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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.

Pic­tures: Jim Cough­lan

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.

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