“Selected from 57 students who voluntarily participated in Bergen Community College’s Spring 2011 Speech Competition, Mariagrazia won first place in the public speaking competition for her speech, “Driving into the Future.” Winning the Bergen Community College’s President’s Award in the Fourth Annual Speech Competition on Contemporary Issues was a great honor for Mariagrazia. Mariagrazia returned to Bergen Community College as a disability advocate and delivered a motivational, yet interactive presentation on her story and experiences to Bergen students in the College’s Ciccone Theatre. The audience was engaged in her lecture. Mariagrazia is bright, enthusiastic, has a good sense of humor and has a passion for sharing her story with others.”

Jessica Fargnoli, M.A., Public Information Assistant, Office of Public Relations, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Communication, Bergen Community College