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Northampton High School seniors honored by St. Patrick’s Association

Two Northampton High School seniors have been chosen to receive the Northampton St. Patrick’s Association’s Joan Tobin Citizenship and William F. O’Connor Shanachie awards.

The students, Jamie Yurgielewicz and Tyler Walsh, will be presented with the awards on Friday at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast, which is held at the Clarion Hotel and jointly sponsored by the Northampton Chamber of Commerce and the St. Patrick’s Association. Each award includes a $1,000 prize to be used toward the students’ education.

“There was a sufficient amount of student applications, and we were pleased with the outcome,” said Jean Bryant of the St. Patrick’s Association. The students who were chosen met the criteria for each award, she said.

That criteria, she said, involved writing a funny short story that was then read and judged by the O’Connor family for the Shanachie award. Walsh will receive the Shanachie award for his academic and athletic achievements, as well as his positive attitude toward fellow students and school faculty. The award is granted annually to a graduating senior who has worked to his or her full potential throughout high school, has a good sense of humor and a knack for storytelling.

Yurgielewicz will receive the Joan Tobin Citizenship award, which is given to a student who has shown learning throughout high school and demonstrated strong characteristics of citizenship through participation in school, community or church activities.

Yurgielewicz is a member of her school’s varsity swim team, the YMCA swim team, works as a lifeguard and has been a swim coach for young children since the age of 12. She is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Key Club, Hiking Club and Environmental Club.

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