TWO past pupils of St Mary's Secondary School Charleville, Ms Tessa Cagney and Ms Fiona Twomey, travelled to Dublin last week to be presented with awards.
They were for their academic brilliance in last year's Leaving Certificate results in the Spanish language examination and in the LCVP examination, respectively.
Ms Tessa Cagney of Cooleens, Charleville travelled to the Spanish Embassy in Merlyn Park in Ballsbridge, Dublin where she was presented with gold medal for achieving the top marks in the Spanish Language in Ireland in the Leaving Certificate examination in 2012.
The presentation was made to Tessa by the Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, Senor D. Javier Garrigues Florez in the presence of her parents Finbarr and Sheila Cagney, Ms Ann Doherty, Principal St. Mary's Secondary School, her Spanish teacher, Vincent Harrington, Paul Collins and Ms Joan Collins of the Department of Education.
Ms Fiona Twomey was the star performer in the L.C.V.P. examination and she too was presented with a gold medal for coming first in Ireland out of 16,000 students who sat this section of the Leaving Certificate examination in 2012.
Ms Twomey from Newtownshandrum received her award from Mr. Ciaran Cannon, T.D., Junior Minister at the Department of Education. She was accompanied by MS Ann Doherty, Principal St. Mary's Secondary School and her teacher Mr. Ger O'Donovan, along with her parents John and Maura.
Ms Ann Doherty, Principal St. Mary's congratulating Fiona and Tessa paid tribute to both students for their hard work in achieving their results and for the honour they had brought to St. Mary's by winning these prestigious awards. She also praised their teachers for their dedication, which, she said, is shared by all members of the staff at the school. She also thanked the parents of the students for their interest and input into the education of their daughters. Ms. Doherty wished the girls well in their future careers.
Both students are presently studying at University College Cork. Tessa Cagney is doing a course in Pharmacy, while Fiona Twomey is pursuing a course in Commerce and the French.