Birge took a moment to welcome the students to MCLA and tout the school as a possible option for the honored students. He rolled out some new programs and lauded the school's efforts to be an affordable liberal arts college that integrates service with academic study.
Superintendent Barbara Malkas got to do one of the "nicest" parts of her job on Wednesday night: Recognizing an outstanding student.
She awarded senior Cady Denning with the Certificate of Academic Excellence from the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.
Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.
William Kipp had just entered his freshman year at McCann Tech when he sent the principal and superintendent an e-mail, introducing himself, outlining his plan for after graduation, and asking for their help to prepare him.
"We knew right from the get-go that this was a student with ambition, with drive, with focus, and he's coming in with a gameplan. We don't get many e-mails like that or any e-mails like that from freshmen. That was a good way to set the tone. We knew we had someone special
The highlight of Tuesday's meeting was the announcement of senior Jesse Cohen as this year's recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate of Academic Excellence.
MacDonald noted that while Cohen's academic achievement is demonstrated from his top 5 percent class ranking while pursuing 11 Advanced Placement courses out of the 28 classes he has taken, his achievements go beyond the classroom.
Drury High School senior Alexandra Bernard was presented with this year's Superintendent's Award for her academic achievements.
The Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents' Certificate of Academic Excellence is given to the highest ranking high school senior within a district.
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).