SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018



2018 Grand Colleen TBD

Five finalists will compete for the title of 2018 Holyoke Grand Colleen at the Coronation Ball at the Log Cabin on Saturday, February 17th, 2018. See our event page for more details.

The five finalists are Carly Costello, Kassidy Lawrence, Bridget Higgins, Erin Hebert, and Madelynne Kelleher. Miss Congeniality is Brenna Fogarty.

Colleen’s Court


Carly Kathleen Costello is the daughter of Michael & Kathleen of Holyoke. She is one of 3 children & has 2 brothers, Ryan & Connor. Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland. Her Paternal Grandmother, came from County Cork & her Paternal Grandfather came from County Kerry. Carly is a graduate of Holyoke High School Class of 2014. She is currently a senior at Wheaton College, majoring in Business & Management, with a Minor in Economics. While at Wheaton College, she received the Merit Scholarship, she is the Senior Captain of the Wheaton College Women’s Varsity Soccer Team & is an Admissions Intern. She is also a Marketing & Sales Intern at Management Recruiters Inc. – The Boston Group, Public Relations & Events Intern for DB Sports Tours in Dublin, Ireland. She also completed other internships, including, Communication Intern for Holyoke Public Schools & Insuritas Summer Associate Intern. Carly was a Business Instructor, Program Assistant & Day Program Counselor the summer of 2016. She is a member & Vice President of the Wheaton College Business Association, Wheaton Athletic Mentor & Treasurer. In High School, she achieved High Honors, was a member of the W. Mass Regional Student Advisory Council, & The Business Club. She was the President of Student Government & went to Girls State in 12th grade. She was Vice President of her Class all 4 years. Carly was involved in Youth Sports Basketball as a Manager & referee for K-2 league, taught soccer skills at Holyoke Youth Amaral Soccer Clinic, was a member of the First Team Western MA all-star. Carly was a member of the Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Indoor & Outdoor Track & was Captain in her Junior year. She has Volunteered at Homework House, & raised funds for the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club. She enjoys working with children, helping people, running, skiing, & playing soccer. Carly plans to continue her education in business. She’d like to create her own business to support a family & give back to the community.

Kassidy Joy Lawrence is the daughter of Erik & Tamara (Motyl) Lawrence of Holyoke. She is one of 4 children & has 3 siblings, Madysen, Gabriella, & Lilly. Her father’s ancestors were all born in Ireland; her great-grandmother coming from County Kerry. She is a senior at Holyoke High School where she has been taking advanced placement courses in AP Physics with Calculus, AP Calculus & AP Literature & Comprehension. She is accepted to Mt. Holyoke College for the Fall Semester of 2018. In High School she is a member of the national Honor Society, Varsity Field Hockey & Captain for 2 years, & is the Outdoor Track record holder for 3 events. She was a First Place State Champion Gymnast in 2013. She plans to play Field Hockey at Mt Holyoke. Kassidy has been a volunteer in several areas, including, the Homework House, the Holyoke Youth Soccer League, the E.N. White School Tiger Pride Community Organization, Holyoke Youth Soccer & Softball Coach, Holyoke High School Tour Guide at Open Houses, Youth Field Hockey Valley Cup Tournament her Freshman & Sophomore years & Irish dancing at elementary schools during March to preserve Irish culture. Kassidy has received the Junior Book Award, the Abigail Adams Scholarship, & was the State Finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship. She is a member of the Robert Kraft Game Change Program & attended a Harvard University Journalism workshop & is a staff member of the Holyoke High School Newspaper, The Herald. Kassidy is the Girl’s Track Athlete record holder for Pole Vault, 800 Meter & 4×800 Meter Relay. She enjoys Field Hockey, & volunteering in schools for elementary students who are interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, and Engineering & Math) fields. She plans to go to Mt Holyoke in the fall to study Engineering.

Bridget Fagan Higgins is the daughter of David & Maureen (Carter) Higgins. She is one of 2 children & she has a brother, Kevin. Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland. Her paternal great-great grandfather was born in Galway & her maternal ancestors came from Counties Kerry & Monagan. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School & is currently a senior at Westfield State University. Majoring in English, with a Minor in Communications & Writing. She is the Sports Editor for the Westfield Voice at Westfield State University, is an Advocate & public speaker against all assaults on campus, & has published poetry in the Westfield State University Literary Journal, Persona 2018. She is the Assistant to the Director of Human Resources at Hazen Paper, in Holyoke. In High School, she was a 4 year member of the Field Hockey Team, & a 4 year member of the Holyoke High Concert & Marching Band. Bridget is the Junior Varsity Field Hockey Coach at Holyoke High School, & has volunteered at Kelly School, where she worked with youth coaches, to introduce field hockey to the younger students, in order to grow the youth program & encourage children to become more active. She enjoys writing, poetry, doing yoga in her back yard while listening to the birds sing, & reading the classics. Her favorite romance authors are Charlotte Bronte & Jane Austin & also enjoys Sci-Fi author, Stephen King. She would love to travel with her dogs all over the world to soak up the various cultures. She plans to move to New York City or Boston to pursue a career in professional/technical writing, with creative writing on the side. Bridget intends to go to graduate school to pursue a degree in Political Science in order to work with a vast range of legal documents in a Court House or the State House.

