Tri-County Student from North Attleboro Wins Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School senior, Jennavive Barber of North Attleboro, has been selected as the recipient of the 35th

Annual Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ceremony and dinner will not be held this year. Jenna will receive her award at senior celebrations this spring at Tri-County.

The Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award is presented each year by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) and the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) to one student from each vocational technical high school in Massachusetts. The award recognizes students who have made significant contributions to their local school district and to the statewide vocational technical education system. Recipients must have excellent attendance, a minimum of a 3.5 GPA and vocational-related work experience. The students must demonstrate leadership qualities, technical competence, involvement in the community and extracurricular activities.

Jenna Barber, daughter of Derek Barber and Jessica Holst, is the kind of student that every teacher, school administrator, and parent would hope for. Jenna is a leader among her peers and is a competent and dedicated Health Careers student who has earned multiple certifications and credentials in the health care field, including a Nursing Assistant Certification, American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Certification, and a certification in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. Currently, Jenna is working at an assisted living facility as a CNA for her Co-Op position. She has also received clinical experience at several medical related facilities through her time at Tri-County.

Since her freshman year, Jenna has earned numerous accolades in her vocational program, academics, athletics, and Skills USA. She was appointed Skills USA Chapter President and was a gold medalist in Prepared Speech in 2019. She went on to compete nationally, where she placed 5th overall. In 2018, Jenna also placed 4th in the Skills USA Competition and was a SkillsUSA Grade 10 Basic Health Care In-House Medalist.

Jenna has earned perfect attendance since 2017 and is ranked in the top five percent of her graduating class, earning high honor roll and honor roll all four years. Jenna has represented Tri- County in many ways, specifically as our first Student Ambassador. She is also the Vice President of the National Honors Society, served as the junior class President and currently is serving as the senior class President.

Jenna has been part of the Tri-County Varsity Cheer Team since 2017 and has served as Captain of her team since 2019. She is an MIAA Student Ambassador and was awarded the Varsity Cheerleading Coach’s Award in 2019 and the Varsity Cheerleading Leadership award in 2020. In 2019, she was also recognized as the Massachusetts Game Day Cheerleading State Champion. Outside of school, Jenna devotes herself to her community as a cheerleading coach for children between the ages of six and eight.

In the Fall, Jenna will be attending Northeastern University to become a Physician Assistant.

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