Inspire Kindness Scholarship Awarded in Memory of Brian Feeney

Name: Benjamin Miragliotta

Hometown:  Andover, MA

High School:  Andover High School

College/University: University of Massachusetts – Amherst

 Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Hockey, Track; Volunteer: Senior Center, Restore/Habitat for Humanity, Atria Marland Place; Employment: Pet Sitter (owner), Brightview (food server)

Awards & Achievements: Excellence in Physical Science; National Honor Society; MVP-AHS Hockey

College Expectations: “I was chosen to be part of the Isenberg Fellows Residential Academic Program, and offers me mentors in my program…I expect to have many opportunities to connect with thoughtful leaders and great people. I will major in Finance, with a Real Estate Certificate, in affiliation with the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship.”

Inspiration for Community Service: When Ben chose to be part of the AHS hockey team, he never imagined the impact it would have on his life. His team established a relationship with a local senior living community. The team began visiting the residents on a regular basis helping to brighten their day. Ben shared “I have come to embrace how simple acts of kindness can be so impactful”. He found this experience very rewarding. Ben also is involved with Habitat for Humanity Restore where he discovered “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”. When Covid hit, Ben went outside his comfort zone and began working at another local nursing home. He finds this work very fulfilling seeing the impact he has on the residents. Through these experiences Ben shared “I have come to fully embrace the value of taking extra time to show someone kindness, whether it be holding the door open for someone or giving an elderly person my undivided attention.” When his mask shielded his smile, he made sure to brighten his eyes so they knew he was smiling.

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