Teen parents push on to graduate from Helen Berube Program


PITTSFIELD -- The Helen Berube Teen Parent Program celebrated the graduation of eight high school seniors from its program on Friday afternoon.

During a luncheon ceremony at the First Baptist Church, the program honored Tatianna Ayala, Krystal Ferrari, Amber Parody and Kayla Provencher for earning a diploma from Pittsfield High School, and Sierra Grieb, Ka-dezha Jackson, Ashley Reyes and Alexys Tart for graduating from Taconic High School.

Student Laura Verastegui was also honored for completing the HiSET Program, the new set of high school equivalency exams.

Executive Director Heather Williamson honored seven of the seniors as students of the year and presented the eighth senior, Ferrari, with the Helen Berube Achievement Award. This is the second year in a row Ferrari has been bestowed that award.

"She’s just amazing, and we hope to see her go far," Williamson said.

The teen parent program, in its 36th year, also welcomed back alumna and 2003 Taconic graduate Ashlee MacDonald as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. MacDonald has since gone on to earn a bachelor’s in nursing and is pursuing a master’s in nursing at Sage College.


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