McCann Tech Grads Urged to Seize the Second / iBerkshires.com

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McCann Tech graduates pop their party poppers ahead of schedule at Wednesday’s rainy graduation exercises.
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Some families stopped for a quick photo as the assembly fled the light rain that started as soon as the graduation. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School graduated 110 seniors on Wednesday night on the football field with the dramatic background of the mountains and a sea of umbrellas before them.


 


The gray skies let loose a steady rain that had the graduates eager to move things along — they applauded Superintendent James Brosnan for clipping his address and let go their party poppers a whole speech too early. 


 


But Principal Justin Kratz said he understood what a tough year it had been.


 


“Don’t get me wrong, the class of 2020 had it rough as well. But the class is 2021, and we’re going to use COVID terms, they’re the long haulers,” he said. “They had a lot of stuff thrown at them.”


 


Salutatorian Ciarra CKruzel said the four years seemed like a blur now but one event in her first CAD classes stood out when teacher Joshua Meczywor made a comment. 


 


“It was something along the lines of the smartest person is the one who admits they know nothing, which I later found out with something Socrates said,” she said. “From then on, I took that mindset and ran with it. And from this way of thinking, I grew. So not only did I learn lessons, academic lessons, you may or may not use in the future, but it also taught us about personal growth. We were taught how to change and become a better person.”


 


She thanked all the teachers who helped them over the years and through the pandemic, even if they probably were upset with them. 


 


“We greatly appreciate everything you’ve done to get us into school, even though it was just for two weeks, and any extra trouble or if you went through to educate us through the pandemic,” Kruzer said.


 


Valedictorian Stephen Perrault asked what they wanted to achieve in life — but not as the start of a “long, drawn out” speech about how you can do anything if you try harder. But rather, he said, to consider what what success really meant to them.


 


“I had been reaching for the stars but doing so had made me less happy than before,” he said. “Then one day when I was talking about the future with my dad, he told me do what makes you happy, enjoy life … perhaps instead of expecting myself to change the world I should just do whatever I’m capable of doing in order to make a life for myself.”


 


Perrault said he didn’t want his classmates not too aim high. Instead, he ecouraged them to take that motivation and funnel it in a direction that will be fulfilling.


 


“Aiming for what we really want to do so we’re not spending our days and months and years in a job we hate so we can consider ourselves successful or getter a bigger paycheck,” he said. “The point of life isn’t to obtain wealth but rather to find true happiness.”


 


Before handing out diplomas with Brosnan, School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers took the “dreaded word” COVID and found something positive in it. Taking the letters he found courage, optimism, viable, inspiration and dream — as in dream big.


 


Courage is the foundation to success, he said, and this pandemic provided an opportunity for students to endure, develop skills and maybe even find inspiration in new career paths.


 


“Dream big. If the world is going to get better, it’s going to be up to you,” he told the graduates. “With everything feeling like it’s up for grabs, this is your time to seize the initiative. 


 


“No one can tell you to wait your turn … no one can tell you that this is how it’s always been done. More than ever, this is your moment.”


 



 


Advanced Manufacturing


 


Connor A. Cirullo


Alahna Chante David


Kyle Matthew DuPont


Connor Michael Griswold


Damian Christian Kivlehan


Gabrielle Montgomery


Dillan Wade Morse


Stephen Michael Perreault


James David Pinckney


Grace Haile Towler


 


Automotive 


 


Carson Wayne Boyce


Christopher Joseph Bunt


Alexander Nicholas Kaiser


Ruth LeSage


A.J. McClary


Aspen Xander Trala


 


Business Technology


 


Ashlyn Nicole Belisle


Elizabeth Lily Biagini


Sarah Ann Fortini


Lily Jean Gifford-Blasi


MacKenzie Michelle Kupiec


Julianna Patricia Mazzeo


Zoe Jacqueline Oakes


Molly Rose Patenaude


Sawyer Colquhoun Smith


Alaina Renee Vigiard


Keaton Alexander West


 


Carpentry


 


Matthew Christopher Bailey


Skylar Jade Baker


Kaleigh Lynn Elser


Emilia Rose Howland


Alyse Judith Koloc


Adam Tyler Krutiak


Nicholas Christian LaForest


Alivia Rae Lesure


Jay Alexander Morris


Austin Skyler-Maclean Peck


Cole Thomas Poplaski


Dylan Michael St. Hilaire


Hannah Judith Stack


Nicholas Michael Thayer


 


Computer Assisted Design 


 


Todd William Belleau


Allie Ann Burdick


Jordan Michael Callahan


NIckolas Anthony Carpenter


Molly Ann Champney


Justin Fay Denette


Emma Katherine Desormeaux


Colby David Ghidotti


Daniel James Gigliotti


Ciarra Joyce Kruzel


Chase Victor Lancia


Autumn Nichole Matys


Brooke Alana O’Neil


Kolby Andrew Sawyer


Sean Nicholas Sumner


Luke Matthew Thomas


Ethan Ray Walden


Daniel James Williams


 


Culinary Arts


 


Zebulun Scott Blanchard


Jordan Elizabeth McDonald


Madison Lynn McLear


Maryjane Michaela Millard 


Darien Christopher Patton


Bryson James Rose


Gavin Reed Tetreault


Blake Alexander Todd


 


Electricity


 


Austin James Bleu


Kevin Armond-James Gillette


Keegan George Haggerty


Huntter John Hathaway


Ezra Timothy Holland


Ethyn Perry Lasher


Martha Marie Leab


Devin Charles Mickle


Austin Matthew Miner


Landon Reid Murach


Joshua David Rand


Luke James Roberts


Brenden David Scott


Ethan Jared Earl Sweet


 


Information Technology


 


Colby John Andrews


Vincent Allen Brazeau III


Stanley Demetries Dykes


Lucas John Field


Katelyn Renee Haggerty


Mary Joanne Kipp


Ian Scott McClanan


Jonah Michael McNair


Caitlin Morgan Nicol


Samantha Paige Noyes


Taylor-Elise Madison Pecor


Hayden John Ryan


Alison Faith Sadlow


Karem Amer Safa


Sierra Cecile Tatro


 


Metal Fabrication


 


Keegan James Barrows


Logan Michael Briggs


Kaeli Marie Dean


Troy Michael Dean


Keegan Sean Dellaghelfa


Evan James Drawec


Noah James Grimes


Dakota Lawrence Hayes


Amy Lee Lafosse


Nicholas Michael Mroz


Shane Joseph Proctor


Omar Malik Ibn Uqdah


Simon Cole Zaleski

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