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Nassau BOCES Barry Tech students garner $4,000 in scholarships

BOCES students show off their scholarship plaques

Nearly 40 students from Nassau BOCES Barry Tech earned a collective total of $4,000 in scholarships this year. Joining the winners are (from left) Nassau BOCES Board Trustee Robert "B.A." Schoen, Assistant to the Deputy Superintendent Lawrence McGoldrick, Barry Tech Principal Laurie Harris, (from right) Board Trustee Fran Langsner and Board Vice President Susan Bergtraum.

Nassau BOCES Barry Tech recently awarded a total of $4,000 in scholarship funds to nearly 40 students, who earned the monetary awards through their exemplary efforts both in and out of the classroom. The young scholars received their awards at the 2015 Barry Tech Scholarship Luncheon, held at the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center.

Barry Tech Medical Assisting students Benecia Felix from the West Hempstead UFSD and Danielle Littman from the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD each received $250 from Long Island Blood Services. Four students each earned the $150 SkillsUSA Scholarship for their performances at the regional and state competitions, where they demonstrated excellence in their chosen fields of study. The winners are David Garcia from the Roslyn UFSD, Matthew McDonald from the Island Trees UFSD, Derrick Rodriguez from the Hempstead UFSD and Julia Shalov from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich CSD.

A total of more than $3,000 was given to the winners of the Barry Tech Career and Technical Education Achievement Award. Thirty-three students earned $100 each for their exceptional performance in their chosen fields of study, active participation in school activities and community service, and service to their peers as positive role models. A complete list of these award winners, including their home school districts and chosen fields of study, follows.

“These students have gone above and beyond their academics to demonstrate a genuine passion and commitment to their fields,” said Barry Tech Principal Laurie Harris. “Part of the Nassau BOCES mission is to enable students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential. These scholarships help us to do just that, by providing them with financial, as well as educational, support.”

About Nassau BOCES A vital regional resource, Nassau BOCES offers state-of-the-art programs for learners of all ages and abilities as well as cost-effective services for school districts and municipalities. We empower students to achieve their maximum potential in alternative, artistic, outdoor, special education, virtual, and career and technical environments. We offer adult education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs that are vital to improving the Long Island regional economy. In addition, our technology services form the backbone of many school districts’ infrastructure. As the county’s educational leader in implementing the state’s reform efforts, we are helping to shape the future of education. To learn more, visit and like us at