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Katerina Holbrook with Early Ed teacher Anne-Marie Merrill
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Katerina Holbrook with Early Ed teacher Anne-Marie Merrill

Katerina Holbrook (right), a senior in the Early Education and Teaching career major from Bedford, was Minuteman High School's selection for the 2022 Walter J. Markham Award. She is pictured with Early Education teacher Anne-Marie Merrill.

By Judy Bass

Katerina Holbrook, a senior from Bedford who is majoring in Early Education and Teaching, has been selected as Minuteman High School’s nominee for the 2022 Walter J. Markham Award, which is given each year by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA).

This prestigious honor is named after a former Massachusetts vocational education administrator. It recognizes a Massachusetts vocational high school senior who has shown a high degree of commitment to and achievement in career and technical education as well as academics, along with significant involvement in their school community. An announcement of the winner is forthcoming.

Minuteman Principal George M. Clement referred to Katerina as “a very dedicated, intelligent and compassionate young woman who best represents the spirit of the Walter J. Markham Award.” Katerina has successfully worked with youngsters during an internship at the Children’s Technology Center at Lincoln Laboratory and the Colonial Children’s Academy at Minuteman, where she has a cooperative learning (“co-op”) position – working and receiving school credit.

“Her temperament and reliability have been a source of comfort and consistency to the children this year as they adjust to a new Lead Teacher and the changes that the pandemic has wrought upon their world,” Clement said. “Katerina displays the qualities of a top-flight professional.” She is an outstanding scholar who belongs to the National Honor Society and is a Peer Leader.

There were other exceptional Minuteman seniors who contended for this recognition:

Trinity Choroszej of Arlington: A Biotechnology major at Minuteman, Choroszej “is a well-balanced young woman who shows maturity beyond her years,” said her nominating teacher, Arielle Strzelewicz. “There is no student that is more academically achieved than Trinity. She has taken honors coursework, AP classes, and dual enrollment courses, all with great success.” Among Trinity’s activities at Minuteman are SkillsUSA, Student Ambassadors, Peer Leaders, National Honor Society and Community Service. She plays soccer and works in a laboratory in a co-op role at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Trinity’s versatility sets her apart due to the complexity of balancing so many intense obligations, said Strzelewicz.

Andrew Zeng of Acton: A Design and Visual Communications (DVC) major, Zeng was nominated by DVC teacher Allison Barry. “He is a conscientious student in his academic and CTE endeavors,” she said. “He is enrolled in Advanced Placement calculus as well. He is always a student who can be trusted to work diligently and also helps others by teaching with the skills he has acquired. He has taught himself game design and 3D design. He has also passed the Adobe Associate Certification for Adobe Illustrator. Andrew is also a Peer Leader.”


outstanding vocational student of the year and markham award nominees

Pictured above are several of the students who were nominated for either the 2022 Outstanding Vocational-Technical Student of the Year or the Walter J. Markham Award. From left: Principal George Clement, Andrew Zeng (Design and Visual Communications, Acton), Cam Fox (DVC, Acton), Trinity Choroszej (Biotechnology, Arlington), Dylan Higgins (Biotechnology, Acton), Katerina Holbrook (Early Education, Bedford), Trevor Simon (Plumbing, Waltham), Stuart Strong (Carpentry, Concord), and Career Technical Education Director Kathleen Bouchard. 

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