2010 Colleen Finalists

Nell O'Connor

Nell is a senior at Harwich High School. A very gifted athlete, Nell has been named a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic All Star in field hockey and is also a "heralded" pitcher in softball. Her passion for sports has led her to volunteering for the Lassie League and teaching young field hockey players. Nell hopes to further her studies at LaSalle or Endicott Colleges with an emphasis on sports management studies. Another of Nell's interests is flying, she did her first solo in a glider on her 14th birthday. After college she would love to become a pilot in the Air Force. Nell: "I have been taught that you give to others what you can, regardless of how humble or meager the offerings."

Jennifer Hayes

Jennifer is a senior at Barnstable High School. Jennifer: "Through out my life I have really enjoyed knowing about my culture and embracing all the unique and interesting traditions, foods and quirks that have made me who I am today." An honor student, Jennifer is enthusiastically involved in school dramatic productions and is a co-editor of her yearbook. Her favorite hobbies are dancing and reading. College bound, Jennifer hopes to focus her studies toward a career in psychology or social work. Financial considerations may factor into her final college selection. Jennifer enjoyed learning about the culture and traditions of her grandparents who hailed from areas not too distant from Dublin.

Elise Horan

Elise is a senior at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. A member of the National Honor Society and a Student Councilor, Elise is also a perennial varsity soccer player. Her love of working with children is leading her to further her studies in the area of elementary education. Elise's college choices include Sacred Heart in Fairfield, CT; Providence College or Assumption College in Worcester. Elise in awe of the courage exhibited by her great grandparents who left their lives in counties Sligo, Galway and Cork to begin again in America during very trying times. Elise: "My Irish heritage is more than a look ... more than an excuse to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, it is, about having pride in belonging to a clan of tenacious and endearing people, the same clan as my ancestors.'