HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

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2016 Grand Colleen Meghan N. Ryan

Meghan N. Ryan lives in Holyoke, MA and is the daughter of Glen and Ann Ryan. She has five siblings, Lauren, Katelynn, Jordan, Nicholas, and Taryn. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School and is currently a junior at Bryant University. In high school, she was on the National Honor Society, Class Marshal and was on the School Newspaper. Meghan also volunteered at the Jericho Excelsior Program and worked as a Camp Councilor for several years. Currently, she is the Outreach Chair for the Community Activism and Leadership Organization (CALO) and has served in this role since 2013. In college, she is in the Honors Program, serves as Secretary of the Students Programming Board, and is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. She enjoys event planning, crafting and watching TV and movies. She plans to pursue a full time position at an insurance company and become an actuary or an analyst. She would like to use her analytical skills to analyze data and work to make health care more affordable.

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2017-finalists

Lara C. McGeer is the daughter of Michael & Judith (Clare) McGeer of Holyoke. She is one of three children, with two older siblings, Theresa (Tess), & John (Jack). Her ancestors hail from Ireland, in Counties Mayo, Tipperary, & Kerry. Lara is a graduate of Holyoke High School & is presently in her sophomore year at Bay Path University, where she received the Provost Scholarship & is majoring in Legal Studies. In high school Lara was a staff reporter for the Holyoke High Herald, she was a member of the Indoor/Outdoor Track Team & was on the Honor Roll throughout high school. In college she is on the Dean’s List, a member of Lambda Epsilon Chi Honors Society & maintains a GPA of 4.0. She is an Orientation Leader & a Peer Mentor. Lara participates in the Walk for Autism & Relay for Life, annually. She was appointed Youth Commissioner for the Holyoke Youth Task Force & leads groups to volunteer at the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. Lara plans to attend law school, practice law as a civil rights lawyer, advocating for the equality of all people.

Rachael E. Dearman is the daughter of Gary & Mary (Welch) Dearman of Holyoke. Her ancestors hail from Dublin, Ireland. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School & presently is a sophomore in the Nursing Program at the University of Rhode Island where she maintains a GPA OF 3.87. In high school Rachael received High Honors in grades 9 -12, & was on the National Honor Society grades 11-12. She was a member of the Student Council in grades 9-11, Class President in grade 9, & Class Treasurer grades 10 -12. She was a member of the Indoor/Outdoor Track Team grades 9-12. She was a Rising Star & received the Xerox Award for Innovation & Information Technology. In college she has been on the Dean’s List, she is a member of the Student Nurses Association & will be a member of the Nursing Professional Fraternity, Alpha Tau Delta. Rachael has helped with the lighting of the city Christmas tree ceremony, volunteered at the Holyoke Geriatric Authority, & has been a blood donor since the Fall of 2014. Rachael would like to pursue her nursing career in pediatric nursing.

Margaret E. Walsh is the daughter of Jeffrey & Dianne (Flannery) Walsh of Holyoke. She has two siblings, Amanda & Ryan. Her ancestors hail from Ireland; Counties Kerry & Cork. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School. She has completed her studies a semester early & will graduate in May from the University of New Hampshire where she double majored in Biomedical Science & Med/Vet Science with a GPA of 3.45. In high school she was a Rising Star, a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the Business Club, the Varsity Soccer Team & the Madrigal Choir & performed in the Holyoke High School Musicals. She was a competitive Irish Dancer for 12 years. In college Margaret was on the National Honor Society, the AED National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society, was a member Alpha Phi Sorority, Students for St. Jude Club where she was the Director of Fundraising, the Project Sunshine Club & the Irish Dance Club. She is a Nursing Assistant; trained in both clinical & patient care. She has volunteered for the We Can Weekend where she mentored children with family members battling cancer, Jericho Summer Camp & Meals on Wheels at Blessed Sacrament Church. Margaret would like to do some volunteer work in either Thailand or Africa & apply into a PA program to eventually become a Pediatric Physician’s Assistant.

Caitlyn M. Hoschtetler is the daughter of Timothy & Nicole (Lessard) Hoschtetler of South Hadley. She has 1 sibling, Allison. Her ancestors hail from County Mayo, Ireland. She is a graduate of South Hadley High School & is presently a junior in the Nursing Program at Our Lady of the Elms College, where she maintains a GPA of 3.6. In high school Caitlyn was a member of the Track Team & was team Captain, & she was elected Prom Queen of her Senior Prom. In college Caitlyn is on the Cheerleading Team & is Team Secretary, the New England Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team & she has completed the Sophomore Leadership Program. She is CPR certified. She assists with the annual Summer Youth Cheerleading Clinic at Elms College. In her freshman year at the Elms she collaborated with the JFK Middle School in Springfield to help collect college gear donations for students & mentored them about making goals for the possibility of a college education. She has volunteered at several churches to help make & deliver sandwiches for the homeless in Springfield. After graduation Caitlyn plans to continue her education to become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & work with veterans to help them transition to their civilian lives after their military service.

