The two received the Massachusetts Association of Superintendents Certificates of Excellence Wednesday night. One student from each high school wins the prestigious award annually and this year Taconic's Victor and PHS's Dumigan are the recipients.
PHS boasts of the county's largest AP exam program with 200 students taking 342 exams in 21 different subject areas in 2018. The school has taken on a focus on expanding AP opportunities for its students.
There are areas in Pittsfield High School that could use some refreshing.
The building on East Street has rooms that could be repainted, theater seats replaced, carpeting that needs replacement, and textbooks updated. There are new programs that could be developed and implemented.
Superintendent Jason McCandless doesn't think the PHS class of 2018 is shy.
"You are not a shy group, class of 2018. You've never held back your thoughts on your teachers, administrators, or me. The class of 2018 was not shy about emailing the superintendent," McCandless said.
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.