At Nashoba Valley Tech, Fales, Taylor, Luth, Norton, Shockley, Thomas and Wilson
WESTFORD -- Amanda Fales of Townsend and Brendan Taylor of Chelmsford have been selected as November’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Amanda Fales, daughter of Steve and Eilish Fales, is a senior in the Health Assisting program. She consistently earns high honors and has been elected president of the National Honor Society. She has also been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She is a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, and has qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship.
As a junior, Amanda earned a bronze medal in First Aid/CPR at the SkillsUSA District Competition. She is a student representative to the Nashoba Tech School Committee. She participates in the school’s Cooperative Education program, working full time on alternating weeks at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She is also a freshman mentor and plays basketball for the Vikings.
Amanda plans to attend nursing school to become a registered nurse. She was nominated by English Instructor Bruce Sullivan, who wrote: “Amanda is an excellent student with a long history of academic success. She is currently taking a mix of rigorous Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Last spring, Amanda scored a perfect 5 on the AP Language and Composition Exam, earning college credits in the process. She currently has one of the highest GPAs in the school. She is always prepared, scores well on tests and quizzes, and writes with a thoughtfulness and maturity beyond her years. She contributes thoughtfully to class discussions, writes at an upper-college level, and is an outstanding contributor to group work. Amanda has logged countless hours of community service at school events, community events, games and as a mentor for incoming students.”
Health Assisting Instructor Vicki Ann Poulin wrote: “Amanda was certified by the American Red Cross to be a certified nurses aide. As a senior, she continues to apply theory to practice by working 32 hours every other week at a skilled nursing home. Amanda is involved with sports, school activities, such as the newspaper and School Council, as well as tutoring her peers. Amanda also has a willingness to go beyond the usual role of a student. She demonstrates a commitment to continuity in caring for her patients and their families, and she took an interest in the residents with dementia, mental-health issues and memory-impaired residents.”
Brendan Taylor, son of Tom and Karen Taylor, is a senior in the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program. Brendan consistently earns high honors, and was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society as a junior. He is a freshman mentor, helping incoming students acclimate themselves to their new school.
Last spring, he earned a bronze medal in Carpentry at the SkillsUSA District Competition. Brendan plays soccer for the Vikings. Through the Cooperative Education program, he works full time on alternative weeks for Quality Green Homes in Westford.
Brendan plans to attend college after graduation to study Construction Management, then continue in the construction industry. He was nominated by Mathematics Instructor Andrew Smith, who wrote that he is “a force to be reckoned with in Advanced Placement Calculus.”
Nashoba Tech selected the five senior captains of the football team as its November Athletes of the Month. The Vikings finished the season 8-4 and won the State Vocational Small School Championship by beating Upper Cape Tech, 34-13.
Aidan Luth of Groton, son of Michael and Jennifer Luth, played cornerback and safety for the Vikings. He also plays lacrosse and basketball. Aidan is in the Engineering Technology program. He plans to study Engineering at a community college before moving on to a four-year college.
Eli Norton of Ayer, son of Mike and Jodi Norton, played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive end for the Vikings. Eli is in the Plumbing & Heating program. He plans to attend Fitchburg State University to study Criminal Justice.
Liam Shockley of Chelmsford, son of Randy Shockley and Dorothy White, was a lineman on both offense and defense for the Vikings. He also plays first base for the baseball team. Liam is in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. He plans to play semipro football after graduation, then sign up for the Marine Corps.
Sean Thomas of Chelmsford, son of Bill and Michelle Thomas, played nose guard, left tackle and linebacker for the Vikings. He also plays hockey. Sean is in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program. He plans to attend college and continue to play football, then sign up for the Army Rangers.
Alexander Wilson of Shirley, son of Scott and Suzanne Wilson, played tackle and end for the Vikings. He also competes for the basketball and spring track teams. Alex is in the Engineering Technology program. He plans to attend a five-year Master’s Degree program at either the University of Massachusetts Lowell or the University of Maine to study Electrical Engineering.