Below is a press release from the Shawsheen Tech:
BILLERICA, MA — The “Senior of the Month” program at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School has resumed after being sidelined due to the pandemic. The initiative has been a tradition at Shawsheen for many years and has been a positive and rewarding program for seniors. The Senior of the Month program enables faculty a means to honor students during their senior year. From the monthly winners, one senior will be selected as the “Senior of the Year,” which includes a scholarship sponsored by The Billerica Lodge of Elks.
The Senior of the Month program selects one male and one female senior student every month based on a variety of criteria. Criteria includes evaluation of character, leadership, citizenship, service to school & community, scholastic achievement, and vocational competencies. Students are recognized for their accomplishments to their class as well as Shawsheen Tech, and are chosen with optimism that they will be outstanding alumni and members to the community after graduation.
The seniors selected during the fall semester are listed below.
KEVIN STEVENS is an electrical student from Wilmington and is the male senior of the month winner for October. Kevin is in Honor Society and has competed on behalf of Shawsheen in SkillsUSA competitions. He is on the soccer, swimming, and track teams. Kevin is an orientation leader at Shawsheen, a youth group leader, and is an Eagle Scout candidate. Kevin participates in the cooperative education program and is placed at Comeau Electric. Upon graduation he plans to continue his education through post-secondary programming to become a master electrician.
KASEY McFADDEN is the female student of the month winner for October. She is a Tewksbury resident and studies Dental Assisting at Shawsheen. Kasey is in Honor Society and has held class office all four years; she is currently serving as Class President. Kasey has been a 4-year varsity athlete for both volleyball and swimming, and she is actively involved in her community. Kasey qualified for Shawsheen’s cooperative education program and is placed at RIM Associates. She plans to attend college to pursue a career in nursing after graduation.
VICTOR LAM, a Burlington resident, is the male senior of the month for November. He studies Office Technology and Marketing at Shawsheen and participates in the cooperative education program with placement at Tonneson & Company. Victor is in Honor Society and runs in both cross country and track. He participates in many school activities and has worked for the Billerica Food Pantry. After graduation, Victor plans to attend college to study Data Analytics.
GABRIELA ORTIZ is the female senior of the month for November. She is a resident of Tewksbury and is in Shawsheen’s Dental Assisting program. Gabriella is in Honor Society and has held class office for four years. She is a tri-sport athlete that plays soccer, volleyball, and lacrosse, and is Shawsheen’s first National SkillsUSA medalist to place in Dental Assisting (2021). Gabriella works for The Perico Group as part of Shawsheen’s cooperative education program, and she plans to continue her education at a university to pursue Biology of Dental Hygiene.
JOHN ZEMBECK is a culinary student from Burlington, and he is the male senior of the month for December. He is in Honor Society and has been a competitor in SkillsUSA for three years. John runs cross country, is on the swim team, and plays tennis. As a cooperative education qualifier, he continues his education bi-weekly at Benchmark Senior Living. John plans to continue to work for Benchmark after he graduates and continue in the field of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management.
LEE SINGER is a Burlington resident in the medical assisting program at Shawsheen; she is the female senior of the month winner for December. Lee has held class office for four years, is in National Honor Society, and has volunteered for Relay for Life and Special Olympics. Lee is a tri-sport athlete who plays volleyball, swimming, and lacrosse. She currently works for Countryside Vet Hospital as part of the cooperative education program, and after graduation, Lee will attend college to pursue nursing.
CONNOR HALKO is a resident of Billerica and is in the graphics communications program at Shawsheen Tech; he is the male senior of the month for January. Connor was instrumental in the graphic design work for the fall 2021 project “Fenway at Shawsheen,” and was featured on Channel 10 Boston for his work. Connor is a polite, hardworking student, and is a top achiever in his vocational program. Connor plans continue in a career as a graphic designer after graduation.
DEVIN SWEENEY is a medical assisting student at Shawsheen who resides in Burlington. Devin is the female senior of the month for January. She has held class office for four years, is in Honor Society, and has volunteered for the Lowell Homeless Shelter, Relay for Life, and Baystate Marathon. Devin has competed in SkillsUSA, and is on the cross country, lacrosse, and volleyball teams. She participates in the cooperative education program with placement at RIM Associates, and plans to attend college for Exercise Science/Physical Therapy after graduation.
About Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational School District
Established in 1965, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District (SVRVTSD) is a student-centered public institution serving the five member towns of Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Tewksbury, and Wilmington. Shawsheen Valley Technical High School serves more than 1,300 students in grades 9-12 and is “Dedicated to Excellence in Education”, integrating academics with more than 20-vocational-technical career pathways.
Shawsheen is located in Billerica, MA on a sprawling 100-acre campus. The school building features state-of-the-art facilities and athletic fields, twenty-four varsity sports, and dozens of extra-curricular clubs and activities. All of Shawsheen’s faculty and staff are committed to the mission “to provide a positive learning experience in a safe educational environment that encourages all students to reach their full potential, emphasizes the value of a strong work ethic, and prepares them for adult life in a competitive world.”
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District also provides high-quality educational programming for youths and adults through Adult Education, Afterschool Exploratory Programs, Community Events, and Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs. Shawsheen is consistently working to increase its rich and varied programming opportunities for the community, which supports its mission that education is a lifelong, continuous process with many paths to living a successful and fulfilling life.