Loreto’s Gia leads

Wexford People - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

GIA SIM­MONS, a stu­dent at the Loreto Sec­ondary School, in Wex­ford, has been an­nounced as the win­ner of the 2017 Ro­tary Club of Wex­ford’s Youth Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Com­pe­ti­tion.

Fol­low­ing en­tries from more than 60 stu­dents across the county in the com­pe­ti­tion, which recog­nises and cel­e­brates Wex­ford’s youngest lead­ers, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for each of the 13 par­tic­i­pat­ing schools com­peted in the fi­nal in the River­bank House Ho­tel.

Join­ing Gia at the fi­nal were; Daniel McCarthy (St Peter’s Col­lege), Me­gan Dempsey (Pre­sen­ta­tion, Wex­ford), Eri Far­rell (Sel­skar Col­lege), Do­minik Mo­rycki (St Mary’s CBS En­nis­cor­thy), Daniel Leech (En­nis­cor­thy Vo­ca­tional Col­lege), Ni­amh Ten­nant (Meanscoil Ghar­man), Brona Kir­wan (Coláiste an Átha), Jen­nifer Can­ning (Kennedy Col­lege, New Ross), Ro­nan Cloney (Good Counsel Col­lege), Laura Kennedy (St Mary’s Sec­ondary School, New Ross), James Mur­phy (FCJ Bun­clody) and Eve­lyn Steb­bing (Rams­grange Com­mu­nity School).

Gia will now rep­re­sent Wex­ford in the re­gional fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion, which will be hosted by the Ro­tary Club, of Clon­mel where she will be joined by club win­ners from Car­low, Kilkenny, Youghal, Clon­mel, New­bridge and Naas in com­pet­ing for the top prize, a place on a week-long Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme which will see the 24 win­ners from across the coun­try travel to Belfast, Dublin, and Stras­bourg.

Gia, aged 16, lives in Cool­cotts, is a mem­ber of the Wex­ford School of Bal­let and Per­form­ing Arts and has been in­volved in a range of aca­demic and non aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in her school.

Chair­man of the Youth Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment Com­pe­ti­tion, Karl Fitz­patrick, said he was de­lighted with the re­sponse to this year’s com­pe­ti­tion which had record par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els.

‘With al­most 70 per cent of sec­ondary schools in the county tak­ing part in this ini­tia­tive, the judges in­ter­viewed over 60 stu­dents right across the county,’ said Mr Fitz­patrick.

Maura Bell, pres­i­dent, Wex­ford Ro­tary; Gia Sim­mons, win­ner, Youth Lead­er­ship De­vel­op­ment com­pe­ti­tion; and Karl Fitz­patrick, com­pe­ti­tion chair­man.

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