Math Major Wins MCLA's '29 Who Shine' Award
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' recipient of the "29 Who Shine" award is junior Kayla LaVoice, a math major from Springfield who is involved with numerous community service activities both on campus and throughout the Northern Berkshires.
In addition to two years of service to the Adams Youth Center program as a mentor and a tutor, LaVoice is the creator of the "Pathways to College" program, which sends MCLA students to Drury High School in North Adams to help the younger students with professional development and college access-related activities.
At MCLA, LaVoice has served as a Lead Academy participant and mentor, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy mentor, a resident advisor, and treasurer of the Student Government Association (SGA).
LaVoice was a 2016 recipient of MCLA's Lorraine Maloney Award for Service, which is given to those who embody a spirit of service. And, in fall 2016, she was one of several MCLA students to receive "Neighborlies" recognition from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, for her work with local youth.
"I love building connections between college campuses and the surrounding community," LaVoice said. "It's important to give to the community because this is the world we live in."
Each year, "29 Who Shine" recognizes 29 outstanding student graduates from across the commonwealth's public higher education system. Each year the governor honors the "29 Who Shine" at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House. Approximately 250 invited guests attend the event, including House and Senate leaders, the secretary of Education, commissioner of Higher Education, members of the Board of Higher Education, college presidents, chancellors, business and nonprofit leaders, students and their families.