The Forum: Lenox student awarded scholarship to visit Japan

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Lenox Memorial Middle and High School freshman Nicole Gamberoni is among seven Massachusetts teenagers who have been named 2016 recipients of study abroad scholarships administered by Youth For Understanding USA (YFU).

She is one of three students in the nation to receive the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. Scholarship, a full scholarship provided to the children of U.S.-based employees, to study in Japan.

"Mitsubishi Electric U.S. is pleased to continue this decades-old program for the children of its employees," said Kiyoshi Furukawa, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Holdings Inc. "It's a great opportunity for education and cultural exchange within the Mitsubishi Electric family."

The Mitsubishi scholarship program has been around since 1987.

Gamberoni was selected from a nationally competitive pool of YFU applicants. Others will also spend the summer studying abroad and exploring the lifestyles and culture in their host country.

For additional information about exchange opportunities with YFU, including scholarships, hosting an international student, volunteering, or community cultural tours, visit YFUUSA.org.

TECCA honors inaugural NHS inductees

High school juniors Eric Worrick and Eric DuPont of Pittsfield were inducted into the National Honor Society this spring as part of the first chapter from TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA), the state's full-time, tuition-free virtual public school for students in grades K-12. Sixteen students from the sophomore, junior and senior classes at TECCA qualified to join the new NHS chapter.

"The induction of the first NHS class is a terrific milestone in the development of our school," said TECCA Superintendent Adam Goldberg, at the induction ceremony.

The 2015-2016 school year is the second for the school, which conducts the majority of its programs online.


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