NEWARK, NJ — A Newark high school student stood out among 25 competitors throughout the state to take home the win for a design contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education. 

As part of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month programming, Neshawn Perkins, a ninth-grade student at Newark Vocational High School won the CTE logo design contest, the New Jersey State Board of Education announced on Wednesday.

“The New Jersey Department of Education applauds Neshawn for using his career and technical education skills to design a winning CTE logo,” Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan said in a statement. “He is one example of the kind of excellence and career-focused education that we see in the Newark Vocational High School.”

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The contest received more than 25 entries from students across the state, which included entries from multiple Brick City schools - East Side High School, Arts High School, Technology High School and Newark Vocational High School. Other participating schools included Burlington County Institute of Technology; Pleasantville High School; Mercer County Vocational School District; Vernon Township High School; and Orange High School.

The contest culminates a month-long of CTE programming and events occurring in districts throughout the state.

“The department is incredibly proud of Neshawn’s creative and imaginative work in the design of the new 2021 CTE logo ‘Building Pathways for Success,’” DOE Assistant Commissioner for Academics and Performance Lisa Gleason said. “His inspirational work illustrates the vision and opportunity that career, and technical education programs present to students in the state of New Jersey. We join the Newark Vocational High School, the Newark Board of Education, and Neshawn’s family in extending our warmest congratulations on his accomplishment.”

In commending all the contest participants, New Jersey State Board of Education President Kathy Goldenberg said that the array of submissions showcased the wide range of aptitude among the students. 

“The talent we have within our career and technical education programs in New Jersey’s schools is impressive,” Goldenberg said. “The vocational and technical skills that our schools are providing is yet another way we are helping to prepare New Jersey students for a bright and successful future after graduation.”