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After all the hard work, students enjoy a fun night of celebrations

The Herald's Junior Certificate diarist, David Kane, is celebrating after scoring a whopping 10 straight As in his exams.

One of the 56,000 young students to receive his results yesterday evening, David said he is "absolutely thrilled" with his top marks.

"I'm just delighted. All the long hours I spent studying were definitely all worth it. I feel absolutely amazing.

"I'm probably most surprised about my results in Irish and Art because they were the hardest for me. My parents, teachers and friends are all delighted for me."

The Goatstown native, who attends the St Killian's German School in Clonskeagh, secured the top marks in his school.

But despite his impressive results, the self-confessed sports fanatic said he had no plans to "go out on a mad one" and instead opted to celebrate with some adventure water sports.

"The school organised for us to go to an adventure centre in Monaghan straight after we got the results so it's an overnight trip with kayaking and stuff like that.


"We'll be back in school tomorrow but we only have a half -day on Fridays. I won't be going crazy over the weekend because I have loads of training," he added.

David said he is delighted at the response he received for being one of the Herald's exam columnists this year and added: "I really enjoyed the experience."

David's achievement of 10 As was matched by Dubliner Emma Lundy (15) from Manor House School in Raheny.

She scored A1s in French, Business, Science and Home Economics as well as her core subjects.

She told the Herald: "I burst out crying. I was with a couple of other girls who got them before me. Everyone was like 'what's wrong, why are you crying?'"

"I was hoping for it but I wouldn't have been devastated if I didn't get it," she said.

Emma worked hard since entering secondary school, according to her mum Emer, and she put the same effort into every subject and does not have a favourite.

Emer said: "She did brilliantly well. I thought something went wrong because she roared crying."

"She has worked solidly since first year. She's very clever, and every teacher we go to in the parent teacher meeting thinks their subject is her favourite subject. She had her study plan done out since last year and she marked off the days and kept to it."

The high achiever now has her sights set on studying Psychology in Trinity College.

Cork student Aine Hurley scored a jaw-dropping 15 As putting her at the top of the Junior Cert class of 2010.

Incredibly, the 15-year-old got top marks in a total of seven different language subjects -- English, Irish, Latin, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Aine, a student at Scoil Mhuire on Cork's Wellington Road, also scored top marks in maths, Science, History, Geography, Business, Music, CSPE and Religion. "I'm delighted -- but I never thought the results would be this good," Aine admitted.