A NUMBER of students from the Leaving Cert class of 2012 in St. Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, have received scholarships in recognition of their outstanding Leaving Cert results.
Niamh Casey and Kate O'Brien received entrance scholarship awards to U.C.D. where they both finished in the top four per cent in Ireland. Niamh is studying veterinary science while Kate is pursuing a career in medicine.
Katie O'Callaghan was one of 60 students awarded entrance scholarships to U.C.C., and is now studying pharmacy.
Noreen O'Sullivan has been awarded the 'College of Business and Law Leaving Certificate Excellence Award 2012' and is studying for a degree in commerce in U.C.C.
Caroline Looney has been awarded a 'University of Limerick' scholarship and is studying a Business Studies degree at U.L.
THIS year St. Mary's Secondary School succeeded in getting five projects to the final at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, two of which received highly commended awards.
The students involved were: Eileen Murphy and Mary O'Riordan with their project 'Judging Me?'. Rachel Horgan, Grainne Masters and Shauna Kelly with their project ' Text Vs. Type: What do you learn better, from a screen or paper?' Claire Murphy and Vera O'Riordan with their project 'Effect of an electric current on nitrogen fixation in soil', Eibhlín Kelleher with her project 'Money Matters: Does the economy have an effect on teenagers?' and Caoimhe Lynch with her project "Rainwater conversion to potable water - electro coagulation and ultra violet treatment"
The three girls to receive highly commended awards were Eileen Murphy, Mary O'Riordan and Caoimhe Lynch. Caoimhe's project received a lot of attention. Members of the building industry believed that her project could be applied in rainwater purification processes and may be of benefit in third world countries.
Eileen and Mary's project investigated perception of others based on appearance.
They came up with some interesting findings, such as, elderly people being seen as friendly by all age groups.