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Westfield State University senior Carly Thibodeau receives ‘29 Who Shine’ award

Westfield State University senior Carly Thibodeau of Mendon, Mass., has been recognized as the University’s 29 Who Shine award recipient for 2020. These awards are typically presented annually by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to 29 graduates throughout the Commonwealth who exemplify the values of community service and academic experience. Each recipient attends a Massachusetts community college, state university, or University of Massachusetts institution and is nominated by a faculty or staff member.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this year’s ceremony, scheduled at the State House in Boston, was canceled. Westfield State chose to honor its nominee separately, as Thibodeau’s accomplishment was recognized by the Westfield State University Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting, held virtually April 30.

An economics and environmental science major with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average, Thibodeau is a recipient of the Westfield State University President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership and completed a senior honors thesis titled “Consumer Preferences for Sustainable Certification in Costa Rica’s Tourism Industry.”

Her involvement and leadership on campus included serving as captain of the women’s swimming and diving team, president of the University’s student ambassadors, an assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, a tutor for the Banacos Academic Center, and a lifeguard at the University’s pool.

“To be Westfield State’s 29 Who Shine Award Recipient honestly is a feeling hard to put into words,” Thibodeau said. “I have worked so hard to be involved in as much as I can at WSU, and get the most out of my time here. Though it has been cut short, receiving this award has made the loss a little easier knowing that I experienced all I could at Westfield State, and made memories (including receiving this award) that I will cherish forever.” 

After graduating from Westfield State, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in sustainability at Tufts University. “I hope to work to improve sustainable practices in large corporations, by promoting strategies for reducing carbon footprints and implementing business policies that lead to a healthier planet,” said Thibodeau.

IMAGE: Westfield State University President Ramon Torrecilha, Ph.D., presents Carly Thibodeau, of Mendon, with a President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership.