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MCLA Hands Out Book Award Scholarships
01:40PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of its Book Award scholarships, which recently were granted to students who will begin their senior years this fall at one of Berkshire County's public high schools.

One student from each of the high schools received this award, which honors outstanding high school juniors who have made a positive difference in the community.

"The MCLA Book Award is presented to an outstanding high school junior who exemplifies academic achievement, displays leadership qualities, and has a strong commitment to the Berkshire County community," said Joshua Mendel, director of recruitment and outreach at MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.

Students who received this award are: Ava Guidette-Bocchino of Monument Mountain Regional High School, Hayley Caufield of BArT Charter School, Nora Griffin of Hoosac Vallery High School, Brianna Kasala of Wahconah Regional High School, Conor Fitzgerald of Mount Greylock Regional High School, Hunter Cannon of Lee High School, Nicole St. Germain of McCann Technical High School, Donovan Sawyer of Mount Everett Regional High School, Bryanna McKearney of Taconic High School, Nathaly Villalobos of Pittsfield High School, Cassandra Crosier of Drury High School and Danna Toledo of Lenox Memorial High School.

Guidance counselors at each high school were responsible for collectively identifying one student they felt was a strong role model and who would benefit from this award. Students had an overall GPA of a B or greater, displayed strong leadership qualities, and positively contributed to the school and the local community.

The awards were given to each student by a member of the MCLA Admissions staff at their high school's "Awards Night" or the equivalent. The award included a book, "World Transformed: The Art of Jessica Park," and an award certificate for a $500 MCLA scholarship, applicable for the fall 2018 term if the student is accepted to and decides to enroll at MCLA.

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