Erin Katherine Hebert is the daughter of Ken & Kate (Quirk) Hebert of Holyoke. She is one of 2 children; she has a brother, Thomas. She is a graduate of Holyoke High School. Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland. Her maternal great grandparents came from County Kerry. She is currently a senior at Yale University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. At Yale, she is a member of the Krolik Saxophone Ensemble, the Yale Hand Bell Choir, the Yale Dramatic Association, the Collegiate Figure Skating Club & has performed in 18 Theatrical Productions & she was a volunteer for the Freshman Day of Service. While in High School Erin was placed in Advanced Placement & Honors classes, maintained High Honors for 4 years, achieving the honor of Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. She received the Rising Star Award, the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, Holyoke High Spirit Court, Music in the Parks Outstanding Soloist Award & was a 2 time Poetry Out Loud State Finalist in the Massachusetts competition. She was a member of the As Schools Match Wits Team, the Chess Club, the Drama Club, the STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering, & Math) Club, the Concert, Marching & Jazz Band, the Madrigal Choir, & performed in the Annual Spring Musical Productions each of the 4 years. She was Captain of the Chess Team, & President of the STEM Club for 2 years. Erin also taught Irish dance at the Claddagh School of Irish Dance. She is a Member of the Local Stakeholders for the Holyoke Public Schools & was a Cadet Engineer at the Holyoke Gas & Electric. She enjoys performing in theatrical productions, horseback riding & playing the saxophone. She will graduate from Yale University in May & has accepted a position at IBM, working as a hardware development engineer.

Madelynne Aline Kelleher is the daughter of Mark & Wendy (Leonard) Kelleher of So. Hadley. She is one of 5 children & has 4 siblings, Haylee, Mark Jr., Shawn, & Jonathan. Her ancestors emigrated Galway, Ireland. She is a graduate of South Hadley High School. She is currently a senior at Springfield College, Class of 2018, majoring in Psychology. At Springfield College she was a Nominee for Outstanding First Year Student of the Year. She participated in the Semester at Sea program, through the University of Virginia in 2016. She has done volunteer work in the Dominican Republic & has just completed a volunteer service project for the Greater Holyoke YMCA in Hawaii. While in High School she received a scholarship to Springfield College in connection with the work she has done through the YMCA & her commitment to the Y. She has been a member, volunteer, & staff at the Greater Holyoke YMCA since she was 10 years old & has been a Unit Leader there from 2012 to the present. Madelynne was an intern in the So. Hadley High School Guidance Office in the fall of 2017 & was an intern at the Baystate Adult Psychiatric Treatment Unit in the spring of 2017. She has coached volleyball at So. Hadley High School. She enjoys working at sports events at Springfield College such as the Hoophall Classic. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting new places & loves sports & coaching. She has recently joined the Air Force Reserves. She will graduate in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She plans to use her education benefit from the Reserves to go to Grad School for her Masters in Mental Health Counseling.

2018 Miss Congeniality Brenna Morgan Fogarty

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.

Brenna Morgan Fogarty is the daughter of Michael & Tamara (Sormanti) Fogarty of Holyoke. She is one of three children, & has two siblings, Shae & Braden. Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland in Counties Kerry, Lispole on her paternal side & Counties Mayo & Armagh on her maternal side. Brenna is a graduate of South Hadley High School & is currently a senior at Springfield College where she is a Health Science Major. While at Springfield College, she received the Presidential Achievers Award, has been a member of Humanics in Action for 4 years, has played Intermural Volleyball, Soccer & Basketball & was a member of the Health Science Club for 1 year. While in High School Brenna participated in Bag the Community & played Soccer, Basketball & Tennis. She received the Abigail Adams & Coaches Awards, & was on the Honor Roll. She will graduate from Springfield College in May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a career in nursing as a Nurse Practitioner. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys running, reading, organization, basketball, soccer, writing & gardening.

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
2017 Margaret Walsh

*Denotes Deceased

Ireland Parish Bracelets

The Grand Colleen Committee is currently selling these beautiful Ireland Parish bracelets! The bracelet and charm are representative of the Irish community here in Holyoke and Western MA and it comes in silver! The bracelets are $20 each and the profits go towards helping the Grand Colleen Committee’s continuing efforts to provide a wonderful experience for the Colleens each and every year! They are available at Highland Gift and Card, Holyoke Medical Center, and Carey’s Flowers. Or please feel free to contact Kelsey Lecca at kelseylecca@gmail.com.

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