WESTFORD -- Shaylene Hegarty, of Townsend, and Austin Allen, of Ayer, have been selected as November's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Nashoba Tech Students of the Month are sponsored by The Catalano Companies, which owns Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.

Shaylene Hegarty, daughter of Robert and Tammy Hegarty, is a senior in the electronics & robotics program. She is a consistent honor-roll student, and a standout for the basketball and lacrosse teams. She was named Athlete of the Month last spring for her lacrosse prowess, and as a sophomore, she was selected to represent Nashoba Tech at the Commonwealth Athletic League's Sportsmanship Summit.

Shaylene hopes to attend Mt. Ida College to study to become a veterinarian's assistant. She was nominated by electronics & robotics instructor Charles Weaver, who wrote: "Shaylene is a student who displays integrity, always helps her peers, completes projects on time, and asks for more projects. She has an outstanding academic record and is truly a pleasure to have in class. She has an inquisitive and creative mind."

Austin Allen, son of Jacob and Bonnie Allen, is a senior in the electrical technology program. He is a consistent honor-roll student, often achieving high honors. He hopes to attend either Middlesex Community College or Mt. Wachusett Community College to study energy and utility technology, then become an apprentice electrician. He currently works for a local electrician through Nashoba Tech's School to Career program.

Austin was nominated by electrical technology instructor Victor Vaitkunas, who wrote that Austin is doing well in his School to Career employment. "He is a good role model for underclassmen. He has worked hard over his four years at the school. He has an A average in his technical program, theory and code," Vaitkunas wrote.