2013 Colleen Finalists

Rebecca Tierney

Rebecca is a senior at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. Her caring nature and concern for others dovetails with her plans to enter a nursing program in the fall. One of Rebecca's teachers notes that she is a tireless worker who is constantly trying to improve her performance in the classroom and on the athletic field. She is successful academically while maintaining a highly rigorous course load. Rebecca's student activities have included being a peer leader, participating in student council, and maintaining membership in the National Society. She is a valued member of the varsity volleyball, basketball, and track teams. She also acts as a volunteer for activities including Relay for Life, the Elementary School Christmas Fair, and Toys for Tots. In her essay Rebecca writes, "Growing up within an enthusiastically Irish family has shaped me into the lady that I am today and the woman that I will be for the rest of my life." In addition, Rebecca adds, "Being able to say that I am Irish is one of the proudest statements I can make."

Kelly Murphy

Kelly is a senior at Harwich High School and is currently ranked number one in her class. She anticipates majoring in Middle Eastern Studies in college. This interest was sparked by her desire to understand more thoroughly gender roles for women in that region. Kelly has a warm welcoming nature which compliments her fierce academic drive. Her passions include reading, playing field hockey, and participating in the Students Taking Action Now for Darfur. Kelly is president of the National Honor Society, Student Council secretary, and captain of the field hockey and girls' varsity track teams. Her volunteer work has included teaching young children field hockey skills and working at Brook's Free Library by performing a variety of duties. Her paternal grandmother immigrated to America directly from Ireland. Kelly's deep connection with Ireland and Gaelic culture has been strengthened through her grandmother's stories.

Emma O'Connor

Emma is a senior at Harwich High School. Emma has applied to a number of colleges. She hopes to be accepted to Northeastern University as business marketing major. As her guidance counselor stated, ''This young woman is really the nuts and bolts behind many of our school-wide activities". Those activities include participation in the leadership lock-in, peer leadership class, Best Buddies program, and spirit committee. Emma has also been successful in taking a variety of AP and honors classes. Her volunteer activities showcase her compassion such as delivering meals for home bound individuals, coaching soccer for the Special Olympics, organizing Red Cross blood drives, and directing bingo games at a nursing home. Emma's mother immigrated to America from Ireland when she was 22 years old. She has learned about her Irish heritage from her mother, grandmother, and by visiting Ireland. Her grandmother
taught her the work ethic to get the job done, to volunteer in the community, and to be persistent.

Emma Harney

Emma is a senior attending Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. She has been accepted to several colleges including the honors program at UMass-Amherst. She is contemplating majoring in business. Her academic honors include membership in the National Honor Society as well as being an AP Scholar. Emma demonstrates leadership skills in a variety of ways such as acting as class president for the past four years and co-chairing the Ambassador Club and senior prom committee. She expands her passion for running by assuming the role of team captain for cross country as well as winter and spring track. Giving to others is also an important attribute that drives Emma. Her contributions have included modeling leadership skills for underclass peers, being a team captain for Relay for Life, and making activity booklets for patients at Children's Hospital. Emma strives to maintain a commitment to her Irish heritage by consistently displaying a strong work ethic and diligence to succeed.