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Mount Greylock Grads Told to 'Make Change Happen'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44PM / Saturday, June 08, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Initially divided, now unified yet diverse, the Mount Greylock Regional School class of 2019 was graduated Saturday morning and given one last reminder of how "unspecial" it truly is.   "Because of the stigma around everyone receiving a trophy, calling any group of people unique or special these days is admittedly risky," class speaker Adam Cohen told his fellow grads. "So in response to the people itching to inform me that we aren't that special, I know. In a country of roughly 300 million people, the attributes our class developed likely applies to dozens of other graduating classes.   "But there are thousands

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Mount Greylock Regional Names 2019 Graduation Speakers
02:00PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Adam Cohen and Clare Sheedy have been selected to address the class of 2019 at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation ceremonies at  11 a.m. on Saturday, June  8, in the school gymnasium.   This will be the first graduation to be held in the new school building.    Cohen, son of Richard Cohen and Cheryl Sacks of Lanesborough, was chosen by his peers to speak He is a National Merit Scholar Commended student and has been a member of both the lacrosse and wrestling teams.    A member of the peer team and Big Sibling program, he mentored younger students and educated them on good health practices. He was a three-year member

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McCann Tech Class of 2019 Holds 'Golden Key' to Unlock Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's class of 2019 is filled with firsts and achievements: state vocational championships in baseball and softball, the first individual gold medal for carpentry in SkillsUSA, gold for 3D animation. The first student in 30 years to win a state Herter Memorial Scholarship. Second place in TIG welding from among 75 competitors from all over New England. And the best youth oxen driver at the 2017 Cummington Fair.    Not to mention all the other gold, silver and bronze medals in business and skills competitions, scholarships and awards.    "They go on and on and I could list many, many more and if I left you out

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Williams Prof: We Can Learn from Public School Teachers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019
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  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College English professor Bernie Rhie's audience last week was a roomful of public school teachers, administrators and school committee members.   But his message was for his colleagues in academia.   "We are really good at what we do: scholarship, teaching scholarship, teaching knowledge," Rhie said. "My colleagues and I are not necessarily good at some of the other things I think our students need, which is working with pain, grief, sorrow, working with feelings of alienation, working with the heart.   "What I'd like to see Williams do in the coming years … is go deeper and go deeper

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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.

Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World

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Williams College Grads Gear Up for 'Everything Change'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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Geneticist Mary-Claire  King tells the graduates not to narrow their focus but rather become immersed in society to use their abilities better.  See more photos of the event here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day that brings one of the biggest changes to any individual's live, Williams College graduates Sunday were reminded that the biggest changes are yet to come.   And they're inevitable. And they're inescapable.   "Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood wisely said that 'climate change' should be called 'everything change,' " Williams' Phi Beta Kappa speaker Ari R. Ball-Burack told his fellow members of

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BArT Graduates Told to Keep Trying
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — In a graduation ceremony typically filled with pop culture references, charter school teacher Stephanie Watroba decided to turn one iconic movie moment on its head.   Its green, wrinkly head.   "A wise man once said ... it was Yoda," Watroba said, drawing a laugh at the reference to the Star Wars character. "A wise man once said, 'Do or do not. There is no try.'   "I don't know what that means.   "Try, please. Try all the time. Try all the things. Try new things. Try old things. Try trying things. Try trying not to try things. Let me know how that one goes. That one sounds interesting."   Watroba was the

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Heroes Unite to Graduate From Berkshire Community College
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Heroes unite.   Perhaps a hero is a Harvard graduate improving and changing the world of social work and policy or perhaps it is the two children sitting in the Shed at Tanglewood watching their mom delivering the valedictory address for Berkshire Community College's commencement.   But whomever it is, Soncere "Starr" Williams believes anybody can be a hero every day.   "Heroes can come in different forms. Each one of us can become a hero as we embark on the adventure of life. Being a hero does not necessarily mean you have super powers like the ability to fly or super strength although that would be amazing," Williams told

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McCann Advanced Manufacturing Students Get Accreditation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires columnist
01:30PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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Superintendent James Brosnan congratulates qualifying students. See student photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dozens of McCann Technical School students have received Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovative Collaborative certifications.   Members of the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership and McCann community members attended a ceremony Thursday morning during which 38 students were awarded MACWIC levels one and two certifications.   "Congratulations to our students who have continue to work as hard as they can," Superintendent James Brosnan said. "This is not easy ... this is an incredible

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Five Williams Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
11:04AM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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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: Leonard Bopp (music), eva henderson (art), Story Ponvert (creative writing), Thomas Robertshaw (theater) and Nicholas Wallach (dance).

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.
 
Bopp, a music and English major from Schenectady, N.Y., will study

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