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Every class of graduating seniors possesses certain outstanding members who have distinguished themselves in their studies, as student leaders and as a representation of La Roche College’s mission. Each year, the College honors two of these young people with the President’s Award for Leadership and Scholarship. This year’s recipients were Yohani Petero Kayinamura and Lori Mastic.

A native of Rwanda, Yohani Kayinamura graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. During his time at La Roche, Kayinamura established a charity called “Umuryango” in his homeland. In Rwandan, “Umuryango” means family. The outreach organization looks to meet the physical and spiritual needs of street children in Kayinamura’s home country. After a brief visit to Rwanda, Kayinamura will return to the United States to complete his master’s degree in chemistry at Georgetown University.

Lori Mastic graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. The mother of three from Shaler, PA works at the University of Pittsburgh as a research recruiter in the Department of Epidemiology. She has been accepted into Pitt’s master’s degree program for social work and hopes to work with at-risk children someday.

Both students received their awards at the Graduates’ Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, held on Friday, May 7 at the Kerr Fitness and Sports Center. Faculty members nominate graduating seniors to receive the President’s Award for Leadership and Scholarship. A committee then selects one traditional-aged student and one nontraditional-aged student. <

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