They are "29 who shine;" One remarkable student from each of the state's public colleges and universities. On Monday, at the statehouse, Governor Baker and educational leaders honored these young people for their high level of civic engagement, their interest in areas of critical need for the economy, like STEM based professions or starting a business, and for their intention to stay in Massachusetts.

We'd like to introduce you to two of the students who were recognized:

"My name is Alma and I go to Bunker Hill Community College and I studied there biomedical engineering. We need to push ourselves and other students around us in order to reach successful life. I've been here for six, seven years after I came back from Syria and I feel like there are a lot of things being offered to me in this state."

"I'm Carlos Rivera and I attend Northern Essex Community College and I was recognized for the award because of my excellent tutoring skills and my ability to help various students in multiple levels of math and other stem-related sciences. I believe it's important to give back to the community because without this opportunity that Northern Essex Community College has given me, I would not be here." 

And, there were 27 other recipients with equally amazing stories.  Congratulations to all the honorees.