Hundreds of city students left class on Tuesday to protect gun violence.
Students organized the walkout in the wake of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead.
The local students honored those killed or injured while making a statement calling for stricter safety and gun control measures.
Pittsfield High School Class President Mary Tullock is both a little scared and excited about graduation.
"We are all diving into what feels like our first mid-life crisis," Tullock said as she addressed the class of 197 students from the Tanglewood Stage at Sunday's commencement.
PHS Class President Terrance Nykorchuck had two speeches prepared for graduation — a funny one and a serious one.
Both of them had the same themes — reflection on the class of 2016's time in high school, thanks to those who helped, and looking toward the future.
He chose the funny one jokingly bringing up a boiler explosion, rowdy cheering sections at sports events, a Twitter rivalry with Wahconah, jaywalking at lunch, fooling around in the library, a semi-formal dance at the ITAM "and so
At 18 years old many young men had found themselves in the midst of battles overseas.
They returned with limited support, with post traumatic stress, chronic illness, and often living on the streets. Since then some of them found their way to Soldier On, which cares and helps pick homeless veterans back up and onto their feet.