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Enterprising students lauded for blazing new trails

students show off their vanguard awards  
Forty Nassau BOCES Barry Tech students earned the 2015 Vanguard Award for seeking nontraditional careers. Among them, holding certificates, are audio production students (left to right) Brittnee Chappelle, Kisha Prophete, Zoe Gutterman, Natilee Stevenson and Venus Yetim. On hand to congratulate them are (left to right) Barry Tech Interim Principal Laurie Harris, Nassau BOCES District Clerk Deborah Coates and Board Trustee Fran Langsner.


A group of 40 students was honored by Nassau BOCES Barry Tech recently for breaking new ground in career and technical education (CTE). These students earned the 2015 Barry Tech Vanguard Award for seeking academic and career paths that defy conventional gender roles. The award recognizes exceptional students enrolled in CTE programs that prepare them for nontraditional careers.

“These students are the future of the American workforce,” said Barry Tech Interim Principal Laurie Harris. “At Barry Tech, it is our goal to teach our students the skills they need for employment and to give them direction for college. But we’re also creating thoughtful, knowledgeable leaders who will contribute to the advancement of equity in the workplace.”

Two students earned distinction as Outstanding Vanguard Award winners for their exceptional academic performance and nearly impeccable attendance. Cosmetology student Peter Maucher from Oyster Bay and construction electricity student Falaq Mustafaa from Hempstead were both honored as outstanding students. A list of all Vanguard Award winners follows. Students are listed in alphabetical order by last name, along with their home UFSD, their Barry Tech course of study and teacher.