April 15, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 15
Junior Wins Academic 'All-USA' Honorable Mention
Jonathan P. Lennon '05, of Milford, Conn., has won Honorable Mention on USA Today's All-USA College Academic Team, which honors undergraduates who excel not only in scholarship but also in leadership roles on and off campus.
Lennon founded the Boston Intercollegiate Service Organization, a student-run non-profit that claims 10 campus chapters devoted to community service and charitable fund-raising. Active as an American Cancer Society volunteer, he spearheaded a successful campaign to have smoking banned in residence halls on the Boston College campus.
"I'm really happy to be able to represent our school in a positive light," said Lennon of the USA Today honor. "I love BC for the Jesuit mission and everything it stands for. I hope to reflect the ideas I've embraced here as I move forward towards my career."
The political science major who aspires to graduate degrees in law and public policy currently is studying at Complutense University in Madrid, where he shared in the shock and sadness at the March 11 terrorist train bombings that killed 190 people and injured more than 1,800 others.
"It's been quite difficult, in many ways a flashback to 9/11," said Lennon. "Things like these really flip our worlds upside down, but at the same time, it's inspiring to witness humanity come together in times of crisis. Thank God that all of our students studying here are OK, and we should certainly be praying for the victims of this terrible tragedy, and their families."
In Spain he is pursuing language studies while keeping up the fight against smoking.
"I felt that as someone who is interested in government and elected office, it is absolutely necessary to have a firm grasp on the language. I'm also researching Public Health Policy while I'm here at the World Health Organization, job shadowing at the US Embassy in Madrid, and looking forward to starting a youth tobacco cessation program here for adolescent students.
"Madrid has the highest youth tobacco ignition rates out of any major city in the world, and I'd really like to be able to learn about this disturbing statistic - and move toward changing it!" -Mark Sullivan •