WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Speakers have been selected for the Mount Greylock Regional School's 2023 graduation ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m. in the Mount Greylock gymnasium.
Principal Jacob Schutz submitted this information about class speakers Altan McIntosh and Molly Sullivan.
McIntosh, the son of Shawn and Naren McIntosh of Williamstown, was chosen by his classmates to speak at graduation. Respected and highly regarded by his peers, he is a mature, charismatic and thoughtful young man who has proven to be a natural leader in the school.
His inquisitive nature has served him well at Mount Greylock, having earned top marks in some of its most rigorous courses, including, upon graduation, eight Advanced Placement classes. As a dedicated member of our school community, McIntosh has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of clubs and organizations at Mount Greylock. He serves on the Student Council, and is also an active member of Register Educate Vote (REV), the Multicultural Student Union, the Youth Environmental Squad, the Student Athletic Advisory Council and is a co-founder of the Chess Club. He has demonstrated his leadership abilities on the cross country running and tennis teams, as a peer team member, and as the selected delegate to represent Mount Greylock at Boys State.
In the fall, McIntosh will be studying political science and economics at Northeastern University.
Sullivan, the daughter of Erin and Noelle Sullivan of Williamstown, was chosen by the Mount Greylock faculty to speak at graduation. She has earned the highest respect from the teachers who have worked with her due to her kind, compassionate nature and her determination to succeed.
She has demonstrated her ability to master challenging coursework, and, upon graduation, will have successfully completed seven Advanced Placement courses and a dual enrollment course at Williams College. Sullivan is heavily involved in the school community serving as a leader on the Student Council, the Student Athletic Advisory Council, the Multicultural Student Union, Register Educate Vote (REV), peer team and was named the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. As the captain for both the varsity soccer and basketball teams, she is an all-star, competitive athlete who demonstrates a level of leadership and command that her fellow teammates gravitate towards.
Sullivan will be attending Tufts University in the fall, studying international relations and civics.
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GET LOUD: A Celebration of Banned Books
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Williamstown League of Women Voters in collaboration with the David and Joyce Milne Public Library and the Friends of the Milne Library are presenting Get Loud: A Celebration of Banned Books.
A group of nine authors, performers, teachers, and local individuals will read aloud selections from books currently or previously banned in US libraries and schools. Introducing them will be authors Karen Shepard and Jim Shepard, both on the English faculty of Williams College.
This performance was initiated by the Williamstown League of Women Voters with the goal of bringing together organizations and individuals with a strong interest in the importance of free speech and artistic freedom.
The event is intended to raise awareness of the history and practice of government censorship, and to give the community an opportunity to experience firsthand the power and joy of good writing.
"One of our goals is to dramatize the importance of the books that have come under attack historically and also recently in some schools and public libraries," said League representative Jane Nicholls. "We hope bringing together an impressive group of artists will help remind us all that the freedom to write and to read is crucial to all other freedoms."
Participants selected their readings from a list supplied by Milne Library Director Pat MacLeod, which cataloged books being banned from some school libraries and reading lists. The selections include passages from "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, "Bridge to Terabitha" by Katherine Paterson, "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker, and "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone.
Mt. Greylock Regional High School teacher Rebecca Tucker-Smith will read from "The Color Purple," and also recite excerpts from her students’ responses to the book.
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