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Posted September 22, 2005
Shannon Cleary
By Kevin Devlin

     Shannon Cleary, 11, a sixth grader, is enrolled in the Advanced Work Class at the McCormack School in Dorchester.

     Shannon’s favorite subject is math. Last year, she was awarded the “School Spirit Award” and was on the Honor Roll. Recently, Shannon was the recipient of the Red Sox Scholarship, which will be used towards her college education. Shannon officially received the award, on the field at Fenway Park, when she was escorted to the mound by Red Sox player Kevin Youkilus. Shannon also had the opportunity to have her picture taken on the Green Monster with other Red Sox players that day.

     Shannon’s extra-curricular activities include cheerleading, swimming, soccer, and dancing. This is Shannon’s fist season in cheerleading and she is on the “B” team squad in the South Boston Pop Warner League. She has been swimming at the Boston Athletic Club (BAC) for three years, and has played in the South Boston Youth Soccer League for five years. Shannon has also been dancing at Miss Linda’s School of Dancing for a total of five years. She takes hip hop, tap, jazz, and ballet.

     While she’s taking a break from school and athletics, Shannon enjoys watching Friends on television and eating chicken and chips from the Fish Pier. Additionally, she enjoys taking walks, playing with her friends and going to the Ollie Dances.

     Shannon is young but already knows that someday she plans on going to college, study, and become a veterinian. She loves animals, especially dogs, and feels that this is something she would like to do.

     Shannon is in one of the best programs that Boston has to offer. Most of the students that attend this advanced work class either end up attending Boston Latin or Boston Latin Academy. And, most end up going to good colleges after that.

     She is on the right track to success, and I doubt she’ll loose the focus to realize whatever dreams that are dancing around in her head while she’s safely sleeping at home every night.

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