Outstanding students from city and county honoured at awards ceremony.
The future is indeed bright for Cork as high achieving Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students from 26 Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) schools and colleges across Cork city and county were honoured for their diligence and remarkable 2017 results.
Excellence, ambition and a commitment to education were celebrated as CETB students were recognised for their fantastic achievements in last year’s Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examinations.
The ceremony honoured 51 recipients of Special Commendation Certificates, with 32 Leaving Certificate students succeeding in achieving between 552 and 568 points in their exams, and 19 Leaving Certificate Applied students, who achieved between 87% and 94% in their exams, awarded.
Each of the 26 CETB schools and colleges in attendance also identified one stand-out student who maximised their academic potential, but also displayed an overall positive contribution to the school community throughout their tenure, to receive the prestigious Student of the Year Award.
Furthermore, 38 students, who achieved an outstanding 569 to 613 points in the exams won Leaving Certificate Medals.
Eight students — Ian O’Sullivan (Coláiste Treasa); Imelda Cronin (Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí); Alex Finn (Coláiste Choilm); Jacques Ó Mórdha (Coláiste Daibhéid); Colm Ó Murchú (Coláiste Daibhéid); Peter O’Donoghue (Clonakilty Community College); Saoirse Ní Bhriain (Coláiste Ghobnatan), and Sarah Tyner (Glanmire Community College) — received the prestigious Board Medal for securing an outstanding 613 points in their examinations.
Finally, the coveted Tomás Ó Conaill Medal was awarded to Katie Walsh (St Aidan’s Community College) who received the highest marks across all participating CETB schools and colleges who offer the Leaving Certificate Ap- plied.
The awards, which are held annually, were attended by students, proud parents, and staff who enjoyed the moment to get dressed up and shine a spotlight on the success of these gifted and diligent group of young adults. It proved to be an entertaining and elegant evening with music provided by students of the CETB School of Music. The Crescendo Quartet, which comprises of Davis College Mallow students, Robert and James Dunne, Kate Thompson and Ashling Cronin, proved to be ideal accompaniment for the night, further acknowledging the many talents of these students.
Ted Owens, chief executive of Cork Education and Training Board, praised the students for their attentiveness in school and their hard work outside school hours in the months and years leading up to crucial final second level exams.
He also acknowledged the support of parents, staff and guardians in assisting the students to achieve their ambitions: “These awards are pivothe tal in acknowledging the surplus of great minds and talent that we have here in Cork.
“It is essential that we give back to the students, albeit in some small manner, for the effort they put into achieving these amazing results. 2017 has echoed the strength of prestudying
vious years but it was, in particular, a very strong year for academic achievement throughout our schools. We were delighted to acknowledge the many students from 26 of our Cork schools for their outstanding results in the 2017 Leaving Certificate and Leavsible ing Certificate Applied.”
He added: The awards’ ceremony gives the board and staff of CETB the opportunity to recognise the students, and their teachers who guide their students to reach their maximum potential.”
The Cork board is respon- for 30 post-primary schools and colleges, the CETB School of Music, Music Generation Cork City, the Cork Training Centre (Bishopstown and three of the largest PLC colleges in the country, namely Cork College of Commerce, St John’s Central College and Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.
The board is also responsible for youth services, including Youthreach, projects for disadvantaged youth, Young People’s Facilities and Services Funds, and grants for youth initiatives.
Laura Cussen, Sarah Vaughan, Sophie Lynch and Laura Cleary, all Colaiste Choilm, at the Cork Education and Training Board Annual Student Awards Ceremony, in recognition of outstanding 2017 examination results, at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.
John Fitzgibbon, director of further education and training, Cork ETB, presented a Special Commendation Certificate Leaving Certificate Applied, to Rachel O’Donovan, St Aidans Community College, with Sheila Curley, Principal, St Aidans Community College.
Ciara Walsh, Maria Immaculata Community College, with Majella and Chris Walsh, at the Annual Student Awards Ceremony.
Norma Deasy with Liadành Nì Bhràdaigh, Gaelcolaiste Carrigaline, at the awards ceremony.
Ralph Murphy, Glanmire Community College with Cairy and Kevin Murphy, at the Annual Student Awards Ceremony.
Ted Owens, chief executive Cork ETB presented a Special Commendation Certificate to Sarah Twomey, Colaiste Teresa, also included is John Murphy, Principal Colaiste Teresa.
Kelly Murray, St Aidans Community College, was awarded for her outstanding 2017 examination results; left with Peter, Padraig and Rhonda Murray. Below: Sophie O’Donovan, St Aidans Community College, was awarded for her outstanding 2017 examination results; with Samantha and Donal O’Donovan.
Robert Dunne, Aisling Cronin, Kay Thompson and James Dunne, all with the Cork ETB School of Music, who performed at the awards ceremony.
Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, chairman Cork ETB, presented the Colaiste Daibheid Student of the Year Award to Aindriù Ò Tuirnèir also included is Tadhg O Laighin, Principal Colaiste Daibheid.
Left: Sarah Tyner, Glanmire Community College, was awarded for her outstanding 2017 examination results; with Tomàs and Mary Tyner.