Mr. and Miss Shamrock Contest winners announced

The winners of the 2016 Mr. and Miss Shamrock Contest are Mr. Shamrock, Adrian Coyle from Fairfield Prep; Runner-up Mr. Shamrock is Tim Welch from St. Joseph's; Miss Shamrock is Samantha Mitchell from Foran High School; and Miss Shamrock runner-up is Caroline Ihlefeld from Fairfield Warde.

The Mr. & Miss Shamrock Scholarship Contest is held annually in January at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield. All high school seniors of Irish descent in the greater Bridgeport area are encouraged to submit an application to the committee. Before the awards dance all contestants are interviewed by an independent panel of judges and winners are chosen based upon their knowledge of their Irish heritage, traditions, history, the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day, their involvement in their community, their interests and activities.

The winners receive a monetary scholarship award for future educational endeavors. Runners-up also are awarded a monetary scholarship and will participate in all the events with Mr. and Miss Shamrock throughout the year.

Mr. & Miss Shamrock will participate in the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade festivities including riding on the float during the parade in downtown Bridgeport on March 17.