Seniors to Receive Moakley Award for Latin American Work

Seniors to Receive Moakley Award for Latin American Work

Seniors Samantha Buchan and Mark Pedulla, whose college years have included extensive social service work in Latin America, have been chosen as recipients of the Congressman John Joseph Moakley Award for International Service.

Moakley, who has been battling ill health, is scheduled to attend a ceremony honoring the students on April 20 in the Shea Room of Conte Forum.

Established in 1998, the Moakley Award honors a student who has shown a deep interest in and commitment to the promotion of social justice and human rights throughout the world while at Boston College. It recognizes the courage and dedication of Moakley in working for years to promote a just American policy abroad while representing the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District.

Buchan has twice served in the El Salvador Immersion Program, and was team co-leader on her second visit this spring. She spent the spring 2000 semester in Santiago, Chile, where she worked with that country's only social welfare agency. A native of Hershey, Pa., Buchan is a major in international studies, with a focus on Latin America, and has pursued a minor in the Faith, Peace and Justice Program.

Pedulla, an English major from Sudbury, taught third-graders in the Dominican Republican as a member of the Ignacio Volunteers during the summer of 1998. Last spring, he lived and studied in Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, analyzing models of sustainable development and contemporary social movements.

-Sean Smith


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