Maya E. Birks is the daughter of Dennis & Rebecca (Rydzak) Birks of Holyoke. She has 2 siblings, Dennis & Ari. Her ancestors hail from Ireland, Counties Cork & Galway. She is currently a senior at Holyoke High School with a dual enrollment at Holyoke Community College, earning college credits while in high school. She is a member of the National Honor Society, & she received the Abigail Adams Scholarship. She is the Baystate Student Ambassador where she was placed in the Pre/Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Her responsibilities included assisting the nurses & doctors in caring for patients, preparing the units for the next patients & transported patients throughout the hospital & assisted checking patients in for surgical appointments. Maya is a member of the Field Hockey Team all 4 years of high school & is a member of the stage crew for the Holyoke High School Musicals. She plans to continue with a college education to pursue a career in Nursing.

2017 Miss Congeniality Lara McGeer

In 2000, the Miss Congeniality Award was changed to The Bonnie Baker Miss Congeniality Award. For the colleens, Bonnie Baker was a mentor and friend. Her patience, as always, was without end. She organized the pageant, was an active volunteer. She consoled the nervous and brought them cheer. It is for all these reasons, her memory, we will hold dear.

Lara C. McGeer is the daughter of Michael & Judith (Clare) McGeer of Holyoke. She is one of three children, with two older siblings, Theresa (Tess), & John (Jack). Her ancestors hail from Ireland, in Counties Mayo, Tipperary, & Kerry. Lara is a graduate of Holyoke High School & is presently in her sophomore year at Bay Path University, where she received the Provost Scholarship & is majoring in Legal Studies. In high school Lara was a staff reporter for the Holyoke High Herald, she was a member of the Indoor/Outdoor Track Team & was on the Honor Roll throughout high school. In college she is on the Dean’s List, a member of Lambda Epsilon Chi Honors Society & maintains a GPA of 4.0. She is an Orientation Leader & a Peer Mentor. Lara participates in the Walk for Autism & Relay for Life, annually. She was appointed Youth Commissioner for the Holyoke Youth Task Force & leads groups to volunteer at the Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts. Lara plans to attend law school, practice law as a civil rights lawyer, advocating for the equality of all people.

Past Colleens

1955 Kathleen T. O’Sullivan
1956 Mary Monaghan
1957 Maureen Murphy
1958 Geraldine Lawler
1959 Anne Burke
1960 Sheila McCormick
1961 Susan V. Hobert*
1962 Francine Dillon
1963 Joan M. Riley
1964 Kathleen Kennedy*
1965 Mary Ellen McGinty
1966 Margaret Shevlin
1967 Janet Kelly
1968 Una Petcen
1969 Deborah Kennedy
1970 Kathleen E. Welsh
1971 Anne Marie O’Brien
1972 Nancy Rainville

1973 Sherry Lee McFadden
1974 Mary Ann Croke
1975 Martha M. Donohue
1976 Ann Marie Abel
1977 Patricia M. Dean
1978 Katherine M. Quirk
1979 Corinne Baker
1980 Patricia A. Long
1981 Ann P. Dean
1982 Patricia O’Connor
1983 Karen M. Barrett
1984 Alyssa V. Fitzpatrick
1985 Maureen Simonds
1986 Kerry Ann Moriarty
1987 Theresa M. Clark
1988 Ruth Ellen Allyn
1989 Anne Marie O’Connell
1990 Mary Deleva

1991 Christine T. Brill
1992 Candice McKenzie
1993 Heather Bresnahan
1994 Kara Elizabeth Shanahan*
1995 Marikate Moriarty
1996 Shaena A. Smalley
1997 Mary Kate Cartier
1998 Kimberly Lyn Willis
1999 Abby Gordon Woods
2000 Abbey Louise McLaughlin
2001 Elizabeth Ann Cartier
2002 Kathleen C. Joyce
2003 Mary Kate Moynihan
2004 Sheila Maureen Murphy
2005 Carolyn Patricia McLain
2006 Katy Beth Brunelle
2007 Kim Erin Elliott

2008 Ashley M. Reidy
2009 Ashley R. Tucker
2010 Rosalyn C. Chesky
2011 Meaghan Leahy
2012 Brianna M. Fitz
2013 Brieanna M. Gresh
2014 Sheila S. Fallon
2015 Allyson Craven
2016 Meghan N. Ryan

*Denotes Deceased

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