WESTFORD - Shelby Kirk of Pepperell has been selected as a January Athlete of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Shelby, daughter of John and Kristen Kirk, is a twoseason varsity cheerleader and softball player. She was nominated by cheerleading Coach Ed Doherty, who wrote, "We had an athlete get injured about two weeks ago, and Shelby stepped up and learned a whole new routine to replace the position that the injured athlete had. She learned the whole routine within about seven practices. She always has a positive attitude and works hard at every practice."

Shelby is an honor-roll student in the Health Assisting program. She is also a competitive auto racer.