WESTFORD – Amani Downs of Westford, daughter of Paul and Diane Graczyk, is Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Association’s Non-Traditional Vocational Student Award.
Amani is a 2020 graduate of the Plumbing & Heating program, one of only four girls — and the only senior girl — in the program. She is an honor-roll student and a freshman mentor, helping incoming students acclimate to high school. She competes for the cheerleading and softball teams at Nashoba Tech.
Amani said she was a bit intimidated at first, being the only girl in her grade in the Plumbing & Heating program, but she is glad she saw it through and also proud to be Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the MVA Non-Traditional award.
“It makes me very happy,” she said. “There are definitely a lot of awesome people who go to this school, so I’m proud they chose me.”
Amani qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides free tuition for four years to any Massachusetts public college or university. She plans to attend college to study Business “and see what opportunities arise from that.”
She has been accepted to Bridgewater State University, Dean College and Anna Maria College, and is also interested in UMass Lowell.