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446 graduate on five MCVTS campuses

446 graduate on five MCVTS campuses

Graduations for 446 students were held June 27 on the five campuses of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools.

Seventy-seven percent of the graduates of the three MCVTS vo-tech high schools and two academies will be attending colleges or other post-secondary schools in the fall.

At the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge, valedictorian Vraj Shah of Edison told his fellow graduates, “Our dreams mean nothing unless we act on them. … Success is defined by achieving your dreams and by the positive impact you have on others. … Find your passions and pursue them to the fullest.”

Salutatorian Saifol-Islam Ahmed of Sayreville spoke about a quest for a higher purpose.

“As we prepare to take on this new segment of life, let us remember to free ourselves of material aims or methodic procedures in pursuit of a higher purpose,” he said. “And to infuse whatever passions we pursue with this higher purpose, so as to give meaning to our lives and efforts.”

“I hope you know that commencement is a beginning,” Principal Michael W. Fanelli said. “I challenge you to make a difference, to make sure that you stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves.”

Middlesex County Freeholder Leslie Koppel told the graduates, most of whom plan to enter the health field after college, “Your education has prepared you to help raise the quality of life for people everywhere.” She urged them to act with “compassion and understanding.”

Retiring Superintendent of School Brian J. Loughlin presided over his final graduation on the East Brunswick Campus. He is stepping down Aug. 31 after seven years as superintendent and 40 years with the district.

The East Brunswick Campus valedictorian was Jessica Marie Dell Beni, a theater major from Edison. The salutatorian was Heather Santiago, a digital filmmaking major from Carteret.

At the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison, the valedictorian was Akshat Gokhale of Edison, while the salutatorian was Rohan Agarwal of Edison.

The Perth Amboy Campus valedictorian was Anthony Ciko of Carteret, while the salutatorian was Luis Torres Ramon of Perth Amboy.

The Piscataway Campus valedictorians were Lovedeep Kaur of Carteret and Damien Siri of Sayreville, while the salutatorians were Karandeep Kaur of Carteret and Melany Roman of Perth Amboy.