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Victoria Pace named Stonehill College Foreign Languages Department’s 2015 Outstanding Student in Italian

Victoria Pace (photo courtesy stonehill.edu)

Victoria Pace (photo courtesy stonehill.edu)

In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Victoria Pace ’15 has been named the Stonehill College Foreign Languages Department’s 2015 Outstanding Student in Italian.

Pace, a psychology major with a minor in Italian studies from Everett, Massachusetts, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.

“Victoria has shown uncommon leadership,” says Daria Valentini, director of the Italian Studies Program. “Her enthusiasm for the Italian language and culture has exceeded the expectations for an undergraduate student.”

Pace, who presented on the challenges of learning a foreign language at the New England Peer Tutor Association’s 20th annual Peer Tutor Forum last year, has achieved near native fluency in Italian.

She is now working for the North Suffolk Mental Health Association in Chelsea, Massachusetts, as a Human Resources Coordinator, and plans to pursue a master’s degree in social psychology.

“Victoria is both talented and kind,” adds Valentini. “She has demonstrated great promise.”

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