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Conceison, Gaudet pave two different paths to success

Dillon Gaudet, left, and Joe Conceison. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Tantasqua Regional High School seniors Joe Conceison and Dillon Gaudet took two different paths to success, but both emerged with the knowledge and experience that will help them in college.

Conceison, a Sturbridge resident who was selected as the January Student of the Month at TRHS, focused on music and theater throughout his high school career. He described music theory as one of the most interesting and challenging courses he took, and it has helped him become a better musician. Since his freshman year, Conceison was a member of his school's concert chorus, the Choraleers, and vocal jazz and show choirs. This year, he helped create VoiceMale, a male a capella group at TRHS, and he also served as the president of Tantasqua's Tri-M Music Honors Society.

Conceison held starring roles in school musicals for the past three years, playing Benny in "Rent" as a sophomore, Nathan Detroit in "Guys and Dolls" as a junior, and Billy Flynn in "Chicago" last fall. He listed Christine Costello, the director of Performing Arts at TRHS, as one of the teachers who inspired him most.

"I have been studying under her since the seventh grade, and she has been a tremendous influence," Conceison said. "She has shown me how to go about preparing for college, a career, and a future in performance."

Conceison will attend New York University in the fall, where he is enrolled in the Steinhardt School and slated to major in music theater. In addition to school performances and musical programs, he has also been involved in community productions at the Stageloft Repertory in Sturbridge and with the Gateway Performers in Southbridge. Moreover, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Tantasqua's annual Relay for Life, as well as a national anthem singer at TRHS basketball games and other venues.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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