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2019 Shamrock Princesses 
 
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Each year the Association invites Irish women 21-and-over to become Miss Shamrock Princesses. The princesses spend six weeks together selling buttons and spreading the Irish cheer. From these princesses the Association chooses the year's Miss Shamrock. The princesses and Miss Shamrock spend the remainder of the year visiting area parades and festivals as representatives of the association.

Meet your 2019 Shamrock Princesses 
Ashley
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Ashley was born in St. Paul and attended Longfellow Elementary.  Her family moved to White Bear Lake where she attended Sunrise Middle School and then went to White Bear Lake Area High School.  In college Ashley joined the Elizabethian Syngers who perform at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.  She was a part of the group for 7 years.  While the Elizabethian Syngers were performing madrigals, Ashley always adored taking time to stop into a pub and listen to the Irish songs.  She found this group through her new husband Michael Ziskovsky.  He has been a Blarney Brother for over 10 years now and motivated Ashley to become more involved.  Ashley knows she will love this Association and what they do for the community.  
I think I would be a great Miss Shamrock because I am outgoing and love to be with people.  I want the opportunity to engage the community and learn more.  I also tend to take on leadership roles when asked or needed.  I am so excited to take this chance and gain a whole new family
What is the most memorable vacation you've taken?

I had an opportunity to travel more than most at an early age because my step-father works for an airline.  I think my most memorable vacation was when we went to Hawaii for the first time.  It was like walking into a whole new world.  I remember the smell of tropical flowers and salt from the sea and the feel of the warm fresh air.  I will never forget that trip

What is the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?

When I was a kid my family took a trip to Canada.  While it was cold we were able to go hiking on a glacier.  The ice was a beautiful ombre of blues and greens.  I was amazed by the sheer size of it.

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

If I could be in a movie I would have to choose The Princess Bride.  The character I would want to be would be Princess Buttercup.  When I was little I would watch this movie over and over again.  Other than Disney Princesses, Buttercup was one of the first ones I knew and loved.

What's a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

My favorite family memory is actually a recent one.  I got married on October 13th, 2018 to Michael Ziskovsky.  The most precious memory from that day was standing there, in front of all my friends and family.  The love I felt is nothing I could ever forget.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?

If there were no restrictions on time or money, I would definately be a professional Cosplay costume maker.  I started making costumes when I joined the Elizabethan Syngers and my love for it only grew from there.  I know I still have a lot to learn but I would love to get to have that journey.

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

My warning label would say "The sass is strong with this one."  I actually have a shirt that says exactly that.  I love that it connects my nerdy side that loves Star Wars but it also shows that I have a fun and sassy personality.
Hannah
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Hannah is a born and bred red-head with the sassy and sweet attitude to match. She grew up in Anoka,  the Halloween Capitol of the World, and isexcited to represent the St. Patrick’s Day Capitol of  the World as a Shamrock Princess this year. She went to college at North Dakota State in Fargo and after graduation, settled in Hopkins and began her career as a respiratory therapist. In Hannah's spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends (including her two kitties), catch up on Grey’s
Anatomy, and drag hervery German fiancé to the local Irish pubs for fish and chips, corned beef, and a mug (or two) of beer.

I think I would make a great Miss Shamrock because the role encompasses two of my biggest loves in life, my Irish heritage and volunteering. In college, I was a member of and served as an officer in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. As I graduated college and moved back to Minnesota, my love of service remained, and I joined the alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Omega- Alpha Lambda and am the current Vice President. Aside from serving the community, I also enjoy spending time with and talking to people. I am outgoing, bubbly, and love getting to know people and hearing their stories. Everyone has a different point of view and come from a different walk of life and seeing how differently they view the world excites me and pushes me to talk to anyone who’s willing to chat. I also love that the St. Patrick’s Association welcomes everyone in as part of their Irish family. Everyone has been so welcoming and it would be an honor to serve as a Miss Shamrock for such an amazing group of people.
What is the most memorable vacation you've taken?

My most memorable trip was a road trip to South Dakota this summer with my fiancé (then boyfriend). We were able to hike in the Badlands and Custer State Park and see Mount Rushmore. My fiancé proposed to me on this trip in front of the Spearfish Falls in Spearfish, South Dakota. 

