Servicing studies: American Legion gives 3 BEHS seniors scholarships

Published on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:42
Written by Brian Johnson


BRISTOL - American Legion Post 2 awarded $1,000 scholarships to three high school students Tuesday.

The applicants and their families gathered at the post at 22 Hooker Court to receive their awards from local Legion officers.

The applicants were chosen based on standing in class, academic honors, school activities and high school activities during their four years in high school. They must also be U.S. military veterans or the children or grandchild of a veteran.

“This is my favorite time of the year,” said Dave Connelly, chair of the American Legion Post 2 Board of Trustees. “All of the students are going on to a two or four year college and believe me, they’re qualified. In reading all of their accomplishments our board started to get a little tired and we needed a cup of coffee to get through it. We’re always impressed to see awardees of this quality.”

The following students, all of whom were from Bristol Eastern High School, received scholarships:

n Alexandra McMahon

n Amari Floyd

n Kaylie Masi

McMahon is the president of the National Junior Honor Society and the Science snd Spanish National Honor Societies at her school. She received the Connecticut association of Schools scholar leader award, the Scholar of the Year award, the Fairfield University Book Award and the Daughters of the American Legion Good Citizen Award.

Her activities include working with the Bristol Police Explorers, Unified Sports, the Varsity Golf Team, Theatre Arts, Lancer Nation Freshman mentors, the School Leadership Council and the STEM Club.

She plans to study forensic chemistry at Western New England University. Her grandfather Michael Shopey Jr. served in the Korean War.

Masi was a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society and was on the honor roll for all four years.

She was a member of the student council, the theater program, Lancer Nation, Friends of Rachel, Unified Sports and the STEM Club.

She plans to attend Western Connecticut State University and the Rochester Institute of Technology to study biomedical engineering. Her father, Steve Masi, is currently serving with the National Guard.

Floyd was a member of the national honor society, an AP scholar and a National Hispanic Scholar. Her activities at the school include participating in Madrigals, Strawberry Fields, the math team, the sign language club and “Project Writeous.”

She plans to attend the University of Connecticut to study mathematics and become an actuary. Her mother, Gricel Floyd, was in the Army Reserve.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:42. Updated: Tuesday, 12 June 2018 21:44.