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Dublin Irish Festival Scholarship

Chu's longtime volunteer service is recognized

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The Dublin Irish Festival is a family tradition for Jaclyn Chu.

The Dublin Jerome High School senior has been volunteering at the festival for as long as she can remember and was recently awarded with a 2014 Dublin Irish Festival Scholarship.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to two graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated community involvement as Irish festival volunteers.

"The festival has been part of my life for a long time," Chu said.

"I think my parents started volunteering in 2000 when I was 4 years old," she said.

"I would tag along on their shift and basically go with them every year.

"It would be a big family event and we would go every weekend, all three days. I loved going."

Chu started officially volunteering as soon as she was old enough in the Wee Folks area.

Since then, she's moved onto ticket sales and racked up 50 hours of volunteer work there.

"It's just become a family tradition," Chu said of years of volunteering.

"I haven't missed one year.

"The Irish festival is organized very well," she said.

"I think the city really knows what they're doing when it comes to the Irish festival.

"The volunteers always come back."

In fact, volunteering might be Chu's favorite part of the fest- ival.

"I do like the volunteering part," she said. "It's fun. I like hanging out with my family and talking with the other volunteers.

"I also like the food. It's like a whole experience when I go.

"I think it's about family time, getting some food and sitting down at one of the stages for a couple of songs."

The Dublin Irish Festival isn't Chu's sole volunteering exper- ience.

For the past 12 years, she has volunteered with Pzu Chi.

"It's basically an international humanitarian organization started in Taiwan where my parents are from," Chu said.

"We're with the local branch and go to nursing homes, help at food banks, do park clean-ups and fund raise for natural disasters."

At Jerome, Chu has been involved with the tennis team, speech and debate team, Chinese club, theater program and mock trial team.

Chu's Dublin Irish Festival Scholarship will be used at the University of Pennsylvania where she plans to go into a dual life science and management program.

"It's a new program," she said, adding it will give her a background in science and business.

"I'm interested in those areas."

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