NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Drury High School has named Evan-Quin May-Sims Goodermote and Morgan McLean Sarkis as the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the class of 2023.
The Drury High graduation takes place Thursday at 6 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Goodermote, child of Brett and Tania Goodermote of North Adams, has taken a challenging course load including Advanced Placement courses and two dual enrollment courses in conjunction with Massachusetts College of Liberal
Arts. They were named to both the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies and received the
Rensselaer Institute of Technology Book Award for Innovation and Creativity. In addition, they were also a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
Goodermote was a media studies intern in the Drury library, has a passion for reading and writing and performs slam poetry in their spare time.
After graduation, they plan to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and pursue a career in the culinary arts field, with an emphasis on pastry arts. They are currently taking steps toward this goal by working in Williams College's dining services department.
Sarkis, daughter of James and Katie Sarkis of Stamford, Vt., is graduating with an overall grade average of 99.97 and has earned numerous accolades, including being inducted into the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies, receiving the Saint Michael's Book Award during her junior year, receiving the Principal's Award for three consecutive years, and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Award.
She has taken a full honors and Advanced Placement course load and has also completed three dual enrollment courses through MCLA. She has been an extremely dedicated and involved student during her four years at Drury, being a vital member of the varsity basketball team, Student Council and Student Ambassadors. She was also a peer mediator and is trained as a World of Difference leader.
Sarkis will be attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., in the fall, majoring in nursing and hopes to pursue a career in anesthesiology.
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Blackinton Mill Owners: City's Delays Put $17M Hotel Project in Peril
By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
Mayor Jennifer Macksey speaks at Tuesday's City Council meeting as Tourists owner Ben Svenson looks on.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The $17 million expansion plans for the Blackinton Mill are tripping over a 10-foot high pile hides that has been decaying for 60 years.
The partnership that operates Tourists resort says the whole project — including a proposed bike path — is in danger of failing before it even begins if a November grant deadline to clean up the mess isn't met.
But the Mayor Jennifer Macksey says more testing is needed before the city takes control of the one-acre site and is positing a February closing date.
On Tuesday, the partners were pleading with the City Council to use any tools it had to make the mayor abide by an agreement to close on the parcel before the deadline.
"I really don't want to say it will go away but we will not be able to sustain any longer unless we can resolve this issue," said principal Benjamin Svenson. "And so I appeal to you tonight to please — whatever tools you have — communicate to the mayor the urgency of resolving this matter."
The matter before the council was an authorization for the mayor to purchase the property, which would be for $1. The city would be able to apply for a U.S. Environmental Protection Act brownfield grant not available to the private entity.
"We need this to secure our financing," said Svenson. "We can't get a bank loan until we resolve this matter. ...