Luck of the Irish

Six young women will show off their talents as they vie for Le Center’s Miss Shamrock crown. The talent show is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Le Center American Legion. Here are the six lucky women competing:

Lauren Gaudreau

Lauren is the daughter of Kerri Courrier and Jim Gaudreau and her Irish ancestry includes the family name Kelly.

Lauren is a senior at Tri-City United and is planning to attend Winona State University, majoring in a medical field.

Her scholastic and extracurricular achievements include the A honor roll, one-year letter winner in volleyball, hockey and golf, a manager for the Minnesota River Bulldogs hockey team and part of the Business Professionals of America Leadership team.

In addition, Lauren works as a lifeguard for the Montgomery and New Prague pools and in the summer works as head lifeguard at the Le Center swimming pool. She volunteers at St. Mary’s Church teaching Vocational Bible School and other religion classes. Lauren also helps with volleyball camps for the youth.

Olivia McCabe

Olivia is the daughter of Rachel Dauk and Kelly McCabe and her Irish ancestry includes the family names McCabe, Smith, Cashin, Doran, Burns and Holloran.

Olivia is a senior at St. Peter High School and plans to attend the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, majoring in business and playing softball.

Her scholastic and extracurricular achievements include the High Honor roll, a member of the 2016-2018 National Honor Society and a star student award. She is also a two-year captain on both the varsity basketball and softball teams and a two-time All-Academic letter winner.

In addition, Olivia volunteers as a third-grade religion teacher and will work this summer giving tours at Cambria in Le Sueur.

Mackenize O’Connell

Mackenzie is the daughter of Audra Klingelhutz and Jim O’Connell and her Irish ancestry includes the family names O’Connell, O’Neil and Sullivan.

Mackenzie is a senior at Tri-City United and is undecided about her college. She is trying to decide between the University of Wisconsin-River Falls or South Dakota State University, majoring in business.

Her scholastic and extracurricular achievements include B honor roll, manager of the volleyball and basketball teams and drum major for the TCU marching band. She is a member of the World Empowerment team and Knowledge Bowl and was a part of this year’s Snowball court.

In addition, Mackenzie works at the Le Center nursing home as a cook and volunteers her time there helping with activities for the residents as well as one-on-one visits with them.

Gabby Robinson

Gabby is the daughter of Tara and Guy Robinson.

Her Irish ancestry includes the family names Ryan and Brennan from the Counties of Limerick and Cork.

Gabby is a senior at Tri-City United and is attending Hamline University. She will be continuing her volleyball and basketball careers and majoring in business.

Her scholastic achievements include the 4.0 honor roll, captain of the volleyball team for two years and All-Conference most valuable player award winner for two years. She has been the captain of the basketball team for two years and has been named All-Conference MVP award winner for three years.

Gabby has also been captain of the track team for two years and has been named an Academic All-State Team MVP award winner. Gabby has participated in State Business Professionals of America for three years and was also a part of this year’s Homecoming court.

In addition, Gabby works at the House of Insurance and in the summer works at the Le Center swimming pool as a lifeguard. She volunteers at St. Mary’s Church teaching Vocational Bible School and Children’s Liturgy. Gabby also volunteers to deliver meals on wheels.

Grace Smith

Grace is the daughter of Rachel and Cory Smith.

Her Irish ancestry includes the family names Claffey, Smith, Gramling, Loftus, O’Leary, O’Connor, Barry, White, Hassett, Monahan and Herron from the counties of Clare and Cork.

Grace is a senior at Tri-City United High School and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in accounting.

Her scholastic and extracurricular achievements include A honor roll in grades seven through 12, six semester academic achievement awards resulting in two academic letters, a member of the National Honor Society for two years and a one-time letter recipient.

Grace is a two-year letter winner and Minnesota River Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention for 2017 varsity tennis. She also received the Minnesota Academic All-State award for the 2017 tennis season, a three-year letter winner and 2018 captain of the varsity girls’ golf team. She is also a member of the Business Professionals of America and the World Empowerment Team.

In addition, Grace works at O’Keefe’s Meats in Le Center, and Kwik Trip in St. Peter. She has volunteered at St. Mary’s Catholic Church helping with Children’s Liturgy, teaching Bible School and the annual Festival. She has also volunteered with TCU’s Early Childhood Family Education program, the Twin Cities Marathon and Becca’s Closet which collects prom dresses for those in need.

Josie Weiers

Josie is the daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Weiers and her Irish ancestry includes the family names of Patterson, McDonald and Smullen.

Josie is a senior at Tri-City United and is planning to attend Winona State University, majoring in pre-med.

Her scholastic and extracurricular achievements include the A honor roll, a member of the National Honor Society, a varsity letter winner in tennis and golf and a Minnesota Academic All-State winner for tennis.

In addition, Josie works at Radermacher’s Grocery store and Factor Motors. She also volunteers at St. Mary’s Church teaching Vocational Bible School and teaches third-grade religion. Josie has also volunteered for the Twin Cities Marathon and Becca’s Closet.

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