November Students of the Month
Posted on 12/10/2018

WESTFORD — Amanda Fales of Townsend and Brendan Taylor of Chelmsford have been selected as November’s Students of the Month at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Amanda Fales, daughter of Steve and Eilish Fales, is a senior in the Health Assisting program. Amanda consistently earns high honors and has been elected president of the National Honor Society. She has also been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. She is a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars program, and has qualified for the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship. As a junior, she earned a bronze medal in First Aid/CPR at the SkillsUSA District Competition. Amanda is a student representative to the Nashoba Tech School Committee. She participates in the school’s Cooperative Education program, working full time on alternating weeks at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton. She is a freshman mentor and plays basketball for the Vikings. She plans to attend nursing school to become a registered nurse.

Amanda was nominated by English Instructor Bruce Sullivan, who wrote: “Amanda is an excellent student with a long history of academic success. She is currently taking a mix of rigorous Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Last spring, Amanda scored a perfect 5 on the AP Language and Composition Exam, earning college credits in the process. She currently has one of the highest GPAs in the school. She is always prepared, scores well on tests and quizzes, and writes with a thoughtfulness and maturity beyond her years. She contributes thoughtfully to class discussions, writes at an upper-college level, and is an outstanding contributor to group work. Amanda has logged countless hours of community service at school events, community events, games and as a mentor for incoming students.”

            Health Assisting Instructor Vicki Ann Poulin wrote: “Amanda was certified by the American Red Cross to be a Certified Nurses Aide. As a senior, she continues to apply theory to practice by working 32 hours every other week at a skilled nursing home. Amanda is involved with sports, school activities, such as the newspaper and School Council, as well as tutoring her peers. Amanda also has a willingness to go beyond the usual role of a student. She demonstrates a commitment to continuity in caring for her patients and their families, and she took an interest in the residents with dementia, mental-health issues and memory-impaired residents.


Taylor Nov Student

Brendan Taylor, son of Tom and Karen Taylor, is a senior in the Carpentry/Cabinetmaking program. Brendan consistently earns high honors, and was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society as a junior. He is a freshman mentor, helping incoming students acclimate themselves to their new school.

Last spring, he earned a bronze medal in Carpentry at the SkillsUSA District Competition. Brendan plays soccer for the Vikings. Through the Cooperative Education program, he works full time on alternative weeks for Quality Green Homes in Westford. He plans to attend college after graduation to study Construction Management, then continue in the construction industry.

Brendan was nominated by Mathematics Instructor Andrew Smith, who wrote that he is “a force to be reckoned with in Advanced Placement Calculus.”