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Minton one of 29 Who Shine on May 8

Posted 04/30/14

Sarah MintonThe state Department of Higher Education will spotlight top students from across Massachusetts at the fourth annual “29 Who Shine” student recognition ceremony on Thursday, May 8, at noon at the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts Statehouse.

Fitchburg State University student Sarah Minton of Quincy, who graduates in May with a bachelor of science in nursing, will represent her university at the event.

“I am proud to kick off the 2014 commencement season by recognizing the 29 Who Shine, an outstanding, hard-working group of community college, state university and UMass graduates,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Sarah Minton of Fitchburg State University typifies this group, having committed so much time and energy to helping her community and fellow students while excelling academically. Sarah is the latest example of a Fitchburg State student who has proven to be a great asset to the Commonwealth.”

Minton has been an engaged and passionate student leader since the earliest days of her career at Fitchburg State. Since the spring of her first year, Minton has been president of the class of 2014, and has used her leadership position and authority to make a difference on campus and in the wider community. She started the Fitchburg Anti-Violence Education Club, building on the university’s own efforts to combat issues of dating violence and sexual assault, and organized an ongoing campaign to make Fitchburg State a smoke-free campus. Minton’s advocacy has gone beyond the classroom, as a leader on several Alternative Spring Break journeys to build houses for Habitat for Humanity and advocating for support of public higher education at the Statehouse. A future nurse, Minton has been the student representative to the university’s Nursing Curriculum Committee since the fall of 2013. Also last fall, Minton expanded upon her clinical rotations as a diabetic educator and school nurse to create a day-long health fair for underserved populations in the city of Gardner. This work, which incorporated the talents of her fellow student nurses, demonstrates Minton’s embodiment of Fitchburg State’s values of community engagement and public service.

The ceremony will also include the acknowledgement of Professor Allison Shields of the university’s nursing faculty.

“When I first met Professor Shields, I knew that she was going to be someone that I looked up to, as a nurse, leader and role model,” Minton said. “Her positivity, enthusiasm and passion for nursing encouraged me to make a difference, advocate for my ideas and become a leader in the field of nursing.”

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched“29 Who Shine,” a program to recognize outstanding students representing each of our 29 public campuses. The honorees, chosen because of their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service, stand poised to contribute greatly to the civic life and economic well-being of the state. Whether furthering their education or entering careers here in Massachusetts in fields as diverse as education, public policy, medicine, creative arts, and engineering, they truly embody the vibrant future that we all envision for the Commonwealth.

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