Nine BArT Scholars receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship

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ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School announced that nine students were awarded John and Abigail Adams scholarship. 
 
Recipients can attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free. Audrey Aka, Jacob Bristol, Olivia Case, Jonathan Harford, Elizabeth Laurin, Caitlin Moriarty, Michael Perkins, Maximilian Poirot and Shelby Reynolds all received this award.
 
In order for a student to qualify they must score at advanced and proficient levels on their grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System English language arts and mathematics tests. Additionally their combined ELA and math scores must place them in the top 25 percent of their classmates within the district. The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education and does not expire until 6 years after the student's graduation date.
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Suffrage Centennial Committee Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration

By Jeff SnoonianiBerkshires Correspondent

Cassandra Peltier as Alva Belmont Vanderbilt, a prominent figure in the suffrage movement.
ADAMS, Mass. — About 75 people filled The Manor on Saturday afternoon for the kickoff event of a yearlong celebration of Susan B. Anthony and the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.
 
The event at St. John Paul II Parish's Italianate mansion was organized by the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee. The committee serves as an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen. 
 
Anthony was born in Adams and was a social reformer best known for spearheading the women's suffrage movement. She was also involved in the anti-slavery movement, collecting signatures for petitions as a teen, the temperance (prohibition of alcohol) movement, and women's financial rights.
 
Retired school teacher Mary Whitman, committee member and host for the day, shared why Anthony's work was so important. 
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