THE Kerry School of Music crowned their 27th Student of the Year in Killarney this past weekend.
Catriona Fitzmaurice, 13, from Tarbert emerged victorious at the event, which was held in the Malton Hotel on Sunday last.
Catriona's win marks the culmination of the week-long Annual Spring Music Festival, Ceol and Earraigh, in which hundreds of individual students participated by playing and singing several genres of music before an expert panel of adjuducators.
Catriona, an accomplished pianist and violinist, was one of 12 performers in the final where she was in the Vocal, Recital and Musical Theatre categories.
Catriona will receive a substantial scholarship from the School and will perform regularly throughout the year at the Kerry School of Music concerts, as well as featuring in Weeshie Fogarty's Christmas Special.
Robert Boetcher, Katrina Galvin, Clodagh Gaynor, Doireann O'Carroll and Murrough Connolly came in joint second place and all received steel trophies created by leading sculptor Vivienne Roche and bursaries towards their tuition fees.
Ellen Winters, Jack Regan Kirwin, Miriam Dowling, Shelley Hynes and Maedhbh Dalton all came in joint third place, also receiving prizes for their efforts.
Meanwhile Tralee man Chris Armstrong was announced as the fourth winner of the Guitar Prize, winning a custom made guitar by renowned Castlegregory based Luthier Chris Larkin.