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June 1, 2010

Incoming student Jared Weiss has made headlines as his high school’s youngest valedictorian to date. Several media outlets, including The Times Herald Record, The Sullivan County Democrat and Mid-Hudson News, reported on his achievements. The articles describe Weiss’s academic and social credentials as well as elements that supported his decision to enroll at Simon’s Rock at age 14. Read the full story.

June 1, 2010

Incoming student Isys Rucker-Peoples’s admission and matriculation at Simon’s Rock was reported in a feature article in Cross Road News and Atlanta, Georgia’s Neighbor Newspaper. Rucker-Peoples and her parents discussed factors that influenced her decision to leave Georgia and attend Simon’s Rock at age 15. Read the full story.

May 28, 2010

Northeast Public Radio included the voices of two Simon’s Rock graduating seniors in a report, “Now What: Class of 2010 Perspectives on the Future,” which surveyed the mood of selected area graduates. Listen to the story here.

May 21, 2010

The Daily Hampshire Gazette traced the life and work of recent Simon’s Rock alumnus and highly acclaimed poet Ekiwah Adler Belendez. The article, “Young poet finds traction in adopted Northampton,” described Adler Belendez’s physical disability, his time at Simon’s Rock and the multiple acclaims and honors his work has garnered. Adler Belendez, a native of Mexico, drew national attention at age 10 when the Institute of Culture of Morales published his poems, the Gazette reported. “He was an overnight sensation with the publishing of his first book, Soy. He has been called ‘a young Prometheus unchained, a Dante coupled with Poe.’” His work and life story have been featured on Dateline NBC. which highlighted the fact that he was the youngest poet ever invited to read on the main stage at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Adler Belendez recently completed his B.A. at Hampshire College.

May 20, 2010

Award-winning visual artist and Simon’s Rock alumna Joanna Jennings presented choice images of early Sheffield, MA, at the Great Barrington Historical Society, the Berkshire Record reported. The images were taken from Carrie Smith Lorraine’s glass negatives of photos captured more than a century ago.

May 17, 2010

New York Times columnist Bob Herbert profiled the work and students of Bard High School Early College (BHSEC), and the momentum surrounding the early college movement, in his column “A Very Bright Idea.” Based in New York City, BHSEC is accredited through Simon’s Rock and is structured according to the original Simon’s Rock model where students take two years of high school classes and two years of college classes. Upon graduation students earn a high school diploma and an Associates of Arts degree. A private/public partnership, BHSEC and BHSEC II enrolls qualified commuter students based in New York City. Read the full column.

May 16, 2010

Simon’s Rock commencement speeches, awards and honors were covered in a Berkshire Eagle article, “Haiti survivor comes home.” The report recapped ceremonial remarks. An excerpt of alumna Christa Brelsford’s speech was later used as the paper’s quote of the day. It read, “I’m not much older than you and I’m not any wiser. I just happened to survive because of human kindness. So I think our job is to try and harness the kindness that shows up in charismatic tragedies and use it in smaller, less impressive tragedies that are still going on in the world today. Congratulations on your graduation. Now come and help me save the world.”

May 14, 2010

Literature faculty member Hal Holliday was recently invited to read the work of notable Southern writers at Carnegie Hall, the West Virginia Daily News reported.

May 13, 2010

Incoming visiting student and high school senior, Robert Bertram made news after he attempted to pass a bylaw in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, outlawing the possession of tobacco by minors. Bertram’s measure would make the offense punishable with community service and mandatory smoking cessation workshop attendance. The proposal was rejected, but the aspiring politician intends to next work with the state legislature to pass his law, The Berkshire Record reported.

May 5, 2010

The College Squash Association published a recap of the Hudson Cup Tournament, which took place at Vassar College, in which they praised several Simon’s Rock players and the team as a whole. They wrote, “We fell short against Simon’s Rock’s strategic play and flawless technique.” Read the full recap here.

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