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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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State Briefs: Last Mile Funding, Grant Awards


State Sen. Adam Hinds takes a photo of Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito at the core bore site.

BLANDFORD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Blandford Select Board member Eric McVey and other local leaders observed a core bore drilling on Thursday afternoon to replace outdated utility poles and install broadband internet.

Blandford was awarded a Last Mile Infrastructure Grant worth $1.04 million in 2018 to deliver broadband access to residents. Following the demonstration, Baker announced $5 million supplemental funding for the Last Mile Program, which will cover roughly half the cost of connecting homeowners to newly installed networks in 21 eligible communities.

"Our administration has prioritized the Last Mile program because we recognize that access to broadband internet is critical for the success of families, businesses and communities in the 21st century economy," the governor said. "We are proud of our progress toward delivering broadband internet to every community in the commonwealth, including the progress we observed today in Blandford, and pleased to make an additional funding commitment to these communities."
 
The work in Blandford is being made possible by a $1.04 million Last Mile grant announced in 2018. More than 2,400 replacement utility poles will be installed as the result of these Last Mile efforts in Blandford alone and approximately 60,000 throughout all the Last Mile communities. 
 
 
 
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