Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize Co-Winners Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Paul M. Chase (1955-2014), a beloved, Indianapolis-based public interest lawyer, gathered to announce the inaugural Co-Winners of the Paul M. Chase Memorial Prize (PMC Prize). The 2016 Co-Winners, both public high school senior women from the Southside of Indianapolis, received the PMC Prize and a pledge of $2,500 each towards their college expenses at a ceremony held at Eagle Creek Park on Oct. 23, Paul’s birthday.
The Prize is named in memory of Paul Chase, a highly respected public interest lawyer, whose life was taken in a car accident in 2014.
Co-Winner Ashley Ring is a senior at Christel House Academy.   Ashley has deftly balanced a strong academic career with choir, a part-time job, and a variety of service projects. She has poured a lot of her volunteer energies into the Humane Society and has also found time to volunteer at a homeless shelter and to play soccer with disabled kids. Ashley aspires to be a veterinarian, and has a special interest in making veterinary care affordable to low-income Americans.
Olivia Kavanaugh is a senior at Perry-Meridian High School. Olivia excels in academics, has been a competitive gymnast for most of her life, plays in the orchestra, serves in student council, and has been a delegate to the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar.  Olivia’s service work has included founding “Blankets for Hope” which makes fleece blankets for patients at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital; Olivia has also been active in an organization that helps to provide clean water in developing countries. Olivia aspires to be a pediatric oncologist, inspired by her younger sister who has brain cancer.