BHS Showcase Archive
Berlin High School seniors Danielle Taglucop and Jacob Giuliano are the recipients of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents Student Recognition Awards. Berlin High School selects two students annually, one male and one female, to receive this honor, which is based on community service/service to others, academic prowess relative to ability, and leadership service to the school community. The awards were presented at the annual Board of Education meeting held at Berlin High School on November 27th.
Danielle Taglucop is an active and dedicated member of several organizations and extracurricular activities at Berlin High School. She has been a devoted member of the Interact Club throughout her high school career. Danielle attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a one-day leadership conference. Amongst the over 200 students at RYLA, she was elected by her peers to be one of the ten individuals that would attend a week-long, sponsored trip to the World Affairs Seminar in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2017. Along with receiving two Distinguished Citation Awards for active service in the club, Danielle was the Paparazzi (digital media organizer) of Interact her junior year and is currently serving as co-president of the club. She is also taking on the responsibility of being a co-founder and co-president of the newly established Interact District Board. In addition to Interact, Danielle is a house leader for GEM House in the Upbeat Peer Leadership Program and assists at the food pantry weekly. She is also treasurer of Student Government, co-president of Homecoming Committee, a Writing Center tutor, and a member of the Ambassador Club. Furthermore, Danielle is a participant in the arts; along with being a member of the BHS chorus for two years, Danielle is involved with stage crew, musicals, and the cabaret. In addition to taking rigorous courses and being a member of the National Honor Society, Danielle has also been honored with the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. Outside of Berlin High School, Danielle is an engaged member of her church. Along with being a volunteer server, she has attended many mission trips to New Jersey, Virginia, and New York. As a once-dedicated attendee at both camps, Danielle is now a counselor at Silver Lake Conference Center and Vacation Bible School. In the fall, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in occupational therapy in order to continue her passion for helping others.
Throughout his years in the Berlin public school system, Jacob Giuliano has been able to apply knowledge gained in the classroom and through extracurricular activities to advance his skills within the community. Overall, Jacob has contributed over 340 hours of community service both in and out of the town of Berlin. For the past six years, Jacob has notably dedicated himself to Berlin’s FIRST Robotics team. As a team captain and mechanical design team member, he catalyzed the team’s achievement of multiple awards, including “Excellence in Engineering,” through his comprehensive design work. Additionally, Jacob has been one of Berlin’s robot drivers, operating the team’s robot in the district and New England district championship competitions as well as at the world championship in St. Louis. On a similar note, Jacob has contributed to the growth of young minds through his mentorship with FIRST Lego League at McGee Middle School, where he works to establish a solid foundation in the field of STEM in Berlin High’s future students. Jacob is also a member of the UpBeat Peer Leadership Program, where he is the house leader of Hubbard House. Moreover, this past summer, Jacob was one of a handful of high school students to be selected to join the prestigious Hartford Hospital volunteer program where he volunteered in the Ayer Neuroscience Outpatient Center. Here, Jacob represented Berlin while working with Hartford Hospital’s patients, doctors, and engineers. Jacob is a member of the National Honor Society and has received Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s computing medal, Rochester Institute of Technology’s medal, and was the male recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Society of Women Engineers. As he looks toward the future, Jacob hopes to continue to be a paradigm for students through his pursuit of a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering beginning in the fall of 2018.