Goshen and Chester tech students win top awards

Goshen. Aviation student Michael Wadja of Burke Catholic wins Gold Award, the division's highest honor. Pharmacy student Michael Aglione of Goshen High School wins Bronze Award.


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  • Michael Wadja (Burke Catholic), Outstanding Student Gold Award winner, with Career and Technical Education Director Orande Daring. Michael also received the Outstanding Transportation Academy Award and the National Technical Honor Society Award. (Photo provided)




  • Michael Aglione (Goshen HS), Outstanding Student Bronze Award winner with CTE Director Orande Daring. Michael also received the Outstanding Health Careers Academy Award. (Photo provided)




  • Curtis Paul (Burke Catholic), receives the Outstanding Security Careers Academy Award from Orange-Ulster Cooperative Board Vice-President William M. Boss. (Photo provided)



During their two years attending Career and Technical Education programs, some students earned as many as 20 college credits to jump-start their post-secondary education.


Goshen and Chester students at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Division of Career and Technical Education received high honors at the school's 52nd annual Student Recognition Ceremony.

This year's Outstanding Student Gold Award, the division's highest honor, was presented to Michael Wadja, a graduate from John S. Burke Catholic High School and an aviation student in the Transportation Academy.

The Outstanding Student Silver Award recipient was Sabrina Trimblett from Monroe-Woodbury High School, a computer programming student in the STEM Academy.

Michael Aglione from Goshen High School, a pharmacy technician student in the Health Careers Academy, received the Outstanding Student Bronze Award.

Valedictorian Sabrina Trimblett, accompanied by Salutatorian Diana Munoz from Goshen High School, told the assembled students to "keep moving forward. We have been given a head start on our futures.”

They were among 700 students honored for completing their programs at the Division of Career and Technical Education. The ceremony was held at the U.S. Army 2nd Aviation Detachment Hangar at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

During their two years attending Career and Technical Education programs, some students earned as many as 20 college credits to jump-start their post-secondary education. More than $22,000 in scholarships for outstanding performance and community service were also awarded during the evening ceremony.

The following Goshen area students were recognized with awards and scholarships:

Burke Catholic High School

Michael Wadja (Transportation Careers) Outstanding Academy Award, Outstanding Student Gold Award, NTHS Award

Curtis Paul (Security Careers) Outstanding Academy Award

Chester Academy

Emma Benedict (Health Careers) Outstanding Program Award

Nicholas Colbon (Construction Careers) International Association of Electrical Inspectors

Connor Sartori (Health Careers) Outstanding Program Award

Goshen High School

Michael Aglione (Health Careers) Outstanding Academy Award, Outstanding Student Bronze Award

Thomas Stephens (Transportation Careers) Goshen Rotary Career Scholarship

Amanda Lombardi (Visual Arts Careers) Outstanding Program Award, NTHS Award

Bram Veldkamp (Construction Careers) Outstanding Program Award

Matthew Lewis (Environmental Careers) Outstanding Program Award

Victoria Perruna (Appearance Careers) Angela Molfetas Memorial Scholarship Award

Kayana Irby (Appearance Careers) Angela Molfetas Memorial Scholarship Award

Jimmy Deleon Heavy (Environmental Careers) Shawangunk Snowmobile and Rescue Club Award

Donald Herring (Business Careers) Outstanding Program Award, Bill Devitt's Dream for Inspire Foundation Award

Jonathan Grald (Transportation Careers) Outstanding Program Award





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