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Pittsfield High Announces Class Speakers & Top 10

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mary Hines, president of the Pittsfield High School class of 2020, will speak at the PHS' virtual graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 7. It is PHS tradition that the class president addresses the senior class.
 
The event will be aired by Pittsfield Community Television at 1 p.m. 
 
Throughout her high school career, Hines has been involved in a variety of clubs and school organizations. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Class Council, and girls varsity basketball team. Hines will be attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as a double major in political science and in media and culture.  
 
In addition to the class president, the student who received the Superintendent's Award also will speak to the graduating class and community on Sunday.  
 
This year, Emily Mazzeo will be the class speaker. She has been involved in National Honor Society and Class Council. Mazzeo was a Project Link mentor, a lead organizer for the National Honor Society peer tutoring program, and a member of the swim team. She will be attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in the fall to study biology with a concentration in health sciences.
 
Pittsfield High School recognizes students who have achieved the top 10 cumulative grade-point averages in the senior class.   
 
The PHS 2020 Top 10, in alphabetical order, are: Madeline Coco, Jena Kaddoura, Ella Korte, Brian Lavinio, Szofia Lewis, Cole Masiero, Emily Mazzeo, Sierra Murray, Samantha Scoco, Elizabeth Sprague, and Emelyn Theriault.
 
Academic departments also give awards to honor the most outstanding students in their respective disciplines.  
 
The following are this year's outstanding students: Madison Muzzy (Art), Lucien Lamoureaux (Band), Francis McKeon (Business), Joseph Mosley (Computer), Alexander Bock (Drama), Sofia Bock (World Languages and the Edward J. McKenna Award in English), Elizabeth Sprague (Social Studies), Cole Masiero (Math), Lily Ouillette (Orchestra), Corey Scarfone (Physical Education), Emily Mazzeo (John P. Leahy Memorial Award in Science), Elliott Loverin (Chorus), Alexander Hopkins (Career/Vocational Technical Education), and Alexis Cruz Lay (English as a Second Language).

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Pittsfield Schools to Begin Non-Renewal Recalls

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools will begin recalling staff given non-renewal notices now that a budget is in place. 
 
Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee last week that there will be recalls of some of the 140 nonrenewal notices sent out prior to the passage of the $64 million budget.
 
"We will let them know their jobs are back and we look forward to having them with us," McCandless said.
 
Without a firm Chapter 70 education aid number to build a budget around, the city passed an education budget that relied on at least level state aid.
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