29 Massachusetts students who shine
Karla Pauta, 21
School: Berkshire Community College
Degree: Liberal arts
Pauta arrived in the United States from Ecuador as a teenager, and hopes to become a pediatrician following graduation. "As a first generation college student, Karla values her education, is always making sure she gives back to her community and never takes her opportunities for granted," one Berkshire staff member said of her.