NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Katie Booth and Mackenzie Dobbert as the valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2021, respectively. Their profiles as provided by the school follow:
Booth, daughter of Eric and Laurie Booth of Clarksburg, will graduate this June with an overall grade average of 100.23 and has demonstrated her strong academic stance and strong community involvement throughout high school. Since her freshman year, Booth has challenged herself by taking 13 Advanced Placement courses and two dual enrollment courses through Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts as well as two courses through Berkshire Community College. Katie is known by her teachers as not only a student with an incredible work ethic and a desire to achieve, but also someone who genuinely loves learning and puts her all into her academic endeavors. Booth has been inducted into both the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito Honor Societies and has received several accolades at Student Recognition Night including the Sage College Book Award during her junior year.
She has excelled on the basketball court and the softball field, as a vital member of both of Drury's varsity teams. She has also played for club teams during her off seasons and summers, further improving upon her skill set as well as evolving her leadership skills. Her involvement in the Drury community includes her role as a class officer and as a member of Student Council, and she has served her community by volunteering with youth sports teams and participating in local cleanup days.
Booth will attend the University of Tampa in Florida in the fall with a major in biology on the pre-med track.
Dobbert, daughter of Tina Dobbert of North Adams and Robert Dobbert of Williamstown, will graduate this June with an overall grade average of 99.5. She has been a model student at Drury, combining her strong academic prowess with her commitment to her school and community. She has involved herself in a variety of activities and is known for her strong desire to help others. Dobbert has consistently been a strong student both academically and with regard to her commitment to her school and community. She has challenged herself with seven advanced
placement courses, and several college courses through MCLA. She was inducted into the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies, has been a consistent name on the high honor roll and received the Saint Anselm College Book Award during her junior year.
Dobbert is a vital member of Drury's concert and marching bands and has been the trumpet section leader for two years. For the past several years, she has played taps at both Veterans Day and Memorial Day events. She is always willing to go above and beyond what is asked of her and stops at nothing to accomplish her goals. In addition to her music, she has played varsity soccer, basketball and softball while a student at Drury, has been elected captain and led her soccer team the Southern Division championship during her senior year.
She will be attending Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this fall, majoring in health sciences.
The Drury High School graduation will be held Thursday, June 3, at 6 p.m. in the Drury High School auditorium.
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