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Shawsheen’s Jayden Donaher Named Nation’s ‘Highest Scorer’ by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation
2023 Salutatorian is only Shawsheen student receiving this honor
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School senior, Jayden Donaher, has been named a Commend Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commend Students are recognized for being amongst the highest scorers in the nation, on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
As a student receiving this honor, Jayden was presented with a Letter of Commendation for his exceptional academic promise from Principal Cook and his guidance counselor Amanda Samaha, on behalf of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Jayden is one of only thirty-four thousand Commended Students in the nation that was recognized; the only from Shawsheen.
"Those being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," said a spokesperson for NMSC. ''These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Principal Cook said, “This is a big deal for both Jayden and for Shawsheen. Since I started at this school, I have not known another student to receive this honor.” Ms. Cook and Superintendent Tony McIntosh both congratulated Jayden, a 2023 graduate of Shawsheen’s Information Support Services & Networking (ISSN) program, and shared his success with the school community.
Jayden was the Class of 2023 Salutatorian, and he will be attending UMass-Lowell for computer engineering this fall.
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