WESTFORD -- Nashoba Valley Technical High School has named 42 Mentors, incoming juniors who will assist freshmen in the Class of 2017 and help to acclimate them to their new school.

This is Nashoba Tech's fourth year as part of the national Transition Program, a comprehensive transition, orientation and mentoring program welcoming new students and their parents to their new school.

The 42 sophomores have undergone training to learn how to be mentors for incoming freshmen.

The goal of the Transition Program is to go beyond the customary freshman orientation day, which usually consists of a tour of the building, discussion of course options with staff members, and administrators lecturing students on the rules and regulations.

While important, those activities don't address some of the real concerns that new students have about a school. They want to know what the first year at a new school is like, and they want to hear it from other students who have gone through it and not only survived, but flourished.

The program teaches incoming juniors how to become yearlong mentors for freshmen, helping to ease the transition for new students and their parents.

Mentors in the Program will coordinate and run new-student orientation in August and will organize various activities through the 2013-2014 school year to maintain the connection between the freshmen and their mentors.

Students apply as sophomores to become Mentors, or KOMs, and must be approved by the staff.


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The following local students have been selected as KOMs:

Ayer: Zachary Connell, Derek DeCesare, Kirstin Richard, Emily Shaughnessy, Curtis Tippett.

Groton: Amy Gould, Ashley Groft.

Pepperell: Steven Collins, Shannon Harrison-Fisher, Julie Nelson, Dominic Sears, Patrick Shaw, Sariah Willard.

Shirley: Brianna Coburn, Matthew Dean, Jordan Forsyth, Dochug Thoummavong, Jakob Vandal, Tiffanie Walters.

Townsend: Kalee Chapman, Jared Paiva, Cortney Surprenant, Cheyenne Whittemore.