2019 Graduates of Distinction Awards
North Beach 2019 Graduates of Distinction Honorees Have Transformative Impact on Others’ Lives
North Beach Jr/Sr High School celebrated the 2019 Graduates of Distinction, Chelsea Frank and Taylor Beach in a ceremony at the school's gymnasium last Friday. This is the 13th year the award has been presented to a North Beach Jr/Sr High School alumnus or alumni who have demonstrated exceptional personal, professional, or philanthropic achievements in their careers.
Under the leadership of former Boeing employee Jaen Henry, local residents created the North Beach Graduates of Distinction committee and presented the first awards in 2006. Then and now, the committee feels it is important to recognize such accomplishments and service of the school’s graduates particularly for the younger students today. The 2019 selections for Graduates of Distinction epitomize the qualities the originators of the award wished to highlight.
Chelsea Frank, Class of 2004
Chelsea attended North Beach School District throughout her K-12 years, graduating as class salutatorian in 2004. She excelled in academics and in extra-curricular activities. She participated in Running Start through Grays Harbor College, earning both her high school diploma and an Associate Degree from Grays Harbor College. She was a violinist with the Grays Harbor Youth Symphony and Orchestra, participated in cross-country track team, winning multiple awards, and was a cheerleader. Throughout high school, Chelsea also worked for the Community Club as head lifeguard.
Chelsea went on to attend the University of Washington from 2004-2007, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics, with honors. After college, she worked for a prosthetics laboratory before starting her own business in Ocean Shores called Life and Limb Gel. For nearly a decade, Chelsea’s passion for helping others has brought life-transforming products to people around the world. In addition, Chelsea shares a beautiful family of four children with her husband, Kyle Frank.
Taylor J. Beach, Class of 2009
Maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Taylor Beach worked tirelessly throughout high school to make sure his work was nothing short of outstanding. He served as a page for The House of Representatives, was the first assistant band director during his time in high school. Always focused on a career in emergency services, Taylor obtained his Firefighter I certification prior to high school graduation.
After graduating from high school, Taylor attended the North Bend Fire Academy Training Center to be trained in live fire scenarios. He later spent time in Detroit, Michigan, working at the Henry Ford Trauma Hospital.
In his current position with the Ocean Shores Fire Department, Taylor utilizes his paramedic training daily. He also has the responsibility of managing medical incidents, being the lead care provider and delivering advanced life support to patients. Taylor was named Firefighter of the Year in 2018. He and his wife have two children.