District Attorney David F. Capeless recognized the accomplishments of the 2009 - 2010 Youth Advisory Board at a ceremony at the Beacon Cinema in Pittsfield on May 18, 2010. Board members, who represent area high schools county-wide, attend monthly meetings at the District Attorney's Office and contribute their time, talent, creative thinking, opinions and ideas to Community Outreach and Education health and safety initiatives.
The ceremony feature the premier screening of two educational videos for middle school students, written and produced by Board members, on healthy relationships and cyberbullying. Each Board member received a copy of the videos and a certificate of appreciation from the District Attorney.
District Attorney Capeless acknowledged the school advisors and parents for their ongoing support and encouragement of the students and the program, and gave special thanks to Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Steven DelNegro, coordinator of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, for his ongoing assistance and support, and to David Cachat, CityLink Coordinator at Pittsfield Community Television, for his tireless work in filming and editing the videos.
Youth Advisory Board members for the 2009 - 2010 year were: Mallory Caron and Morgan Hussey, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School; Casey Scott and Zachery Richards, Drury High School; Cierra Andrews and Briell Dzierga, Hoosac Valley High School; Clayton Kohlenberger and Whitney Sitzer, Lee Middle & High School; Daniel Fuore, Ashley Laptas and Michelle Messana, Lenox Memorial Middle & High School; Amanda Cariddi and James Nowak, McCann Technical School; Isabella Tobiason, Miss Hall's School; Nicholas Race and Kaitlyn Ryan, Monument Mountain Regional High School; Kassel Nightt and Elizabeth Tomich, Mt. Everett High School; Nicholas Del Negro, Mt. Greylock Regional High School; Rachel Quetti and Amanda Turner, Pittsfield High School; Marcus Chiaretto and Max Pastore, St. Joseph Central High School; Emily Fitzgerald, Brian Kelly and Shauna Wilcox, Taconic High School; and Brittany Breault and Jason Klem, Wahconah Regional High School.