CACTC students urged to 'run fiercely into the future'

Posted 6/12/19

By JEN COWART On June 5, 179 seniors celebrated their successes as they wrapped up three years of intensive education in one of 11 programs at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, or CACTC. The center is housed on the campus of Cranston High

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CACTC students urged to 'run fiercely into the future'


On June 5, 179 seniors celebrated their successes as they wrapped up three years of intensive education in one of 11 programs at the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center, or CACTC.

The center is housed on the campus of Cranston High School West, and the number of students receiving a certificate equaled more than half of this year’s overall graduating class from West.

CACTC Director Zachary Farrell welcomed the graduating seniors and their guests to the Cranston West Alumni Auditorium for the 2019 Senior Awards and Certificate Ceremony, recognizing honored guests and noting the significant contributions that the families of the students have made to their success.

The Cranston High School East JROTC presented the colors, while members of the Cranston West choir performed the national anthem.

Farrell paid tribute to the many successes of this year’s class, noting that its members have earned a combined 322 college credits through dual-enrollment agreements with the Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. He called that figured “astounding.”

“The members of this class have earned a great many accolades along the way of which to be proud. They stand out because, along with their high school diploma requirements, they have completed an academically rigorous career and technical education program,” he said. “Each of you has attained a great personal achievement to be here this evening.”

Cranston West Principal Thomas Barbieri spoke of his pride in the CACTC students.

“What a week to be a senior,” he said. “We have 179 reasons to be proud. The Cranston Area Career & Technical Center is the best career and technical center in Rhode Island ... I am proud of you, and you have an edge over others in the world.”

Mayor Allan Fung said the capacity crowd on hand for the ceremony was a testament to the students’ hard work.

“You’ve improved yourself in an area you might desire to pursue as a career, and that’s something to be proud of,” he said. “Keep it up, because you are leaving a lasting legacy not only in Cranston but in other communities across the state.”

Michael Traficante brought greetings from the Cranston School Committee, congratulating the students on their excellence in academics and character.

“Don’t take anything for granted, apply yourself every day, and when faced with decisions, listen to that small voice that only you can hear,” he said. “Run fiercely into the future. Don’t let anyone try to influence or extinguish your flame. Be high on life and be the best you can be. Go and be somebody.”

Joseph Rotz, executive director of educational programs and services for Cranston Public Schools, congratulated the students on taking advantage of the opportunities that a career and technical education offers.

“It’s a different pathway than an ordinary high school experience,” he said.

Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse congratulated the students and expressed immense pride in their accomplishments and contributions to CACTC.

The speaking portion of the ceremony was followed by the presentation of scholarships and achievement awards, and the naming of outstanding students from each program as well as the awarding of an overall Director’s Medal.

A DVD presentation concluded the event after the students received their CACTC certificates and pre-engineering/robotics educator Edd Spidell gave the students their traditional send-off.

The following students received scholarship and achievement awards: Julia Hazian, Mayor’s Scholarship; Cecelia Spooner, Dawn Rotz Scholarship; Sofia Lanzi, Saccocio Scholarship; Maggie Pena and Madison Pine, Outstanding DECA; Alexis Coutu, Baylee McCall and Lauren Plociak, Medical Pathways Achievement Award; Alishah Asif, Madisen Assanti, Tea Conti and Megan Doire, Excellence in EMT Award; Nina Biello and Haley Travieso, The Ashley Elizabeth Signoriello Scholarship; Julia Hazian and Grace Shepherd, Pathways to Higher Education Award; Olivia Conca and Brianna Pagano, Early Childhood Excellence Book Award; Herlyn Rodriguez Dorrejo and Eric Palombo, Culinary Art Internship Award; Jacob Ruggieri, Chef’s Award; and Jared Andrade, Thomas Autiello, Andrew Biegel, Kenneth Card, Jason Filippone, Nicholas Harter, Mykenzie Hiscox, Max Johnson, Dante Pereschino and Jesse Pingitore, SWATS Award.

The following students were named as this year’s outstanding students: Maia Robert, Aquaculture; Garrett Doidge, CAD/Drafting Technology; Hannah Flynn and Hannah Torres, Child Development; Jared Andrade, Cisco Cyber Security and Digital Forensics; Camrin Baldino and Elthon Fernandez, Culinary Arts; Gianni Verduchi, Entrepreneurship; Samantha Fagundes, Graphic Communications; Jake Levin, Interactive Digital Media; Katelyn Blake and Juliana Ferranti, Medical Pathways; and Sofia Lanzi, Pre-Engineering Robotics.

