When Brittany Sullivan lost her sister, her life spiraled out of control.
"When I was 14 years old, my sister died suddenly in a car accident. This sent me into a downward spiral that led me to drinking, smoking, and dipping into opioids, which eventually got me kicked out of my home at 17. Shortly after, I dropped out of high school," Sullivan said.
The 14 graduates of McCann Technical School's postsecondary program had a variety of reasons for entering the nearly yearlong program. And at Monday night pinning, they celebrated their successful completion in the fields of cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical assisting.
Class President Trista Dearstyne believes the class is ready. She said entering the adult world is scary but because of the lessons they learned in high school has prepared them for it. She said the students can succeed in college, in the military, or in careers
The seniors at Taconic were known as the "class of change" and lead the way to break in the new school.
The new Taconic was opened for classes for the first time this year and the nickname "class of change" was given to the seniors. They were the ones to break in the new structure while watching the school that had spent the previous three years be torn down.
On a warm day, Monument Mountain Valedictorian Wilson Cole Sprague toss a Frisbee to his friend, who went full steam head chasing after it.
Sprague noticed a sign sticking out of the ground and tried to yell to watch out but it was too late. His friend ran right into it and fell to the ground. When it was clear he was OK, Sprague joked, "you really left your mark on Monument."
Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.
The Lee High School class of 2019 is entering the world at a tumultuous time, a time that many of them feel helpless to prevent or change.
Valedictorian Homer Winston, however, believes each and every student in the class has a "duty" to make the world better. Winston now that the class is graduating they have a responsibility to everybody else in this world to make it a better place on whichever path the students choose.
Watroba was the principal speaker at Saturday morning's ceremony, when Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School sent 29 members of the class of 2019 on to colleges ranging from Howard University and the University of Maine to Williams and Berkshire Community.
Academically, the 40 graduates in the Mount Everett's class of 2019 hadn't achieved anything too special, according to Salutatorian Jaclyn Derwitsh.
"Academically we had done what roughly 3.6 million other students do every year. Thinking about it that way, graduating high school doesn't seem all too special," Derwitsh said on the stage at Tanglewood as she welcomed the class, family, and friends to the Saturday's ceremony.