Long Island Herald

September 28, 2017

Hopeful Eagle Scout awarded a scholarship

By Nakeem Grant

Conor Lynch, a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Glen Cove Division 8, recently received a scholarship for his contributions over the years. Lynch, 18, of Glen Head, is currently enrolled at St. John’s University and he explained that it was a great honor to be recognized by LAOH.

“I definitely appreciated it very much because it will help with my schooling,” Lynch said. “I’ve done a lot with the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians before, so getting a scholarship from them was a great moment for me.”

LAOH is a national organization of Catholic women of Irish heritage. Members of the organization participate in several charitable and social activities throughout the year. Lynch, who is of Irish descent, explained that he’s always been involved with whatever activities the organization holds.

“Whenever they’re marching in parades and they need somebody to play bagpipes for them,” Lynch said, “I’m usually called upon to help them, which is something I really enjoy.”

An active member of the community, Lynch is also a member of Glen Cove Boy Scout Troop 6. In May, he dedicated a monument to honor the fallen heroes of the Glen Cove EMS for his Eagle Scout project as a part of National EMS Week.

“Being able to give back to my department and use my Eagle Scout projects to benefit them and help remember people who have dedicated their lives to Glen Cove EMS, meant a lot to me,” Lynch said. “I really enjoyed being able to help them out.”

Lynch is also an EMS volunteer, Captain of the Glen Cove EMS Explorer Post 1072 and recently became an Emergency Medical Technician. At St. John’s, Lynch is currently studying Homeland Security/ Government and Politics. One of his biggest inspirations to pursue this area of study is his uncle Patrick, who is the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York.

“He’s a big influence in my desire to become some kind of law enforcement officer, so he definitely helped to push me in that direction,” Lynch said.

He admitted that he’s unsure whether he wants to work in law enforcement or politics. However, Lynch is sure that he wants to continue being a serviceable member of his community. He is still involved with the Boy Scouts, even though his college life has begun and he also works with the Onteora Scout Reservation in the summertime.

“Right now, my main focus is doing well in school,” Lynch said, “and getting everything done in ROTC.” He plans on joining St. John’s ROTC program this fall.