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Graduating high schooler earns CATA grant for more schooling

May 31, 2019
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association on May 24 presented the 2019 Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship to a graduating senior at a northwest suburban high school. Tyler Delahanty received a $1,000 grant to put toward future studies.
The CATA established the scholarship in 2014 to honor Cooling, an alumna of John Hersey High School, in Arlington Heights, and a longtime special events director at NBC 5 Chicago who succumbed to cancer in 2013. As owner of the Chicago Auto Show, the CATA worked closely with Cooling to produce live TV auto show specials, many of which won Emmy Awards.
"Carol inspired everyone with whom she came in contact, and not just through her work ethic; it was her passion, determination and perseverance for living a life she loved that showed her true colors," said CATA President Dave Sloan. "With the Spirit of Carol Cooling Scholarship, our hope is that her legacy lives on, and that she continues to inspire students to become the best version of themselves — even when life doesn’t deal you the finest cards."
John Novak, Hersey’s assistant principal for student activities, said that Delahanty was an "exceptional choice for the award," as Delahanty is heavily involved in a number of activities both inside and outside of school. Despite all of that extracurricular involvement, Delahanty has been able to maintain a 4.05 GPA and score a 32 on his ACT. 
At Hersey, Delahanty has been a part of the theater tech crew and a member of the scholastic bowl team, and was inducted into the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society.
Delahanty will put his scholarship money toward tuition costs in Ohio this fall at the University of Dayton, where he will study education.
The CATA will fund the scholarship at Hersey through 2024.