WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School has selected its May Students of the Month. Both are 2020 graduates.
Jennifer Bardell of Townsend graduated from the Veterinary Assisting program. She is a high-honors student and placed in the top 10% of the class. She worked at Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Chelmsford through Nashoba Tech’s Cooperative Education program, as well as at the school’s in-house clinic, Angell at Nashoba and Townsend Veterinary Hospital.
At the recent Senior Awards Night, Jennifer received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence, the Friends of Nashoba Scholarship, the Richard Defreitas Memorial Scholarship and the Townsend Business Association Scholarship. She was active in the Viking Theatre Company, most recently appearing in “Challenger: To Touch the Face of God” and “Elf.” She was also inducted into the National Honor Society and was a freshman mentor.
Veterinary Assisting Instructor Tracey Warren said, “Jen has been a standout student since I started in 2017. She has always been one of the first to jump in and work, and she shows great maturity in all that she does. Jen has volunteered several times at the MSPCA with me and has been a tremendous help while practicing her own skills. She researched wild horses for her senior project, and her live presentation was engaging and professional. Jen is a very good classmate to all and is very well-liked because she is kind, helpful and shows great leadership skills.”
Calandra Boutin of Pepperell graduated from the Design & Visual Communications program. She designed the school’s 50th anniversary logo, which adorns all Nashoba Tech correspondence and the district’s website. She is a high-honors student and qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship by virtue of her MCAS scores. She placed within the top 10% of the class while taking three Advanced Placement courses and four Early College classes.
At the recent Senior Awards Night, Calandra received the Dr. Judith L. Klimkiewicz Award, the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and the Pepperell Business Association Scholarship.
Design & Visual Communications Instructor Derik Rochon said, “She is a natural leader and willing to do any job in the shop. She revived the Gaming Club and helped keep it going. She also did a senior project working with a friend in Engineering, applying her design skills to 3-D printing of materials for different role-playing games. She is, all-around, an amazing person.”