Plainfield, Minooka high school students to study in Ireland
BY ERIN GALLAGHER Correspondent June 16, 2013 8:48PM
Scholarship committee member Mike Reilly, 2013 recipient Clara Bohlin, 2012 recipient Mary Kate Quigley, 2013 recipient Kate Lanagan, scholarship committee chair Laci O'Connell and IASCW president Pete Hegarty. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 18, 2013 6:31AM
Many Americans dream of going to the Emerald Isle. For two students from the Herald-News area, those dreams are coming true.
Clara Bohlin from Plainfield High School and Kate Lanagan from Minooka High School each won partial scholarships to study in Ireland. They are the two most recent scholarship recipients granted by the Irish American Society of County Will.
The organization has sent nearly 40 students on this summer program since the group began in 1981, according to Laci O’Connell, scholarship chair.
Irish Life Experience is the group organizing the study abroad program. It involves a 25-day trip that includes classes, workshops and tours.
“By being immersed in Ireland’s history and culture, young adults are able to better understand and appreciate a country whose people have played a significant role in the history of western civilization,” a statement on IrishLifeExperience.com. said.
Applicants had to submit a 300-word essay explaining why they want to study in Ireland. They also were required to provide two letters of recommendation, one from school personnel, O’Connell said.
Bohlin and Lanagan will join other high school students from around the country. They leave at the end of June.