State Honors CCCC student as one of the "29 Who Shine"

Scott Maciel of Falmouth was honored on May 5th
Falmouth's Scott Maciel was recently honored as one of the "29 Who Shine" in Mass. Public Higher Education (Photo courtesy of CCCC)

Scott Maciel of Falmouth, MA,  a member of the class of 2017 at Cape Cod Community College, and its Student Trustee,  was honored Friday May 5, 2017 for being among the best representatives of Massachusetts Public Higher Education, one of the "29 Who Shine" for 2017. CCCC President John Cox, and faculty member Professor Michael Bejtlich joined in praising Maciel at the Commonwealth's annual event that recognizes graduates from each Massachusetts higher education campus. Governor Charlie Baker, education leaders, and legislators, gathered with faculty, students and families at the base of the Grand Staircase at the Massachusetts State House for the afternoon ceremonies.

Scott was selected from among a number of outstanding CCCC nominees, based on very specific criteria established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. This year’s honorees were required to be residents of Massachusetts who:

  • show exceptional promise as a future leader in civic affairs or in business or professional activity in the state;
  • have demonstrated an ability to contribute to the civic and economic wellbeing of the Commonwealth;
  • have a strong record of academic achievement and civic engagement;
  • intend to pursue a career track or interest for which there is a demonstrated need in the Commonwealth, such as a high-demand STEM-related career (health care, life sciences, information technology), or a start-up business that will produce jobs, or a community service role to better the lives of fellow Massachusetts citizens (such as teaching, working in a social service agency or community organization, etc.);
  • plan to continue living and working in the state upon graduation.

The College’s nominees were carefully reviewed using the state’s criteria by Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Susan Miller; and a select group of faculty who joined President Cox in naming Scott Maciel as CCCC’s honoree this year.

In honoring the soon-to-be-2017 graduate, President Cox expressed the pride of the entire College in both his academic success, community leadership and accomplishments. "I am very proud to recognize Scott for his leadership on campus very dedicated service as Student Trustee, and his commitment to his studies and future career. He will become a very valuable asset to the Commonwealth’s business environment as he continues on,” noted President Cox.

During the ceremony, Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago noted, “Scott has made good on Massachusetts taxpayers’ investment in (his/her) education.” Every year the 29 Who Shine remind us that our public college and university graduates represent the future of the Commonwealth. They are here to learn, here to stay, and it is incredibly inspiring to see how each honoree is contributing to our common good.”

“The 29 Who Shine honorees are exceptional student leaders who saw a way to improve something and acted on it, and for that we are grateful. They are a credit to the colleges and universities they attend. We are proud of their contributions to their communities and the Commonwealth,” stated Education Secretary James Peyser. 

Each of the “29 Who Shine” named a mentor to join them. Scott selected Professor of Business Management, Michael L. Bejtlich of Rochester, MA. about whom he said, “Prof. Michael Bejtlich has shaped and positively influenced an immeasurable number of students with encouragement and support as a teacher, adviser, and friend. I began building rapport with him early on as he inspired me to pursue my first Honors Contract on Globalization. He blends logic and creativity which is seldom seen, and is something I have tried to emulate as a student at Cape Cod Community College. Prof. Bejtlich’s vibrant personality is unforgettable as he brings life with him everywhere he goes. I am grateful and honored to have him share this experience with me.”

More about the entire class of 2017 "29 Who Shine" can be found here: welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on