December Students of the Month

Mahek Shah

Mahek Shah is one of the most personable and outgoing students at PCTVS – she’s funny, witty, and extremely charming. The Clifton native and Engineering student has an incredible GPA of 4.479 and ranks in the top three percent of her class. Mahek credits this achievement to all of her hard work and dedication and will use this honor to inspire and push herself even further, “It gives me a boost of motivation to keep trying harder because now I know working hard can definitely pay off.”

But Mahek doesn’t just keep this motivation to herself, she is often meeting and speaking to underclassmen and giving them advice about navigating the school/social life balance, which is never an easy task. “I was lucky enough to learn how to balance my time and always want to pay that forward whenever I can.”

While here on campus Mahek is involved in many school activities. In 2020 she was a STEM Expo Top 5 Finalist, which is no easy feat. She’s been a member of the PCTVS Book Club since freshman year and is now the Co-President. Mahek is also a member of the National Honor Society, Secretary of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Dance Club, Sign Language Club, and is a Teacher’s Assistant at the STEM Saturday Academy. When not in school Mahek likes to read, bike and dance, and is also a teacher and assistant teacher at AUM Dance Creations. She also volunteers at the Jain Center of New Jersey with food and clothing drives.

Mahek’s future goals are to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and make a breakthrough in the aerospace field so that other women are inspired to do the same and level the playing field in a male-dominated industry.

Mahek has some valuable advice and words of wisdom for current and incoming students, “Talk to other students and make friends! Everyone is trying to figure it out at the same time. I promise you someone will be glad you walked up to them.”

Congratulations to Mahek on all her outstanding accomplishments. The Bulldog Family wishes you all the best in the future!

Highlights

  • GPA of 4.479 and ranks in top 3% of her class
  • Co-President of PCTVS Book Club
  • STEM Expo Top 5 Finalist
  • Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society Secretary
  • National Honor Society
  • Dance Club
  • Sign Language Club
  • PCTVS Student Ambassador
  • Teacher’s Assistant at Saturday STEM Academy
  • Teacher and Teacher’s Assistant at AUM Dance Creations
  • Volunteer at Jain Center of New Jersey
  • Goals: attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology and make a breakthrough in the aerospace field so that other women are inspired to do the same and level the playing field in a male-dominated space.


Deborah Medina

When you meet Deborah Medina, the first thing you notice about this Paterson native is her vibrant personality. She’s well spoken, there is passion behind her words, and she has a signature smile to match - even under her mask you can see she is smiling! The Academy of Finance student has a lot to smile about lately, “This is an amazing honor, and I am so excited!”

Deborah’s current GPA is a remarkable 4.33, ranking her in the top one percent of her class. She is always busy both in and out of the classroom. While at PCTVS, Deborah wears many different hats as a member of FBLA, Student Council, Co-Vice President of the Environmental Science Club, SkillsUSA, Class of 2022 Representative, National Honor Society, and World Language National Honor Society.

She is also a member of the Sign Language Club, President of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and as an active member of NJ Girls State, Deborah had the role of Councilwoman.

When away from campus Deborah is just as busy. She is a cadet of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Explore Academy – Paterson Post 1, and as a Co-Youth Pastor at Jesus the Messiah Church. In addition, she also loves to spend time with her friends and cook with her sister. Deborah’s future goals are to attend either Northeastern University in Boston or George Washington University in Washington, DC, attain a Master’s in Criminal Justice, and become an FBI Agent, which is a goal she has wanted to achieve since she was six years old.

Deborah has wise words of advice for her fellow students, “Keep track of all your work, assignments, and practice time management. Being able to balance work and life is essential to creating a healthy mindset and achieving all of the successes you desire!”

Congratulations to this hardworking Bulldog – you have made everyone at PCTVS proud! We know you will continue to accomplish great things!

Highlights

  • GPA is 4.33 and ranks in top 1% of class
  • FBLA
  • Student Council
  • Co-Vice President of the Environmental Science Club
  • Skills USA
  • Class of 2022 Representative
  • National Honor Society
  • World Language National Honor Society
  • Sign Language Club
  • President of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society
  • City Councilwoman of NJ Girls State
  • Cadet of New Jersey Law Enforcement Explore Academy – Paterson Post 1
  • Goals Attend either Northeastern University in Boston, MA, or George Washington University in Washington, DC, and become an FBI Agent


Julia Bartoszewicz

Julia Bartoszewicz does it all! She dances, she swims, and she’s always on the move. She has learned how to balance athletics, academics, and her personal life to get to where she is today. “It has been a really long and overwhelming four years, but I would not change it for the world because it has taught me to never give up and keep moving forward.” Julia’s hard work and resilience has definitely paid off.

As a member of the School of Performing Arts with a focus on Dance, Julia is constantly moving. She is an outstanding swimmer on the PCTVS Swim Team where she is currently ranked number 1 in New Jersey for the 100-yard backstroke in the 17-18 age group.

She continues to maintain an impressive GPA of 4.229 and a class rank in the top six percent. But that’s not all she does when she’s on campus. Julia is a member of the National Honor Society, President of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, World Language Honor Society, and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society.

She is also captain of the Varsity Lady Bulldogs Swim Team, Student Council Club member, Student Ambassador, a December Athlete of the Month as a Sophomore, part of the Dance Ensemble Club, and a Class of 2022 Representative.

While away from her studies, Julia volunteers as an Assistant Preschool Teacher and Bookshelf Organizer at the Polish School in Garfield. She is also a CPR Certified Lifeguard, and loves to listen to music, cook, bake, go to the gym, and hang out with her friends and family.

Julia’s future goals are to attend either the University of Pittsburgh or Harvard. She plans to compete in Division 1 swimming, while also pursuing a Bachelors’ Degree in Health Sciences to become a Physician Assistant specializing in Pediatrics.

When asked if she had any advice for current or incoming students Julia replied, “My advice is to be yourself and not worry so much because in the end, everything will work out – you just need to have trust and faith in yourself that everything will turn out okay.”

Congratulations Julia! We know you will continue to do great things as you move your way into the future!

Highlights

  • GPA of 4.229 and ranks in top 6% of class
  • President of the National Honor Society of Dance Arts
  • Member National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Rho Kappa History Honor Society, Student Council Club and Dance Ensemble Club
  • Captain of the Varsity Lady Bulldogs Swim Team
  • PCTVS Student Ambassador
  • December Athlete of the Month as Sophomore
  • Class of 2022 Representative
  • Volunteer Assistant Preschool Teacher and Bookshelf Organizer at Polish School in Garfield
  • CPR Certified Lifeguard
  • Broke seven out eleven school swim records
  • Has been swimming competitively for 12 years
  • Saturday STEM Academy Teaching Assistant
  • Goals: attend either University of Pittsburgh or Harvard, and compete in Division 1 swimming, pursue a BS in Health Sciences, become a Physician Assistant specializing in Pediatrics.