Wednesday 27 March 2019

Strasbourg trip for Rotary winner

Caoimhe McCormack
Caoimhe McCormack

Margaret Roddy

Caoimhe McCormack, a fifth year student at St Louis Secondary School, is the regional winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Challenge and will be travelling to Strasbourg to take her place at the prestigious Euroscola programme in Strasbourg

Caoimhe from the Avenue Road had already won the Louth heat and now takes part in the national competition.

She is keeping up the school's impressive tradition in the competition, with three wins at local level in five years, and national success in 2015 whem Annie Mc Aleer won the overall award.

The judges were very impressed with Caoimhe's efforts which involved a number of testing interview stages.

Her achievements include being a member of the school's Cairde team which helps first year students adjust to life in secondary school and she took part in the school's Peer Education programme during transition year. A manager of her transition year mini company Caoimhe also earned a Gaisce Award as part of her transition year programme.

She is a member Comhairle na nÓg Contae Lu, and has spoken about young people's attitudes on Brexit at Louth County Council and Newry City Council. Sshe was also involved in the design and development of a mental health booklet.

She also raised €800 for the Irish Cancer Society by donating her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation.

Congratulating Caoimhe on her wonderful achievement, Deputy Principal Mary Gilmore noted 'The school has a fantastic record in this competition. Time and again our girls are winners, which is testament to the leadership training they receive in our school, particularly during Transition Year. Ms Dara Mee and Ms Cora Rice were also instrumental in preparing our girls for this competition.'

The Argus