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22 of the graduates were from Berkshire County and nearby communities.
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Miss Hall's School Graduates 46

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This year's Commencement Remarks were delivered by award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne
PITTSFIELD — Forty-six students, including 22 students from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 126th Commencement.
 
The ceremony took place under a large tent behind the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the School's Holmes Road campus and was shared worldwide via Hudl.
 
Hosted by Miss Hall's Head of School Julia Heaton, the ceremony included remarks from Senior Class President Naomi Hopkins, of Rabun County, Georgia; School President Iva Knezevic, of Belgrade, Serbia; School Vice President Hanna Heaton Wellenstein, of Pittsfield; and Miss Hall's School Board of Trustees President Nancy Gustafson Ault, Class of 1973.
 
This year's Commencement Remarks were delivered by award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne, who was introduced by 2024 Miss Hall's graduates Lila and Zadie Juska, of Great Barrington. Mary is the author of many award-winning children's books.
 
Local graduates are Brianna Babcock, of Pittsfield; Kate Butler, of Pittsfield; Malena Carraro, of Stockbridge; Molly Casey, of Lee; Ella Cohen, of Great Barrington; Leora Cook-Dubin, of Pittsfield; Margaret (Margot) Dionne, of New Lebanon, N.Y.; Honey Fields, of New Marlborough; Sophie Gentleman, of Lenox; Ruby Hauck, of South Lee; Hanna Heaton Wellenstein, of Pittsfield; Isabella Hennessey, of Lenox; Lila Juska, of Great Barrington; Zadie Juska, of Great Barrington; Revan (Revvie) MacQueen, of Lenox; Juliana Mills, of Pittsfield; Alida (Hypnos) Perri, of Pittsfield; Kyla Rosales-Gore, of Great Barrington; Ella Tawes, of Williamstown; Madeline Tillem, of Lenox; Sophia Tillem, of Lenox; and Elise Tyler, of Lenox.
 
The following awards were also bestowed on members of the Class of 2024:
 
• Joseph F. Buerger Memorial School Spirit Cup: Kate Butler, of Pittsfield, and Naomi Hopkins, of Rabun County, Georgia
 
• Margaret Witherspoon Award: Iva Knezevic, of Belgrade, Serbia
 
• Christine Fuller Holland '33 Service Prize: Welmerly Maria, of Methuen, Massachusetts
 
• Faculty Commendation Award: Molly Casey, of Lee
 
• Meus Honor Stat Keys Awarded for MHS Core Competencies: 
 
Vision: Sutra Chakma, of Khagrachari, Bangladesh, and Naomi Hopkins, of Rabun County, Georgia
 
Voice: Hanna Heaton Wellenstein, of Pittsfield, and Oumou Sidibe, of Bamako, Mali
 
Interpersonal Efficacy: Naomi Wager, of Cooperstown, N.Y., and Jiaying (Lily) Yao, of Shenzhen, China
 
Gumption: Leora Cook-Dubin, of Pittsfield, and Kyla Rosales-Gore, of Great Barrington
 
• Sylvia “Rusty” Shethar Everdell '38 Prize: Kate Butler, of Pittsfield
 
• Paul C. Cabot, Jr. History Prize: Sophie Gentleman, of Lenox
 
• Senior Prize in Engineering and Tech Innovation: Isabella Hennessey, of Lenox
 
• Iive Rouse Science Award: Iva Knezevic, of Belgrade, Serbia
 
• James K. Ervin Mathematics Prize: Hanna Heaton Wellenstein, of Pittsfield
 
• Horizons Award: Welmerly Maria, of Methuen, Massachusetts
 
• English for Speakers of Other Languages Award: Ayako Ogawa, of Tokyo, Japan
 
• Mansfield E. Pickett Latin Prize: Leora Cook-Dubin, of Pittsfield
 
• Spanish Award: Ella Tawes, of Williamstown
 
• Monique Jalbert French Prize: Nathania Williams-Jack, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
 
• Virginia Breene Wickwire '67 Reading Prize: Madeline Tillem, of Lenox
 
• Doris E. Pitman English Prize: Naomi Hopkins, of Rabun County, Georgia
 
• Photography Award: Honey Fields, of New Marlborough
 
• Susanna McCreath Music Prize: Jiaying (Lily) Yao, of Shenzhen, China
 
• Angela Kalischer Theater Performance Prize: Sutra Chakma, of Khagrachari, Bangladesh
 
• Angela Kalischer Technical Theater Prize: Molly Casey, of Lee
 
• Ceramics Award: Revvie MacQueen, of Lenox
 
• Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Studio Art Prize: Xiang Meng, of Shanghai, China

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Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
 
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