Twenty-five graduates received diplomas and certificates from McCann's postsecondary program on Thursday night. See more photos here.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School graduated 25 students from its postsecondary programs during a ceremony Thursday night.
Superintendent James Bronson welcomed family and friends to the ceremony and congratulated the students and their families.
"You adapted to the changes and persevered in your studies, and you need to be congratulated tonight," Bronson said. "The other group to congratulate is your family and friends; this is a team effort, and you did it with your family, you did it with your friends, and you did it with your classmates so to all of you a heartfelt congratulations."
School Committee Chairman Thomas Mahar addressed the graduates and expressed how excited he was that the graduates will be entering the work field.
"This is an exciting night in so many ways … the graduates worked extremely hard all year to achieve this goal," Mahar said. "We as a community are very fortunate and excited to see what you all have worked toward. … Congratulations and good luck to the class of 2014."
Graduate Shelby Bator studied cosmetology and looks forward to working in a hair studio. She said she enjoyed her experience at McCann.
"It was great, and I loved it," Bator said. "I liked learning all the stuff I learned and being able to get to know my teachers and all of my classmates."
Various scholarships were given to students who excelled in their fields:
• Samantha Bruchbacher received the Adams Mountain Club Scholarship. The award goes to a student from Adams or Cheshire who has shown excellence in their field.
• Jessenya Rodriguez received the Sharon Ferguson Memorial Scholarship for her excellence in dental assisting.
• Stephanie Brazeau was the recipient of the Northern Berkshire & Professional Women’s Margaret E. Lanoue Memorial Scholarship for her excellence in Dental Assisting.
• Katie Stegner was awarded the Jamie Sacchetti Drennan Memorial Scholarship for her excellence in surgical technology.
Graduates who received awards at the SkillsUSA completion were also recognized during the ceremony.
• Megan Thompson received a gold medal in dental assisting and Samantha Bruchbacher, a gold medal in medical assisting
• Caitlyn Elder was awarded a silver medal in dental assisting and Christine Croce, a silver medal in medical assisting.
• Emily Girard received a bronze medal in medical assisting.
Stacy Austin, Middlefield
Shelby Bator, Cheshire
Courtney Bologna, North Adams
Laurie Grimaldi, Adams
Anna Kronick, North Adams
Christopher Markland, Adams
Courtney Bator, Adams
Samantha Bruchbacher, Cheshire
Christine Croce, Pittsfield
Emily Girard, North Adams
Kamlyn Haas, Adams
Stephanie Brazeau, Cheshire
Evelyn Colan, North Adams
Chelsea Degroff, Williamstown
Michelle Dickenson, Cheshire
Caitlyn Elder, North Adams
Brittany Jennings, Williamstown
Taryn Lacy, Pittsfield
Jessenya Rodriguez, Adams
Megan Thompson, Williamstown
Sarah Bowler/ Pittsfield
Johanna Miner/ Greenfield
Katie Stegner/ Pittsfield
Stefanie Tatro/ North Adams