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Greenfield Community College

GCC graduate among 29 honored at Statehouse

GREENFIELD — A recent Greenfield Community College graduate who incorporated his love for film into building up academic and extracurricular programs at his school was among the “29 Who Shine” who were honored at the Statehouse Thursday.

Gov. Deval Patrick presented awards to students from each of Massachusetts’ public colleges and universities — including Greenfield resident Andrew Curran. The 28-year-old graduated from GCC in December and is about to finish his first semester at Amherst College.

At GCC, he founded the GCC Film Club and served as president of the Peace, Justice and Environmental Action Alliance — where he helped organize a themed film and discussion series on environmental issues.

“Andrew’s intelligence and passionate commitment to social justice are just two of the qualities that make him a shining example of the GCC student body,” said President Bob Pura, in a prepared statement. “Andrew’s faculty saw his potential even before he did and together they worked to achieve it.”

Each of the student honorees selected a faculty or staff mentor. Curran chose Trevor Kearns, a GCC assistant English professor who helped him organize and run the college’s film club.

“Andrew is one of the most impressive students I’ve seen come through GCC,” said Kearns, in a prepared statement. “He’s able to make immediate and insightful connections between new ideas and his already formidable knowledge of history, society, and film.”

To be considered for the award, the students needed to have a strong academic record, made some contribution to “the civic well-being of the Commonwealth” and plan on remaining Massachusetts residents after graduation, according to a press release sent by the governor’s office.

“Each one of these students has a remarkable story to tell,” said Patrick, in the release. “Collectively, they remind us that investing in them is investing in our future.”

More information on the awards and this year’s recipients can be found at:

www.mass.edu/29whoshine

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