Mary Butler has spent the last four years playing in the Red Barry Gymnasium at Bangor High School.
The gym is named after the legendary Bangor High School boys basketball coach and athletic director.
There also is a $5,000 scholarship named in his honor and, earlier this month, Butler was named the recipient of the scholarship, which goes to the Bangor High senior who best lives up to the standards set by Barry for academic and athletic achievement, sportsmanship, compassion and honesty.
“It’s amazing. I’m really happy about it. I’m really honored. There are, obviously, a lot of other people in my class deserving of the award,” said Butler, who will attend Brown University (Rhode Island) in the fall and play basketball. “There are some real good athletes and the school has had a lot of success the last four years.”
She said Barry is “definitely part of the Bangor culture with the impact he made at the school and in the community. That makes the award even more special to me.”
Butler helped Bangor’s girls soccer and track teams each win a Class A state championship and the basketball team earn its first Eastern Maine A crown since 1982.
Bangor won three straight Eastern Maine titles in soccer before losing to Mt. Ararat of Topsham in the semifinals this past fall.
Butler scored a team-high 25 goals for the Rams last fall and followed that up with an outstanding basketball season in which she earned a spot on the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball First Team.
The 6-foot forward averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in leading the Rams to the Eastern Maine final where they were edged by eventual state champ Lawrence of Fairfield 46-42.
She participated in track for two years.
“It has definitely been a good four-year run,” said Butler, who considered the Eastern Maine basketball championship the highlight of her career. “I’ve had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I’ve made a lot of memories that I will carry with me.”
The 18-year-old Butler earned a 4.83 grade point average in a very challenging curriculum.
She intends to study public health at Brown.
She took first place in the Energy, Transportation and Environmental Science category and also was selected best in show at the Maine State Science and Engineering Fair in Bar Harbor in 2013 for her project and presentation title “Nanofibrillated Cellulose As the Potential Component of a Low-cost Water Filtration System.”
Bangor High School athletic director Steve Vanidestine said Butler was “very deserving of the award.”
He said she was nominated by her coaches and chosen by a scholarship committee.