Three RCS students inducted into National Technical Honor Society

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“You have proven that you have the right stuff, that you are the right workers employers are seeking.”

Forty Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on Monday and 10 seniors were recognized for serving two years in the NTHS during a ceremony at South Colonie Central High School.

Among those inducted were three Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk students, Andrew Clark, Julianna Proctor and Demetreus Todman. Another RCS student, Kailynne Zafke, was honored for being a NTHS member for two years. Students at the ceremony come from a cross section of CTE programs, from welding and culinary to the New Visions Health Careers and New Visions Law & Government.

To be honored, students had to meet several criteria, including earning grade point averages (GPA) of 92 or greater at Career & Tech and an overall GPA of 85 or greater at their high schools, as well as having five or fewer absences.

“I’m in awe of what you have accomplished,” Dr. Valerie Kelsey, deputy director of career and technical education for Capital Region BOCES, told the students, family and friends gathered for the ceremony. “You have proven that you have the right stuff, that you are the right workers employers are seeking.”

The 40 new inductees and 10 returning members hail from 22 school districts across three BOCES regions that send students to Capital Region BOCES programs.

New NTHS inductees include:

  • Thomas Ascenzi, Computer/Network Tech, Cohoes
  • Kassidy Berger, New Visions Law & Government, Maple Hill
  • Riley Black, Commercial Construction, Schalmont
  • Jordan Brown, Criminal Justice, Cohoes
  • Jonathan Butler, Building Trades, Mohonasen
  • Alexander Cioffi, Welding, Cohoes
  • Andrew Clark, Electrical Trades, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS)
  • Elaina Elliott, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Lillianna Forth, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Danielle Graham, Criminal Justice, Cobleskill-Richmondville (CRCS)
  • Gavin Haar, Electrical Trades, South Colonie
  • Ismail Hassan, Electrical Trades, Schenectady
  • Jared Hays, Welding, Guilderland
  • Destiny Hull, New Visions Law & Government, Chatham
  • Emily Jackson, New Visions Health Careers, CRCS
  • Qais Latifi, Criminal Justice, Shenendehowa
  • Rachel Leffler, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Katlynn Manchester, Culinary Arts, CRCS
  • Roshnie Matadin, Nurse Assistant, Schenectady
  • Caitlin McDonald, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Mark Molesky, HVAC/R, Schoharie
  • Kelly Mullen, Video Game Design, Duanesburg
  • Emily Newell, New Visions Law & Government, Saratoga Springs
  • Gianni Nicholas, New Visions Law & Government, Niskayuna
  • Taylor Oathout, New Visions Law & Government, Scotia-Glenville
  • Mary Katherine Palleschi, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Torianna Palmer, Floral Design, Cohoes
  • Liam Picozzi, New Visions Health Careers, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
  • Julianna Proctor, Nurse Assistant, RCS
  • Maleigh Ray, Criminal Justice, Schenectady
  • Michael Rienze, New Visions Law & Government, Troy
  • Anthony Samaroo, Criminal Justice, Schenectady
  • Aeddon Schultz, New Visions Health Careers, Scotia-Glenville
  • Alexis Stephens, Cosmetology, Middleburgh
  • Demetreus Todman, Electrical Trades, RCS
  • Lance Tongson, Computer/Network Tech, Niskayuna
  • James Tunney, Diesel Technology, Voorheesville
  • Dayna Ward, Nurse Assistant, Bethlehem
  • Katherine Zapotocki, Criminal Justice, Duanesburg
  • Christopher Zautner, Manufacturing & Machining, Voorheesville

Students honored for being a NTHS member for two years include:

  • Ashley Colvin, Nurse Assistant, Niskayuna
  • Destiny Dugan, Criminal Justice, Cohoes
  • Angel Ferrand, Criminal Justice, Shenendehowa
  • Emily Garner, Criminal Justice, Cohoes
  • Kathleen Hannmann, Culinary Arts, Middleburgh
  • Shashwat Sahai, Internet Applications, Voorheesville
  • Daniel Sawyer, Criminal Justice, Cobleskill-Richmondville
  • Seanna Slingerland, Criminal Justice, Guilderland
  • Taylor Vincent, Building Trades, Berne-Knox-Westerlo
  • Kailynne Zafke, Criminal Justice, RCS