Thursday, June 11
CHESHIRE — Holly Bednarz has been named valedictorian and Laura Russett salutatorian for the Hoosac Valley High School Class of 2009. Commencement exercises will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the school gymnasium.

Bednarz is the daughter of John and Karen Bednarz of Adams. During her high school career at Hoosac, she was a member of the LEO Club, a Student Council representative serving as president her senior year, and a member of the Susan B. Anthony Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Her outside interests include 10 years as a member of the Berkshire Dance Theatre where she danced ballet, tap, jazz, modern and pointe. As a junior, she was the recipient of the Dartmouth Book Award, the University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, the Alec Frese Memorial Modern Scholarship and the Cecchetti Ballet Exam Award. Bednarz will attend Boston University in the fall where she will major in physical therapy.

Russett is the daughter of Larry and Jane Russett of Adams. While at Hoosac, she was a Student Council representative and a member of the Dance Competition Team, the Susan B. Anthony Chapter of the National Honor Society, and the LEO Club, serving as director her senior year.

As a junior, she was the recipient of the Clarkson University Book Award, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Book Award, and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.


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Russett will attend Springfield College in the fall where she will major in physical therapy.