What's the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?

The craziest thing I have ever done was go skydiving. What’s even crazier is I’ve actually gone twice! There’s something so freeing and absolutely terrifying about free-falling from that high in the air.

If you could be in the movie of your choise, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

If I could be a character in any movie, I would have a hard time choosing between two:
  • Ariel from The Little Mermaid – not only is The Little Mermaid my FAVORITE movie, but who wouldn’t want to be a mermaid?
  • Elle Woods from Legally Blonde – smart, sassy, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. She took her skills and was able to make her goals her reality, despite those who tried to hold her back.
What's a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

My favorite family memories involve spending Christmases at my grandma’s house. We eat brunch, play games, nap, eat a big, delicious dinner, and exchange gifts all while laughing and enjoying time together as a family. This year, my immediate family and I (mom, stepdad, fiancé, brothers and future sister-in-law) all wore matching pajamas, it was great!

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?

I don’t know if it’s necessarily a hobby, but if money and time weren’t an issue, I would definitely like to travel more and see the world. I have so many places I would love to visit and unfortunately my checkbook and schedule are just not allowing me to.

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

If I had a warning label, as told to me by friends and family:
  • Loud
  • Accident Prone
  • Extreme Crafter
  • Eats more chicken wings than normal
Olivia
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Olivia is currently a student at the University of Minnesota and will be graduating in the Fall with a degree in Communications, Theater, and Youth Studies. Currently, she is interning at the Southside Family Charter School in Minneapolis in their K-8th grade classrooms and will help put on their play in May! Olivia also works at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant in Woodbury as a bartender and a server, but her dream job would be running after-school theater programs for young people.
Oh geez… I think that I would make a great Miss Shamrock, because I am thrilled (and quite overwhelmed, to be honest) to be apart of this association and to celebrate my heritage alongside so many wonderful and kindhearted folks. I am quite outgoing once I get my bearings and am ready for anything coming my way (I hear a lot of crazy & fun stuff is ahead). And, I look pretty darn good in a crown.
What is the most memorable vacation you’ve taken?

In the spring of 2015, my oldest brother flew with me to Seattle and got us first class seats—we decided we were living LARGE. We drove all over Washington to find Krispy Kreme donuts so that we could bring boxes home on the plane, visited the amazing Seattle Art Museum and saw golden toilet seats on display, the University of Washington to see the cherry blossom trees in bloom, the famous Pike Fish Market, had dinner in the spinning Space Needle, walked around the Boeing Plane Museum and watched people build planes, and traveled in an underground Museum!
 
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

Honestly? Most of the Tinder dates I have gone on would fit the bill, but the *coolest craziest thing I’ve ever done went down at an Arcade Fire concert. I got Groupon tickets that ended up being the furthest seats at the Target Center—literally the last row, couldn’t see a thing. So, during the opening set list I ran down the halls of the Target Center, snuck past security guards checking tickets with flashlights, and hopped over a gate to get to the floor. When Arcade Fire came on, this girl made it to the very front row.
 
If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

Hands down, Singin’ In the Rain and I would be Donald O’Connor’s character Cosmo Brown, because 1. His name is Cosmo, duh. 2. He has the best bits, I mean Make ‘em Laugh? C’mon. 3. Tap dancing, and 4. He’s hilarious and so am I.
 
What’s a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

Just recently this Christmas my family and I stayed up until 3am just sitting in our kitchen telling stories, laughing, drinking wine, eating mozzarella sticks, and playing Cards Against Humanity—when a card came up with something my dad didn’t know what it was, he GOOGLED it and I spilled an entire glass of wine e v e r y w h e r e.
 
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

Skateboarding. That would be so lit. But, I have zero balance and I’ve already broken each of my feet four times so that probably wouldn’t be a good idea.
 
