Pittsfield: Beaupre, Arace named top seniors at Taconic

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

Nathaniel "Nate" Beaupre has been named valedictorian with a grade point average of 101.9 and Anthony Arace is the salutatorian with a GPA of 101.8.

Beaupre is the son of Joanne Brown and David Beaupre. At Taconic, he is a member of the Latin Club, the track and field team and participated in Save Our Shakespeare At Taconic. A talented actor and singer, he has held lead roles in many of the school musicals.

Beaupre has received many awards including the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Award for Academic Excellence, magna cum laude for National Latin Exam, and Academic Excellence in AP European History, AP U.S. History, Biology and Latin advanced level.

In the community, he participates in Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Berkshire Youth Leadership Program, and Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

Beaupre plans to attend Clarkson University for mechanical engineering in the fall.

Arace is the son of Michael and Christine Arace. At Taconic, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Taconic Braves United and Class Council. He also is a Student Ambassador and a peer tutor.

Arace plays on the Taconic soccer team and is the captain of the alpine skiing team. He has received many awards, including Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Award for Excellence, Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, Air Force Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Engineering Fair Project, and Academic Excellence in Honors Chemistry, Honors Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.

In the community, Arace is a member of Berkshire Youth United, the Robotics Club, Assemblies of God Royal Rangers Program, an American Legion Boys State participant, and a Hugh O'Brien Leadership Ambassador. Through HOBY, he earned the President's Service Award for reaching over 100 volunteer hours in one year and a letter from the President of the United States thanking him for his commitment to his community.

Arace plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute for mechanical engineering in the fall.


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