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 Boston College Students shine at the Boston Rotary Children of Courage Award 2017

Two Boston College students received acknowledgement of their courage and determination in the face of adversity at the Boston Rotary Children of Courage Award 2017.
The event took place at Boston West Golf Centre on Monday 20th March 2017, where the Mayor of Boston awarded the nominees with a Civic Citation and an engraved salver presented by the Governor of Rotary District 1070.

Amy Holmes and Ryan Smith were both nominated by their course areas at Boston College who have been inspired by their stories.

Amy, who currently studies Performing Arts, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition affecting the retina at the back of her eyes, causing her progressive sight loss. Linda Thompson-Wild, Performing Arts Lecturer, who nominated Amy said, “Amy started Boston College very shy and it can be very daunting coming into a new environment, especially when compounded by the fact she is visually impaired. Amy has however, rose above the challenge and developed strategies to ensure she meets her full potential.” Her dream is to become a professional dancer and she is currently preparing an audition piece for the dance company CandoCo.

Ryan Smith studies Foundation at Boston Colleges Ingelow Centre and is hoping next year to start an Engineering course at Boston College. Carol Hanford, Programme area Manager for Foundation, said “In July 2013, Ryan was involved in a road traffic accident whilst cycling and as a result, he sustained a traumatic brain injury. Ryan now uses a wheelchair and experiences difficulties with his memory, orientation, attention and processing and his speech is moderately reduced. He started at Boston College in early September 2016 and his attendance is 100%. He always arrives in a cheerful mood and ready to take part in all the activities."

After Ryan received his award, Mark Smith, Ryan’s Dad said, “A Massive thanks to Boston College and all the staff for their on-going support. It has been a fantastic year for Ryan and as a family we have seen huge improvements in his speech and cognitively. I constantly receive great positive feedback from the staff and I am extremely proud of him.”

Both students are an inspiration to all those who know and work with them and thoroughly deserved their awards. 

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