LENOX — Lenox Memorial Middle and High School has named Cooper Shepardson as valedictorian and Jenna Codey as salutatorian for the Class of 2021. Commencement exercises will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, on the school soccer field.
Shepardson, son of Tanya and Jeremy Shepardson, has been an active member of LMMHS and the larger community. He has been a member of the varsity baseball, hockey and soccer teams, serving as captain of the soccer and baseball teams. He also is a member of the National Honor Society and a peer mentor to sixth grade students.
Shepardson participated in Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Invitational Math competition, where 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 Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award. He also received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.
In addition, Shepardson is a volunteer firefighter with 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 attend Clarkson University in the fall and will study mechanical engineering.
Codey is the daughter of Patrick and Pamela Codey and resides in Pittsfield. She has been a member of the Monument Mountain Varsity co-op swim team for the past four years and served as captain this year. She also works as a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor at Pittsfield Country Club.
Codey is a member of 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 LMMHS peer mentor and the student government treasurer. She also is a three time silver medalist for the National Spanish Exam.
Other high school awards include the English Book Award for Distinct Achievement, Creative Writing Book Award for Significant Mastery in the Creative Interpretation of Literature, World Language Achievement Award in Spanish, and Outstanding Effort Awards in chemistry, art and graphic design.
Codey will attend Fairfield University in the fall, and plans to double major in communications and marketing.