It was very much a passing of the torch — or really the lamp — on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings.
The ceremonies in the McCann gymnasium ended with bouquets, applause and bows as the graduates greeted their families.
McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz told the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District School Committee on Thursday that McCann students have continued to score highly on the MCAS.
"This is really the same thing I have said the past couple of years. We continue to do very well on the MCAS," he said.
McCann Technical School students are giving Town Hall a facelift using donated funds.
With tighter budgets through the years, Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it has been hard to keep up with the aging and deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930s as the Briggsville School.
A 2011 McCann Technical School graduate and North Adams, Mass., native is serving in the Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world's most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Henry M. Jackson.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Strange is a missile technician serving aboard the Bangor-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.
Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.
The 27 women in McCann Technical School's postsecondary program knew what they wanted when they started in September. And they're ready to get to work — right now.
Hailey Burke of Cheshire received her diploma and pin in dental assisting on Monday night and will be in Pittsfield on Tuesday working in the office of Dr. Natalya Yantovsky.
The McCann School Committee accepted the school improvement plan for next year designed to beef up honors courses, integrate new software and focus on behavior.
Principal Justin Kratz presented the four school improvement goals Thursday that the School Council, a group made of students and teachers, decided to focus on for the upcoming school year.
McCann Technical School sent 119 graduates out into the world on Wednesday night. And asked them to consider coming back.
"You're really an impressive group of young people and you're all capable of accomplishing a lot," said Principal Justin Kratz, speaking the class of 2016 in the crowded Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "This group is off to do amazing things."
McCann Principal Justin Kratz said Dorwin is one of only four Massachusetts students to be named a Presidential Scholar this year, one of only 160 nationwide and only the third student in Berkshire County ever to receive the honor (according to the "unofficial official record-keeping" of local history buffs at McCann).