3rd Annual ’29 Who Shine’ Program

BOSTON (WWLP) — Twenty-nine Massachusetts students were honored by the governor Thursday. One Westfield State University student stood out in particular.

In an effort to recognize outstanding students from each of the state's 29 public campuses, Governor Deval Patrick hosted the third annual " 29 Who Shine" Program.

One student was singled out by Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle for being his "hero." 20-year-old Jaime Jaquez graduated from Westfield State last December with a GPA of 3.98.

Jaime earned his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice in two years, all while juggling a family, 40 hour job and volunteer work as a Springfield Police cadet.

Jaime Jaquez told 22News, “My parent never went to college or anything, they didn't even graduate from high school, but they really put a lot of effort to getting me through education so I made sure I did all of this for them.”

Jamie says he also fast-tracked through college so that he could finish school and spend more time with his two-year-old daughter.

He hopes to become a Massachusetts State Trooper one day.

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