Marven Pigeot of Lynn was North Shore Community College’s honoree at the Department of Higher Education’s annual “29 Who Shine” awards ceremony at the State House Thursday. The ceremony recognized 29 graduating students, one from each of Massachusetts’ 29 public college and university campuses, for academic achievement and civic engagement.
Pigeot was a senior high school student in Haiti in 2009-2010 when the earthquake ravaged the capital Port-au-Prince where he lived. He moved to the US as a refugee to continue his studies and fulfill his dreams. He completed high school at Lynn English High School where he played soccer, participated in Advanced Placement and Honors classes and, as he says, “began to evolve.” He enrolled in the Engineering Science program at NSCC in 2011.
He has an impressive record of accomplishment at NSCC. He takes part in the Bridges to the STARS (Sciences, Technology & Related Subjects) program and serves as STARS Club president. He was elected to Sigma Alpha Pi National leadership Society and has used his experience to increase his leadership skills. He is also a member of the Math Team and has participated in the annual math competition.
Pigeot will graduate in May and will continue his education at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. His career goal is to become a civil engineer. “I have a passion for construction, repairing buildings and roads, and finding solutions to reduce and to prevent natural catastrophes. I hope ultimately to be a useful and productive member of the community, church, the city of Lynn and to this country,” he said.
Pigeot shares his “story” to help collect and distribute supplies to his native Haiti. He volunteers with Greater Lynn Senior Services. He tutors math in NSCC’s Tutoring Center. Marven has received the Believe in Lynn Scholarship and the Joseph Masterson Scholarship through the NSCC Foundation.
“These students represent the very best our public colleges and universities have to offer,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “On top of being outstanding students these young people have shown what it means to give back to their communities in a meaningful way. I congratulate each of these award recipients and I eagerly look forward to what they decide to do next.”
“The 29 Who Shine are stars of our public higher education system,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “I’m inspired by how these graduates are volunteering their time, whether on campus or in their local cities and towns, while also earning great grades and in many cases, working full time to support their families.. These are the types of people you want as your neighbors. I’m very proud of each of them.”