(FRENCHTOWN, N.J.) - Hunterdon County Vocational School District’s Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy (CSAEA) recently graduated its first class, which boasts an outstanding 100 percent college acceptance rate. The CSAEA opened in fall 2015 as the first of three academies launched by the district.  

“Our graduates entered the academy prepared for a challenge,” said Jessica Cangelosi-Hade, director of curriculum and academies. “They worked over the past four years to tackle a rigorous curriculum featuring college-level coursework, hands-on projects to address real-world business problems and a demanding capstone experience. They set the bar high for those students who will follow in their footsteps and paved the way for themselves to enjoy college and career success.” 

Hunterdon County Vocational School District (HCVSD) congratulates the following CSAEA graduates and wishes them best of luck in the next phase of their academic journeys: 

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Drew Bella – Fairleigh Dickinson University 

Giancarlo Calcavecchio – Raritan Valley Community College 

Joe Cansfield – Rutgers University 

Mike Coppola – University of Northwestern Ohio 

Gianna Cascio – Coast Guard Academy 

Kelsey Crawford – Rutgers University 

Quin Denvir – Pennsylvania State University 

Ashley Diem – Rutgers University 

Todd Gavin – University of Southern California 

Kyle Hassold – University of Maryland 

Miles Hudgins – Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Angela Maglio – Albright College 

Pietro Mandato – Raritan Valley Community College 

Andrew Panfile – Raritan Valley Community College 

Danton Parlato – New England Institute of Technology 

Owen Proctor – George Mason University 

John Raymond – Washington and Lee University 

Sam Robinson – Milwaukee School of Engineering 

Logan Ruthe – Baruch College 

Katherine Schiereck – Ohio State University 

Joey Salerno – Elmira College 

Zane Seal – West Chester University 

John Tynan – Johnson and Wales University 

Jack Willard – Clemson University 

The district acknowledged all members of the CSAEA Class of 2019 at an inaugural graduation ceremony on May 8. Kyle Hassold received special recognition as the CSAEA’s Student of the Year. The ceremony preceded the students’ official commencement on June 14 at Delaware Valley Regional High School, which was the original host school for the CSAEA.  

Last fall, HCVSD transitioned the CSAEA to a custom-designed classroom in Voorhees High School. Those CSAEA freshmen made up the first class to enjoy the redesigned space, with individual laptop computers, but also shared screens for collaboration. Work surfaces can serve one student or be arranged into two-, three- or four-student pods to resemble today’s flexible work environments characteristic of many tech companies. 

In addition to the Computer Science and Applied Engineering Academy, HCVSD operates two other full-time academies that focus on biomedical sciences and environmental science. The three academies are among five distinct schools offered by HCVSD to serve high school and adult students. The largest is Hunterdon County Polytech Career and Technical High School, the district’s shared-time high school that prepares students for seamless transition to college and career paths. HCVSD also operates an Adult and Continuing Education school. Learn more at www.hcvsd.org

All pupils will be given equal opportunity for enrollment in programs operated by the Hunterdon County Vocational School District regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, or socioeconomic status (34 C.F.R. Part 100, Appendix B, Section IV-A). No qualified handicapped person shall, on the basis of handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity which receives federal financial assistance, et seq (34 C.F.R. Part 104.4(a)(b).  

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