WESTFORD -- Alicia Gentile of Groton and Jakob Vandal of Shirley have been selected as June's Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
Alicia Gentile, daughter of John and Kristian Gentile, is an incoming junior in the Health Assisting program who plans to spend her last two years of high school attending Middlesex Community College through the Dual Enrollment program, with a goal of graduating in 2016 from both high school, with her diploma and technical certificate, and from college, with her Associate Degree.
Alicia is a high-honors student, ranks in the top 5 percent of her class, and was inducted into the National Honor Society as a sophomore. She was president of the sophomore class and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and she plays flute for the school band. Alicia is also a track-and-field athlete and a cheerleader for the Vikings. She was named an Athlete of the Month in May.
She was nominated for Student of the Month by English Instructor Jeremy Slotnick, who wrote: "Alicia is an exemplary student -- bright and extremely hard-working. She is one of the most teachable students I have ever come across, always seeking ways to improve. In addition, she is a committed dancer outside of school, a cheerleader and a class officer. Despite these responsibilities, she maintains grades at the top of her class.
Jakob Vandal, son of Josh and Amy Vandal, is an incoming senior in the Carpentry program who plans to spend his senior year attending Fitchburg State University full-time and studying Construction Management through the Dual Enrollment program. He then plans to complete his Associate Degree after graduating from Nashoba Tech next spring, then further continue his education to receive his Bachelor's Degree.
Jakob is a consistent honor-roll student and ranks in the top 5 percent of his class. He is a Kick-Off Mentor, helping incoming freshmen learn about and become acclimated to Nashoba Tech. Jakob spent the last half of his junior year working full-time every other week at Circle B Barn Co, in Lancaster through the Cooperative Education program.
He was nominated by Social Studies Instructor James Creed: "Jakob excelled in my AP U.S. History class. Jakob plans on going on Dual Enrollment in the fall and will be a great representative of how Nashoba Tech's rigorous academic program prepares our students for postsecondary education."