“My name is Kira Mulhern, and I am incredibly honored and grateful to be receiving the 2019 Stephen Ericson Memorial scholarship. Throughout my childhood and high school career, I have participated in many school clubs, volunteer organizations, and athletics. Swimming has been a major part of my whole life, and I had the pleasure of being coached by Mr. Jeffrey Bott at Henderson High School and also at Roslyn Swim Club. Each summer, Coach Bott presents an award in honor of Stephen Ericson; and each summer, I am privileged to hear Coach Bott’s telling of Stephen’s story. From a very young age I have been hearing about Stephen’s love for sports, his strong dedication, and his kind, sportsmanlike attitude towards every individual. Last summer, I was honored to have received the Stephen Ericson Memorial Award for Dedication through the Roslyn Swim Club. Today, it is truly touching to receive another award in Stephen’s honor.
Because Stephen’s story has been a part of my life for so long, I have strived to embody the characteristics Stephen continuously demonstrated. While quite dedicated to being a student athlete, I also make strong efforts to give back to our community. Every Sunday, I volunteer as a Sunday School teacher at my church, Christ Community. At school, I am on the board of the Best Buddies club. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that pairs students with those struggling with mental and physical disabilities. I was so lucky to have been paired with a fun loving girl named Mackenzie whom I enjoyed spending time with. These small efforts make great memories.
The legacy Stephen left in this community and in me is something I will always hold close to me as I enter into the medical profession. I will remember and exemplify that one life can make a difference in so many others. Thank you for this award as I will use it to continue to honor the life of Stephen Ericson.”