THEY are six of the best who came top of the class in this year's Junior Certificate examination.
he high fliers from schools in Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Carlow, were celebrating after each of them chalked up 11 A grades in higher papers.
And for good measure four of the students topped off their results by getting another A in CSPE -- civic, social and political education -- a common level paper.
The delighted half dozen -- four girls and two boys -- were among more than 56,000 students who yesterday received their examination results at schools across the country.
Tomas Depaor (15) from Lispole, Co Kerry, celebrated his 11 straight As by going bowling with his classmates.
"I was a bit surprised at the results. I didn't know I would do so well," said the student who attends Pobalscoil Dhuibhne in Dingle. "I put in a fair amount of work but I also had great teachers."
Tomas now intends using transition year to decide what career path to follow.
He revealed his secret to doing well in exams: "Keep up to date in school, listen to your teachers, keep working for the three years and don't leave it to the last year to cram."
Former Tipperary All-Ireland hurler Cormac Bonner, principal of Presentation secondary school in Milltown, Killarney, had more reason than most to celebrate this year's exam results.
Not alone was his daughter Caoimhe (15) among the 115 school students to get her results, but she also managed to scoop 12 A grades -- 11 of them in higher papers.
"She's a very hard working girl but it's all about time management," a proud Cormac said yesterday.
Caoimhe, who manages to squeeze in playing the piano and violin between her studies, said that despite her workload she was able to enjoy some spare time at the weekends.
"I did a lot of study but I didn't overdo it and I had time to relax," she said.
Caitriona Callan (15) from Clonskeagh in Dublin was "speechless" when she got her results. The Alexandra College, Milltown, student felt she did not do well in some of the exams. But her fears were groundless after discovering she had got 12 As -- all but one in higher level papers.
"There was a bit of hard work involved but I also had good teachers," said Caitriona who is now considering the possibily of pursuing medicine as a career.
Another 15-year-old Sarah Fitzpatrick from Carlow town took the advice of her teachers at St Leo's secondary school in the town.
"They told us to start work in September and not to leave it to the last minute. I thought it was the best thing to do."
That advice paid off, although she was "a bit surprised" when she discovered her 11 A results.
Two Cork 16-year-olds yesterday proved that Junior Cert students could match anything achieved by their Leaving Cert counterparts. Just two weeks ago, Cork supplied six of the 14 students nationwide who scored eight A1s in their Leaving Cert.
Yesterday, Marion Carroll (16) of Charleville, Co Cork, and Stephen O'Brien (16) of South Lodge Grove, Douglas, Cork, celebrated the remarkable achievement of scoring 11 As in their Junior Cert.
Marion said: "It's fantastic -- I'm still in shock."
Marion attended Newtownshandrum national school and, like everyone in the area, is a keen GAA fan.
St Mary's school principal, Ann Doherty, said that everyone was very proud of Marion's achievement -- as well as the results of their other 60 Junior Cert students.
Stephen O'Brien also scored 11 As in his Junior Cert at Colaiste Chriost Ri in Cork city.
"I couldn't believe it -- it was unnatural," he said. "I was confident about the exams but I didn't expect to do this well."
When Stephen rang his family with his results, his father was almost speechless with pride.
Stephen now hopes to do medicine -- possibly in UCC.
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