NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Emma Marino has been named this year's valedictorian and Megan Goyette the salutatorian for the McCann Technical School class of 2019, in an announcement by Principal Justin Kratz.
Marino, daughter of Joy Marino and Eric Marino is a senior in the Business Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence,
the Rensselaer (N.Y.) Polytechnic Institute Medal and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks first in her class with a 4.28 grade-point average.
Her rigorous course of study includes three years of Project Lead the Way courses that are above and beyond the required course load, as well AP Calculus and AP English, two summer college courses and is a member of the National Honor Society. Marino also is involved in many extracurricular activities including Business Professionals of America, School Council, Ambassador leader, Youth Advisory board, competitive dancing, varsity soccer, varsity basketball, junior varsity softball as well as her generous volunteer work.
Her many accomplishments include being nominated for Girls State in 2018 as well as being the recipient of numerous awards in Business Technology, SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America. She will be attending Assumption College majoring in pre-law.
Goyette, daughter of Rebecca and Andrew Goyette, is a senior in the electricity program. She is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks second in her class with a 4.23 GPA. She is four-year varsity softball athlete, president of the school's National Honor Society chapter, vice president of the SkillsUSA Chapter, and a member of the Electricity Advisory Board. She also is a junior member of the board of PopCares Junior and is actively involved in fundraising for the cancer support group and for Meals on Wheels.
She will be attending Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., in the fall to major in nursing.
Both students will graduate with high honors on Wednesday, June 5, during ceremonies at the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
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North Adams School Committee Votes for Remote Learning
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday rejected a hybrid school reopening model to vote 3-2 to go full remote.
The decision to start school with the remote option was apparently influenced by a letter the School Committee members received from the North Adams Teachers Association expressing concern over re-entering the schools because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Committee member Tara Jacobs said she was not comfortable potentially exposing staff to the novel coronavirus in motioning to go with the remote option to start and later transition to a hybrid model.
"There's no good scenario but the decision to open the school and have someone dying or having health conditions for the rest of their life ... ," she said, motioning to start the school year remotely.
Peter Oleskiewicz was nominated by Councilor Wayne Wilkinson and elected by unanimous decision. The owner of Desparedo's Mexican Restaurant was 103 votes short for a seat on the nine-member council last November.
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At a meeting in late July, Zachery Feury, project coordinator in the Office of Community Development, gave the commission a presentation on more refined plans for the city's application to the Shared Streets and Spaces grant program.
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The class of 2020's saying is "Time 2 Make History," something this class has certainly done already: the first Drury class go fully online for learning, to have a drive-by graduation, and to have two graduations.
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Instead of talking about the challenges the global pandemic has created for the class, the country, and the world, Harrington talked about some of the class's successes and thanked all those who helped along the way.
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