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Cohasset native Hannah Piasecki, here with UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley, begins her junior year with a perfect 4.0. (Photo by Harry Brett)
September 24, 2016

2016 Ryan Award Winner Has 4.0, Dream of Teaching English


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English Major in the Honors College Previously Honored for Leadership

Hannah Piasecki, an English major in the Honors College, is the winner of the 2016 John W. Ryan Award, an honor given to the UMass Boston junior with the highest GPA.

Piasecki received the award at convocation. Not only is her 4.0 GPA impressive, but her professors at UMass Boston have qualified the Cohasset native’s work as “graduate level” and praised her critical and artistic mind. She wants to become a high school English teacher.

Piasecki previously earned the Peter Brooks Butler Memorial Scholarship. This allowed her to study abroad at Oxford University. On the UMass Boston campus, Piasecki has been part of Alpha Lambda Delta, a National Honor Society for first-year students, and the Freshman Leadership Institute. She received the Freshman Leadership Institute’s Excellence in Leadership Award – only one student receives this award each year.

“My favorite parts of my experience at UMass Boston have most definitely been the amazing friends I have made, and having the opportunity to work with such wonderful professors,” Piasecki said. “I have been so impressed with the professors here on campus, and I have learned so much in the two years I have been here.”