Meet eight Bunker Hill Community College students who have redefined the word “multitalented.”
Meet eight Bunker Hill Community College students who have redefined the word “multitalented.” They are parents, students and
entrepreneurs, gifted doers as well as thinkers. While maintaining high grade point averages, they have managed businesses, volunteered in the community, earned state-wide recognition, won national awards, overcome personal hardships and created new programs at the College. And they represent just a few of the College’s many starring students.
Leader and Entrepreneur
As a female student in the male-dominated STEM field—science, technology, engineering and math—Lateia Johnson, a first-generation Caribbean American, founded a BHCC chapter of the Minority Association of Engineers and Scientists to help others who are under-represented in the field. The chapter’s offerings included a symposium on the contributions of Muslims to the STEM professions. The Ace Mentor also interned at Raytheon’s Policy and Global Securities Division. Speaking as president of BHCC’s Student Government Association at Commencement 2015, Johnson urged her classmates “to see graduation as another step in the process of learning how to provide an informed and intellectual voice to the civil rights, human rights, economic and social justice issues of our time.” Johnson, who has two sons, received a degree in liberal arts that day. She owns and operates an international medical distribution company located in Barbados.
Misael Carrasquillo earned a meritorious award while serving as a U.S. Marine in Afghanistan in 2011. When he arrived at BHCC in 2013, he used his leadership experience to help his fellow veterans. He worked in the Veterans Center, coaching, mentoring, helping vets with the paperwork needed to receive benefits, and aiding in the launch of an orientation program geared to student veterans. Carrasquillo recruited students for the Student Veterans Club and assisted with the club’s fundraising events. In the classroom, he took the initiative to help other students with projects and assignments. “I enjoy helping anybody who wants to succeed as much as I do,” he said. Carrasquillo’s outstanding work with vets and other students earned him the President’s Leadership Award at Commencement 2015. The first college graduate in his family, he received his Associate in Business Administration in May—along with the business department’s Award for Academic Excellence. Carrasquillo, 24, now attends Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies. He plans to earn an MBA.
Intern Par Excellence
Jared Standish graduated from BHCC in 2015 with a 4.0 grade point average. Through the College’s Learn and Earn internship program, Standish worked at EMC, the global IT leader based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. His achievements there earned him four quarterly recognition awards—usually reserved for full-time employees—plus the national Two-Year Program Student Achievement Award from the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Standish, who is 22, continued working at EMC following his transfer this fall to the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he is studying marketing and entrepreneurship. He is also working with state and local government to build a skate park in Somerville through the DIY Skatepark Organization, which he co-founded; running the online skateboard company he launched in 2014; and recording local singer songwriters and rappers at his studio, Standish Street Recordings.
Winner Takes All
Quan Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam in 2010. The first in his family to attend college, he majored in biomedical engineering at BHCC. In 2014 he became one of just 20 students in the country to win an Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship. At a celebration at the Massachusetts State House he joined a group of extraordinary graduates of the state’s 29 public colleges and universities named the “29 Who Shine” in 2014. He also won a BHCC Foundation Ruby Scholarship. That was last year. This year, the 24-year-old won a scholarship for academic excellence, service and leadership as part of the All-USA Community College Academic Team. He landed another scholarship as one of 50 students nationwide to be named a 2015 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar. And then to cap a meteoric career as a student, Nguyen gained admittance to MIT with a full scholarship. He is majoring in chemical-biological engineering and pursuing a minor in biomedical and materials science.
For more information on BHCC’s starring students, go to bhcc.edu/magazine.