Hang, Martin Earn High Honor
LOWELL -- Lowell HIgh School recently awarded two graduating seniors with the Tsongas Scholarship, named for the late Paul Tsongas, who served as a Lowell city councilor and a U.S. senator. The recipients are Monineth Hang and Colin Martin.
Monineth Hang, born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is the daughter of Vanny Hang and Thavy Uy. She immigrated to the U.S. with her father in the eighth grade for better schooling options, and discovered a passion for the fields of math and science. Despite not knowing the English language, Monineth transitioned out of the English Learners Program after two years. Monineth will be the first generation in her family to attend college, alongside her brother, who attends UMass Lowell.
Monineth dedicated herself to learning English, excelling in challenging courses at Lowell High, including Advanced Placement Calculus and Computer Programming, a well as Dual Enrollment English Composition. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Environmental Club and Khmer Chapter Club. She has been involved in countless community-service projects, including serving the Khmer community at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and as a member of the Young Professionals Program, participating in various leadership events. Also, as a fellow for Generation Citizen’s Community Change-Maker Program, she interned for the Center for Hope and Healing to end sexual violence.
Monineth will attend UMass Lowell to study Computer Science and pursue a career in artificial intelligence, possibly for the government. She would like to thank Jessica Lander, whom she credits for helping her get to where she is today.
Colin Martin, a Lowell native, is the son of Scott and Nicole Martin. With family roots tracing back to Greece and Sicily with French Canadian influences, Colin is honored to attend UMass Lowell on University Avenue, the same street on which his father grew up. Colin’s commitment to his family, friends and community exemplifies “service before self.”
Colin’s challenging course load at Lowell High includes Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes, with a strong interest in psychology and government. He is a four-year JROTC cadet, a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Mentors for Violence Prevention Program, educating LHS students on violence against women during Health classes. He has dedicated himself to numerous community-service and school-based projects for LHS and the community. He participated in Honor Guard ceremonies and citywide beautification projects for local schools and parks, in addition to helping the Lowell Transitional Living Center and organizing the Build-A-Bed Project for children and families in need.
Colin will attend UMass Lowell for Computer Science to pursue a career in cybersecurity for an intelligence agency as a future commissioned officer for the Air Force. He thanks his parents, brother Josh, friends, JROTC instructors, teachers and LHS staff.