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FAL-WIN 2017

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44 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2017 SPOTLIGHT I t was aer 9 p.m. on a weekday in mid-June, and the Hon. Shanendon Eugene Cartwright was just returning home aer a marathon budget session. As a newly elected Member of Parliament in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Franklin Pierce graduate and his colleagues in the Free National Movement government were scrambling to pass legislation just weeks aer a landslide victory swept the party into office for the first time since 2007. "ese are extended but significant days," he says, "but we've got a lot of work to do on behalf of the Bahamian people. ey want real change and meaningful transformation for their families and our country. I'm honored to be a part of making that a reality. It's a great responsibility." For Cartwright, it's a continuation of being invested in communities that started when he was a student at Pierce. He was just 17 years old when he arrived on campus, the latest in a line of Bahamians who came to get an education and play basketball on an athletic scholarship for former coach Arthur Luptowski, who coached for 10 seasons between 1989-90 and 1998-99. While Cartwright is amazed that the nine 3-pointers he made in a game against the University of Bridgeport in 1997 is still a university record, he's most proud of his academic and extracurricular activities. Take Vision 21, for example, the initiative he started at Pierce where he would visit high schools in Rindge, Jaffrey, and other surrounding towns to talk with students about the importance of self-development and contributing to their communities. He was also a New England Collegiate Conference Academic Scholar- Athlete, chairman of Pierce's Judicial Board and an active member of the International Club. "I really wanted my legacy to be more than just athletic success," says Cartwright, an English major and history minor who received the prestigious President's Award at his graduation. "No one is going to remember you for how many jump shots you made, but they'll remember what you did that helped make the University a better place and enrich the lives of the student population. It was important to me to give back." Upon returning home, he launched a Bahamian version of Vision 21 and joined other civic and religious organizations. In addition to getting married and raising a family of three girls, Cartwright craed an 18-year career in corporate development and hospitality and marketing. Over the years, he has spoken to high school students about his alma mater and has occasionally run into former Raven basketball players. " We all have a fond remembrance of Pierce — even of the New England weather," he says. Cartwright represents the diverse St. Barnabas Constituency in Nassau, the nation's capital. It includes portions of the inner city, middle-class neighborhoods, and the University of the Bahamas. But it was his commitment to serving others that began in his teenage years, further stimulated during his undergraduate years at Pierce that finally spurred him to throw his hat into the political ring aer almost two decades of working behind the scenes. "e person I am today, and what I hope to achieve in Parliament," Cartwright says, "is a direct reflection of the impact of a Franklin Pierce educational experience." As of early summer, Cartwright was still settling into his new role of serving his constituents and collaborating with his parliamentary colleagues to implement many of its party's platform pledges to strengthen government accountability, fiscal prudence, and constitutional reforms that he believes will improve the lives of all citizens. "Expectations are extremely high. We are carrying the dreams and aspirations of each Bahamian," Cartwright says. "It's an obligation and duty that requires a solemn commitment for which I have given to my country." — John Shaw From Pierce to Parliament Shanendon Cartwright '98 Brings His New Hampshire Lessons Home to the Bahamas No one is going to remember you for how many jump shots you made, but they'll remember what you did that helped make the university a better place and enrich the lives of the student population. It was important to me to give back.

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