Senior Caroline Conena honored at State House

Senior Caroline Conena of East Sandwich was honored May 2 at the State House as one of “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding students from each of the community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses.

A double major in Public Health and Business Management, Conena is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. As a peer mentor, she provided crucial academic support to first-year students. As an Commonwealth Honors College peer ambassador, she met with Massachusetts high school students to acquaint them with the colleges programs and opportunities.

For two years, Conena has interned at CommunicateHealth, a health communication and literacy firm in Northampton. She was also part of a team that created the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s new universal disaster communications tool for people with limited English skills.

Conena’s faculty mentor is Paula Stamps, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Public Health.

Conena is also a member of the women’s track and field team, competing as a mid-distance runner.

She will take a job with CommunicateHealth upon graduation.

The “29 Who Shine” salute is organized by the state Department of Higher Education.