Emily Halstead, a student at Etowah High School in Woodstock, received the W.B. Yeats Foundation award for her essay describing the life of St. Patrick as a marathon struggle to overcome adversity and as an inspiration for people of all ethnic backgrounds and countries of origin.

The W. B. Yeats Foundation, headed by James W. Flannery and hosted at Emory University’s Irish Studies Program, exists in order to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Irish culture.

For 15 years, the foundation has sponsored a wide range of lectures, concerts, symposia and exhibitions for the Atlanta community and scholarships for students.

Visit www.irishstudies.emory.edu for more information.