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Monument Mountain High School grads celebrate after 'chasing normal' since sophomore year

District: Berkshire Hills Regional School District

Location: Tanglewood

Graduating Seniors: 139

Valedictorian: Maya Isabelle Velasco

Salutatorian: Bailey Marie Carlson

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Memorable Moment: The Monument High Chorus sang an acoustic version of “Have It All,” by Jason Mraz.

Arthur Labrie did a little dance across the stage after receiving his diploma.

Valedictorian Maya Velasco said that before the pandemic, she already knew about “chasing normal” — she had suffered with a chronic illness that upended her school and social life, and she was “left trying to put all the pieces back together again.”

“Luckily, a year later a global pandemic hit and really helped bring normalcy back into my life,” she said, to a wave of laughter.

Heather Bellow can be reached at hbellow@berkshireeagle.com or 413-329-6871.

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