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'Bold' PHS Class of 2018 Ready to Take on the Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018
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LENOX, Mass. — Superintendent Jason McCandless doesn't think the Pittsfield High School Class of 2018 is very bashful.   "You are not a shy group, Class of 2018. You've never held back your thoughts on your teachers, administrators, or me. The class of 2018 was not shy about emailing the superintendent," McCandless said.   He recalled receiving this email from Jonathan Zunitch, "Dear Dr. McCandless, lots of snow, lots of students going to bed late tonight, roads are looking pretty rough out there, 🤔." And jokingly said he'd be calling Zunitch next year at 4 in the morning asking for advice on whether or not to call a snow

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Taconic High School Awards & Scholarships 2018
08:35PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Taconic High School Class of 2018.   Nathaniel Beaupre Anthony Arace   Lucien Almeida, Salvador Amaral, Drew Armstrong, Jenna Bateman, Madison Burke, Keiahna Cargill, Molly Clement, Riana Gittens, Lauren Gregory, Marisa Gregory, Teyler Hiestand, Tyara Kyse, Shannon Netzer, Gideon Osafo, Javier Osorio, Gabrielle Puia, Cedric Rose, Ashley Rufo, Colby Sherman, Victoria Skubel, Academy of Human Services Certificate Awards, Christopher Boulay-Russell, Samantha Callaway, Tyra Cannady, Shayla Fitzgerald, Hailey Genzabella, Karla Jerez, Michael Kays, Katiana Mussio, Dana O'Neill, Jaelyn Rembish,

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Last Class Graduates From Original Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Sunday, June 10, 2018
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Valedictorian Nathaniel Beaupre tells his classmates that it wasn't the building but the people in it that helped them become adults. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Taconic High Class of 2018 began the walk into the gymnasium to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" as the hour struck 1 on Sunday.    And about 90 minutes later, the graduates turned their tassels and became the final class to graduate in the same building as so many Braves have in the past. Next year, the students will shift the new school being constructed across the driveway.    "As much as we complained about the antifreeze leaks and resident rodents,

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Taconic High Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2018
07:56PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School has named Nathaniel Beaupre and Anthony Arace as the top students for the Class of 2018.   Both students will speak at graduation exercises on Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at the school, according to Principal John Vosburgh.   Beaupre, son of Joanne Brown and David Beaupre, is the class valedictorian with a grade average of 101.9.   He is a member of the Latin Club and the track and field team and participated in "Save Our Shakespeare" at Taconic. A talented actor and singer, he was cast in lead roles in many of the school's musicals. He has received many awards including Superintendents Awards for Academic Excellence

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Five Area Students Graduate From Williams College
05:10PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
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Geff Halligan Fisher
Evelyn B. Mahon WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College interim President Protik "Tiku" Majumder on Sunday conferred bachelor of arts degrees to five local graduates at the college's 229th Commencement. Bob Schieffer, former CBS News reporter and award-winning journalist, was the principal speaker.

The local graduates are: 

Keiana Ruby West of Pittsfield, daughter of Yvonne West and Mitchell West, majored in psychology and concentrated in Africana studies. West was co-president of the student group Converging Worlds and

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 56 in Class of 2018
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03:28PM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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The private girls' high school included 18 area students in this year's graduating class.  PITTSFIELD, Mass.  — Fifty-six students, including 18 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 3, during Miss Hall's School's 120th commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Vanessa Stair, corporate relations officer for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and a member of the Miss Hall's School Class of 2006, delivered this year's commencement address.   Among the Class of 2018 graduates are the following local

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Taconic Construction: Final Month Before 'Substantially Complete'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:30AM / Monday, June 04, 2018
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Equipment in the shops is being installed. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In one month, a certification of occupancy will be issued and staff will be allowed into the new $120.8 million to start setting up their offices.   Before then, more than 100 tradesmen remain on site putting together the final pieces. Work is expected to continue for a few months after June as workers complete punch list items.   The next milestone is at the end of June when the building hits the "substantially complete" mark.    The newest development is the gymnasium floor. The space had been built out early and then used mostly for storage. In the last few months, workers completed

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Wahconah's 118 Graduates Urged to Follow What They Love
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:44PM / Sunday, June 03, 2018
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The class quote 'define yourself' was a theme in many of the speakers' addresses to the graduates. See more photos here.

DALTON, Mass. — The Wahconah Regional High School Class of 2018 was asked to follow what they love and continue to define themselves.

The class motto that was hung above the 118 graduates in the school's gym was a present theme throughout Sunday's graduation ceremony and instead of defining the legacy of the class, Principal Aaron Robb asked the class members to define themselves

"The quote is quite fitting in spite of the finality of graduation and the end of your public schooling career you remain unfinished with 90 percent of your life

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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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