3 MVPs Stand Out as 25 Under 35 Honored

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Making the list of 25 Under 35 is an accomplishment in and of itself. The honorees’ peers and associates recognize their accomplishments in their careers and service to their communities.

Each year, three of the 25 are recognized for their achievements that stand out in a group of young professionals who have already distinguished themselves and show even greater promise.

Dr. Carl R. Peterson III, Alicia Prieto Langarica, Ph.D., and attorney Matthew M. Ries are this year’s MVPs, recognized Thursday night at Stambaugh Auditorium.

All three iterated the importance of community and community service.

Langarica, who emigrated from Mexico in 2006, is an associate professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at Youngstown State University.

She expressed great surprise at having been chosen. “I read the bios of all these people, and they’re all so amazing. The math doesn’t add up,” she said with a joyful laugh in accepting the honor.

Petersen, a radiation oncologist at Mercy Health in Boardman, spoke of his intentions to help make the Mahoning Valley a place where the level of cancer treatments matches those in larger cities such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

“Cancer rates in the Mahoning Valley are staggeringly high,” he said. “Why not provide world-class cancer close to home?”

Ries, partner with Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell Ltd., called the 25 “a testament to the great people we have in our community. I’m very privileged to wake up and stay in this community where I was born and raised and that I can call home.”

Said Langarica, “The sense of community that people have here, it reminds me a lot of Mexico. I’m here, and my whole family is in Mexico, so this sense of community is very important to me.”

Last night marked the 12th year that the 25 Under 35 awards were presented. More than 80 were nominated.

A panel of business professionals assesses and scores the nominees based on their education, careers, extracurricular activities and community service.

The MVPs represent the finest young professionals the area has to offer, said Rose Shaffer Saborse, chairman of this year’s presentation.

“They’re the people who are the most exceptional in the community,” she said. “They have excelled in education, in their careers, and also they give back to the community so much.”

YSU President Jim Tressel spoke glowingly of the nominees and their commitment to the Mahoning Valley. He sees them as a continuation of a long history of excellence and achievement in the Valley.

“With all that has been accomplished before you, and all the tremendous history that we have in this valley and this region, we’re very, very confident that you can take the baton,” he said.

Pictured: 25 under 35 MVPs: Matthew Ries, Carl Peterson III and Alicia Prieto Langarica.

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