Agawam Resident Named Tech Program Student of the Year


AGAWAM – Diana Ghareeb, a senior student in health assistance at the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC), was recently selected as the 2021-22 student of the year in the regional vocational high school program.

Ghareeb, a resident of Agawam, was nominated for this award by one of her teachers. John Michaels, CETC guidance counselor for grades 11 and 12, said, “CETC’s 11 programs may nominate one student or more than one,” although only one student receives this recognition. The student is selected by the CETC administration.

CETC has 477 students enrolled in grades 9 through 12, of which 120 are seniors. Michaels noted that “student of the year” can only be awarded to a senior.

Ghareeb and 53 other Massachusetts vocational and technical students will be recognized April 14 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

“Diana is one of the most committed students in her discipline who has won this award in years,” Michaels said. “She’s a great kid.”

When Ghareeb isn’t diving into healthcare at CETC, she’s taking college classes at Agawam High School. Ghareeb is a member of the National Honor Society and a dual-sport athlete in indoor track and field and volleyball.

Michaels shared that Ghareeb is also the current secretary of CETC’s SkillsUSA chapter and has “won gold and silver medals at regional competitions.”
Outside of school, Ghareeb volunteers for various activities, including a food drive to fight hunger, as well as volunteering at local Lions Club events. She is also employed as a cooperative education student at a local medical facility, Michaels noted.

He said that after graduation, Ghareeb plans to pursue nursing studies at American International College or Worcester State University.

CTEC, at 174 Brush Hill Ave., West Springfield, is the vocational high school for the Agawam, East Longmeadow, Easthampton, Hampden-Wilbraham, Longmeadow, Ludlow, South Hadley, Southwick-Tolland-Granville, and West Springfield school districts. Students remain enrolled in their home district’s high school, spending a half-day there and a half-day at CETC.

CTEC’s programs include Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Technology, Building and Property Maintenance and Management, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Early Education and Care, Graphic and Visual Design , health assistance, information and networking support services, as well as landscaping technology and horticulture. For more information about CTEC, visit


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