Mercer County Technical Schools ENewsletter

Early Spring 2011 



Spring is a very busy time at Mercer County Technical Schools with student competitions and other exciting events.  I hope you enjoy catching up on what's happening in our district.  Visit for the most current information.


Warm regards,


Dr. Kimberly Schneider, Superintendent

Mercer County Technical Schools


Mercer County Students Take 2nd Place

in Tri-state Auto Competition

Auto Competition Winners

In this photo (left to right): Nick Tucci and Chuck Flesch


Mercer County Technical Schools' Chuck Flesch and Nick Tucci (both of Hamilton, New Jersey) took home second place in the 18th Annual Greater Philadelphia Automotive Technology Competition organized by the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia. The team was led by their Instructor, Michael Cramer, and sponsored by Haldeman Ford. At the event, Flesch and Tucci received more than $190,000 collectively in scholarships and prizes.


Created in 1994, the purpose of the competition is to build awareness for the important role of auto technicians in today's workforce and to spotlight their specialized skills and professionalism. The first part of the competition involved a 160-question written exam. Individuals who received the highest marks advanced to the hands-on portion of the competition, which took place at the Warminster Campus of the Automotive Training Center.


Mercer County Students Win Marketing Competitions


DECA Winners
 In this photo (left to right): Samantha Higgins, William Gould, Aaron Fernandez



Mercer County Technical Schools' Retail Food Marketing students recently completed a sequence of regional and state DECA (An Association of Marketing Students) competitions. Samantha Higgins of Plainsboro earned 1st place overall at the regional competition and went on to win 2nd place overall at the state competition in the Supermarket Careers competitive event. Aaron Fernandez of Hamilton earned 2nd place overall at the regional competition in the Supermarket Careers competitive event. William Gould, Retail Food Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor, worked diligently to prepare each student for the challenging competitions. "The students and their teacher invested a lot of time preparing for the competitions and they did an excellent job," said Nancy Schumacher, Principal of Mercer County Technical Schools' Arthur R. Sypek Center.


Six Students Advance to

National Health Occupations Competition


HOSA 2 of 3

  In this photo (left to right): Shawna Tift, Shawnee Chaudhury, Vikash Bandi,

Sunakshi Puri, Vishal Bandi, Marquies Young, Lenaya Ford, Piyush Puri, Mr. Lugo,

Christopher Fulwood, Jackie Rapport (kneeling in front)


Fifteen students from Mercer County Technical Schools competed in the New Jersey HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Competition on March 19-20, 2011. Six of the fifteen students earned the opportunity to compete at the National HOSA Competition in Anaheim, California on June 22-25, 2011. In addition, two ninth-graders from the Mercer County Technical Schools' Health Science Academy were elected as New Jersey HOSA State Officers. Vikash Bandi of Plainsboro was elected New Jersey HOSA Parliamentarian and Sunakshi Puri was elected New Jersey HOSA Secretary. "This is the first time we've had students elected to HOSA State Officer positions. We're so proud of this amazing accomplishment and thrilled for the students who are advancing to the national competition," said Dr. Kimberly Schneider, Superintendent of Mercer County Technical Schools. Elise Lybrand and David Lugo, Co-Advisors of the local HOSA Chapter, worked diligently over the last several months to prepare each student for this challenging competition.

The winners are:

Vishal Bandi of Plainsboro - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement

Nadia Boye of Hightstown - 5th Place in Medical Terminology

Lenaya Ford of Ewing - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement
Christopher Fulwood of Trenton - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement

Piyush Puri of Hightstown - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement

Sunakshi Puri of Hightstown - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement

Nida Qamar of Hamilton - 4th Place in Extemporaneous Health Poster

Marquies Young of Ewing - 2nd Place in Public Service Announcement



Mercer County Students Take Top Honors at

SkillsUSA Competition


SkillsUSA Assunpink Winners 2011

In this photo (left to right):  Cristal Hernandez, T. J. Constantino, Matt Festa,

Corey Czap, Courtney Walters, Dan Lawrence, Gisendry Rodrigues-Pujols


 Sypek Skills Winners 2011

In this photo (left to right):  Michael Sammy, Nicco Curro,

Gabriel Porras-Herrera, Vanessa Snead and Nicholas Citarella



Nineteen students from Mercer County Technical Schools took home top honors at the New Jersey SkillsUSA State Competition earlier this month. Students worked against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like architectural drafting, graphic communications and diesel technology. Four of the nineteen students earned the opportunity to compete at the SkillsUSA National Championships on Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. More than 15,000 people-including students, teachers and business partners-are expected to participate in the Championships. "The highlight of these competitions is being able to witness our students demonstrate their remarkable skills in such an intense environment. We're proud of all the competitors," said David Nash, SkillsUSA Advisor at Mercer County Technical Schools.  



