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The Nashoba Valley Technical High School Class of 2019 — 165 strong — bid a fond farewell to their home away from home for the last four years during a bright and sunny graduation ceremony on Saturday morning, June 1.
Commencement speaker U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan, told the graduates that they had already “acquired the skills necessary to be competitive in the economy and to build a successful life” by making the decision four years ago to attend a technical high school.
“It gives you an incredible advantage,” said Trahan, a Lowell native and Westford resident who won a competitive election for the right to represent the Third District of Massachusetts in Congress.
“Our economy is in desperate need of the skills you possess,” she added. “Each of you is equipped to be the best you can be.”The valedictorian of the Class of 2019 is Jason Gendron, a Dracut resident who, just days before receiving his diploma and technical certificate in Robotics & Automation from Nashoba Tech, graduated from Middlesex Community College with an Associate’s degree in Information Technology and Cybersecurity.
A Dean’s List student at MCC, Gendron will go on to the Honors Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Westford graduates: Jeffrey Battle Jr., Vanessa Clark, Linzy Duggan, Liam King, Edward Landers, Michael McGurn, Riley Pittman, Victoria Smith, Kaley Zaher.