October Students of the Month

Tiamera Ellen and Qian Zhang

Tiamera Ellen

Tiamera Ellen intuitively knew her calling in life before even entering the halls of PCTI. This animated Passaic native spent much of her time creating mock book covers with a free version of Photoshop. Well, she certainly picked the right place to be. Tiamera found the perfect home as a member the Graphic Arts program of the School of Communication Arts.

This organized Bulldog is one half of the Co-op team for the Communications Department. Tiamera’s keen eye for design has greatly contributed to the success of numerous projects. With a GPA of 4.24 and ranking in the top three percent of the Class of 2017, she’s certainly on top of her game! Through taking AP and honors courses, she’s accumulated a potential twenty-seven college credits to be used towards her academic future!

Her career area is not the only place where she shines. Tiamera is the acting President for both the Class of 2017 and the Book Club. Not only was she selected for the National Honor Society, but she’s also the Corresponding Secretary. Additionally, Tiamera is a member of PCTI’s chapter of LMTI - where she has participated in the Father English Community Center Toy Drive. She’s even the Layout Editor in Chief of the Yearbook club and was selected for New Jersey Girls State. Yet another fantastic accomplishment for which Tiamera should be recognized is receiving the bronze medal for the SkillsUSA T-Shirt design contest (junior year).

None of these fantastic accomplishments account for Tiamera’s life outside of school. Her passion for the arts truly knows no bounds. She explains, “I spend a lot of time working on my own business - Tellen Designs. The company deals mainly with shirt designs and specializes in working with charities and their events.”

When asked what has profoundly affected her growth while in high school, Tiamera references LMTI. “I learned how to be a leader. Acting as a Youth Advisory Counselor for the LMTI Leadership Camp changed who I was.” She continues to volunteer with the organization and does the same with Jersey Cares.

After high school, Tiamera will go on to pursue her love for the arts. She plans on receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Photography. Her greatest aspiration is to become a Freelance Graphic Designer, own her own business, and work closely with charitable organizations.

Tiamera is a true leader whose dedication to her craft and others will ensure a successful future. Congratulations to this talented young woman!


  • Ranks in the top 3% of her class
  • President of the Class of 2017 & the Book Club
  • Selected for NHS, serves as the Corresponding Secretary
  • Editor in Chief of the Yearbook club, selected for NJ Girls State, PCTI LMTI chapter member
  • Runs own business of “Tellen Designs,” Co-op for PCTI’s Communications department
  • Goal: Graduate from a university with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic design and a minor in Photography, become a Freelance Graphic Designer

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Qian Zhang

Qian Zhang is a dynamic young woman from Paterson who whole-heartily believes in the transformative power of education. Just how does she pursue her passion for boundless learning? Why, by taking advantage of every presented opportunity, of course! This Bulldog has big dreams and she’s determined to do everything possible to attain them.

As a member of the Academy of Finance, Qian always saw herself following a business path. Not enamored by the prospect of living life in a cubicle, Qian has decided to fine tune her future pursuits. “What I love about finance is that numbers make sense. I enjoy planning too, but I want to combine that with a social aspect.” It’s for this reason that she has decided to venture into the field of Hotel and Tourism Management.

Qian has already made connections with her dream school of NYU and has sat in on a college course. Her drive and accomplishments are unparalleled. She ranks in the top two percent of the Class of 2017 with a GPA of 4.38. By enrolling in numerous honors and AP courses, Qian has accumulated a potential eighteen credits towards her future education.

While attending PCTI, she was selected as a member of Foundation for Success, Circle of Success, Gifted & Talented, the National Honor Society, and New Jersey Girls State. As the team captain of the Consumer Bowl team, she led her peers to become county champions! Qian is also involved in Book Club and the Future Business Leaders of America. As far as volunteering efforts go, she has been a part of the March of Dimes, the Paterson Boys & Girls club staff, and has donated her time as a PCTI Saturday Tour Guide and an Open House representative. Qian even works twelve hours a week as part of PCTI’s Columbia Bank branch!

Qian’s impeccable time management skills have ensured she can tackle many goals simultaneously. She’s begun the task of instituting her own ‘Pencils of Promise’ program, an organization which aims to build schools in developing countries.

“My goal is to eventually set up schools in Laos and Kenya,” Qian adds.

She looks forward to attending NYU, but will also apply to Boston and Syracuse University. Qian explains that she looks forward to expanding her horizons by pursuing a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management, with a minor in Marketing & Revenue Management.

There’s no doubt Qian will make others feel at home when she eventually manages her own hotel. Congratulations & best of luck to this gifted young woman!


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