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Williams Alum Wins Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
11:56AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eva Fourakis, a 2016 graduate of Williams College, has been awarded a highly selective Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

The scholarship allows recipients to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University. Fourakis will be one of 69 scholars from around the world to begin their studies this fall, as part of the 2019 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

Hailing from Middleton, Wisc., Fourakis received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and psychology from Williams. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, she plans to pursue a juris doctor at Stanford Law School. An aspiring public defender, she hopes to combine her education and interests to provide legal representation to

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Williamstown Fifth-Grader Advances to State GeoBee
11:18AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Everett Crowe has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition.

The contest will be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, March 29.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Everett came in first at Williamstown Elementary.

School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they

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MCLA Expands Pittsfield Presence With New Location
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Professor Deborah Foss said the college has support adult learners for a long time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Steben earned an associates degree from BCC and then built a career in information technology.   He worked his way up in the industry and he got offered a leadership position, heading the IT Department for the city of Pittsfield.   It didn't take him long to realize that he needed to learn more beyond just technology.   "I've had a rewarding career as a technical person and I've recently been promoted to a management position. In my new role, I quickly came to realize that despite my technical prowess, I didn't know much about being

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
11:30AM / Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 48 local students among the 149 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Charlotte Adelson, Lee; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Faia Kronick, Pittsfield; Sophia (Sophie)

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Region 1 Science Fair Encourages Student Research
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Monday, March 11, 2019
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students from around the region displayed the results of some three dozen experiments Friday at the 13th annual Western Massachusetts Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair.    Displays ranging from wall-climbing robots to talking to plants to red dye in sports drinks to coral bleaching were set up on the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, offering a chance for students to explain their projects and move on to the annual state fair.    An item on reef safety had caught Cloey Parlapiana's eye during a trip to the ocean. Her experiment looked at the efficacy of safe sunscreens — those

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Mount Greylock Audience Urged to Have 'Courage' to Fight Racism
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Monday, March 11, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When author and educator Ty Allen Jackson asked the audience at a talk on racism how many of them believed Colin Kaepernick was disrespecting the flag by kneeling during the national anthem, not a single hand in the Mount Greylock Regional School auditorium went up.

"OK, thing's over, nice to meet you," Jackson joked as he pretended to exit the stage, his work there done.

The audience laughed — and laughed later when Jackson said the mostly white community members who had come to see his talk appeared to be "woke." But even in this progressive little town in the corner of a progressive little state, there's plenty of work to

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Teachers' Union Rallies Support for Increased State Education Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Friday, March 08, 2019
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Neil Clarke of the MTA outlined action steps to rally support for the bills. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When the school gymnasium is full of excitement and noise for a rally, some children don't respond well.   They cover their heads and cry. But they might not if they had a paraprofessional with them.   A couple of years ago, the city of Pittsfield cut more than 30 paraprofessional positions from the school system's budget. Parent Starr Williams on Thursday asked that people envision each one of those paraprofessionals as being one child covering their heads and crying.   Williams is a Berkshire Community College student studying social work and will graduate in

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Mount Greylock School Committee Prepares Fiscal 2020 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Wednesday, March 06, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District budget is tracking to deliver a 2.5 percent increase in its operating budget assessment to the town of Williamstown and a 2.2 percent hike to Lanesborough.   The School Committee held a budget workshop on Friday to pore over the budget line-by-line.   The bottom line for the preK-through-12 two-town district remains relatively unchanged, rising 1.1 percent from $24.1 million in fiscal 2019 to $24.4 million for FY20.   But the division of the operating budget for the middle-high school saw a major change that will impact how much money the district will seek from each of its member towns at this

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Mount Greylock Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:24PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 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. If students earn any grade of a C+ or lower, their names will not be placed on the honor roll. 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.

Grade 12

Maddison Albert, Hallie Anderson, Rachel Bisson, Sage Bohl, Daniel Buell, Marley Buffis, Hannah Byrnes, Taylor

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Southern Vermont College to Close Doors
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12:01PM / Monday, March 04, 2019
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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College, facing "insurmountable pressure," will close at the end of the spring semester.    In an announcement made Monday morning, President David R. Evans cited declining enrollment, financial pressure, and adverse action by the college's regional accreditor concerning institutional resources.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., has agreed to accept SVC's new students in the fall semester. MCLA staff are expected to be on the Vermont campus on Tuesday afternoon to meet with any interested students.    "Following notice at the end of January from the New England Commission of

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