Jenna Metzler of Lowell and Gabriel Thibodeau of Westford are February’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Tech.
Jenna Metzler, daughter of Melissa Metzler, is a senior in the Carpentry program. She is an honor-roll student, and has been inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She is also Nashoba Tech’s nominee for the Massachusetts Vocational Associations Non-Traditional Student Award, given to a student who specializes in a nontraditional program. She has been the student representative on the Carpentry Advisory Board for three years and is a freshman mentor.
Jenna plays volleyball and lacrosse at Nashoba Tech and manages the hockey team. She works at Dunstable-based Lady With A Hammer Remodeling & Construction through the school’s Cooperative Education program. She plans to complete her Associate’s degree at Middlesex Community College, then transfer to Plymouth State University to major in a field dealing with children.
She was nominated by English Instructor Bruce Sullivan, who wrote: “Jenna is an outstanding young person. She consistently performs at a high college level through her own hard work and determination. She is smart, kind, ethical and skillful, and is a tremendous example to her class and her technical program, Carpentry.”
Gabriel Thibodeau, son of Mike Thibodeau and Niki Palmer, is a junior in the Electrical Technology program. He plays football for the Vikings. He works for Billerica-based Interstate Electrical Services Corporation through Nashoba Tech’s Cooperative Education program. Outside of school, he helps elderly neighbors mow and shovel, and helps coach youth football.
Gabriel plans to continue his career as an electrician after graduation. He was nominated by Electrical Technology Instructor Robert Baker, who wrote that while most students hesitate before going to work through Cooperative Education, Gabriel came to him to ask about it.
“Gabe insisted on stepping outside of his comfort zone to pursue his dream of becoming an electrician,” Baker wrote. “He completed OSHA 10 and brought up a few of his academic grades to make sure he was eligible. I’m so proud of Gabe and I know everyone here in Electrical is, too. I’ve noticed that Gabe has motivated many of his classmates to also pursue Co-op opportunities. Gabe is one of the most beloved students in the shop. He’s a great-natured kid who is always quick with a joke or an interesting comment. His positive attitude and friendly demeanor is a breath of fresh air, especially during these difficult COVID-19 times.”