BILLERICA, MA — Quinn Ferreira and Samuel Chebook were honored as Shawsheen Valley Technical High School’s Seniors of the Month for October recently.
Ferreira, a Tewksbury resident, is one of the school’s top students.
She’s ranked second in her class academically and is the secretary of the National Honor Society.
A standout in her shop of health assisting, Ferreira has competed in the prestigious SkillUSA competitions throughout her high school career, earning a silver medal at districts as a sophomore. She’ll be participating in medical math at this year’s SkillsUSA event.
Ferreira has made it a priority to stay active inside the hallways of Shawsheen.
She is a four-year member of student council where she serves as the class secretary and has been involved in the Outdoor Club, the Book Club and the student newspaper.
She’s also served as a classroom aide in the English department and has enjoyed working as an orientation leader, helping incoming ninth graders make a smooth transition into the building.
“We help the freshmen get accustomed to high school,” Ferreira said. “We’re partnered up with another junior or senior and we’re given a whole homeroom of freshmen. We guide them through the beginning, especially the first orientation day, and then throughout the year if they need anything, we’re there for them.”
Ferreira’s hard work has not gone unnoticed.
As a sophomore she received a community service award in honors English and was also a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
Ferreira originally considered studying in the dental field when first arriving at Shawsheen before her experiences as a freshman, when ninth graders are exposed to each of the school’s shops, prompted her to switch to health assisting.
Ferreira has taken advantage of the valuable cooperative education program at Shawsheen, working at Woburn Pediatrics where she earns valuable experience in various aspects of the medical field including booking appointments, checking in patients and reviewing insurance eligibility.
“It’s very valuable experience,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity that we get as students [at Shawsheen].”
She hopes to continue to build toward a career in the medical field next year in college.
Chebook is as accomplished in athletics as he is in the classroom.
A student in the internet technology shop, Chebook wants to major in political science once he chooses a college to attend in the fall.
Initially, Chebook was trying to decide between internet technology and business as he navigated his freshman year at Shawsheen, eventually choosing the internet based on his love of computers.
While he’s found his time at Shawsheen valuable, Chebook is eyeing a possible career in politics and it’s no coincidence that his time at Shawsheen has helped him make that decision.
“I’ve always admired different leaders,” he said. “Throughout high school I’ve been able to become more outgoing. I was always kind of an outgoing kid, but [Shawsheen] has helped me find my place and figure out what I want to do with my life.”
These days, Chebook himself enjoys leading on several different levels.
He’s the president of the National Honor Society, he’s worked as an orientation leader at Shawsheen and has also earned community service awards and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
For the Ram athletic squads, he’s a leader too.
He recently helped the boys soccer team reach the state tournament where the Rams lost to Arlington, who advanced all the way to the Div. 2 North championship game. A center back, Chebook was a two-year captain for Shawsheen and was the program’s Rookie of the Year as a ninth grader. He was the soccer team’s Most Valuable Player over the past two campaigns.
As a swimmer in the winter, Chebook competed in the butterfly for three years, missing one season with a broken pelvis. He was the top team’s top performer in the butterfly last winter.
Each spring, Chebook competes in track and field and will be a second-year captain for the Rams when the next season starts. As a sophomore, Chebook was part of a school-record breaking 4×400 relay team and he was on a record-breaking 4×100 relay as a junior.
He and his teammates qualified for the state meet in relays for the past two years.
When he isn’t competing in sports, Chebook is making his school proud in other ways.
He boasts a 3.95 grade point average, competes in SkillsUSA and works as a remote technician in Lowell at PlumChoice, Inc. through the cooperative education program at Shawsheen.
He even coached youth soccer in his home town of Billerica during some of his rare free time.
“It’s been a good ride,” said Chebook, who hopes to play soccer in college. “I’m hoping college will be even better.”
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)
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