The Director’s Medal went to Jake Levin, Interactive Digital Media.

Cranston Area Career & Technical Center certificate recipients


Isabella Bevilacqua, Brandon Chapman, Julia Chilvers, David Espinosa, Maia Robert, Dante Rossi, Joseph Ruggieri, Ian Sanchez, Edward Scanlon

CAD/Drafting: Craig Bucci, DeanCaliri, Joseph Catelli, Garrett Doidge Benjamin Gallo, Cameron Hahn, Ethan Izzo, Luca Quartino, Evan Smith

Child Development:

Julia Addessi, Gabriella Antonucci, Nina Biello, Jada Britto, Chloe Brown, Jillian Carney, Olivia Conca, Isaiah Cruz, Isabella DeTomasis, Rebecca Dugas, Hannah Flynn, Jacob Fonseca, Wendy Gomez Riz, Jastasia Guzman, Lauren Hammond, Katie Hayes, Julia Hazian, Caitlyn Imondi, Mikayla Kiernan, Jilliana Lo, Caitlyn Mariano, Angelica Moschetti, Katherine Napolitano, Brianna Pagano, Emma Palumbo, Casey Regine, Grace Shepherd, Sabrina Sorvillo, Windyshore Spears, Susan Sullivan, Hannah Torres, Haley Travieso


Jared Andrade, Thomas Autiello, Andrew Biegel, Kenneth Card,Daniel Evers, Nathan Fernandes, Jason Filippone, Nicholas Harter, Mykenzie Hiscox, James Horton, Max Johnson, Stephen Lemme, Evan Nicotra, Dante Persechino, Jesse Pingitore

Culinary Arts:

Camrin Baldino, Rachel Battey, Alexandria Domenicone, Luis Felicio, Elthon Fernandez, Jaycob Hargreaves, Tatum Hassett, Alexia Johnson-Morais, Carolyn Launh, Mitchell Maio, Daniela Marketos, Jaclyn Matteo, Aisha Merhi, Jenna Notarianni, David Paliotta, Eric Palombo, Mia Paolino, Halie Phipps, Joelle Pierre, Herlyn Rodriguez Dorrejo, Abigail Rogan, Yasbeily, Rosario Marte, Alexis Ruberia, Jacob Ruggieri


Victoria Beck, Cameron Bissitt, Luke Cavalloro, Jarred D’Amico, Sophia DiMeglio, Mark Doire, Jillian Emerick, Amin Jamous, Matthew Lombardi, Hope McDonald, Alexander Micheletti, Bailey Morgan, Maggie Pena, Madison Pine, Joshua Shaughnessy, Cecilia Spooner, Gianni Verduchi, Zacharias Warren

Graphic Communications:

Giulia Cabana, Samantha Fagundes, Nathan Gomes, Theron Maynard, Tabitha Medeiros, Kaylee Moscarelli

Interactive Digital Media:

Dennis Austin, David Boffa, Steven Cacicia, Ian Cummings, Arianna Deal, Megan Duffy, Aidan Hoxsie, Christopher Kerfoot, Jake Levin, Sean Myrick, Maxwell Rossi, Joshua Ruggieri, Danny Son, Daniel White, Zachary Young

Medical Pathways:

Kristina Alchihed, Alishah Asif, Madisen Assanti, Katelyn Blake, Lindsay Brynes, Kathryn Caraccia, Sarina Connor, Tea Conti, Alexis Coutu, Rachel DeBlasio, Maggie DiRaimo, Megan Doire, Anahid Donoyan, Sophia Estrella, Juliana Ferranti, Nathalia Flor, Cassidy Foley, Stephanie Guerra, Morgan Hart, Baylee McCall, Adriana Mendez, Alessandra Negalha, Emily Petrarca, Lauren Plociak, Kelly Quinn, Abbigale Sampson, Ashley Sroka, Heneh Urizar, Maria Vose


Benjamin Ainley, Zachary Ayoubi, Thomas Barbieri, Anthony Cardi, Constantine Coclin, Joseph Daiaa, Brendan Dodd, Aram Elmayan, Matthew Giarrusso, Noah Goldthwait, Jack Hogan, Aiden Kermen, Sofia Lanzi, Sofia Mancini, JohnMichael Manzi, Melissa Murphy, Allison Vang

Residential Construction:

Matthew Bombardier, Jadon Luceus, Austin Pickering, Christopher Robinson, Justin Shaeffer


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