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Governor salutes students

Southbridge's St. Pierre to attend inaugural event

Jillian St. Pierre, 13, center, is shown with her parents John and Jeannine. Jillian as selected to participate in Project 351, which celebrates eighth-grade students across the state who actively participate in volunteer work. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
January 02, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Jillian St. Pierre will represent Southbridge at the governor's Project 351 inauguration event in Boston on Saturday, Jan. 8.

Project 351 is a celebration of student's volunteering achievements. One eighth-grade student from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts is selected by their superintendent and principal based on a strong service ethic and commitment to their school and community.

"I found out when my mom got a call from the governor's office," said Jillian. "My principal, Miss [Amy] Allen, called me on my cell phone and told me that she was the one that had nominated me for the project. She said she did it because I had an outgoing personality and would be really good to work with based on my volunteer work, especially at the Festival of the Giving Trees where I helped paint faces."

According to the Governor's office, the project is designed to demonstrate the Commonwealth's commitment to the next generation of learners and leaders, a 'Congress' of youth known as the Project 351 will assemble on Saturday, Jan. 8 for dialogue, action and celebration. Each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts have been invited to send a young person with a strong service ethic to plan an active role.

Despite only being in the eighth grade, Jillian is involved in an impressive amount of activities. She is involved with the Girl Scouts, student council, theater and National Honor Society. Jillian, along with sister Samantha, 16, and brother Sean, 11, live with their parents Jeannine and John. Her plan is to one day become an anesthesiologist.

"Since my mom works at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, I think that's what inspired me a lot," she said. "She is a surgery residency coordinator. Everything she's told me about anesthesia has been really interesting to me. All of the medicines are all interesting.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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