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Mount Greylock Regional Names 2019 Graduation Speakers

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Adam Cohen and Clare Sheedy have been selected to address the class of 2019 at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation ceremonies at  11 a.m. on Saturday, June  8, in the school gymnasium.
 
This will be the first graduation to be held in the new school building. 
 
Cohen, son of Richard Cohen and Cheryl Sacks of Lanesborough, was chosen by his peers to speak He is a National Merit Scholar Commended student and has been a member of both the lacrosse and wrestling teams. 
 
A member of the peer team and Big Sibling program, he mentored younger students and educated them on good health practices. He was a three-year member of the Student Council and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and for Meals on Wheels through his synagogue. 
 
He will attend Clark University in Worcester in the fall. 
 
Sheedy, daughter of Laurence and Debra Sheedy of Pittsfield, was selected by the faculty to speak. She was a delegate to Girls State last year and attended the Naval Academy Summer Seminar. 
 
Class vice president for the past two years, she is a three-season athlete and was captain of the girls' lacrosse team her senior year. She has served on the school district's Sustaining Educational Excellence Committee and has participated with and been an officer for  the World Language Club, the Junior Classical League, the Youth Environmental Squad and the Gender Sexuality Alliance.
 
She will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the fall. 

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