Mt. Greylock Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mt. Greylock Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society will hold a candlelight induction ceremony and reception on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

This ceremony honors students who have demonstrated high achievement at school and in the community in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership and service. Families and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony.

The newly inducted students are: Gabriella Alvarez, Madeline Art, Miriam Bakija, Brody Baumgartner, Julia Butler, Taylor Callahan, Catherine Cangelosi, Sonya Carrizales, Nima Darafshi, Khushi Devre, Julia Donati, Sarah Egan, Toby Ellingwood, Brandon Fahlenkamp, Toby Foehl, Lucas Forman, Tarryn Gaherty, Noah Greenfield, James Hetherington, Molly Howard, Julia Jammalo, Mitchell Jezouit, Saville Keyes, Jakin Miller, Amelia Murphy, Ryan Narey, Brooke Phelps, Charlotte Rauscher, Grace Sanchez, Ciera Schwarzer, Anna Scott, Lucy Shepard, Brayden Smith, Margo Smith, Owen Tucker-Smith and Xavier Vilaubi.

 


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'I Want You to Panic': Youths Lead Williamstown Climate Strike Event

By Rebecca DravisiBerkshires Staff

Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Adele Low speaks about needing adults to 'step up and act now to save our planet.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The petite fourth-grader made her way up to the microphone. In a voice that belied her small frame, she explained why she took the opportunity to speak in front of the several hundred people who came out to the front steps of the Paresky Student Center at Williams College for the Williamstown Climate Strike on Friday.

"When I learned about climate change, I wanted to cry," said June, a fourth-grader at Williamstown Elementary School. "All the animals are going extinct. And it's just terrible."

Then her voice broke, and tears started running down her tiny face.

It was a heartbreaking moment that clearly moved the crowd of people of all ages who came to Paresky to join more than 3,000 other climate strikes around the world on Friday and Saturday - including a joint rally just across the Paresky lawn at the First Congregational Church, where organizers hung an upside-down American flag to signal the country is in distress. June's tears came in the middle of an hour-long program that focused on the leadership of youths who are leading the charge to force the adults in power to take meaningful action on climate change.

"What we need is to demand from our leaders an aggressive response," said Kofi Lee-Berman, a sophomore at Williams College who emceed the event. "It's either extinction or action."

Ruby Leman, 14, of Long Island, N.Y., part of the Fridays for Future group of young people fighting climate change, targeted those leaders - and all adults, really - whose inaction has led to the crisis facing the world.

"I don't want you to be proud. I want you to panic," she said, urging those adults to vote - but not just for any Democrat, but for a candidate who has a serious "climate conscious," as she put it. "I want you to vote. Because we can't. 

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