Katherine O’Rourke, a high school senior from Shelton, was the runner-up for Miss Shamrock in the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Parade Committee’s annual Mr. and Miss Shamrock 2015 Scholarship contest.

Katherine attends Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden.

The contest is open to high school seniors of Irish-American descent (5 young women and 5 young men).

They are interviewed by a panel of independent judges, who choose the winners based upon their knowledge of Irish culture and on community interests and activities.

The winners receive a scholarship toward college.

The four-member Shamrock Court, including Katherine, were invited to participate in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities on March 17, including a Mass, flag raising, breakfast, parade, and luncheon and awards ceremony.

This year’s Miss Shamrock was Emily Devine from Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Mr. Shamrock was Ian McLevy from Trumbull High School, and Mr. Shamrock runner-up was Owen Mockler from Fairfield Ludlowe High.