Teen Hall of Fame

Teen Hall of Fame: Reilly O’Brien

Teens in the Newsroom programMarch 12, 2014 


Reilly O’Brien.

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    Parents: Pamela and Francis O’Brien

    Siblings: Madeline, 20, Joseph, 16, and Nick, 15

    Hobbies: Painting, drawing, volleyball, photography

    Biggest Influence: My sister

    Last Book I Read For Pleasure: Mindy Kaling’s autobiography

    Favorite TV Show: “Game of Thrones”

    Favorite Music: Beyoncé

    Biggest Fear: Cats

    Advice for Kids: Enjoy life and be yourself.

    Advice for Adults: Don’t forget where you came from.

    Where I’ll Be In 10 Years: I’m keeping my options open.

  • The Teen Hall of Fame honoree receives:

    • $500 check from E&J Gallo Winery

    • 2 movie tickets from Brenden Theatres

    • A gift card from The Yogurt Mill

    • Bowling passes from Yosemite Lanes

Reilly O’Brien, a graduate of Central Catholic High School, accomplished many things during her high school career. Graduating with a 4.6 cumulative GPA, Reilly was valedictorian of her 2013 class. She now attends Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Throughout high school, her involvement in a variety of activities kept her busy. Reilly played multiple sports: She was on the swim team for two years and on the volleyball team all four years. Her senior year, she was named most valuable player and All League.

Outside of sports, Reilly was an ASB officer all four years and coordinated Pathways, an endeavor through the Center for Human Services that furnishes apartments for young adults. Reilly consistently placed in Science Olympiad competitions and was in Central Catholic’s Interact club.

Reilly was successful in the Catholic Daughters Scholastic Contest. Outside of school, she enjoys art and photography. She competes in photography competitions and has won awards at the regional and state levels. Reilly particularly enjoys shooting nature pictures.

At Lehigh, Reilly plays cub volleyball and is interested in joining a sorority. She chose Lehigh for its mountaintop location and natural environment, as well as the small population of 5,000 to 7,000 students. Now that she is in college, Reilly advises high school students that grades never come easy. “It’s just the beginning; high school is not the end of the road.”

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