Another member of the class of 2014:

Caroline Sinico has been named the valedictorian with a grade point of 101.0 and Christine Niccoli is the salutatorian with a grade point of 98.9

Sinico is the daughter of Anthony and Kathleen Sinico of 29 Central Berkshire Boulevard. She is a gifted vocalist and has performed in the community at events including Irish Idol Liam Geddes, with Sister City Jazz Ensemble, singing the national anthem for Berkshire Chamber, and on the local television show “Jerry’s Place” for Italian heritage. She also received musical recognition for her participation in events including Sound of America National Chorus, Massachusetts Western Districts Chorus and lead roles in spring musicals.

Sinico is a member of the National Honor Society, and has received the Superintendent’s Award for Academic Excellence. She was recognized for academic excellence in four subjects, and for Superiority in Theatre and Chorus. She received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for outstanding Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores in the district, was nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security, and People to People Youth Leadership Conference. She received the Williams College Book Award and Scholarship, and was selected to attend “Windows on Williams” at the college as a high school senior.

At Taconic, Sinico participated in Class Council, Quiz Team and Berkshire Youth United and was a Student Ambassador. She was also captain of varsity soccer and varsity Nordic skiing, and was on the varsity track and field team.

In the fall, Sinico will attend Williams College, taking a liberal arts program with a focus on music.

[Side note: I am not sure that iBerkshires understands what Windows on Williams is for . . . ] More on Sinico here.

The Class of 2010 at Taconic High School was a very accepting group of graduates.

The 197 seniors enthusiastically received good advice — along with their diplomas — during Sunday’s commencement ceremony before a standing-room-only crowd in the high school’s gymnasium.

“The acceptance of others and their differences, the acceptance and conquering of many impediments that cross our path and the acceptance of ourselves as individuals is paramount for our futures,” said valedictorian Caroline Sinico.

“Engaging and possessing an accepting attitude will help you throughout your life,” she said.

Sinico, well-known locally for her tremendous singing talent, emphasized her message of acceptance by interrupting her speech to sing “Colors of the Wind,” from the Disney animated movie, “Pocahontas.” The song’s message is one of embracing the differences of others, “whether we are white or copper skinned.”

“Now that you have completed high school, enter the world with an unbiased mind,” Sinico said after singing to her classmates. “If you embark on your next journey with an accepting attitude, you will be able to paint not only with green and gold (Taconic’s school colors), but with all the colors of the wind.”

Welcome to Williams!

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