Top-scoring students on cloud nine
THE top ten performing students at Loreto Swords in this year's Leaving Certificate scored between 510 and 580 points and are about to embark on a wide variety of studies as university life beckons in the autumn.
Nine of the top ten performing students at the school posed for a photo for the Fingal Independent this week as they celebrated their results and looked forward to their futures.
Caroline Gaul finished top of the heap in the school with 580 points which she will use to pursue studies in pharmacy in Trinity College. Joining her in Trinity will be Laura O'Connell (not pictured) who achieved 555 points and will study genetics at the famous university.
Louise Byrne achieved the third highest result in the school with 545 points and she aims to be a primary school teacher and will set out on that career path in Maynooth in September. Just five points behind Louse, was Lydia Dempsey who is off to Trinity College to study business and economics.
Ciara O'Neill, Rachel Morgan and Ciara Buchanan are all off to DCU in the autumn, to study international business, accounting and finance and genetics, respectively.
Sarah Ratcliffe will take on the unusual combination of Spanish and film studies in Trinity while Amy Tuite is studying occupational therapy at the same university and Niamh Merry is off to the University of Limerick to study architectural technology.
Their proud principal, Peter McNamara said the ten top students managed to get through their senior cycle keeping a healthy balance between their academic pursuits and other activities at the school.
Mr. McNamara said: 'Those ten students include many girls who have represented the school in many different ways over the last five years.
'Some were involved in the leadership committee, Ciara O'Neill was head of the Green Flag team and Ciara Buchanan was our camogie player of the year.
'Others played sports and were involved in the equestrian team and others were involved in our year book so what I'm saying is that they had a real balance in their school lives.'
The school principal said: 'We are delighted that our students could realise their potential, with the help of a hard-working, dedicated and caring staff.'
He said the school was proud of all of its Leaving Certificate students, whatever points they scored in the exam. Mr McNamara said: 'It's important to recognise that all students have their own unique and different talents and we are proud of all of our students at the school.'
The school principal concluded: 'In the Loreto tradition, we see ourselves as a Christian community and we aim to promote the growth and development of all the girls that come through the school doors and we wish them all the very best for the future.'