Sophia Cohen, daughter of Daniel and Stephanie Cohen of Lee has earned the distinction of Valedictorian for the Monument Mountain Regional High School Class of 2017. Camille Beckwith, daughter of Bruce and Carey Beckwith of Great Barrington has earned the distinction of Salutatorian. These students will receive scholastic medallions and certificates awarded by the Berkshire Hills Regional School District at the 50th Commencement exercises on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at Tanglewood. They will deliver the Valedictorian and Salutatorian addresses during the ceremony.
Valedictorian Sophia Cohen is a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program and a member of the MMRHS National Honor Society. Sophia plays the French horn and the piano and has been a member of the Empire State Youth Orchestra in Albany, New York since 2012. She has won numerous writing awards for her short stories and screenplay, including the Michelle Gillette Creative Writing Scholarship in 2017, First Prize in the Edith Wharton Writing Competition in February 2015, and four Silver Key Awards and eight Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, 2013-2017. In 2014 and 2016, Sophia won First Prize in the District VFW’s Voice of Democracy Competition. Her “Winter Survival Guide” was published in Berkshire Magazine’s 2016 winter issue. She was a captain of the cross-country team and a qualifier for the Western Massachusetts Cross Country Championships for the past three years. Sophia enjoys skiing, sailing, reading and spending time with her family, friends and two black Labradors.
Sophia will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to pursue a degree in Chemistry.
Salutatorian Camille Beckwith is a member of the National Honor Society and in that role has been a peer tutor and volunteer. She is a mentor with Flying Cloud’s Girls Science Club. A member of MMRHS’s community service club PATHWays, Camille has volunteered in the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive, the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Breast Cancer Awareness month. She is a member of the Give-to-Give program dedicated to supporting the education of young people in Haiti. Camille received the Bay Path University Presidential Book Award at the 2016 Junior Early Scholarship Ceremony. Camille was recognized by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, and has received academic awards in Horticulture, English, Mathematics and Science. She has served as an intern with the Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and looks to work as a wildlife biologist in the future.
Camille will begin her studies in Biology at Wheaton College in the fall.
Emily Martsen and Benjamin Zoeller, members of the Class of 2018, will serve as Class Marshals at the Commencement ceremony.