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Hoosac Valley Names Valedictorian & Salutatorian for Class of 2024

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CHESHIRE, Mass. — Hoosac Valley High School has named Talia Rehill and David Scholz as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2024. 
 
They will speak at graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. in the high school gym. 
 
Rehill, daughter of Alisha Hampton of Cheshire, has been involved in numerous student activities during her four years at the school. This includes president of the Student Council, the Adams-Cheshire Leo Club, the class of 2024, and the National Honor Society. She also was a student representative on the Athletic Leadership Council and the Rainbow Alliance, a peer leader for World of Difference and pride mentor of the Boomerang Project. She also was editor of the yearbook and founder of the Hoosac Valley chapter of the 84th Movement, a non-smoking initiative. Also active in sports, she was captain of the varsity soccer and track and field teams. 
 
She participated in the 2023 production of "Annie," raised money for childhood cancer as a princess with the AYJ Fund, and built a social networking platform for individuals suffering from homelessness. Her awards include the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award, National Honor Society's Student of the Year for Massachusetts, the College Board Big Future's award for rural and small-town recognition, and the American Legion Auxiliary's Girls State Award. 
 
Rehill is the second Hoosac graduate to be admitted to Harvard University, where she plans to study government on the pre-law track. 
 
Scholz, the son of Erik and Laura Scholz of Adams, has been vice president of the class of 2024 and a member of the Student Council, a student representative on the Athletic Leadership Council, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also was a member of the concert and marching band.
 
Active in sports, he was first team All-Western Mass for soccer in his senior year and Nordic skiing as a junior. He was captain of the varsity soccer team and a member of the school's ski and track and field teams. He also was a volunteer coach with the Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Youth Soccer League and a member of the Downhill Ski Club since Grade 8. 
 
Scholz plans to attend the University of New Hampshire and major in electrical engineering. 

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United Counseling Service Wins Wellness Award

BENNINGTON, Vt. — United Counseling Service is a winner of the 2024 Vermont Governor's Excellence in Worksite Wellness Gold Level Award, presented by the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in partnership with the Vermont Department of Health. 
 
This award is presented each year to organizations across the state that make employee wellness a priority.
 
The UCS Worksite Wellness Committee engaged staff in several worksite wellness initiatives this year, including a Community Supported Agriculture program in partnership with Full Well Farm in Adams, Mass., chair massages for staff, a potluck soup event for staff, quarterly lunches at rotating office locations, and facilitating ergonomic updates for workspaces following recent ergonomic assessments.
 
"We are honored to receive the Excellence in Worksite Wellness Gold Level Award," said Amy Fela, director of operations and co-chair of the Wellness Committee. "This achievement highlights our ongoing dedication to creating a supportive and healthy work environment."
 
UCS is a private, non-profit community mental health center that has been a part of Bennington County's integrated health-care system since 1958. The organization has been designated as a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners.
 
Learn more about the Department of Health's Worksite Wellness Awards here. Learn more about United Counseling Service here.
 
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