On Wednesday, June 9, the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center (CACTC) honored nearly 200 seniors who completed three-year programs in one of the school's 11 pathways programs: Architectural/Technical Drafting and Designing, Aquaculture,
On Wednesday, June 9, the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center (CACTC) honored nearly 200 seniors who completed three-year programs in one of the school’s 11 pathways programs: Architectural/Technical Drafting and Designing, Aquaculture, Construction, Technology and Welding, Culinary Arts, Education, Childcare and Development, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Communications, Information Technology, Interactive Digital Media, Medical Pathways and Pre-Engineering/Robotics.
In addition to the multitude of awards and scholarships given to the graduates that evening, each of the students received a Rhode Island Department of Education Pathway Endorsement Council Designation seal for their diploma signifying that they have completed three required components of study (academic study of three or more courses, work-based learning experiences, and a diploma assessment showing the application of skills such as a capstone, exhibition or portfolio) in one of six discipline areas (arts, business and industry, humanities and world language, STEM, and teaching). These requirements are above and beyond the high school graduation requirements that all students must complete in order to graduate, and the class of 2021 is the first class to receive these additional diploma designations.
Honored platform guests at the event included Mayor Kenneth Hopkins, Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Nota-Masse, School Committee Chairperson Daniel Wall, School Committee Vice-Chairperson Vincent Turchetta, Cranston Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Joseph Balducci, and Cranston Public Schools Executive Director of Educational Programs and Services Joseph Rotz. Additionally, Cranston High School West Principal Thomas Barbieri brought greetings from the school and CACTC Director Zachary Farrell emceed the event.
Each student received a certificate of completion from their program and many have also received additional industry certifications or completed college credit-bearing courses as part of their pathway program requirements. Additionally, there were a variety of awards and scholarships given out as well as this year’s designation of the outstanding students from each program and the Director’s Medal given to one outstanding student from CACTC each year.
Mayor’s Scholarship: Catherine Consiglio
RIDE Future Educator Scholarship: Anastasia Coclin
Dawn Rotz Scholarship: Anthony Cabral
Manuel E. Martins Scholarship: Kevin Sanders
Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship: Mary DeSilva
Architectural Design and Academic Achievement Award: Daniel Meola, Hamilton Carney
Outstanding DECA Award: Hope DiBiasio, Amber Paquette
Medical Pathways Academic Achievement Award: Ava Santamaria, Annissa Ferranti, Brenna Whittaker
Excellence in EMT Award: Nicholas Castriotta, Domenic Lancellotti
Excellence in Healthcare Skills Award: Katia Reyes, Brendan Blake
Honorary Medical Pathways Student Award: Matthew Zannini
The Ashley Signoriello Scholarship: Mary DeSilva, Elizabeth Cowart
Excellence in Medical Pathways Award: Lora Donovan, Lindsey Bratter
Pathway to Education Award: Hannah Cote, Rachael Zarrella
Culinary Chefs’ Award: Ethan Quinn, Shawn Robbins
Aquaculture: Anthony Autiello
CAD/Drafting Technology: Matthew Zannini
Culinary Arts: Arthur Arslanyan, Joseph Gainor Education
Pathways: Anastasia Coclin, Emily Colon
Entrepreneurship: Emma Hanley
Graphic Communications: Abigail Shellard
Information Technology: Brandon DeCesare
Interactive Digital Media: Maxwell Pasquariello
Medical Pathways: Nicholas Castriotta, Jordan Simpson
Pre-Engineering and Robotics: Catherine Consiglio
Residential Construction and Repair: Cameron Johnson