LCTI celebrates Class of 2018 at PPL Center in Allentown

The Class of 2018 is LCTI’s first to celebrate Senior Recognition Night at PPL Center.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. | Lehigh Career & Technical Institute on Thursday (May 31) celebrated the Class of 2018 with Senior Recognition Night at PPL Center.

More than 2,300 people attended the annual ceremony and watched as nearly 500 LCTI seniors were presented with certificates of participation for their career and technical education programs, as well as schoolwide awards for their outstanding achievement. This is the first year PPL Center hosted Senior Recognition Night, which has been held at Parkland High School in the past.

Skarlin Paulino-Holguin, a Marketing & Business Education senior from Whitehall High School, and Jeffrey Reed, a Web Design/Web Programming senior from Emmaus High School, served as the evening’s co-emcees. Plumbing & Heating senior Pedro Ortiz delivered the keynote address. Ortiz, whose sending high school is William Allen, urged his classmates to follow the advice of famed physicist Albert Einstein and set goals.

“Albert Einsteen tells us, ‘If you want to live a happy life…tie your dreams to a goal…not people or objects.’ People and objects come and go in our lives. The only way a goal will every disappear is if you give up on it,” Ortiz said.

The ceremony also featured the Class of  2018 senior video and video messages of congratulations from the following state and regional officials.

Web Design/Web Programming senior Yeuris Martinez recorded and edited the video messages from Cunningham, Pfunder, Bieber and Walter. He also worked with staff from Allentown-based marketing agency Digital Feast to record b-roll for the senior video.

Justin Frable, Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintenance/Northern Lehigh High School, Tyler Swartz, Precision Machine Tool Technology/Salisbury High School, and Noah Weaver, Commercial Baking/Parkland, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Kyeisha Newhard, Carpentry/Whitehall, sang the national anthem. Frable, Swartz, Weaver and Newhard all plan to serve in the military after graduation.

Amber Coleman, an Advertising Design/Commercial Art senior from William Allen High School, designed the Senior Recognition Night 2018 Program Cover, which features Allentown’s night sky framed by the PPL Building and PPL Center.

Fourteen students who represent the crème de la crème of this year’s seniors were honored during the ceremony.

The Outstanding Career & Technical Education Senior Award was presented to:

  • Daniel Carl, Auto Technology — Parkland High School
  • Kevin Kressler, Welding Technology — Northern Lehigh High School

This award is presented to two seniors, each of whom performs at the highest level technically and academically while practicing leadership, collaboration and creativity to meet both technical and academic goals.

The Outstanding Academic Center Senior Award was presented to:

  • Jacob Baia, Precision Machine Toll Technology — Emmaus High School
  • Belen Jurado, Advertising Design/Commercial Art — Louis E. Dieruff High School

This award is presented to two full-day seniors, each of whom performs at a high academic level, demonstrate the ability to build positive relationships with students and staff, consistently show professionalism during classroom activities and exhibit leadership in and out of the classroom.

The Outstanding Career Academy Program Senior Award was presented to:

  • Clarence Lockley, CAP Electrical Technology —Louis E. Dieruff High School

This award is presented to a full-day seniors who excels technically and academically while demonstrating a sense of community, fostering collaboration and practicing creativity both within and outside of the Career Academy Program.

The Career & Technical Student Organization Leadership Award was presented to:

  • Samantha Lambert, Advertising Design/Commercial Art/DECA — Northern Lehigh High School

This award is presented to a senior CTSO officer who demonstrates the ability to preside over and motivate others toward goals that connect education and careers, encourage high academic and career and technical education achievement and develop the employability skills of students.

The Perfect Attendance Award was presented to:

  • Daniel Carl, Auto Technology — Parkland High School
  • Stephen Cebenko, Electromechanical/Mechatronics Technology — Home School
  • Kevin Gallagher, Auto Technology — Southern Lehigh High School
  • Samantha Lambert, Advertising Design/Commercial Art — Northern Lehigh High School
  • Lisa Mantovani, Heavy Equipment Operations & Preventive Maintenance — Southern Lehigh High School
  • Trevor Miller, Precision Machine Tool Technology — Northwestern Lehigh High School
  • Kyeisha Newhard, Carpentry — Whitehall High School
  • Ashlynn Zack, Culinary Arts — Northwestern Lehigh High School

This award is presented to seniors who have been in attendance every school day of the year with no tardiness or early departures.

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