UMass Amherst to Recognize 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement on May 23

AMHERST, Mass. – Thirteen seniors will be presented with 21st Century Leaders awards during the 139th Commencement of the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Saturday, May 23 in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

The awards are designed to recognize students who are academically accomplished and who have contributed to the university through exceptional achievement or have enhanced the reputation of the campus. The recipients are nominated by faculty for strong leadership qualities, noteworthy original research, community service, the achievement of success by overcoming extraordinary personal circumstances, or public presentation through art, performance or athletic ability.

This is the seventh year the awards have been given. The awards are sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. “The presentation of these awards during the undergraduate Commencement helps focus the ceremony on the accomplishments of students,” says Robert C. Holub, UMass Amherst chancellor. “The awards also bring deserved recognition to the families who have supported this group of excellent students.”

This year’s recipients are:

Ivan A. Bercovich, an electrical engineering and mathematics major, from Jamaica Plain, Mass.

August Siena Thomas, a linguistics, Italian and BDIC major with a minor in ancient Greek, from Montague, Mass.

Laurene Dykiel, a chemical engineering major, from Acton Mass.

Abigail Lyn Harper, a public health sciences major, from Belmont, Mass.

Robert House, a civil engineering major, from Northboro, Mass.

Amy Kent, an anthropology major, from Lenox, Mass.

Ho (Yarty) Kim, a finance major with a minor in economics, from Amherst, Mass.

Lauren N. Mahoney, a comparative literature and women''s studies major, from Marlborough, Mass.

Lindsay E. McCluskey, an anthropology major, from Upton, Mass.

Christopher W. Meaden, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, from Chicopee, Mass.

Elizabeth F. Paice, a psychology and political science major, from Mansfield, Mass.

Lauren Scheiper, a communication disorders major with a minor in psychology and linguistics, from Longmeadow, Mass.

Matthew Sloan, a biology major with a minor in geography, from Beverly, Mass.

The recipients will receive a plaque and a monetary award from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.