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Grace Ellrodt Valedictorian

LENOX >> Lenox Memorial High School has named Grace Ellrodt as valedictorian and Sydney King as salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

The graduation ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Tanglewood.

Ellrodt is the daughter of Dr. Gray Ellrodt and Marianne Deignan Ellrodt of Lenox. She is captain of the Lenox Mock Trial Club and the cross country running and skiing teams.

She interned at Cain Hibbard & Myers law firm in Pittsfield last summer and is an officer of the Lenox Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Ellrodt was named a Commended Student by the National Merit Scholarship Program, and a paper she authored, which dissects an antiquated conception of autism, is under review for publication by the Concord Review.

Her teachers awarded her the Gerda Lerner Award in U.S. History for her outstanding contribution to the study of women and gender, and the Enlightenment Award for deep, disciplined reflection on morality and philosophy.

In the fall, Ellrodt will attend Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she plans to take courses in liberal arts.

King, the daughter of Gregory and Judith Boschetti King of Lenox Dale, is the founder of the High School Film Club at Lenox. She also participates in Students as Voices for Empowerment, the Peer Mentoring Program and French Film Club.

As the vice president of Quiz Team, she was selected to compete on the televised high school quiz show, "As Schools Match Wits."


She is a first-chair flautist in the Lenox band and an avid dancer, having practiced ballet for most of her life.

King is also a member of the Student Council, elected secretary in her sophomore year and president in her senior year.

In her junior year, she became a member of the National Honor Society and was elected treasurer the following year. In her sophomore year, she achieved summa cum laude on the National Latin Exam.

She was awarded the World Language Achievement Award in French, English Book Award and Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award.

King will attend McGill University in Montreal, Canada, to study political science.