Doviak (Heavy Equipment Repair & Operation);
Olivia Cacchione, Meredith Chesare, Jordan McCauley, Kellie Gorman, Leah Ruggaber and Shanell Meyers (New Vision Allied Health); Allison Smith, Lindsey Wheeler and Kara Bricker (New Vision Law & Government); Hunter Gowans, Alyssa Facteau and Kendra Tryniski (New Visions Specialized Careers); Emily Mullen, Jacklyn Foster, Tyesha Webb, Cheyenne Ransier, Erin McFarland and Cheyanne Wilbur (Nursing Assistant); Caleb Zehr, Benjamin Frymoyer, Zachary Bush, Robert Hillman, Daniel Foland and Matthew Bornheimer (Outdoor Power Equipment Technology);
Tracie Murphy, Nathan Sims, Gabryel Fortino, Travis Parkhurst, Brenna O’Neil and Hunter Hilton (Public Safety and Justice); Kyle Burke, Kaleb Higgins, Gavin Durgan, Gage Parkhurst, Cody Mattison, Maxwell Roberts, Jordan Price, Robert Holt, Francis Dahar, Khrysha Bednar, Joseph Clark and John Loura (Welding).