Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center 2017 Outstanding Student: Jayde (Jade) Thomas

Jayde Thomas, an Early Education and Care student from South Hadley is the daughter of Lori and Jermaine Thomas. During the past four years, Jayde has maintained an A average in both her technical and academic studies while being a member of the school’s swim team. Jayde is a three-time winner of the Early Education and Care program’s “Student of The Month” award while winning the “Outstanding Student” award in 2016 as well, a rare feat for a junior. This John and Abigail Adams Scholar put her abilities to the test last March in the “Skills USA” district competition where she garnered a “Gold Medal” for her efforts. Later that spring Jayde spent her break in Ethiopia doing outreach work with impoverished children behalf of her church.  She is currently employed through the school’s co-op program at a local daycare center and plans to continue her Early Education and Care Studies at Holyoke Community College in the fall.