Arts Alive! & National Art Honor Society Induction

On June 5th, the Berlin Middle High School Art Department hosted an “Arts Alive!” evening, a 6-12 grade Mountaineer Artwork Exhibition. BMHS Art Educators Mrs. Colbert and Ms. DeCelle were so proud of their student artists and the art show they produced for this year’s event.
Along with viewing the art exhibit, the Art Department held its National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Ms. DeCelle hosted the evening, with BMHS Principal Mr. David Bernsley, Interim Superintendent Dr. Maureen Long, and Board of Education President Mr. Frank Zwack in attendance, to congratulate the hardworking artists on their induction into the National Art Honor Society. NAHS totaled 12 members this year, with three new inductees and eight graduating seniors.
Congratulations: Curtis Hurd, Jessica Bosso, Ashlee Evans, Madison Lenyk, Vivian Wehlan, Rebecca Moore, Josephine Cummings, Jayli Capasso, Abigail Thela, Emma Duncan, Graziella Hartman, and Ethan Saunders
During the evening, guests could purchase student-designed stickers and ceramic bowls as part of the Empty Bowls fundraiser. The sales of these student-made ceramic bowls were part of NAHS’ community service project and raised $150 for the local Berkshire Bird Paradise.
Thank you to all students, parents, family members, friends, faculty, administrators, board members, and community members who attended the evening to celebrate the Arts!
Thanks also go to the BMHS Music Department’s Ms. Leslie Eliashuk and Mrs. Jessica Gould for organizing student vocal and instrumental performances after the NAHS ceremony.
Please find an album from the induction ceremony and the Arts Alive! exhibition below.
Photos: Mrs. Colbert and BCSD Communications



Poetry Café 

On June 5th, Mrs. Nancy Kabir and Ms. Mikaela Marbort organized and hosted the 2nd Annual Poetry Café during BMHS’ Arts Alive.
Ms. Marbot was the evening’s MC, and teachers from the middle and high school English and Language Arts Department shared their work or favorite poems while encouraging their students to do the same. The evening had over 40 poems read or sung. Please reach out to Ms. Marbot if you would like a copy of this year’s collection of works.
It was an inspiring night word that also featured Spoken Word Artist Tiny Red with dynamic performances that moved the audience and also featured an impromptu vocal accompaniment from Mountaineer Graziella Hartman.
The event concluded with a reflective work from the evening’s guest of honor, Mrs. Kabir whose dream to leave a legacy of a poetry café was realized and her words left all in attendance inspired.
Bravo to all those who shared throughout the evening, the BMHS ELA Department was very proud of its Mountaineers and looks forward to what next year’s café will bring.
Thank you for your inspiration Mrs. Kabir.
photos: BCSD Communications and Mrs. Gilbert