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Quinsigamond Community College Lauds Women Students of Distinction

Annual Event Honors Achievement of 34 Outstanding Students

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
cronayne [at]

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Worcester, MA – March 31, 2014 – On Wednesday, March 27, Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) honored 34 outstanding women students at QCC’s Annual Women Students of Distinction event.

Students are nominated by faculty and staff based on academic standing, accomplishments, character, skills, and in particular their ability to overcome great odds and make a difference in their home or college community. Karen Cox, QCC’s Coordinator of Counseling, manages the yearly event along with a committee; there is also an equivalent event for male students celebrated in November.

QCC President Gail Carberry addressed the crowd, saying, “I am never as proud as when I stand before this group of outstanding students because I know how very hard each one of you has worked for this honor. Each of you truly deserves it for the sacrifices you make on daily basis, for your education. Congratulations.” 

Honoree Kimberly  Lawrence, a  Liberal Arts major recently accepted to Smith College as a fall 2014 transfer student and Ada Comstock scholar, remarked how meaningful the event is to her, “I am incredibly honored and humbled to be recognized for my commitment to my family, my education, and community service that I have done. I hope that by receiving this honor I am able to inspire others to reach for the stars and grab the one that is intended for them.”

2014 QCC Women Students of Distinction:

Antoinette Ansong, Worcester
Shanice Beckford, Worcester
Harriet Boateng-Ado, Worcester
Taneia Burrell, Worcester
Jillian Curran, Worcester
Margarita Fabre, Worcester
Debra Gustafson, Worcester
Janice Hughes, Worcester
Noelia Martinez, Worcester
Risa Qirollari, Worcester
Shirin Rad, Worcester
Jessica Ray, Worcester
Jasmine Rodriguez, Worcester
Miruel Casado Rosado, Worcester
Mailen Vargas, Worcester
Alba Rivera, Worcester
Theona Reets-Lourens, Worcester
Lillie Williams, Worcester

Christin Rivera, Berlin

Megan Elliott, Brimfield

East Douglas
Tracy Lucciarini, East Douglas

Nancy Kittredge, Fiskdale

Kim Lawrence, Hudson

Lori Alicia Fanning, Milford

Natassia Yahoub, Leominster

Joanne Miller, Northboro

Brittany Smith, Oxford

Melissa Guglielmello, Paxton

Putnam, CT
Katharine Warner, Putnam, CT

Sydney Cobb, Rutland

Aimee Maldonado, Southbridge
Helen Salce, Southbridge

West Upton
Nicole Reasonda, W. Upton

Kara Gibbons, Whitinsville

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.