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Jobee O’Sullivan, the guidance director at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, is urging any 8th grade student interested in attending Shawsheen next year to submit an application by the Feb. 1 deadline. There are nearly 600 potential candidates for about 350 slots for ninth graders, according to a statement released by Shawsheen. Interviews are expected to begin the first week in February. The application for Shawsheen may be picked up at a local middle school, at the high school, or downloaded from the admissions tab on the school’s website at www.shawsheentech.org. Applications cannot be completed online. However, they can be printed out and faxed to the school, mailed, or dropped off in person. Shawsheen is at 100 Cook St., Billerica 01821. The fax number is 978-663-6272. Acceptance letters will be mailed in April.