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Mount Greylock Names Student Speakers for 2024 Graduation

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two students will be the speakers for Mount Greylock Regional School's 2024 graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. in the school gymnasium. 
 
Judge P. Martin was chosen to speak by the graduating class and Vincent P. Welch was selected by the faculty. The high school provided the following information about their educational and athletic achievements.
 
Martin has shown dedication to academic excellence and  his athletic prowess has been remarkable. On the basketball court, his skills and leadership were evident as he served as a key varsity team member for four years, culminating in this role as team captain during his senior year. Similarly, on the football field, his exceptional leadership qualities have shown through as he captained the team during his junior and senior years, leading by example and inspiring his teammates to strive for excellence. 
 
In addition to his academic and athletic achievements, Martin has demonstrated his commitment to serving his school and community in various leadership roles. As the class vice president during his junior and senior years, he played an integral role in representing his peers. He also served on the Student Athletic Advisory Council and was a member of the Youth Environmental Squad, further showcasing his dedication to making a positive impact both on and off the field. 
 
Martin's commitment to community service has also been commendable. From assisting elderly residents with yard work, working with Little Kid track, or serving as a summer camp counselor at the Williamstown Youth Center, he has consistently demonstrated his willingness to give back and make a difference in the lives of others. 
 
Martin will attend Springfield College in the fall. He lives in Williamstown with his parents, Colleen and Thomas, and his siblings. 
 
Welch's dedication to academic excellence and community involvement also has been extraordinary. Serving as class president for four consecutive years, he has consistently demonstrated leadership abilities and a passion for making a difference. 
 
He has excelled in athletics as a member of both the track and field and cross-country running teams. His exceptional talent and dedication have earned him recognition, including the MIAA Wellness Pillar Award for three consecutive years. Welch's commitment to sportsmanship and teamwork has been exemplary, reflecting his character and values on and off the field. 
 
Beyond academics and athletics, he has showcased his artistic talents through his involvement in the music and theater programs. As a saxophonist, member of the band, jazz band participant, and actor in numerous musical productions, Welch has brought joy and creativity to the stage, captivating audiences with his performances. 
 
His dedication to community service is equally commendable. From mentoring middle school athletes to volunteering with organizations such as Little Kids track and cross country and serving as an assistant coach for youth sports teams, he has positively impacted the lives of others in his community. 
 
Welch's accomplishments extend beyond the confines of his high school campus. As an Eagle Scout and active member of the Boy Scouts, he has demonstrated leadership, responsibility, and a commitment to service that has earned him the respect and admiration of his peers and mentors. 
 
He resides in New Ashford with his siblings and parents, Jennifer and Jeffrey Welch. As he prepares to embark on his collegiate journey at Providence (R.I.) College, Welch carries hard work, integrity, and dedication values that have shaped his success thus far. 
 

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Bomb Threat that Closed Williams Campus Deemed 'Not Credible'

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com
Updated 02:10PM
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Thursday briefly closed its campus and sent all non-essential employees home for the day after a reported bomb threat that later was deemed to be "not credible."
 
Late Thursday morning, the college sent an alert to its employees that the school was investigating a threat to several college buildings and ordering the evacuation of Faculty House, the Paresky Center, Mission dorm and "athletics and all libraries."
 
By about 11:45 a.m., the college released the same information in a post on social media, and shortly before noon, it announced on "X" (formerly Twitter), "Please evacuate and avoid area until further notice."
 
Just after 2 p.m., the school announced to its personnel that, "The bomb threat was determined to be not credible."
 
The school said that dining services would be available for the small number of students on campus for the summer term from 2 to 7 p.m. at Faculty House and that faculty and staff who needed to access their offices on Thursday could do so after 3 p.m.
 
All buildings and offices were slated to be open for business as usual on Friday morning.
 
This was the second apparent false alarm on campus in the last couple of months. In May, a suspicious package reported in the college's science center led to the evacuation of some buildings and a visit from the State Police bomb squad.
 
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