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Legendary Newsman Schieffer Tells Williams Grads to Think About Public Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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Newsman Bob Schieffer urges the graduates to put their talents to good use by becoming involved in politics for altruistic reasons. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College's Class of 2018 Sunday was encouraged to make the world their classroom and use the ideals that they learn in service to the world.   Commencement speaker Bob Schieffer exhorted the grads to dive into public service and reverse what he described as a troubling trend of professionalization in the political class.   After telling the story of his first brush with politicians in his Texas hometown in 1948, Schieffer explained that the Lyndon B. Johnson rally he attended as

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Star Power: BArT Graduates Class of 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Saturday, June 02, 2018
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ADAMS, Mass. — For years, the members of Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School's Class of 2018 walked into school across a sidewalk emblazoned with the school's ubiquitous star-shaped logo.   Before walking out of the school one last time on Saturday morning, the graduates heard just how appropriate that logo really is.   "Many other elements are inside of us," the school's Executive Director James White told the graduates at the start of Saturday's commencement. "They're in the food that we eat. They're in the drinks that we have. They're in the air that we breathe.   "As the years advanced,

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Eight Williams Seniors Win Fellowships for PostGrad Study at Cambridge
02:06PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University's Emmanuel College.

The eight seniors awarded the fellowship are Noah Betz-Richman, Krista Gelev, Eleanor Lustig, Jonathan Meng, Samuel Reinert, Thomas Riley, Samuel Swire and Angela Yeo.

Betz-Richman, a philosophy major from Minneapolis, Minn., will pursue a master of philosophy in history and the philosophy of science. At Williams, he was a student representative to the Philosophy department as well as a teaching assistant for the course, Philosophy 115: Personal Identity. With a Colin and Lilli Roche Student Research Program

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Williamstown Resident Wins CPA Society Scholarship
02:01PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants has awarded a Williamstown student a scholarship from the MSCPA Educational Foundation.

This year, the Educational Foundation reached $1 million in scholarship dollars distributed to deserving students during the past 12 years. The students will each receive up to $2,500 to further his or her accounting education.

The mission of the MSCPA’s Educational Foundation is to inspire and support the next generation of CPAs in Massachusetts.  Fifty-one students were selected for the 2018 round of scholarships, a high-water mark for the Educational Foundation.

Suni Ton from Williamstown, currently a

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Five Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
01:54PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Stephen Ai (music), Jordan Jace (poetry writing), Nicole Perez (dance), John Rodriguez (theater) and Alexandra Scarangella (art).

The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $25,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.

Ai, a music and mathematics major from San Diego, Calif., will continue his study of

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McCann Announces Valedictorian, Salutatorian
10:39AM / Friday, June 01, 2018
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named Aimee Louise Dowling and Daniel Joseph Gamari as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the class of 2018, according to Principal Justin Kratz.    Dowling, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Dowling, is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and ranks first in her class with a 4.29 grade-point average. Her course of study included four Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond the required course load, as well AP Calculus and AP Physics and she is a member of the National

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Elementary, Secondary Teachers Highlighted at Williams College's Olmsted Breakfast
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As a Harvard Ph.D. in atomic physics, a fellow in the American Physical Society and, currently, interim president of arguably the nation's top liberal arts college, Tiku Majumder has accomplished a lot.   But at some level, he is still trying to satisfy his high school English teacher.   "For me, as totally a math/science kid from fairly early on, admittedly, surprisingly the teacher I think about more than any other is my high school English teacher," Majumder said Tuesday morning at the annual William College breakfast honoring recipients of the college's Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development. "Mrs. Soffer taught

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Williams Appoints Directors of Financial Aid, Admission
02:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed Ashley Bianchi as the director of financial aid and Sulgi Lim as the director of admission.

Bianchi is currently the director of financial aid at Lafayette College and previously worked at Rhodes College and the College of Charleston. Lim currently serves as the deputy director of admission at Williams College, where she has been a member of the college's admission team since 2007.

"I am thrilled about Ashley and Sulgi's appointments," said Elizabeth Creighton, dean of admission and financial aid. "They are tremendously talented, collaborative leaders who care deeply about supporting students and their

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Darrow School Names Top Students for Class of 2018
02:12PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Darrow School has named Mira Sneirson, of Savannah, Ga., as valedictorian, and Samuel LaPell of East Nassau and Will Peltz Smalley of Albany, as co-salutatorians of the class of 2018.    These students have earned Darrow's top academic honors, and will be recognized at the baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 1, and at the 86th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2.   "Mira, Sam, and Will represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow," said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. "They are more than just proficient scholars, they are also exemplary artists, athletes, performers, and

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Calendar Finally Taking Shape for Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 25, 2018
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee voted Thursday to approve a Sept. 6 start for classes in Grades 1 through 12.   The committee still does not have a full calendar to approve as the district continues negotiations with its union personnel, but Superintendent Kimberley Grady said she had been able to at least nail down the first day of school in order to give the district's families some certainty about when children will be returning to the classroom.   With a Sept. 6 start date, the final day of school — barring snow days — would be June 18, 2019.   With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the

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