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May 9, 2013

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NECC student from Methuen honoredat State House

Mark Hargreaves of Methuen, a computer information technology major who enrolled at Northern Essex after a job layoff, was honored as one of “29 Who Shine” during a student recognition ceremony at the State House in Boston last week.

At the ceremony, he had the opportunity to meet Gov. Deval Patrick along with state Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell.

He also publicly recognized Professor Russ Gouveia of the NECC computer science faculty as his mentor. “His knowledge and teaching style engages a class,” said Hargreaves. “I will always carry the lessons he passed on to me.”

Hargreaves graduated from Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical School 15 years ago and became a mechanic. When he was laid off from his job with a forklift company two years ago, he decided it was time to pursue his dream of a college education and he enrolled at Northern Essex.

According to Professor Gouveia, who nominated him for the honor, Hargreaves was serious about his education from the start, excelling in the classroom and organizing student study groups.

He was soon recruited to serve as a supplemental instructor, leading study sessions for students enrolled in computer science courses, and as a computer science tutor.

Hargreaves is planning to transfer to Merrimack College or Southern New Hampshire University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science part time while working full time.

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched “29 Who Shine,” a program to recognize outstanding students representing each of the 29 public campuses in the state.

Barbershop Chorus to perform

The Beverly Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus will present its 65th annual show on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at Beverly High School.

The chorus and its three quartets will perform, along with special guests Downtown Crossing, and the award-winning youth chorus of Fall River, G20.

For tickets please call 978-927-7894 or 978-374-8865, or email northshoremen@verizon.net. Tickets, $20 each, will also be available at the door. Beverly High School is located at 100 Sohier Road in Beverly.

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