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Mount Greylock Committee Recognizes Top Scholar, Reorganizes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Amelia Murphy was recognized this month as a "top scholar and an active participant in the classroom and the school community."   District Superintendent Kimberley Grady gave Murphy a Certificate of Academic Excellence during the monthly meeting of the School Committee.   "[Murphy] commands a great deal of respect from her peers and faculty for her level of maturity, integrity and enthusiasm for learning," Grady said.   She said Murphy's active life in and out of school includes hiking, gardening, rowing, Nordic skiing and karate. And with a primary academic interest in science,

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Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to info@iberkshires.com to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or

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McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:49PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter for the 2019-2020 school year.

High Honors

Blevins, Macie; Boisvert, Hunter; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Cyrulik, Faye; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Ellis, Natalie; Gazaille, Bree; Girard, Brandon; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Howland, Ethan; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Reese II, Marshall; Rose, Christopher; Scalise, Darcy; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey;

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Finale Performances Run Nov. 21-24
01:19PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare is back, bringing hundreds of teenagers from 10 area high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company.

Beginning on Nov. 21, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the award-winning program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties for nine weeks. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities.

The Fall Festival of Shakespeare is nationally recognized for its innovative teaching, emotional

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
12:15PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B- in all graded classes. The student must be carrying a minimum of four graded courses to be eligible. Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible for the honor roll for one semester.

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Gabriella Alvarez, Madeline Art, Miriam Bakija, Anthony Bossana, James Brannan, Tyler Canata, Barry Chhuon, Taylor Cornell, Elizabeth DeGraff, Khushi Devre, Julia Donati, Lily Edge, Sarah Egan, Brandon

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Education Task Force Continues Study on Countywide School District
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is trying to anticipate potential problems on the pathway to a unified county school district.    The task force meeting at Berkshire Regional Planning's office Saturday morning certainly didn't solve any problems but did try to outline where those challenges may arise.    As with all other education initiatives the first hurdle they have is money. More specifically the lack of it.   "The full proposal we pitched (to the state Department of Education) was $420,000 for each of the first three years and then another $250,000 for each of the next two," said outgoing Lee

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20 New McCann Graduates Welcomed Into Nursing Profession
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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See more photos of Monday's pinning ceremony here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Billie Allard opened her arms wide on Monday to welcome the newest cadre into the nursing profession.    Calling on other nurses in the gym at McCann Technical School to stand and be noted, the keynote speaker at Monday night's pinning ceremony told the 20 licensed practical nursing graduates that she had no idea what her life would become after her own pinning ceremony years ago.    "I have never regretted for one moment the decision I made nurses has nursing has helped me develop a deep and abiding love and appreciation for every person each day and each moment as

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Williams College Senior Named a Rhodes Scholar
03:42PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Summiya Najam has been named a Rhodes Scholar for Pakistan for 2020.

Najam has been selected to join a class of approximately 100 students from more than 60 countries worldwide to receive this distinguished scholarship to study at Oxford University next year. She is Williams' 40th Rhodes Scholar.

Since the establishment of the scholarship in 1902, nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, the professions, commerce, the arts, education, research, and other domains. The Rhodes Scholarships for Pakistan are a partnership between the Rhodes Trust and the Second Century Founder John

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Williams Names Schumann Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies
03:26PM / Thursday, November 14, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the appointment of Rowan R. Phillips, multi-award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist, as the W. Ford Schumann Distinguished Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies. Phillips will assume the position at the start of the spring 2020 semester.

One of the key elements of the W. Ford Schumann endowment is the visiting professorship, which works to promote campus dialogue on the subjects of democracy and civic responsibility. During his time at Williams, Phillips plans to organize public lectures and forums on campus and teach the course Democratic Vistas, a seminar that will focus on the ways in

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Multipurpose Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On a vote of 5-2, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday voted to go forward with a multipurpose building to house the district's office, storage of records and "attic stock" for the recently renovated and expanded middle-high school and public restrooms for the campus' athletic fields.   The vote at a special meeting cleaned up a vote taken at a different special meeting last week.   Attorney Kimberly Roche from the district's counsel, the Dupere Law Offices, was on hand to explain why last Tuesday's vote was problematic.   "There were a couple of different problems with the original motion

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