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McCann Brings Home Gold From SkillsUSA
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, May 08, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School had another successful year at the SkillsUSA state competition, bringing home six gold medals.   Seven McCann students can now say they are the best in the state: Nate Myers, Aubrey Tetlow, Joe Vigiard, Ethan Walden, Kenzie Oblisk, Stephanie Shatford, and Cecilia Marszalek all came out on top in their trades.   "I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they have accomplished and to be able to graduate and say that you are the best in the state in your field is a huge thing," Principal Justin Kratz said on Tuesday morning. "With your gold medals, you put that on your resume and you hold the keys to a

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After-School Dance Program Culminates in '62 Center Performance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:55PM / Monday, May 06, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The six little girls leaped, spun and fluttered across the floor in a dance they'd practiced for weeks.    The demonstration on Friday in the black box theater at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance was a culmination of an after-school program at Brayton Elementary School in North Adams.    Alexis Clairmont, Meriah Delisle, Graci Garrison, Tessa Gonzalez, Yazmin Griffith and Madison Morgan finished to rousing ovation from their peers and relatives and celebrated with a pizza party hosted by Williams College.    Janine Parker, artist in residence at the '62 Center, has been working with the students twice a week

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BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade 6

Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne Williams.

Grade 7

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
10:32AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2019 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will use the funds to support the creation of a robotics classroom at Hoosac Valley Elementary School, including new equipment for its science facility.

BArT will create an

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Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the middle of printed words and fingerprints.    "We were using ink and I actually got it on my fingers and I put it on my piece of paper

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Applications Due for Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship
12:18PM / Friday, April 26, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.  

A one-time grant of $250 to $500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time, she developed the school's Latin program and Junior Classical League into one

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BCC Students To Be Inducted Into National Honor Society
11:40AM / Tuesday, April 23, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will hold an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Thursday, April 25, at 2 p.m. in the Boland Theatre of the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the college's main campus in Pittsfield.

A reception will be held in the theater lobby immediately following the induction. This year's guest speaker is Annette Guertin, professor of mathematics at the college.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman

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Ground-Breaking Geneticist Speaking at Williams 230th Commencement
04:21PM / Saturday, April 20, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 230th commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.    The day before, Ophelia Dahl, a British-American social justice and health care advocate, will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement from President Maud S. Mandel, as will president of Berklee College of Music Roger H. Brown; founder and co-Chairman of Charlesbank Capital Partners and Chairman of the Williams Board of Trustees Michael Eisenson, class of 1977; and Grammy

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Six Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford
10:32AM / Friday, April 19, 2019
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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 and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University.

The five seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Roxanne Corbeil, Mary Kate Guma, Erin Hanson, Elizabeth Hibbard, and Zachary Ottati. Drew Fishman was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Corbeil, an economics and Arabic studies major from Oceanside, Calif., will pursue a Ph.D. in development studies. With an interest in development in the Arab world, she plans to focus her studies on the mechanics of poverty and its

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