The 2017 recipient of the Chatham Historical Society Margaret Keisler Scholarship is Paul Coyne of Dempster Road.
The scholarship is named after a lifelong Chathamite who was an educator and town historian. It was presented at the Chatham High School commencement held on June 23, 2017 at Mennen Arena in Morris Township. The $1500 award is made possible by the generosity of members and friends of the Society.
To be considered for the scholarship, students are asked to write an essay in response to this prompt: Chatham: My Town by a River. The history of our town is made up of individual unique stories. Please share your own distinctive story about growing up in Chatham. Paul’s essay is an evocative piece of a singular town event. He writes about the fishing derby sponsored by the Chatham Fire Department each spring at Kelley’s Pond, behind Milton Avenue School and recalls his memories of participation through the years. Reading Paul’s memoir, which can be found at the end of this article, reminds us that Chatham has many long-treasured traditions that make it such special place in which to grow up.
Paul Coyne is a lifelong Chatham resident and an accomplished young man. He was founder and president of the Astronomy Club and with funding from the Chatham Education Foundation, he created an aquaponics system in the Chatham High School greenhouse. Paul ran track and field and cross country. He is an Eagle Scout and worked as a guide for groups of Cub Scouts teaching them various tasks related to scouting.
Paul will attend Susquehanna University in the fall where he plans to major in ecology. He always wanted to work with animals but after researching and writing a paper for English class, he realized how amazing aquaculture could be. He believes that aquaculture will be an important food source for future generations and hopes that he will have an impact helping people around the world.
We wish this very talented student continued success in all of his endeavors.