Through weekly on and off-campus internships, volunteer opportunities, and student-led projects at 75 local businesses and nonprofit organizations — and with integration into their daily, on-campus lives — students serve their community, explore areas of career interest, and influence the world around them. Horizons is laid out sequentially: as students move from one year to the next, they build on skills learned earlier in their Horizons work.

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Horizons News

Horizons Photos

  • Arty Party at Handmade Holiday Festival - 12.2.17

    December 2 and 3 found MHS freshwomen selling their wares at the Handmade Holiday Festival in Dalton. As part of their entrepreneurial efforts, students made a variety of items—ceramic coasters, laser-cut wooden key chains, terrariums, and other handmade crafts to sell and support their philanthropy.

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  • Grade 9 Arty-Party Preparation - 11.9.17

    Horizons students in Grade 9 are preparing handmade goods to sell at the Handmade Holiday Festival in December.

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  • Hancock Shaker Village Visit - 10.26.17

    Horizons and the History Department teamed up on another outing, with sophomores traveling to Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Students toured the grounds and buildings, learned about the Shaker community and its customs, and tried a Shaker dance. Photos by Maya Creamer '20 and Char Green.

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  • Sophomore Horizons at Rain Gardens - 10.12.17

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  • Horizons at Caretaker Farm - 10.5.17

    For the first day of Horizons off-site programming, one group of Sophomore girls traveled to Caretaker Farm in Williamstown, where they learned about sustainability and Community Supported Agriculture. Photos by Nancy Borges and Akilah Edgerton.

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  • Horizons at Housatonic Valley Association - 10.5.17

    For the first day of Horizons off-site programming, one group of Sophomores ventured to Hinsdale, where they performed trail maintenance for the Housatonic Valley Association and Berkshire Natural Resources Council. The students were accompanied by HVA Horizons intern Emily Hunter ’18 and BNRC Horizons intern Caroline Chen ’18. Photos by Julia Heaton and David Smith.

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  • Women Build Day at Habitat for Humanity - 5.13.17

    Students contributed their time and talent (and lots of muscle!) to the Habitat for Humanity Women Build event. Photos by Nancy Cook and Habitat for Humanity.

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  • Senior Horizons Fair - 5.11.17

    The Senior Horizons Fair took place in Linn Hall, where seniors reported on their site work for the year and their senior projects. Photos by Kim Kinne and Brian Majewski.

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  • Junior Horizons Presentations - 5.4.17

    Juniors set up displays throughout Linn Hall and did a great job of explaining their Horizos site work throughout the year and answering questions. About two dozen sites—schools, healthcare institutions, social service organizations, libraries, and others—were represented, and sophomores also had time to visit with the juniors and learn more before submitting their site requests for next year. Photos by Kim Kinne.

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  • "411 in the 413" - 4.6.17

    MHS joined Berkshire area youth for the annual 411 in the 413 youth conference. Jayme '18 was a co-organizer through Horizons. Photos by Alison Basdekis and Olivia Kinne '18.

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  • Constructing Birdhouses - 3.9.17

    Ninth grade students construct birdhouses to sell in the Spring plant sale. Photos by Marian Rutledge.

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  • Horizons Senior Internship Fair - 2.17.17

    At the Horizons internship fair, Seniors shared details about their internships with juniors, who are beginning the process of selecting Horizons sites for next year. The seniors also presented details about their senior projects. Photos by Alison Basdekis, Kim Kinne and Brian Majewski.

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  • Literary Advocacy Open Mic Night - 2.4.17

    The Literary Advocacy Horizons Site hosted an excellent writing workshop, featuring writers Julianna Spallholz and Matthew Zanoni Muller, followed by an Open Mic event, with students sharing writing and music in Linn Hall. Photos by Chris Himes.

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Horizons Faculty

List of 6 members.

  • Alison Basdekis 

    Director of Horizons
    University of Vermont - B.A.
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  • Kimberly Boland '94 

    Horizons Teacher; Co-Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs
    University of Massachusetts - M.B.A.
    St. Michael's College - B.A.
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  • Norvelene Contakos 

    Horizons Advisor
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  • Akilah Edgerton '00 

    Sophomore Horizons Advisor; Co-Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs
    North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University - B.S.W. and a Certificate in Global Sudies
  • Fay Parker 

    Associate Director of Horizons
    Bethany College - B.A.
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  • Marian Rutledge 

    ESL Teacher; Greenhouse Manager
    Wheaton College - B.A.
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"I volunteer at Conte Elementary School, where I work in a kindergarten class. My job is to walk the students back and forth from the library, read with them, and help them out with math. The big idea is to keep the kids on task and happy, but all of that is just a job description -- WHAT I REALLY GET TO DO IS GIVE BIG HUGS, be a shoulder to cry on, and be the first person to tell tiny brains about the classic fairy tales and addition. I love what I do."
-JAYME '18
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