Laura FarleyQueen Colleen 2017 - Laura Farley.   Laura is a Denver native and earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She began Irish step dancing at the age of 10 with St. Brendan's School of Irish dance and continued until she reached the highest rank of Champion. Dancing allowed her to travel across the US competing and even to Ireland! Laura has a strong passion for volunteering and will represent her Irish heritage with pride as Queen Colleen. 

Thank you to Coloradough Pizza, Aurora for your sponsorship of Laura Farley!









1st Runner Up - McKenna Shea

McKenna Shea - 1st runner-up, is a senior at Johnson & Wales University working towards a double major. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Food Service Management with an emphasis in the art of Baking & Pastry and an Associate's in Culinary Arts. McKenna is passionate about cooking and entertaining and owns a catering operation for small events and parties. St. Patrick's Day is special time of year for her - to be with family, celebrate Irish heritage and enjoy the company of her community. Becoming first runner-up further connects McKenna with her Irish roots and helps define her place within the Irish community.

Thank you The Bradish HomeTeam, Re/Max Professionals Highlands Ranch for sponsoring McKenna!






2nd Runner Up - Brigid Sleevi

Brigid Sleevi - 2nd runner-up, is a third-generation Irish-American. Her grandfather and great-grandfather both hail from Ireland. She is currently studying Biochemistry at Colorado State University with plans to use her degree to research viral drug delivery. Brigid's passions include her Irish heritage, rugby and horseback riding. She won the All-Star Award in rugby, among many others. Brigid is very close with her grandfather and they have been dreaming of her becoming Queen Colleen since she was a child. He would often say she would "be the most Irish queen there ever was." Irish tradition runs through Brigid's veins and she is honored to serve in the Queen Colleen Court!

Thank you, Tom Faughnan, the Patriarch of The Faughnan Family for sponsoring Brigid!







Stephanie Echer

Stephanie Echer, was raised in a large Irish-Catholic family and St. Patrick's Day is her favorite holiday. She graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in International Affairs and is also pursuing a Bachelor's in Biology with the goal of applying to medical school. Stephanie portrays her Irish roots through the Gift of Gab and has passions for family, tradition and Irish culture. Her goal, as part of the Queen Colleen Court, hopes to engage younger generations in their Irish culture to preserve Irish heritage for many years to come.

Thank you AKAB Contracting Services for your sponsorship of Stephanie!







Lexi Sullivan

Alexis (Lexi) Sullivan is a proud Irish American and Denver native. She began Irish step dancing at age seven to get in touch with her heritage and has become more committed to the sport than she ever thought possible. Lexi has reached the status of Preliminary Champion and is nearing the next tier, Open Champion. She recently won first place in back-to-back competitions and will travel to San Francisco later this month for her third regional contest. St. Patrick's Day is nothing short of invigorating for her, the parade always being a highlight. She would walk in the parade twice: once for dance and again with her father's Knights of Columbus Council. Irish dancing has ignited a fire in her that has showed her that being an Irish American Colorado native is exciting! 

Thank you, Michael Collins Pipes and Drums for sponsoring Lexi!








Sam GlennSamantha [Sam] Glenn is a Colorado native and recently earned her degree in Spanish from Colorado Mesa University. She found her passion for Irish step dancing at the age of 10, which led her to traveling across the country to compete and later teach younger dancers. Sam has always enjoyed the Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade and celebrating her Irish heritage with family. She is excited to spread Irish culture as she serves in the Queen Colleen Court.

Thank you, Mike and Ann O'Neill for sponsoring Samantha!









Interested in becoming Queen Colleen, 2018?  Fill out our mini-application to let us know you're interested.  The full application will be available late Summer, 2017.


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