Emma takes top award at Colaiste Na Sceilge ceremony

Award winners Emma O’Shea and Sarah Louise O’Connell at the Colaiste Na Sceilge End of Year Awards.
Award winners Emma O’Shea and Sarah Louise O’Connell at the Colaiste Na Sceilge End of Year Awards.

Kevin Hughes

COLAISTE Na Sceilge hosted its annual end of year Awards Ceremony last Tuesday morning with several presentations for academic and sporting achievement presented on the day.

Receiving the 'Student of the Year' award was Emma O'Shea whose work with the Kerry Pilgrimage Trust was given particular mention following her visits to Lourdes as a student helper. Emma said the trips had helped her appreciate her life so much more.

Emma's involvement school and community life was also highlighted, including her involvement in Teen Spirit and stage school, playing the lead role in the annual Christmas pantomime, while in 2010 she received the Siobhán Cotter Award from the KDYS.

Other award recipients included Selena Ní Chonaill (Best Leaving Cert), Colleen Ní Mhurchú (Best Junior Cert) and Noel O'Sullivan (Best Leaving Cert Applied).

Oisin Cusack and Sarah Louise O'Connell received awards for contribution to school life, while several subject awards were handed out, including a Maths award for Maithiú O'Neill's whose score in the International Maths Competition put him in the top ten percent of over 80,000 students.

Sporting awards ranged across various endeavours, from athletics and basketball to GAA, while Pól Cleese was also awarded for his international taekwondo achievements.

Students from all year groups attended and were joined by parents of the award winners and to close the event three further special awards were presented for "contribution to school life" and the recipients were just a little past school age!

Recipients included teacher Jack O'Connor who was praised for his exploits as former Kerry senior manager, helping to raise the spirits of the school and community, particularly during the build ups to six All-Ireland Finals.

For her exploits with the school's basketball squads, volunteer coach Caitriona Fitzgerald was heralded as the architect of the school's hoops' success alongside teacher Cora Conway. Catriona has helped the club reach four All-Ireland Basketball Finals, winning three, all on a shoestring budget.

Also lauded was local historian, ex-geography teacher and author, Junior Murphy, who has been coming to this school to referee matches in both boys and girls football leagues come "hail, rain or shine".

Principal John O'Connor said the ceremony had been held during the school day to allow all students to attend and share in the ethos of the event.

"We particularly want to promote the spirit of volunteerism and highlight the fact that the community is a living part of the school," he added.


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