CHATHAM — The organizers of the 18th Annual Sean’s Run Weekend, scheduled for April 27 and 28 at Chatham High School, have announced the names of the three high school seniors who have been selected to receive scholarships in memory of the event’s namesake, Sean Patrick French. Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors of Sean’s Run Weekend, $244,115 in grants and scholarships has been awarded by Sean’s Run in the past 18 years.
Love of Running Scholarship — Emma Gregg, Chatham High School. Gregg has applied to Syracuse University and the University of Vermont and would like to major in conservation biology. She has run in cross country and track and field since 7th grade and has been a Sectional champion and a Conference champion as a member of a 4 X 800 meter relay team and as a member of her cross country team. She has participated in State Qualifier in T&F and was awarded the title of “The Ultimate Teammate” and “outstanding Distance Runner” by her coaches. Gregg wrote in her application, “I have learned the value of hard work, I have learned self confidence and self worth, I have learned the process of goals and goal setting, I have learned love for the sport, the people who do it, and running itself. The lessons I have learned will reach to my college experience, and I believe to the rest of my life.”
Good Sportsmanship Scholarship Winner — Aidan Thomas Gillooley, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. Gillooley will be attending Sienna College where he will continue his running career. He was selected in 2018 as the Section II “Cross Country Good Sport” by coaches from across the section. Gillooley is a member of a three-time New York State Class B XC Championship team and has won four sectional titles for Cross Country. He was named an All American and participated in the National Track & Field Championship as a member of his school’s 4 X Mile relay team. He is ranked #15 on the all time list of best cross country finish times at the Saratoga course. In describing an example of good sportsmanship, Gillooley wrote in his application, “Over the past several years I have had teammates lose their home, go through illness, and divorce in their families. I take pride that I am someone my teammates can depend on to listen and to support them even when they have felt like quitting the team. Sportsmanship has always been in my blood and it will be throughout my college running career but also in my life in general.”
Sean Patrick French Memorial Scholarship Winner — Sydney Newton, Chatham High School. Newton has applied to the following universities for this fall: Brown University, SUNY Binghamton New York, University SUNY New Paltz, University of Rochester, Fordham University. In addition to be being an outstanding student, she also volunteers her time to benefit her community by working at the semi-annual East Chatham Fire Company’s Breakfast Fundraiser and serves as a tech tutor for senior citizens at the Chatham Public Library. At her after-school and weekend job at the East Chatham Food Company, her employers have recognized her for the compassion and sensitivity she has shown customers. On her high school tennis team she is known for her sportsmanship. One of her references said that Newton is “one of the most outstanding young women I have ever known.”
Voted for the past 4 years as “Best Community Event-Spring” in a contest by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia-Greene Media, Sean’s Run Weekend includes a 5K, Meghan’s Mile, Bike Rides, Zumbathon and a run for People with Special Needs.
Sean’s Run Weekend also includes a Prevention Educational Expo, a Tribute to Victims and Survivors of Drunk Driving, and the World Championship Battle of the Belts Interscholastic Seatbelt Bucking Contest.
Sean’s Run Weekend and the scholarships and grants program were established in response to the tragic death of Sean Patrick French, the 17-year old Chatham High School junior, honor roll student, community volunteer and record-setting athlete who was killed on January 1, 2002, as a passenger in an underage drunk-driving car crash.
More information is available at the website www.SeansRun.com.