The winners are:

 Miguelangel Banegas of East Windsor - 3rd Place in Building Maintenance

(*) Nicholas Citarella of East Windsor - 1st Place in Graphic Communications

T.J. Constantino of Hightstown - 2nd Place in Carpentry

Nicco Curro of Hamilton - 2nd Place in Custom Auto Paint

Corey Czap of Hamilton - 3rd Place in Industrial Motor Controls

(*) Matt Festa of Hamilton - 1st Place in Architectural Drafting

Candice Fuccello of Trenton - 2nd Place in Cosmetology

Cristal Hernandez of Hamilton - 3rd Place in Cosmetology

Will Hunter of Trenton - 3rd Place in Basic Masonry

(*) Dan Lawrence of Hamilton - 1st Place in Diesel Technology

Kasty Peskosky of East Windsor - 3rd Place in Auto Tech Maintenance

Gabriel Porras-Herrera of Trenton - 2nd Place in Custom Auto Paint

(*) Curley Reid of Hamilton - 2nd Place in Building Maintenance

Gisendry Rodrigues-Pujols of Hamilton - 3rd Place in Novice Cosmetology

Michael Sammy of Hamilton - 2nd Place in Auto Collision Repair

Vanessa Snead of Lawrenceville - 3rd Place in Action Skills

Anthony Spence of Princeton Junction - 3rd Place in Auto Service Tech

Bill Voorhees of Yardville - 3rd Place in Carpentry

Courtney Walters of Hopewell - 2nd Place in Diesel Technology



(*) Students are eligible to compete at National Championship. 


LearnDoEarn Scavenger Hunt 



Students at the Arthur R. Sypek Center recently participated in the LearnDoEarn Quick Start Scavenger Hunt. It's a simple, quick and fun way to get students to become familiar with key concepts from LearnDoEarn: data-driven messages that will help them make the best possible academic, behavioral, career and financial decisions. The name LearnDoEarn ( encapsulates the message that the program delivers: learn more now and do more now, so you can earn more later.


The primary goal of the Scavenger Hunt is to get the LearnDoEarn message to students as quickly as possible. Schools post the LearnDoEarn posters in strategic places around the building. Students are given LearnDoEarn Scavenger Hunt Player Cards and have one week to 'scavenge' the answers to the questions on the Player Cards using information from the posters and from the LearnDoEarn website. At the end of the week, students drop completed Player Cards in a LearnDoEarn ballot box. Player's Cards are picked at random from the LearnDoEarn ballot box and the first four completely correct Cards generate rewards for the four students who completed them. Winning students are then awarded the prizes that come with the LearnDoEarn Scavenger Hunt Kit (an iPod Shuffle and three WalMart gift cards worth $15.00 each). Prizes are supplied by New Jersey State Chamber Of Commerce.


The winners are:


Jordan Schujko  


$15 WalMart gift card

Aaron Fernandez

Monica Koppstein

Leon Merrick  


Mercer Reads


The Health and Child Care class recently participated in the 3rd annual Early Mercer Reads initiative.   The goals of this initiative are to have children throughout Mercer County read on a daily basis and instill in them a lifelong love of books, which can increase individual achievement, and improve their overall quality of life. The HCC students read to 23 preschool children from the Graduate Learning Center. They also collected new and gently used books to donate to Graduate Learning Center's school library.


Technical College Fair 


Mercer County Technical Schools recently hosted a Technical College Fair.  More than 400 students, grades 11-12, networked with 20+ technical college and trade school recruiters. 




May 14, 2011     9:00am - 3:00pm

DRIVE ONE 4 UR School is a test-drive event that can help us raise up to $6,000 for our school.  For each person who test-drives a car, MCTS earns $20.  The more people that drive, the more money we earn!  Proceeds raised from the event will support student activities at Mercer County Technical Schools. DRIVE ONE 4 UR School participants must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver's license to participate in the test-drive.  No salesman will call on you afterwards unless you want them to.


607 Rt. 33

Hamilton Square, NJ 08619


May 25, 2011     5:00pm - 7:30pm

First and second year Commercial Art Technology students will display their work for the public to see.


129 Bull Run Road

Pennington, NJ 08534


May 31, 2011     5:00pm - 7:00pm

All new students are invited to attend this orientation.  The meeting will take place in the 'A' Building Health Science lab.


1085 Old Trenton Road

Trenton, NJ 08690


June 3, 2011     6:00pm - 7:00pm

Students must report to the location where they've been accepted.



129 Bull Run Road

Pennington, NJ 08534

Check-in located in Building 'A' Lobby



1085 Old Trenton Road

Trenton, NJ 08690

Check-in located in Building 'A' Lobby



Mercer County Community College (West Windsor Campus)

1200 Old Trenton Road

West Windsor, NJ 08550

Communications Building - Room 107

In This Issue
Tri-State Auto Competition Winners
DECA Competition Winners
HOSA Competition Winners
SkillsUSA Winners
LearnDoEarn Scavenger Hunt
Early Mercer Reads
Technical College Fair




"Our son had a passion for cosmetology since he was in 6th grade. This has been a life transforming experience for him and us! The faculty and staff are highly trained, seasoned, caring professionals with a wealth of experiences and knowledge to equip our son to begin his career immediately upon graduation. Clearly, heeding to our son's creative and artistic skills and sending him to Mercer County Technical Schools was the right decision."

Robin Bridges Johnson  -Parent of Assunpink Student


The Honorable
Brian M. Hughes

County Executive





Hon. Ann M. Cannon



Hon. Keith V. Hamilton



Hon. Lucylle R. S. Walter


Hon. Dan Benson


Hon. John Cimino


Hon. Anthony P. Carabelli


Hon. Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr.





Mr. Albert Pitman



Mr. Clifford Reisser



Ms. Judith Iszard


Mr. Kevin Drennan


Dr. Samuel Stewart

Executive County Superintendent


Ms. Nancy Swirsky

Business Administrator

Board Secretary




Dr. Kimberly Schneider


 Ms. Robin Soriano



Ms. Lori Perlow