Mikayla Jones of Townsend, daughter of Jeff and Linda Jones, has been selected to receive the statewide award as the top secondary student in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Vocational Association.

“It means so much to me,” Mikayla said. “I’ve worked so hard, and I was so excited when I found out. It’s really amazing that I’m representing all technical schools across the state. It’s a real honor.”

Mikayla is a senior in the Marketing program. She is vice president of the Class of 2020, a member of SkillsUSA and a part of the 2019 DECA team that placed second in the state and competed at the International Career & Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

She has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is an honor-roll student and a member of the staff of the Viking Voice, the school newspaper. She also serves as a freshman mentor, helping incoming students acclimate to high school. She was one of three Nashoba Tech students last year who successfully advocated at the Massachusetts State House for Nashoba Tech to receive the designation of Early College School.

Mikayla qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, which provides free tuition for four years to any Massachusetts public college or university, though she plans to attend Manchester Community College in New Hampshire to study Interior Design.