Mr. and Miss Shamrock scholarship winners chosen

The Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Parade Committee recently held its annual Mr. and Miss Shamrock 2015 Scholarship contest and dance at the Gaelic-American Club on Beach Road, Fairfield.  The contest drew 10 high school senior applicants of Irish-American descent (5 young women and 5 young men).  After submitting an application, contestants were interviewed by a panel of independent judges.  The winners are chosen based upon their knowledge of their Irish culture and on community interests and activities.  Each winner receives a generous scholarship to be used for his/her future college education.

This year’s Miss Shamrock is Emily Devine, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Mr. Shamrock is Ian McLevy, a senior at Trumbull High School. Miss Shamrock runner-up is Katherine O’Rourke, a senior from Sacred Heart Academy, and Mr. Shamrock runner-up is Owen Mockler, a senior at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.

“This year’s applicants were of such a high caliber that the judges had a very difficult time selecting the winners,” said Patty McDonnell, Chair of the Mr. and Miss Shamrock contest.

The Shamrock Court will have the honor of being a part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities Tuesday, March 17, including Mass at Saint Augustine Cathedral followed by the flag raising at City Hall, breakfast, riding a float in the 33rd annual parade at noon, and concluding with a luncheon and awards ceremony.

The 2015 Shamrock Court, from left to right: Katherine O’Rourke, Miss Shamrock runner-up; Emily Devine, Miss Shamrock 2015; Ian McLevy, Mr. Shamrock 2015; and Owen Mockler, Mr. Shamrock runner-up.  (Photo courtesy Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee)

The 2015 Shamrock Court, from left to right: Katherine O’Rourke, Miss Shamrock runner-up; Emily Devine, Miss Shamrock 2015; Ian McLevy, Mr. Shamrock 2015; and Owen Mockler, Mr. Shamrock runner-up. (Photo courtesy Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee)

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