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Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Retrospect from the Archives of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Of Pittsburgh -2017
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Queen for 2017 is Sydney Diulus, a resident of Robinson Township where she resides with her mother and stepfather, Alison and James Nestor. She is a senior at Duquesne University, where she is a biology/pre-med major and dean’s list student. She has studied abroad at University College Dublin, and is an honors graduate of Montour High School.
Sydney has been an active member of National Service Sorority Gamma Sigma Sigma, and Duquesne University’s Pre-Medical Student Organization (PMSO). She has volunteered at Camp Erin Children’s Grief Camp, The Children’s Institute, and at UPMC Mercy Hospital. She interned in research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
On campus, student jobs have included Duquesne University Campus Tour Guide and in the university’s Chemistry Department.

Sydney’s father Paul Diulus has been an active member in the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Division 23 in Lawrenceville for 40 years. Her stepmother Kathleen Diulus is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) Division 23, and she also serves as LAOH County Board President and as an officer of the LAOH State Board. Sydney, too, is a member of LAOH Division 23. Sydney’s stepbrother Andrew Jordan is also a member of AOH Division 23.
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes 2017 Court
Court maiden Colleen Marie Bench, the daughter of Kathleen and Michael Bench of McMurray. She is a freshman at Penn State University, where she majors in kinesiology.
At Penn State, she has served as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion; a member of the Kinesiology Club; and a member of the Dancer Relations Committee of THON, Penn State’s dance marathon that raises funds for children with cancer.
A graduate of Seton-La Salle High School, she was a member of the National Honors Society; the National English Honor Society; the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute; the marching band; the lacrosse team; the golf team; the Liturgy Choir; Rebels for Life; and she was a school Drama Club cast member.
She has been active in competitive Irish dancing first with the Bell School of Irish Dance, and continues as a member of the Irish dance club Rince na Leon at Penn State. Colleen was an altar server for ten years at St. Benedict the Abbot Catholic Church.
Court maiden Megan Rohde, the daughter of Mark Rohde of Sewickley and Nancy Welsh Rohde of Greenfield, is from Munhall, Pennsylvania. She is a senior at Steel Valley High School, planning to attend Penn State University’s Behrend Campus in the Fall, where she plans to major in Plastics Engineering Technology.
She is a member of the National Honors Society and earned High Honors throughout high school. She has been a member of the varsity swim team, a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), The Future Is Mine (TFIM), the French Club and the History Club.
Megan has also volunteered at a local cancer center and tutored elementary school students.
She has taken bagpipe lessons with the Balmoral School of Pipes and Drums, piano lessons and is trained and certified in CPR and as a lifeguard.
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Of Pittsburgh -2016

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Queen for 2016 is Fiona Connolly , the daughter of Bridget Connolly. She is from Pittsburgh's Swisshelm Park neighborhood.

Fiona is enrolled at Duquesne University's Mylan School of Pharmacy and is expected to graduate in 2019. She has studied abroad in Ireland and has attended the University of Dublin.

She is on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Gaelic Athletic Association (PGAA), where she serves as public relations officer. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Banshees Ladies Gaelic Football Team.

A graduate of Oakland Catholic High School, she has served as an on-campus student volunteer for several Duquesne University programs. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of Duquesne Professional Pharmacy Sorority Lambda Kappa Sigma.

Miss Smiling Irish Eyes 2016 Court

Court maiden Delaney Hoolahan , the daughter of Ron and Kelly Hoolahan of Plum Borough. She is a sophomore and a Dean's List student at Robert Morris University, where she studies Major Media Arts with a concentration in Graphic Arts and Photography.

A graduate of Plum Senior High School, she is a member of the Claddagh Club at Robert Morris. She was a member of the Bell School of Irish Dance from ages 4 through 18. She has traveled to Ireland twice with family and has actively researched her family's history.

She has served as a volunteer for causes and charities that have included the American Cancer Society, NFL Crucial Catch, several breast cancer awareness projects, World Vision, Little Sisters of the Poor, and St. Phillips Harvest Festival.

In college, she is active in campus organizations including the Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, the Pittsburgh Gaelic Arts and Heritage Society. She was one second place in the International Photo Contest at Robert Morris.

Court maiden Caitlin Weldon , the daughter of Kevin and Catherine Weldon, is from Greensburg.  She is a junior at Penn State University, where she majors in Chemical Engineering and is a Deans List student. She was selected to participate in a research program that focuses on the global development in energy, a field she aspires to enter.

She graduated from Hempfield Area High School , where she was a member of the National Honor Society and received merit-based scholarships. 

n high school, she was an active member of the St. Paul's Youth Group, on the tennis team, a part of the musical cast and choir, and on the yearbook staff. She danced for Bell school of Irish dance for 11 years and is currently a member of the Penn State Irish Dance Troupe, Rince Na Leon.  She is helping to organize Penn State's first Irish Cultural Day, scheduled for the week of St. Patrick's Day.  She is a member of the Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority, in which she served as Service Chairperson for her pledge class.  And she has volunteered to raise money for Penn State's nationally recognized THON program to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and care.


Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Of Pittsburgh -2015
Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Queen for 2015 is                           Hannah O'Donoghue

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