2012 Colleen Finalists

Congratulations to our 2012 Colleen Queen Meaghan Callahan. Meaghan & her court were coronated tonight, will be riding on the Colleen float tomorrow, and all receive college scholarships!

Eliza Bowes

Eliza is a senior at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. She will be attending the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth in the fall as a music major. Eliza is an accomplished / talented fiddle player and Scottish Highland Dancer. Her guidance counselor said it best, ''When Eliza performs, it brings out some of her best qualities - she is self-assured and composed while remaining humble." She is a member of the National Honor Society, Chamber Orchestra, and Career Day Committee. Eliza has been a valued member of the volleyball team for four years and was named co-captain her senior year. She has won numerous awards in fiddle playing and Scottish Highland dance, and also took the initiative to teach fiddle to younger children after school. Eliza's Irish heritage will be constant as she said, ''I plan to keep my ethnicity alive through my music and dance, making sure my family is part of my present and future."

Emily Brouillette

Emily is a senior attending Harwich High School. She will be attending Emmanuel College in the fall as an education major. Emily has excelled academically as evidenced by her honor roll status and success in her AP and honors classes. She is very active beyond the classroom with activities that include yearbook editor, peer mediator, class Treasurer, four years of varsity tennis, and Key Club. Her community involvement has included the Walk for Alzheimer's, and Walk for Hunger. Emily enjoys spending her spare time with her family. In her essay she wrote, "Growing up in an Irish family has influenced my life significantly. My love of my Irish heritage comes from my grandfather because he took pride in his heritage and learned important values at an early age."

Meaghan Callahan

Meaghan is a senior at Harwich High School. She would like to attend Boston College in the fall as a political science major. Meaghan is the president of the National Honor Society and ranks third in her class academically. She combines an intense academic drive with a warm personality, and excels outside the academic arena by being a member of the select choir, captain of the sailing team, member of the mock trial team and an accomplished violinist. She has been able to take four trips to Ireland, and especially enjoyed that time spent with extended family. Her community service has included the Walk for Hunger, and Cranberry Harvest Pancake Breakfast. As quoted in her essay, "My red hair is from my grandmother, my singing voice from my Great-Aunt Kathleen, my love of ice cream is from my grandfather and my determination is from all my relatives that were brave enough to start their lives in a new country."

Lucey Gorrill

Lucey is a senior at Barnstable High School. She is looking forward to attending Holy Cross or the University of Massachusetts in the fall as a history major. Lucey is excited about studying abroad in the United Kingdom. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Latin Honors Society. Athletically, she participates at the varsity level in track and field, cross country, and on the swim team. Lucey's volunteer activities have included helping out at Our Lady of Victory Christmas fair and assuming the role of assistant coach for the Cape Cod Harriers Running Club. Lucey summarized her Irish heritage when she said, "Being half Irish means more to me than just having easily burnt skin and a multitude of freckles. It is an accumulation of little things; a fascination with an ancient culture, an integration of customs into daily life, and a namesake which make my Irish heritage so important to me."