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BHS Senior Natalie Sheehan Awarded 2017 Patriot Scholarship

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Binghamton High School senior Natalie Sheehan was named the winner of the 2017 Patriot Scholarship.  Sheehan’s guidance counselor Jennifer Farrell nominated her for the prestigious award and says that Sheehan is the trifecta of students.

“She has contributed to the academia community, musical community and the Binghamton City community,” Farrell said. “She is dedicated, diligent, conscious and determined.”

The scholarship was established at BHS in the late 1980’s by an anonymous donor who wanted to assist a graduating senior further his/her education in a way he/she might not financially be able to do. The recipient must be in the top 100 of the class and have exhibited good attendance, but more importantly the recipient must have made a positive contribution to the school community. 

 Sheehan is currently ranked number three in her class and has been playing the clarinet and bass clarinet throughout her years in the district. She will graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma with honors and the Project Lead the Way Diploma for pre-engineering.

Sheehan hopes to one day work in engineering, creating a total-ride experience for families comparable to rides at Walt Disney World. Sheehan is looking at a number of colleges including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brown University and Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

“Natalie will be a wonderful addition to any University or college,” Farrell said. “Her high level of involvement coupled with her work ethic will ensure her success in the future.”

The Patriot Scholarship is a four-year scholarship and Sheehan will receive $5,000 for the first year and $2,500 each following year as long as she maintains a 2.5 GPA.