What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

WARNING: HAS 7 DIFFERENT LAUGHS, EACH MORE OBNOXIOUS THAN THE LAST 
Rachel
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Rachel is from the Quad Cities.  She's married with four boys – 23, 22, 13, and 11. She works for the freight forwarding company Kuehne & Nagel in their Ocean Import Department in charge of billing.  One hobby Rachel loves is crocheting, but never get enough time.  Last year with others we had a lot of fun yarn bombing the light poles around St. Paul during the Winter Carnival.  Have lots of fun doing charity races.  Do about  one race a month.  The Polar Dash is always an adventure every year.  Never know what the weather is going to be like.  Love going to concerts.  80’s metal is the best!  Each year she tries to do something crazy that she has to sign a waiver for.  Like running with the bulls, whitewater rafting, sailing on Lake Superior.  She loves anything on the water.  Boating, tubing, kayaking, swimming and I’m in the perfect state for all of those activities!  Rachel travels quite a bit with all her family being out of state, but no matter where she goes she always finds an Irish pub to get herself a Guinness.

I absolutely love everything about the parade in Saint Paul. Even more I love sharing that joy with my friends.   It is a great experience if you are Irish or not.  Throw on some green, come on down and have a great time.  When I get to experience someone who has never gone to parade and end up enjoying it as much as I do, I consider that  a great success. 

I celebrate my Irish heritage throughout the year and will share how much I love being Irish with everyone.  I’ve been volunteering at the Irish Fair since 2004.  That has been a great way to share the true Irish welcoming spirit. I’m also a member of the Emerald Society.  My father was a police officer so supporting that organization is very dear to my heart and I have a devotion to supporting all our men and women in uniform.  My husband is a retired disabled veteran, and has been amazing in helping others get through the VA system to make sure the other Vets are getting the support they deserve.  When I get a chance to help in that process, I’m very proud to do so.  

I have so much pride in being Irish and can’t wait to go through this season and this experience with the other lovely ladies running with me.  And the folks in Saint Paul who don’t know how fun and wonderful a group of Irish women are, soon will!
What is the most memorable vacation you've taken?

It was a 7-day trip on a smaller yacht/sailboat with about 20 people aboard.  It sailed around the island of Bimini in the Bahamas.  We scuba dived 3-4 times a day.  Never thought I would see so much aquatic life up close and personal.  But the topper of the whole trip was doing a cage less shark dive.  It was truly a once in a lifetime experience.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?

The cage free shark dive is up there, but running with the bulls was actually crazier.

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

Wonder Woman hands down.  And of course play Wonder Woman.  Growing up my nickname was always Amazon.  So getting a chance to be the Queen of the Amazons and save the world would be fantastic.

What's a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

Everyone in the family coming together every weekend at the family lake during the summer is a memory that will always stick with me.  There was never a dull moment.  Great  food and great fun.  I don’t know how we survived 4th  of July with shooting bottle rockets at each other and blowing up some good sized fireworks.  Playing volleyball, swimming, going out on the row boat, and cooking s’mores with the cousins was the just the best of times.  

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?

Falconry and traveling to do wildlife photography.

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

Do not touch hair, (otherwise known as the fluff), you will lose fingers.
Only available to speak to in the morning after a cup of coffee.
Dirty minded, and will take things the wrong way.
Rosemary
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Rosemary lived in the heart of St. Paul her entire life, until she crossed the river to the University of Minnesota, where she is in her last semester studying Family Social Science. She works as a nanny and at St. Patrick’s Guild, (an Irish and Catholic gift shop). In her free time, she is teaching herself how to play the banjo and how to do embroidery. She loves finding new coffee shops and breweries in the Twin Cities, and spending time with her dogs, Gatsby and Hattie.
I think I would make a great Miss Shamrock because I have loved Irish culture my entire life. I have been Irish dancing since I was four, and have never missed a St. Patrick’s Day parade, because it is easily my favorite holiday. I love the music, the dancing, and spending time with people who love being Irish as much as I do! (Even if they’re only Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.) Also, I love the opportunity to meet new people in my community, as well as give back to my home city of St. Paul, and the St. Pat’s Association. My time with the Association already has shown me that these are people with similar values to my own, and I am so excited to be a part of it!
What is the most memorable vacation you've taken?

My most memorable vacation was taking a road trip from Georgia to Minnesota with my best friend. She goes to school there, and I went down to help her move all her things back home. Even though it was a lot of time spent driving through corn fields, we had such a blast playing road trip games, finding places to eat, drink, and sleep on the way, and catching up after our school year spent apart.

What's the craziest thing you've ever done in your life?

