PITTSFIELD -- Berkshire Community College has announced that Shelby Meyers has been selected as the 2014 valedictorian and will provide remarks at the institution's 54th commencement at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Tanglewood in Lenox. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will serve as the event's keynote speaker.
Meyers, who will graduate with an associates degree in environmental science, was selected by a committee comprised of faculty and administrators due to her impressive academic abilities, including a 3.95 grade point average.
While at BCC, she participated in the institution's Service-Learning Program as well as the TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Program, a federally funded program that provides free support services to eligible students, which helped to connect her to various key services such as financial aid.
"Shelby was selected not just because of her grades, but because she's already making use of her classroom learning in the world outside. We applaud students who connect book work with public work," said Frances Feinerman, BCC's vice president for academic affairs and chair of the selection committee.
"Shelby is one of the most gifted students I've ever had the pleasure to work with," said TRIO Coordinator Christine DeGregorio. "Her growth during her time at BCC has been stellar. I taught an English class in which Shelby was a student and I always looked forward to Shelby's papers with anticipation. I knew she'd not only write an excellent paper, but that her writing was capable of describing and capturing a sense of time and place, bringing the reader right into the setting she was describing.
A resident of Stockbridge, Meyers attended Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington. She has battled various medical issues including fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease and celiac disease.
Meyers credits her fiancé, who she will marry this October, for helping her to succeed. She plans to continue her education in environmental science and is considering earning a law degree. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities.
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