DALTON >> Catherine L. May and Natasha J. Beauchesne have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2016 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.
Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 5, in the school gymnasium. The valedictory speech is titled "Embracing This Thing We Call Life," and the salutatory address is titled "Wahconah: The Novel."
May is the daughter of Kara Thornton and Jeffrey May of 194 Sleepy Hollow Drive.
While at Wahconah, May's academic program included Honors and Advanced Placement coursework. She is a member and treasurer of the National Honor Society, art major, choral program, Gay Straight Alliance, morning news team, and played lead in Wahconah Apollonian Player productions.
Within the community, May is a prayer leader at the Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield and an active volunteer. She is an alum of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program Class of 2015, attended the MassSTAR Youth Leadership Conference, the Massachusetts Auxiliary Girls State Conference, and the Envision National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine.
May received the University of Rochester Honorary Bausch and Lomb Science Award and the Smith College Alumni of Berkshire County Award. She was also named a John and Abigail Adams Scholar and received the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2015.
She plans to attend Williams College in the fall.
Beauchesne is the daughter of Rene and June Beauchesne of 4 Hazelwood Court. She also pursued an Honors and Advanced Placement College Preparatory curriculum.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Team, Academic Decathlon, Book Club, and Green Umbrella Committee. She has served as president of the 4-H Berkshire Broncos Club and volunteers in the stables at Camp Taconic.
She is a weekly volunteer at Moments House and represented Wahconah at the Massachusetts Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference.
Beauchesne received the St. Michael's College Award and the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award. She was also named a John and Abigail Adams Scholar and received the Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery with Distinction from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2015.
Beauchesne plans on attending Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., in the fall to study creative writing.