SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020



2019 Grand Colleen Lauren Hanna Dulude

Lauren Hanna Dulude of Holyoke was selected as the 2019 Holyoke Grand Colleen. Lauren is a graduate of Holyoke Catholic High School and obtained her bachelor of science from Wheelock College in Developmental Psychology with a minor in Child Health and Writing in May of 2018. Lauren is currently attending Boston University where she anticipates graduating with her master of science in Child Life and Family Centered Care this May.

Lauren is an accomplished young woman graduating from Wheelock College Summa cum laude and making the Dean’s List Fall 2014-Spring 2018. She also completed 400 hours interning at Boston Children’s Hospital in Child Life. In her down time Lauren daces with the Trend N Motion Dance Crew in the Boston area.

Colleen’s Court


Caroline is the daughter of Thomas and Mary of South Hadley.  She has four siblings, Collin, Sean, Mary and Aidan. Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland.  Her maternal great-grandparents were born and raised in Bellmullet, County Mayo. Her paternal great-grandparents were born and raised in County Kerry.  She is a 2015 graduate of Northfield Mount Hermon School.  Currently, she is a senior at Trinity College who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Students with a focus on Sustainable Development. Caroline is also completing a minor in Writing Rhetoric and Media Art Studies.  In high school, she received the Head Master Award, the 2014 Dean’s List award for Outstanding Leadership,  Best All Around Athlete, and broke her school’s track record in 2013 and 2014. Caroline also achieved 1st place girl’s high school finisher in the 2014 St. Patrick’s Road Race and ran varsity cross country for four years and served as captain for two years. She also served as the co-editor and photographer of the yearbook 2013 and 2014 and volunteered for Big Brother/Big Sisters for 6 years.  In college she was an All Academic-New England Small College Athletic Conference for 2016, achieved faculty honors and currently has with a 3.44 GPA. At Trinity College, she is a first-year mentor to the class of 2022, head tour guide, a resident dorm leader, and deacon at weekly chapel services. Caroline is CPR-certified and has been a swim instructor and lifeguard. She is vice president of standards Kappa Kappa Gamma, and a student admission associate. Caroline enjoys sports (track and field and swimming), photography, being outside and working with others. 

Summer is the daughter of Laurie of Holyoke.  She has two siblings, Jenna and Kristi.  Her ancestors emigrated from County Kerry, Ireland.  She is a 2016 graduate of Holyoke High School.  Currently, she is a junior at UMass Amherst and will graduate in May of 2020.  She is double majoring in communications and political science and has a GPA of 3.33.  After graduating, she would like to work in public relations and media or a broadcasting company.   In high school, she received the Holyoke Medical Center Award and hosted and produced a podcast for New England Public Radio (the Valley Voice). She also interviewed winners of NEPR’s story slams.  She tutored at the Connection Program at E.N. White and was an usher at Holyoke High School musicals.  Additionally, Summer was public relations manager and staff reporter for the school newspaper, the Holyoke High Herald. She was a member of the national honor society and she played varsity field hockey for all 4 years.  In college, she is part of the social media student brigade for UMass News and Media Relations. She is a logistics staff member for New Students’ Orientation and Office of Parent Services. Summer was a marketing intern for New England Public Radio in 2018. She was a writer for the Amherst Wire and wrote a human interest piece which featured a student athlete who was struggling with depression.  Summer enjoys writing, screenwriting, social media, politics, podcasts, television/films, and being with family and friends.

Brianna is the daughter of Melissa Alicea of South Hadley.  She has two siblings, Olivia and Ethan.  Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland.  Her maternal great-great grandfather hails from County Donegal.  She is a 2017 graduate of South Hadley High School.  Currently, she is a sophomore in the nursing program at Our Lady of the Elms College, with a GPA of 3.87.   She will graduate in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with plans to pursue a master’s degree to become an advanced practice nurse.  In high school, Brianna was vice president and a fundraiser for the class.  She was a member of the national honor society with a 3.5 GPA, vice president of Best Buddies, involved in the Leo Club in (affiliated with the Lions Club), and on student council for four years.  She participated in Bag the Community, a peer advocate, host for the Special Olympics, and student intern at Western Mass Hospital. Brianna also served as a camp counselor for the People’s Institute. In college, she is an orientation leader, a member of the Student Nurses Association, and a volunteer at Baystate Medical Center. She has raised money for breast cancer awareness and education and fundraised for the National Football League through the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity in 2017.  Currently, she is a server at Johnny’s Bar and Grille in South Hadley. She is serv-safe certified and basic life support provider with the American Heart Association.  Brianna enjoys traveling, exercising and reading. 

