Magielette HudsonMagielette Hudson, of Fall River, has been named Bristol Community College’s 29 Who Shine recipient for 2021. Each year, the Department of Higher Education honors a student representative from each of the 29 Massachusetts public colleges and universities who demonstrates the talent and future contributions of those graduating from the public system.

Magielette gracefully balances many roles as a wife, mother, student leader and tireless volunteer. While at Bristol, she has excelled academically and held leadership roles as President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Vice President of the Commonwealth Honors Program Club and Academic Chair of Bristol's Student Senate. She is known for her positive attitude and regularly connects with students on Bristol’s campuses and social media platforms to provide guidance and encouragement.

She is equally dedicated to serving her community as a leading volunteer with Bristol’s Mobile Food Market, in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, helping to ensure the safety and efficiency of this critical initiative. Magielette has also served as President of her husband’s military unit Family Readiness Group and as a volunteer with the Fall River Women, Infants and Children program. Magielette will graduate this spring with an Associate in Arts in Business Administration Transfer. She will attend Bryant University to pursue a degree in human resource management and will continue to volunteer in initiatives and organizations at Bryant and throughout her community.

“Ten years from now, the letter grades of the ‘29 Who Shine’ won’t matter. What we will remember is their commitment to their communities in a time of crisis,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our public colleges and universities educate homegrown Massachusetts natives – people who are here to learn, and here to stay. They have shown how much they care about where they come from, how much they care about us, and how much they will contribute to the civic and economic future of our Commonwealth.”

“In an incredibly challenging year for students, these remarkable individuals went above and beyond to demonstrate their character and commitment to their neighbors, peers and communities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Congratulations to each of this year’s honorees, and we wish 29 of the brightest that the Commonwealth’s public higher educational institutions have to offer all the best in their future endeavors.” 

“During the COVID-19 pandemic these extraordinary students stepped up to help their fellow citizens in ways they probably never imagined they would do prior to the health crisis. We are thankful for their willingness to help and serve others during this time, and their commitment to make a difference shows they will be successful in their future endeavors,” said Education Secretary James Peyser

“Whether they were making cards for house-bound seniors or training contact tracers, or organizing campus events to demand racial justice, every one of our students made a difference this year,” said Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos E. Santiago.

In May 2011, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education launched 29 Who Shine. The honorees, chosen because of their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service, stand poised to contribute greatly to the civic life and economic well-being of the state. Whether furthering their education or entering careers here in Massachusetts in fields as diverse as education, public policy, medicine, creative arts and engineering, 29 Who Shine recipients embody the vibrant future that we all envision for the Commonwealth.

For more information about the 2021 29 Who Shine Award, including the award’s criteria and a complete listing of recipients, please visit