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483 graduate from Middlesex County Magnet Schools

483 graduate from Middlesex County Magnet Schools

The Middlesex County Magnet Schools graduated 483 students from its five campuses in five outdoor ceremonies held on June 24.

A total of 381 seniors earned their diplomas from the East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway campuses.

Sofia Alvarez of Fords was the valedictorian of the East Brunswick Campus, while Marlayna O’Brien of Edison was the salutatorian.

Emelin Luna Salinas of New Brunswick was valedictorian of the Piscataway Campus, while Nica’ Joyner of Piscataway was salutatorian.

The East Brunswick and Piscataway graduations were held on the East Brunswick Campus.

Franchesca Rodriguez Familia of Perth Amboy was the valedictorian of the Perth Amboy Campus, while Kaitlyn Romero of Perth Amboy was salutatorian. The ceremony was held on the Perth Amboy Campus.

Liesha Yenduri of East Brunswick was the valedictorian among 62 graduates of the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences in Woodbridge, while Aqsa Owais of Edison was the salutatorian.

Darshan Lakshminarayanan of Woodbridge was the valedictorian among 40 graduates of the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies in Edison, while Emelin Castillo-Abreu of Perth Amboy was the salutatorian.

The academy graduations were held in William Warren Park in Woodbridge.

Graduation speakers took note of the unprecedented obstacles faced by the graduates due to the pandemic.

“Despite the uncertainty of another COVID year, our students overcame the challenges of our time and left an indelible mark while leaving a legacy of success,” said Superintendent of Schools Jorge E. Diaz.

“Your flexibility, perseverance, and hard work have prepared you for obstacles that will come in the future,” Middlesex County Commissioner Director Ronald Rios told the Edison Academy graduates, urging them to “contribute to the greater good.”

County Commissioner Charles Kenny told the Woodbridge Academy graduates their “lives were upended.”

“I commend your resilience in the face of these challenges,” he said, remarking on the contributions of health-care workers during COVID. “If you are planning to join the ranks of these brave people, I thank you.”

The Magnet Schools, formerly the Middlesex Vocational and Technical Schools, enroll just over 2,000 students, offering 36 career majors.