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MCLA Launches Institute of Arts and Humanities
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:00PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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Professor Lisa Donovan, director other institute, center, speaks with attendees before symposium begins.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is partnering with the area's myriad cultural entities to further its mission as an inclusive educational institution.   The college launched its new Institute for Arts and Humanities on Wednesday morning with a three-day conference on diversity, equity and inclusion that included an address that night by activist and commentator Nikki Giovanni and a lunchtime talk by Mathew Knowles, father of Beyonce, on Thursday.   The institute was made possible by a three-year $360,000 grant from The

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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Lenox High Graduates Ready to Take Flight
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — The 49 graduates of Lenox Memorial High School are ready for the risks ahead as they leave the close-knit class of 2019 and learn to fly.   The class is similar to the monarch butterfly that the students had rushed to see emerge from its chrysalis after weeks of waiting, said valedictorian Magdalena Sorrentino from the stage of the Shed at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon.   "We want to so badly to witness this first life, to see the transformation of a little caterpillar to the majestic butterfly," she said, but their teacher advised patience and that the insect would emerge when it was ready. We saw the crinkly chrysalis slide away to reveal

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Lee High School Awards & Scholarships 2019
01:48PM / Monday, June 03, 2019
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LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the class of 2019 at awards night on Thursday, May 30.    Jillian Artioli, Ashley Barnes, Gabrielle Bridagan, Connor LaRock, Ann Macchi, Halle Miller, Lily Roseli, Bailey Thomas, Homer Winston, Erin Somes and Sophie Zukowski   William Consolati, Thomas Fraser, Tighler Andrews, Anna Wang and Halle Miller   Connor LaRock   Tighler Andrews   Emilia Johnson-Viola   Ashley Barnes   Thomas Fraser   Homer Winston   Halle Miller, John Somostrada and Sophie Zukowski   Mika Frasher, Homer Winston and Sophie Zukowski   Carrie Conklin   Ava Martin and Anna

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Monument Mountain Graduates OK With Uncertainty of Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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Valedictorian Wilson Cole Sprague speaks about the uncertainty in life the students will now face. More photos from the ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On a warm day, Monument Mountain valedictorian Wilson Cole Sprague tossed a Frisbee to his friend, who went full steam chasing after it.   Sprague noticed a sign sticking out of the ground and tried to yell to watch out but it was too late. His friend ran right into it and fell to the ground. When it was clear he was OK, Sprague joked, "you really left your mark on Monument."   When it comes to all of the classes and tests, it might be that day that provided Sprague one of his most important

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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.

Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World

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Williams College Grads Gear Up for 'Everything Change'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019
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Geneticist Mary-Claire  King tells the graduates not to narrow their focus but rather become immersed in society to use their abilities better.  See more photos of the event here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day that brings one of the biggest changes to any individual's live, Williams College graduates Sunday were reminded that the biggest changes are yet to come.   And they're inevitable. And they're inescapable.   "Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood wisely said that 'climate change' should be called 'everything change,' " Williams' Phi Beta Kappa speaker Ari R. Ball-Burack told his fellow members of

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Lee Graduates Charged With 'Duty' to Make World a Better Place
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
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Valedictorian Homer Winston urged his classmates to continue their voyage of self-discovery and work to make the world a better place. See more photos from the graduation here.  LEE, Mass. — The Lee High School class of 2019 is entering the world at a tumultuous time, a time that may make many of them feel helpless and unable to change it.   Valedictorian Homer Winston, however,  believes each and every student in the class has a "duty" to make the world better. Now that the class is graduating, he said, they have a responsibility to everybody else in this world to make it a better place on whichever path the students choose.   "It is our duty

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Mount Everett 2019 Class Leaves With Skills to Do The Job
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:52PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019
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Valedictorian Gwendolyn Carpenter displayed a series of T-shirts, each representing a lesson for the graduates to take with them in life. More photos of the graduation ceremony can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Academically, the 40 graduates in the Mount Everett Regional School's class of 2019 hadn't achieved anything too special, according to salutatorian Jaclyn Derwitsh.   "Academically we had done what roughly 3.6 million other students do every year. Thinking about it that way, graduating high school doesn't seem all too special," Derwitsh said on the stage at Tanglewood as she welcomed the class, family, and friends to the Saturday's

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Heroes Unite to Graduate From Berkshire Community College
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:27PM / Friday, May 31, 2019
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LENOX, Mass. — Heroes unite.   Perhaps a hero is a Harvard graduate improving and changing the world of social work and policy or perhaps it is the two children sitting in the Shed at Tanglewood watching their mom delivering the valedictory address for Berkshire Community College's commencement.   But whomever it is, Soncere "Starr" Williams believes anybody can be a hero every day.   "Heroes can come in different forms. Each one of us can become a hero as we embark on the adventure of life. Being a hero does not necessarily mean you have super powers like the ability to fly or super strength although that would be amazing," Williams told

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