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MGRS Accolades
Posted 11/22/2019 03:00PM

Mount Greylock Regional School Accolades

September - October 2019

Two years ago, a staple of School Committee meetings and the website, Accolades tried to capture the various successes of the Mount Greylock community - students and staff alike - in and out of school.  Some accomplishments have been noted in other venues like our Twitter accounts @MG Mounties and @AthleticsMG or new Instagram accounts @MGMounties and @ActivitiesMG. We look forward to its return as a round-up of some of the great things our school community members do. Students, staff and families are welcomed to share news for future publications to

National Merit Scholarship Program Success -- Determined by PSAT scores, NMS commendations acknowledge the higest performing students across the world. Madeline Art was named a Commended Student, and Owen Tucker-Smith was named a Semi-Finalist; he will move to the next stage in pursuit of the full scholarship.

Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor an award and scholarship annually to honor citizenship.  Seniors are nominated by faculty, then peers select a winner. This year, Anna Welch was chosen by her classmates.

Amelia Murphy was selected as the recipient of the Superintendent's Award, given each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, service and a commitment to the school community.

Middle School Students Organizing Change (SOC) has begun completing community service with a kick-off at the Williamstown Food Pantry. Joining this project were: Grace Winters, Julia Gogh, Arianna Hamilton, Grace Hunt, Claire Burrow, Eve LeBarron. Look for more service news from this crew of engaged students.

Madeline Art and Iris Semon-Pike will be dancing with the Albany Berkshire Ballet in The Nutcracker this season.

Congratulations to the Girls' Cross Country Team, which placed second in the State Championships after winning the Western Mass Championships.  Kate Swann placed third in the Division II race.   Parker Winters earned an individual berth in the Boys' State Championship race after a successful run at Western Mass.  Kate and Ollie Swabey qualified to run in the Northeast Regional Cross Country Races (NXR) at the end of November; success thre wuld move them onto Nationals.

Project 351 "an independent nonprofit organization that builds a movement of youth-led service from each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. United for a year of leadership and service, Ambassadors transform communities, elevate kindness, advance social justice, and gain the courage, compassion, and capabilities to lead change." Initiated by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011 and enthusiastically supported today by Governor Charlie Baker, Project 351 has four new Mount Greylock ambassadors: Julia DeChaine (Lanesborough); Jenner Kittle (Hancock); Lily McDermott (Williamstown); Vincent Welch (New Ashford). 

The SEE (Sustaining Excellence in Education) Fund announced the recipients of 2019-2020 grants.

Project Title

Grant Applicant

Purchase of Guitars and Ukuleles for Middle School Enrichment

Eric Despard

Publication of a book that illustrates a student's jounrey thourhg Calculus

Robert Thistle

Visiting Artist:  Nandi Rose Plunkett '06 of Half Waif

Lyndon Moors

Senior Book Group


Grace Sanchez, Cassidy Kiernan, Julia Jammalo, Saville Keyes

7th Grade Orientation speaker 

Amy Moore-Powers

Oil Paints for the Visual Arts

Eva Myers

CS50 - AP Computer Science Field Trip to Harvard College

Brandon Price

Mount Greylock Book Club for MIddle Schoolers

Eva Myers

Job Shadow Program

Lisa Mendel

Hot Glass Field Trip

Lisa Mendel

Auditorium Stage Flooring

Marleigh Briggs

Help on the Shelf Library Displays

Liza Barrett

Mount Greylock Model UN Conference attendance

Victoria Melkonyan & Rebecca Tucker-Smith

Many thanks to the board members of the SEE Fund for managing the process and to members of the Mount Greylock community who submitted writing grants.

SEE Fund Board Members include:

  • Dan Caplinger
  • Chris Howard
  • Mary MacDonald
  • Chris McAlister
  • Charlie McWeeny
  • Becky Polumbo
  • Tashi Rai
  • Lee Rudin
  • Noah Sandstrom
  • Wendy Skavlem (Chair)
  • Sue Strizzi
  • Anna Welch

Congratulations to Michael Faulkner, Oscar Low and Ava Simon, who will be representing Mount Greylock in the Western District Music Festival at UMass in January, as a result of auditions held earlier this fall  in Westfield. Michael and Oscar qualified for an All-State Music Festival audition in January, with hopes to participate in the rehearsals and concert at Boston's Symphony Hall in March.

Spanish teacher Shannon Vigeant was  voted to the Board of the Massachusetts Foreign Language  Association.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship "is a merit-based program that provides a credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university."  Class of 2020 recipients include:

  • Madeline Art
  • Miriam Bakija
  • Brody Baumgartner
  • James Brannan
  • John Bryan
  • Julia Butler
  • Julia Donati
  • Sarah Egan
  • Brandon Fahlenkamp
  • Lucas Forman
  • Noah Greenfield
  • James Hetherington
  • Julia Jammalo
  • Stella Jayko
  • Mitchell Jezouit
  • Amelia Murphy
  • Ryan Narey
  • Charlotte Rauscher
  • Grace Sanchez
  • Brayden Smith
  • Owe Tucker-Smith
  • Xavier Vilaubi
  • Spencer Zheng


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