February 5, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 10

2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Finalists

The following juniors are finalists for the 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Makaine Lozandieu's family immigrated to the United States from Haiti. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she grew up in Lynn, Mass., winning numerous awards for high academic achievement at Lynn Classical High School, where she was active as a peer educator and anti-tobacco activist at the local Girls Inc. program. At Boston College, Lozandieu has participated in several campus Red Cross blood drives and the Circle K service club. A psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Lozandieu plans to join BC's 4Boston service volunteer program this spring.

Shenora Plenty was born and raised in Washington, DC. A junior in the Lynch School of Education whose career goal is to teach children with physical and mental limitations, Plenty tutors children from the ages of 7 through 17 through the Christian Soldiers Inc. organization. She is also president of the Voices of Imani Gospel Choir, one of two student advisors for the Black Student Forum and participates in BSF's Freshman Mentoring program.

Helina Teklehaimanot was born in Ethiopia, but moved to the United States with her sister and mother when war broke out in her native country. She attended school in Baltimore where she excelled academically. At Boston College, she is director of the Black Student Forum's public relations committee and also chairs the group's political and academic affairs committee. A political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Teklehaimanot is a member of the Jenks Leadership Program and works as a tutor at Brighton's Gardner Elementary School.

Rakiya Watts is a resident of Hartford, Conn. A graduate of the Master's School in that city, she was president of the National Honor Society. At Boston College, she is a member of the Voices of Imani Gospel Choir and is a resident assistant in a freshman housing area. She is studying sociology and pre-med in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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