HOLYOKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020

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2020 Grand Colleen Moira Catherine McDermott

Moira Catherine McDermott is the daughter of Todd and Karyn (Reis) McDermott of South Hadley. She has one brother, Matthew McDermott. Her Irish ancestry comes from her paternal great grandfather, Kenneth McDermott. Moira us currently a senior at South Hadley High School where she is a National Merit Semifinalist and has received the Superintendent’s Award in addition to the Dartmouth Book Award. Outside of school Moira tutors at the Homework House and organized a Spanish-learning afterschool program at the local elementary school. She is also on the varsity swim and soccer teams at South Hadley High School. In the future Moira plans to study Mathematics at a four year college or university and pursue a career as a college professor.

2020 Colleen Finalists

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Emily is the daughter of Martin and Karen (Bourque) Couture of South Hadley. She has one twin brother, Andrew Couture. Her great, great grandmother was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated to the United States as a child. Emily currently is a senior at South Hadley High School where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and has received numerous honors and awards including the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and Magna Cum Laude in the National Latin Exam. In addition to her school work, Emily is active as the Vice President of South Hadley High’s Best Buddies chapter, on the school council and is on the National Honors Society. She also enjoys music and theatre and performs in the drama troupe, acapella group, marching band, and choir at her high school. In the future Emily plans to attend a four year college or university and pursue a career in theatre and entertainment.

Trish is the daughter of Mark and Katherine (Smith) Haradon of Holyoke. She has one sister, Amelia Haradon. On her paternal side her family hails from County Mayo and County Kerry and on her maternal side her family hails from County Westmeath. Trish is currently a senior at Holyoke High School where she maintains a 4.5 GPA and is on the National Honors Society, currently ranked as the salutatorian. An active student, Trish is in the choir and student government at her school and also a pitcher for the varsity softball team. In the future Trish plans to attend college with a pre-law major and pursue her JD so she can return to Holyoke where she can work to speak for those who do not have a voice for themselves.

Natalie is the daughter of Jeffery Patrick and Mary Lynn (Mackiewicz) Mayko of Holyoke. She has one sister, Kayla Marie Mayko. Natalie’s paternal great, great grandfather was born and raised in County Cavan and her great, great grandmother was born and raised in County Cork. On her maternal side her family hails from East County Cork, North Tipperary, and North Munster County. Natalie graduated from Holyoke High School in 2015 and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Westfield State University in 2018 where she graduated Cum Laude. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Education-School Counseling and School Adjustment Counseling from Springfield College and anticipates graduating this May. While in high school Natalie was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the Business Club and Business Manager of the school yearbook. In her spare time Natalie loves to teach dance and choreographs dance pieces for the Festival of Trees and volunteer at the Annual Charity Gala for Artistic Dance Conservatory. In the future Natalie plans to graduate with her master’s degree in Education with dual licenses in School Counseling PreK-12th Grade and School Adjustment Counseling PreK-12th Grade. After graduation she hopes to return to Holyoke and work in the public schools while also continuing to teach dance and performing with the Eclipse Dance Company.

Moira is the daughter of Todd and Karyn (Reis) McDermott of South Hadley. She has one brother, Matthew McDermott. Her Irish ancestry comes from her paternal great grandfather, Kenneth McDermott. Moira us currently a senior at South Hadley High School where she is a National Merit Semifinalist and has received the Superintendent’s Award in addition to the Dartmouth Book Award. Outside of school Moira tutors at the Homework House and organized a Spanish-learning afterschool program at the local elementary school. She is also on the varsity swim and soccer teams at South Hadley High School. In the future Moira plans to study Mathematics at a four year college or university and pursue a career as a college professor.

Haley is the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth (Kellogg) Dusseault of South Hadley. She has one sister, Alyssa Dusseault. Her maternal great grandparents, Anna Nugent and Thomas Mahoney, hailed from Dublin and her paternal great grandparents, Anna O’Leary Breen and Thomas Breen hailed from County Cork. Haley is currently a senior at South Hadley High School where she was on the varsity Cheerleading team when they placed 3rd at Nationals and is part of the improve group, SHIMPROV. She also assists at the YMCA afterschool program where she mentors elementary school students and has volunteered at the Three County Fair in the Baby Barnyard for over four years. In the future Haley plans to attend a four year college or university and major in Health Sciences to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant.

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
2019 Lauren Dulude

*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.

Apply

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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