Richard Joyce

2019 Cheverus High School
$2500 Machias Savings Bank Mainely Character Scholarship

He strives to be an uplifter in everything he does.

Richard is a triplet. He has two identical twin sisters born with a rare genetic disorder, CDK 13. Through helping to care for them, he has learned patience and independence. Richard volunteers for STRIVE, an organization that supports teens and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He also volunteers for Challenger Baseball, a program that helps disabled kids play. What started out as community service, he now does for fun. He tries to share the genuine love and caring he’s found with his handicapped friends.

Richard is a leader in his school community. He’s a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Cheverus High School and serves as senior class president. More importantly, he shows his character through daily acts of kindness. When a student confided that she had recently come out as gay and was struggling emotionally, Richard supported her publicly. She frequently wore a bow tie to school. In solidarity, Richard and his friends began wearing bow ties to school, despite negative comments from a few classmates.

Richard will continue his education at Boston College as a business major.

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