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Pittsfield High Names Class Speakers & Top 10 for 2019

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Trista Dearstyne, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2019, will speak at the graduation ceremony at Tanglewood in Lenox on Sunday, June 9, at 4:00pm.  
 
It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.
 
Throughout her high school career, Dearstyne has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of National Honor Society and Class Council.  Also, she participated in Academic Decathlon and the Math Club.  
 
Dearstyne will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a biology major. She hopes to eventually work in a lab setting conducting research. This past fall she was the student speaker at the Berkshire Innovation Center groundbreaking and spoke about STEM careers and opportunities in the Berkshires. 
 
In addition to the class president, PHS seniors elect a speaker to be the voice of their graduating class and their four years under the dome. This year, Alexander Hawkins was chosen as the class speaker.  
 
He has been involved in National Honor Society, Class Council, and the Link Crew mentoring program. Hawkins was a member of the PHS boys soccer team for four years and was nominated as a New England Patriots Anti-violence Game Changer. He will be attending Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., in the fall.
 
Pittsfield High School also recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade-point averages in the senior class. The PHS 2019 Top 10 are Hannah Berkel, Katelynd Chambers, Joseph Cracolici, Trista Dearstyne, Katherine Dumigan, Carolyn Guachione, Samuel Higuera, Shannon Kennedy, Olivia Kriedeman-Hubbard, Chenyang Lin, Madison Quinn and Jett Werhan. 
 

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Environment Secretary Visits Pittsfield


Kathleen Theoharides, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, visits the site of culvert project in Pittsfield being funded through the state's climate readiness program.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides was in Pittsfield on Friday to review a state-funded culvert site and meet with local officials to discuss the state's climate readiness program. 
 
She joined Mayor Linda Tyer at the Churchill Street culvert, a site which recently received grant funding through the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program. The city was awarded an $814,524 state grant in June for the Churchill Brook and West Street Culvert Replacement Project.
 
Through the MVP program, which begun in 2017, municipalities identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. The initiative which initially started as a $500,000 capital grant program has now increased to $12 million. Pittsfield is among the 71 percent of communities across the commonwealth now enrolled in the MVP program.
 
"The governor and the lieutenant governor have made resilient infrastructure a priority all across the state and I think it's really important to know that we have a really vested interest in Western Massachusetts communities as well as all across the state, not forgetting the Berkshires or Pioneer Valley," said Theoharides in a statement. "Our MVP program is really focused on these types of partnership investments and looking to design infrastructure for the challenges we're seeing today and moving forward as climate change increases."
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