Meghan is the daughter of Christopher and Katie of Holyoke.  She has two siblings, Molly and Christopher Jr.  Her great grandmother emigrated from Ireland.  She is a 2015 graduate of Holyoke High School.  Currently, she is in her second year at Springfield Technical Community College, where she is on the dean’s list and working towards a degree in dental hygiene. Meghan will graduate in May 2020 with plans to be a dental hygienist. In high school, she was a member of the Madrigal Choir and a section leader, served as a peer leader, and was class singer.  She participated in the school productions of Cinderella and 9 to 5. She played field hockey for four years and served as captain for one year. She also loved participating in ice skating class with special needs children learning to skate. She volunteers at the First Lutheran Church to assist with various services and at all Jewish Community Center’s Children’s Theater shows.  Meghan has worked at a music program at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club, giving kids a chance to play different instruments and ask questions.  She continues to work with the Madrigal Choir at Holyoke High School assisting Mark Todd as needed to fill in for missing students and help transport them.  She is a voice teacher for children, 3-7 years old, and introduces them to singing, playing instruments, reading music, singing in different languages, and practicing rhythm.  Meghan enjoys singing, reading, acting in community theater, and working with kids.  In the future, she would like to teach private voice lessons.

Lauren is the daughter of Perry and Jodi of Holyoke.  She has 2 siblings, Nickolis and Morgan.  Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland.  Her maternal great-great grandparents were born in county mayo.  She is a 2014 graduate of Holyoke Catholic High school and a 2018 graduate of Wheaton College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Developmental Psychology with a double minor in Child Health and Writing.  Lauren was in the honors program and graduated summa cum laude with a GPA of 3.96. She was on the dean’s list and received the Jumpstart Americorps Service Award.   Currently, she is completing graduate school at Boston University.  She will graduate in May with a Master’s Degree in Child Life and Family Centered Care.  In high school, she received the Kevin “Doc” Dowdall Scholarship, Italian Progressive Society, and the Cary Grant Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship. She was a member of the National Honor Society, a Homework House tutor, and a K-2 basketball coach at our lady of guadalupe.  Lauren volunteered for missions to Africa, Tanzania, and Belize for the service-learning trip.  In college, she was a Research Assistant in 2017 and has been part of the Writing Center Child Life/Psychology and Social Action Support Team since 2015.  She was a child life intern for more than 400 hours at Boston Children’s Hospital. Lauren achieved academic excellence for her honors thesis at Wheaton College.   She enjoys dancing and was an assistant dance teacher at technique studio of dance and is a Dancefit substitute teacher in Brookline.  She is the social media coordinator for Pic’s pub. She also enjoys gardening, and social justice.

2019 Miss Congeniality Siobhan Mary Brennan

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.

Siobhan Mary Brennan is the daughter of Patrick and Vallerie of Holyoke.  She has one sibling, Samantha.  Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland.  Her maternal side came from County Cork and her paternal side came from Kilarney and Tralee.  Siobhan is a 2018 graduate of Holyoke High School.  She is currently a freshman at Utica College majoring in Psychology with a focus on Child Life. Siobhan plans to attend graduate school to become a Child Life Specialist.  At Utica College she is a member of the honors college with a GPA of 3.94, the Psychology-Child Life society, and the Theater Club. In high school, she achieved high honors and was a member of the National Honor Society, treasurer of her class for four years, and managing editor of the school newspaper, The Herald. Siobhan was also a member of the Madrigal Choir, the Drama Club, the Poetry Society, and the Holyoke High School theater where she performed in the Wizard of Oz, Shrek, Sister Act, and The Little Mermaid.  She was also active and played field hockey and tennis.  Siobhan is active in her community and volunteers at the Utica College Pool Pals – Teddy Bear Clinic.  She was accepted into the Pioneer for a Day program at Utica College. In this role, she is shadowed by prospective students to help them make an informed decision about which college to attend.  She enjoys sports, theater, music and volunteering for youth programs.

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
2018 Madelynne Kelleher

*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.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Grand Colleen Pageant and are due on Friday, December 27. The five finalists will be selected on January 4, 2020. These finalists will be honored at The Grand Colleen Coronation Ball, February 15, 2020, where one will be selected as Grand Colleen.

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