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Wahconah Regional Graduates Told It's Time to Be Brave
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Sunday, June 05, 2022
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The Wahconah class of 2022 is the first to graduate from the new high school. See more photos here.  DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School celebrated the class graduating for the first time in the new school and honored the hard work and pioneer attributes that they displayed during their time there.   The graduates and choir harmonized the national anthem to commence the graduation exercises in the high school gym. Valedictorian and Class President Quinn Walton welcomed the guests that gathered to commend her classmates and praised the opportunities this new school has provided them.    Walton noted that this year's graduates 102 were the first

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Wahconah Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Senior Class
02:34PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
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DALTON, Mass. — Quinn R. Walton and Juliane C. Keiper have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the 2022 graduating class at Wahconah Regional High School.   Both students will speak at graduation ceremonies on Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The valedictory speech is titled "Bravery, Put Simply" and the salutatory address "A Comeback Story."   Walton is the daughter of Todd and Melinda Walton, both of Hinsdale. Her academic program included Honors and Advanced Placement coursework. She is active in the many service projects sponsored by the National Honor Society and is president of the Wahconah chapter. She is

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Pittsfield High Names Graduation Speakers, Top 10 Students
01:56PM / Saturday, June 04, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield High School class of 2022 will hear three graduate addresses at graduaton ceremonies being held on Sunday, June 5, at 4 p.m. at the high school.    Kayden Lovallo, president of the class of 2022, will be joined by student-elected class speakers Molly Sherman, president of the Student Council President, and Ethan Callahan. 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 ten cumulative grade point averages in the senior class.   The PHS 2022 Top Ten, in alphabetical

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Three BCC Classes Graduate at Joint Commencement
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
09:40PM / Friday, June 03, 2022
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Valedictorians Denise Foss, left, and Ethan Trautman wait to give their addresses representing the classes of 2020 and 2022. See more photos here.

LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 moved their tassels to the left side of their graduation caps at Tanglewood on Friday.

The long-awaited in-person event came after two years of virtual commencements due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was the first graduation ceremony to return to Tanglewood after three years. 

President Ellen Kennedy spoke of the circumstances that lead to the joint ceremony and emphasized the classes' resilience.

"These years have been complex and you have

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Taconic High School Track Will Be Temporarily Closed
12:10PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning Thursday, June 2, the track at Taconic High School will be closed to community use due to repairs to the rubberized track surface.    Work will continue through Sunday, June 5.   While the track is not open to public use, arrangements have been made to accommodate specific student activities on portions of the track.   Following this work, line marking is slated to occur within two weeks.

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Pittsfield Public Schools Hold First Unified Game Day
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Saturday, May 28, 2022
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The day included sports competitions by age group. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department held its first Unified Game Day on Friday that included the district's special needs children and families in a daylong Special Olympics event at Taconic High School.   "We want to showcase the strengths that students have and there are so many. I think that a lot of their strengths come out during this event. They persevere through a lot, to be able to just come to school, to be able to participate in everything, to be able to make the gap lesser and lesser, and for everyone to be accepted and to feel accepted," educator and co-organizer Bridget

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Congressman Jamie Raskin to Speak at OLLI/BCC Lecture Series
03:52PM / Friday, May 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents the 2022 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture on Saturday, May 28 at 5 pm.    Congressman Jamie Raskin, author of "Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy," will be the guest speaker.     "The Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture is always a special highlight of OLLI programming at BCC, and this year is no exception," said Ellen Kennedy, BCC President. "Congressman Raskin has transformed personal tragedy into a powerful story that is both compelling and inspirational. We are honored to welcome him to the Mahaiwe for

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BCC Offers Free Exam Prep Class for Certified Professional Coders
08:15AM / Friday, May 27, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College invites students who have completed the Medical Coding Technical Skills Certificate program to register for a free, non-credit course called Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Exam Prep.     The course, offered both in-person and remotely, will be held on four consecutive Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm on June 9, 16, 23 and 30.    To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/him.     The comprehensive review course is designed for students preparing to take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) credential exam to become a Certified Professional Coder.  It covers the Current

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BCC to Hold New Student Orientation Sessions
08:06AM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announces a slate of orientation sessions for new students, including in-person and virtual events, over the summer months.    These in-person sessions will be held on Tuesdays, June 28 and Aug. 9 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/orientation.   Accepted students learn about college success strategies, campus technology, career and transfer resources, athletics/recreation and financial aid. An interactive tour and a boxed lunch are included, and the session concludes with academic advising and course registration.    Designed to

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Pittsfield Postpones School Intruder Drills After Texas Shooting
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:38AM / Thursday, May 26, 2022
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Superintendent Joseph Curtis postponed active intruder drills that were scheduled this week out of respect for those who were killed in a mass school shooting in Texas on Tuesday.   Nineteen children and two teachers lost their lives when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire on a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.   An emotional School Committee on Wednesday called for gun control and mental health support.    "The amount of courage that it took for our teachers and our kids and our parents to come to school today is miraculous," said Mayor Linda Tyer.   Chair William Cameron opened the meeting with a moment

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