Middlebury-Southbury: Recipients of Shanahan Scholarships Announced

Pomperaug High School graduating seniors (from left) Marina Lambiase of Southbury, Paris Phillips of Middlebury and Christopher Koobatian and Harrison Dumont, both of Southbury, are the 2021 recipients of the Joseph P. Shanahan II Memorial Scholarship. (O’Brien photo)

MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — The Joseph P. Shanahan II Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to members of the Pomperaug High School Class of 2021.

This year’s recipients are Harrison Dumont of Southbury, Christopher Koobatian of Southbury, Marina Lambiase of Southbury and Paris Phillips of Middlebury.

Mr. Dumont plans to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he will major in business administration and plans to pursue hotel and resort management. A varsity tennis player and swimmer at Pomperaug, he also participated in Jazz Band, the Marching Band and Symphonic Band.

Mr. Koobatian will attend Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., where he will pursue a career in business or engineering. A member of the cross country team, swim and dive team and track and field team, he earned All South-West  Conference Academic Team honors throughout his four years at Pomperaug.

He was a member of the National Honors Society, Science Honors Society, Math Honors Society and Tri-M Music Honors Society.

Ms. Lambiase will attend Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pa., and major in health science. A member of the varsity basketball team, she was named to the South-West Conference All Colonial Division. She served on the Athletic Leadership Council and earned high honors throughout her four years at Pomperaug.

Ms. Phillips will attend the University of Connecticut in Storrs and pursue a career in nursing. A varsity athlete in swimming, softball, skiing and cheerleading, she was the captain of the cheerleading team in her junior and senior years. She also was a member of the French Honor Society.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of Joseph P. Shanahan, II, who died on December 17, 1987, from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. At the time of his death, Joseph was a sophomore at Southern Connecticut State University.

While attending Pomperaug High School, Joseph was a solid academic performer and received varsity letters in soccer and basketball.

This is the 34th year this scholarship is to be awarded.

Any graduating senior from Pomperaug High School who has demonstrated a healthy balance between scholastic achievement, athletic participation and extracurricular community involvement, is eligible for the scholarship.

Financial need is not a primary consideration, but may be taken into account when several qualified candidates are finalists.

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