Pittsfield: PHS names class speakers, top 10 students

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PITTSFIELD — Trista Dearstyne, president of the Pittsfield High School Class of 2019, will speak at the graduation ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Tanglewood in Lenox. It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.

In addition to the class president, PHS seniors elect a speaker to be the voice of their graduating class and their four years under the dome. This year, Alexander Hawkins was chosen as the class speaker.

Throughout her high school career, Dearstyne has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of National Honor Society and Class Council. Also, she participated in Academic Decathlon and the Math Club.

Dearstyne will be attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as a biology major. She hopes to eventually work in a lab setting conducting research. This past fall she was the student speaker at the Berkshire Innovation Center groundbreaking and spoke about STEM careers and opportunities in the Berkshires.

Hawkins has been involved in National Honor Society, Class Council and the Link Crew mentoring program. He was a member of the PHS boys soccer team for four years and was nominated as a New England Patriots Anti-Violence Game Changer.

Hawkins will be attending Siena College in the fall.

Pittsfield High School also recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade point averages in the senior class.

The PHS 2019 Top 10 are Hannah Berkel, Katelynd Chambers, Joseph Cracolici, Trista Dearstyne, Katherine Dumigan, Carolyn Guachione, Samuel Higuera, Shannon Kennedy, Olivia Kriedeman-Hubbard, Chenyang Lin, Madison Quinn, and Jett Werhan.

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