One of the craziest things I’ve done in my life was last spring when I was traveling the East coast of Australia whe I got to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. I am very afraid of the ocean (especially in Australia where all the plants and animals trying to kill you) but I would do it again in a heartbeat to swim with schools of fish and sea turtles.

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

If I could be in a movie, I would love to play Spider-Man. I can only imagine how fun it would be to swing from one building to another, making my way through downtown and saving lives.

What's a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

A favorite family memory that has stuck with me was one of the first times my parents left my sisters and I home alone for a significant period of time. I am the youngest of four girls, and the moment my parents left the house, we decided to make a homemade slip and slide. We taped together garbage bags on our front lawn, threw some dish soap on top, and turned on the hose. I remember having the most fun that afternoon with my sisters, and I cherish that memory to this day.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

A hobby that I would love to get into if time and money allowed would be figure skating.  It is so beautiful to watch, and I would love to have that kind of skill and strength.

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

If I had to wear a warning label it would say “WARNING: Will do whatever it takes to have a good time.”
Victoria
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Minnesota born and bred, Victoria is Irish to the core. In 2011, her life changed with meeting her now husband Will.  With marriage, came a love for Saint Paul.  Will, an Irish St. Paul boy, has had a great time showing her all of the wonderful things St. Paul has to offer.  Victoria has been working in healthcare for the last four years, as the Business Office Manager for Brookview, a Villa Center. In her free time, she enjoy dinners out, hanging with her large and boisterous family, and she is an avid triathlete.
I take great pride in my Irish heritage and hope to give back to the community in whatever way possible.  It would be an honor to represent the historic organization that is the St. Patrick’s Association.  Growing up I was blessed to have my grandmother live with us.  She has a great passion for Irish traditions and culture, passing that on to myself.  She often played her accordion so we could sing and dance a jig.  My entire family feels that heritage is important in order to stay rooted in our beliefs.  I am hopeful with my new found love of Saint Paul, I am able to represent the Irish culture and people in the community as Miss Shamrock 2019.  And of course to do what I can to help the association put on the best St. Patrick’s Day parade possible!
What is the most memorable vacation you’ve taken?

The most memorable vacation that I’ve take would have to be our honeymoon trip to Disney World. I had never been to Florida. Disney made our honeymoon super magical and it was so fun to be congratulated by all of the different cast members. We also had some of the best food and chocolates!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in your life?

The craziest thing I have ever done is signing up for my first triathlon!  In 2017, a few friends convinced me to compete in the Minneapolis Lifetime triathlon.  It was challenging both physically and mentally.  Since that time, I continue to run, ride and swim.   I enjoy being part of the community and keeping fit. I try to do a new thing every year that I’ve never done before.

If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?

If I had to choose a movie to be in, I would have to choose I would pick “Inside Out”.  I am able to relate to all of the different emotions that Riley has in her head.  Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy, and Sadness.  Without our emotions and feelings, each of us would be pretty boring.  Each emotion has an important part in everyday life.   You hope that every day is full of joy, but there are days we become frustrated, angry or discouraged.  That is when you push through and make the best of any situation.

What’s a favorite family memory that has stuck with you?

I have so many great family memories but the best would have to be one from my childhood.  My great, great aunt Margie used to have us over on Christmas Eve.  We would play with our cousins, eat cookies and ice cream.  She would tell us that we needed to keep an eye out the window because she knew that someone special would be arriving around the corner.  Soon we would spot Santa Clause walking down the street and we would bang on the window to tell him to come into our house.  He saw us because soon he made his way into the house with a big bag on his back.  We would sing songs for him and take pictures.  After he left Great, Great Aunt Margie would pass out the gifts he brought.  Another family memory from later in life would be the St. Patrick’s Day Ceili with my husband’s family. We love listening to his Uncle Dave play with his band Barra and dancing the traditional dances.

What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

If time and money weren’t an issue I would make my husband’s dream a reality and purchase a race car. We would spend our time traveling around to the different race tracks and racing. It’s something that we have always dreamt of doing. 

What would your warning label say if every person was required to have one?

Warning: Contains a spit fire attitude that she expresses through her love of family and friends.  
Her smile is contagious and will infect an entire room.  
She has explosive laughter but will not put your life at risk.
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