Friday May 25, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Principal John Vosburgh has announced that Taconic High School's 42nd commencement exercises will be held on Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the school.

Alexis Jayne Savery has been named valedictorian with a GPA of 102.5 and Christopher James Coughlin is the salutatorian with a GPA of 101.2.

Savery is the daughter of Thomas and Jayne Savery of 70 East Acres Road. She is a member of the National Honors Society, French Club, Book Club, National Merit Commended Scholar, and received the Superintendents' Award for Academic Excellence.

Savery was the Academic Award recipient for Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Pre-Calculus, Novice and Advanced French, Honors Physics and physical education. She also received the Williams Book Award and was named an AP Scholar with Honors for her outstanding scores on her AP exams.

Savery scored advanced on all three MCAS exams, with a perfect score on her math MCAS, and received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

She is the captain of the varsity tennis team, a Book Club member, volunteers at St. Mark School helping students with their homework and works part time.

In the fall, Savery will attend Williams College and major in mathematics.

Coughlin is the son of Peter and Sheila Coughlin of 75 Michael Drive. He is the vice president of the National Honor Society, secretary of Taconic's Science and En gineering Academy, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and received the Superintendents' Award for Academic Excellence.


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Coughlin was the Academic Award recipient for Honors Spanish, Honors Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Chemistry. He also received the Dartmouth College Book Award and was named as an AP Scholar with Distinction for outstanding scores on five or more AP exams.

Scoring advanced on all three MCAS exams, with a perfect score on the math exam, Coughlin received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

He is a doubles player for the Taconic tennis team and a standing member of the United States Tennis Association. In addition, Coughlin is a member of the Student Advisory Council to the School Committee, Class Council, Quiz Team, Spanish Club and Book Club.

He is also a participant of the Youth Leadership Program and participated in the Regional Science Fair and Mentor-Protégé Program. He volunteers for various programs and as a peer tutor.

Coughlin is also a senior leader at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club.

In the fall, Coughlin will attend Georgetown University as a pre-medical student.