The 2022 Patricia M. Coyle Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Jaidin Kapoor, son of Priti and Puneet Kapoor, of Sheehan High School.
The scholarship recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, school involvement, and volunteer service during their high school careers.
Jaidin, who plans to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., has achieved multiple honors while in high school. Playing on the varsity basketball and tennis teams in grades 9-12, he served as Captain of both teams in grade 12. Moreover, he was named a Varsity Scholar and was elected to the National Honor Society. Jaidin also served as Vice President of his class in his 4 years of high school.
Most impressively, Jaidin volunteered extensively while in high school, achieving over 200 hours of service during his four years at Sheehan. His most impressive accomplishment was his commitment to “In a Heartbeat,” an organization founded by Jaidin’s basketball coach, Mike Papale, who, as a young basketball player, had suffered cardiac arrest on the court and almost died. There was no AED (automatic defibrillator device) on the premises, which would have given bystanders a chance to restore Mike’s heartbeat. He miraculously survived because of the CPR performed on him. As a sixth grader, Jaidin was so moved by Coach Mike’s story that he ultimately participated in Coach Papale’s efforts to raise funds to place AED’s in gyms where there was none available. The organization “In a Heartbeat” was founded and thrives to this day.
The scholarship was established in memory of Tricia Coyle, a 1986 Sheehan honors graduate and a junior at Boston College, who was a victim of the December 21, 1988 terrorist attack against Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Including the current award of $2500 to the Sheehan High recipient, the scholarship fund has handed out over $100,000 since 1989.