NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Two New Rochelle High School graduates -- Anya DiSalvo and Haley Fullerton -- are the recipients of this year's Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Scholarship.
The Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade Scholarship Committee honored its winners at Molly Spillane's in Mamaroneck.
DiSalvo will be attending Columbia University and Fullerton will be attending Davidson College. Each was presented with a one-time $2,500 scholarship -- along with proclamations, certificates and congratulations from state Sen. George Latimer, state Assemblyman Steve Otis, County Legislator Catherine Parker and Village of Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum.
"The Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade exists to throw a great parade for the Sound Shore communities to celebrate Irish and Irish-American culture,” said committee member Chris Regan, "as well as to provide scholarships for deserving students who have dedicated part of their lives to preserving Irish culture and heritage in our communities."
DiSalvo is a National Honor Society member and AP Scholar. She's a prominent rower with the New York Athletic Club and her high school's varsity lacrosse team. She won first place in the mid-Atlantic Irish banjo competition from 2012-14. She works with both the Acosta School of Irish Music and the Erin Loughran School of Irish Music, both as a competitor and mentor for younger musicians.
As a member of the high school's Irish Club, DiSalvo worked to organize and run its Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser the past two years. She plans to major in engineering. Her brother Torin won one of the committee's scholarships two years ago.
Fullerton is a National Honor Society and National English Honor Society member, as well as a writer for the Huguenot Herald, the high school newspaper. She was a member of both the varsity swimming and lacrosse teams at. She was a member of the Irish Club and was its president during her senior year. She helped to spearhead its Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser in the past two years. She plans to major in English and Spanish.
The committee has now awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships, a tradition that began five years ago with the first Sound Shore St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The parade is a celebration for the entire Sound Shore community, from Port Chester to Pelham.
For more information on how to get involved in the 2017 parade as a volunteer, contact Tania McMenamin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or as a parade sponsor, contact Laura Murphy at email@example.com.