North Adams: Drury names top scholars

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NORTH ADAMS — Cady Aileen Denning has been named valedictorian and Allison Zoito has been named salutatorian for the Drury High School Class of 2018. Commencement exercises will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in the school gymnasium.

Denning is the daughter of Donna Brule Denning of North Adams and Mark Denning of North Adams.

During her time at Drury, Denning has taken a full honors course load including five advanced placement courses as well as a dual enrollment course offered by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has been inducted into the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies and has received several awards including the Sage Book Award. She will graduate with an overall grade point average of 97.6.

Active in her school and community, Denning is a dedicated dancer at Studio North Dance Arts, taking six classes per week as well as working as a teaching assistant in three other classes. She is a four-year member of band front, has volunteered at Clarksburg Elementary School as a peer mentor for younger students, and also volunteers regularly at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.

Denning has been involved in Drury's musical productions, was a volunteer at ROPES camp and serves as a peer mentor to eighth grade students. She has a very active role in Drury's Student Ambassador program and was chosen as a group leader to train elementary school students as well as a group of her peers.

Denning wants to pursue a career in nursing. She will be attending Elms College in Chicopee in the fall.

Zoito, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Zoito of North Adams, has been involved in many activities at Drury and in the community. She has been inducted to both the Nu Sigma and Pro Merito honor societies and received the Principal's Award every year for high achievement.

Zoito has been a member of Drury's band throughout high school and is currently the band president and section leader for the flute section.

She was a member of the Massachusetts District Attorney Youth Advisory Board for the past two years and also participates in the Math Club and Spirit Club.

Zoito plans to major in business administration at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vt.


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