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MCLA-IAH Closes out Symposium and Launches Regional Campaign
08:02AM / Monday, June 07, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — From Tuesday, June 1 to Thursday, June 17, 2021, the MCLA Institute for the Arts and Humanities (MCLA-IAH) will host its annual Summer Symposium, a series of four events on the theme of accountability.     The series will close on June 17 from 2-4 p.m. EST with an experiential poetry workshop offered by The Mastheads, led by architect Tessa Kelly and poet Sarah Trudgeon. The workshop will launch INSCAPES, a yearlong regional campaign designed to highlight the creativity of all residents across the Berkshires through public poetry prompts and text-based art installations.     Following the workshop, any Berkshire resident can engage

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PHS Class of 2021 Has Musical Commencement, Acknowledges All Career Paths
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:19PM / Sunday, June 06, 2021
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The chorus prepares to perform live, as did the band and orchestra. A number of other graduations had teed up recorded performances because of the uncertainty of pandemic restrictions. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School held what is believed to be the first-ever graduation in its "back yard" on Sunday, and the first time the event has been held at the school since at least the late 1980s.

The graduation celebration for the 187 seniors was musically charged with a performance from the band playing "The Mandalorian" by Ludwig Goransson, the chorus with a live rendering of "High Hopes" by Panic! At The Disco that had the

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Taconic Class of 2021 Challenged to Make World a Better Place
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Sunday, June 06, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 195 Taconic High School seniors graduated from the school's football field on Sunday surrounded by a large crowd of friends and family.

The audience — who filled up the field with lawn chairs from home — was not shy when it came to cheering for their loved ones' achievements.

The class of 2021 is the first class to have commencement outside on the school's brand-new campus.  Principal Matthew Bishop outlined the number of other firsts this senior class has experienced.

"You are the first class at the Taconic to graduate having navigated the world of remote in hybrid learning, terms that really didn't exist for us

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Pittsfield High School Announces Class Speakers & Top 10
04:19PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Ryan Muller, president of the Student Council, will be joined by De'Lisia Adorno and Sadiya Quetti-Goodson of the PHS 2021 Class Council to speak at graduation this Sunday, June 6, at 4 p.m.     For the first time since 1987, the ceremony will be held at Pittsfield High School's 300 East St. campus. These three students represent the voice of this year's senior class who have worked diligently through a challenging school year.     Pittsfield High School recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade-point averages in the senior class. The PHS 2021 Top 10, in alphabetical order, are Gabrielle Cohan, John

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Wahconah Grads Told to Remember Good Times, Create Joy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — Members of the class of 2021 cannot be blamed for lamenting the athletic competitions, productions, parties and — yes — classes that they missed over the last 15 months.   But Wahconah Class President and salutatorian Shaun Thornton had a different message for his fellow graduates on Saturday afternoon.   "The circumstances of our senior year were far from ideal, this is true," Thornton said. "But is often too easy to narrowly focus on the things you don't have and, in doing so, overlook all that you do have.   "As we look back on our time here at Wahconah, my greatest wish is that we don't become discouraged by

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Wahconah High Awards & Scholarships 2021
02:30PM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the Wahconah Regional High School class of 2021.   Sadie Anderson, Emma Carkhuff, Scarlet Connell, Sawyer Cornwell-L'Hote, Sage Guiel, Colin Mackie, Luc Ouellet, Kaeli Talora, Casey Wassilie, Michelle White   Noelle Furlong; : Chloe Accardi   Shaun Thornton   Aiden Betit   Brock Prett, Monica Santos   Caitlin Ronayne   Kaitlyn Olds   Chloe Accardi, Nicholas Astore, Karly Bazonski, Lauren Bean, Connor Burt, Eleana Casey, Abigail Clayton, Jillian Cote, Meghan Doane, Noelle Furlong, Maria Gamberoni, Olivia Gazzillo, Ethan Hayes,

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Wahconah Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2021
10:19AM / Saturday, June 05, 2021
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DALTON, Mass. — Aiden Pierce Trager and Shaun David Thornton have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2021 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.   Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 5, at 1 p.m. on the school athletic fields. The valedictory speech is titled "Back to the Future" and the salutatory address is titled "Timekeeper."   Trager is the son of Chris and Vicki Trager, both of Dalton. While at Wahconah, his academic program included Honors and Advanced Placement coursework, as well as Virtual High School classes. He is active in the many service projects sponsored by the

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BCC Graduates Recognize Community, Support on Campus
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
11:32PM / Friday, June 04, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College held its 61st commencement ceremony virtually on Friday, presenting 180 associate degrees and 91 certificates to 238 students.

Speakers recognized the community that BCC provides and the importance of support from friends, family, and the college itself.

Preceding the virtual ceremony — which was broadcasted on Pittsfield Community Television — was a campus drive-thru ceremony to offer graduates a socially distant, in-person celebration.

A majority of the graduates reside within the state, some from Connecticut and New York, and one graduate was from the state of Florida.

Valedictorian Marybelle Burns, who recently

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BCC Welcomes Welcomes Director of Student Financial Services
04:34PM / Thursday, June 03, 2021
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hire of Kelly Osorio as Director of Student Financial Services.    Working in higher education for the past 12 years, Osorio began her financial aid career at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York and was most recently Director of Financial Aid at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.      Osorio earned a bachelor of science degree physical education, with a teaching certification from the State University of New York, College at Brockport, and a master of science degree in educational psychology from the College of Saint Rose.     According to a press release,

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MCLA to Host COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
12:12PM / Wednesday, June 02, 2021
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NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA, in partnership with Curative Medical Associates. will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its Church Street Center, located at 375 Church Street in North Adams, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m., on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.   The site will offer a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which has been approved for emergency use in those ages 12 and older. For a minor to be vaccinated, a guardian must either be present at the clinic or complete an electronic consent form.    "I'm so pleased we are to be able to collaborate with Curative to offer this opportunity to our campus community as well as our local community," said Gina Puc,

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