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Lenox Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2021 Announced

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LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High School has announced Cooper Shepardson as the class of 2021 valedictorian and Jenna Codey as the class salutatorian.
Graduation will take place Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the school.
Shepardson, son of Tanya and Jeremy Shepardson, has been an active member of school and the larger community. He has been a member of the varsity hockey team and captain of the baseball and soccer teams. He is also a member of the National Honors Society and a peer mentor to sixth-grade students. Shepardson participated in Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Invitational Math competition at which his mathematical proficiency earned him a scholarship. 
He has received yearly academic awards including Mathematic Achievement Awards, English Achievement Awards and the University of Rochester (N.Y.) Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. This award is granted to a student in recognition of academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science. He also received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. In addition, he is a volunteer firefighter for the Lenox Fire Department. During the summer, he works on a farm where he has learned many life lessons over the past five years. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and hunting. 
Shepardson will be attending Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., in the fall, where he will study mechanical engineering.
Codey is the daughter of Patrick and Pamela Codey and resides in Pittsfield. She has been engaged throughout high school in a variety of activities. The past four years she has been a member of the Monument Mountain varsity co-op swim team and was captain this year. She also works as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor at the Country Club of Pittsfield. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She is a peer trainer for the Anti-Defamation League's World of Difference program, a school peer mentor and student government treasurer. 
Codey is also a three-time silver medalist for the National Spanish Exam. Other high school awards she has received include: English Book Award for Distinct Achievement, the Creative Writing Book Award for Significant Mastery in the Creative Interpretation of Literature, the World Language Achievement Award in Spanish and the Outstanding Effort awards in Chemistry, Art, and Graphic Design.
In the fall, Codey will be attending Fairfield (Conn.) University, and plans to double major in communications and marketing.

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Lenox High Graduates Told to Focus on Positivity

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Valedictorian Cooper Shepardson speaks at Sunday's graduation ceremony. See more photos  here.
LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial High School graduated  61 seniors on the school's campus Sunday surrounded by friends, family, and sunshine.
Ceremony speakers focused on the positives that have come out of COVID-19 rather than dwelling on the negatives of the past year and a half.
Salutatorian Jenna Codey said she was "dead set against even the slightest mention of COVID-19" when she began to write her speech but could not ignore the transformative experience of living through a pandemic.
"For most of my life, the thesaurus of my brain connected the concept of change with words like danger,' vulnerability, and loss. After all, there is comfort in consistency," she said. "As humans, we find safety in what we know. Even the parts of our lives that are inevitably frustrating, boring, or sad are often alright, because we wake up expecting them. If things change, our shield of stability is shattered. ...
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