2014 Colleen Finalists

Peggy O'Sullivan

CPeggy is a senior at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School. She will be attending UMASS Lowell next school year as a business major. Peggy's passion is music. She hopes to be a tour manager after graduation from college. At Dennis Yarmouth High School Peggy is an active member of the marching band, winter percussion, concert band, and jazz band. She has also been chosen for the All-Cape Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. Peggy's community service activities have included the Dennis-Yarmouth Relay for Life and Special Olympics. In the future, she has a dream to live in a foreign country and immerse herself in another culture. She has visited Ireland many times. Even though Peggy has lived on Cape Cod her whole life, she calls Ireland home which is where her family and heart reside. Peggy said in her essay, ''Being Irish brings people together, and I couldn't be more proud to be part of such a loving Irish family."

Cloe Murphy

Cloe is a senior at Chatham High School. She will be attending the University of Dublin as forestry major in the fall. Cloe is hoping to have a career centered on environmental conservation. At Chatham High School, she has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence while participating in variety of extracurricular activities. Those activities have included yearbook, Relay for Life, and interning at the Chatham Conservation Commission. Cloe's bucket list includes traveling to a third world country and building a personal library. Cloe's family is from County Cork in southern Ireland. She decided to attend college in Dublin to further explore her heritage. Cloe ended her scholarship essay by saying, ''My Irish heritage means so much to me, and it inspired my dreams, my future, and gave me the personality that I have."

Courtney Nelson

Courtney is a senior at Barnstable High School. Her current rigorous academic course load includes three AP classes. She has been accepted into Catholic University as a Bio-medical engineering major. Courtney would like to work in Africa after graduating from college to better the people in that country. An athlete as well, her passion is soccer. Courtney has been the captain of the soccer team during her junior and senior year. Community service is a major part of Courtney's life. Her endeavors have included working at the NOAH shelter, volunteering at the Cape Cod Challenge Club, and being a member of ECHO and KidzPlay4FreeProject. The KidzPlay4FreeProject provides soccer clinics and tournament opportunities to involve homeless children of Cape Cod in sports. Courtney describes her family as typically Irish Catholic. She believes the attributes that define her were influenced by her Irish heritage. Courtney's strong religious beliefs, determination, and stubbornness all are connected to her Irish heritage.

Erin Sullivan

Erin is a senior attending Nauset Regional High School. She has been accepted into the nursing program at Sacred Heart University. After graduating from college, Erin would like to be a Nurse Practitioner. She is passionate about helping others and coordinated a hockey fundraiser that raised over $2000 for a fellow classmate, Kevin Fitzgerald, who was diagnosed with leukemia his freshman year. Her other activities have included raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis, Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos foundation, and Children's Center in Hyannis. Erin has grown up in a tight knit Irish Catholic family. Her Irish heritage means family, pride, and togetherness to her. Erin would like to one day visit County Cork, Ireland to spend time with her relatives.