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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Music and speeches as cbs students finish school year

Students of the Year Angie McGrath and Odeta Saudartaite with principal Pat Rossiter
Students of the Year Angie McGrath and Odeta Saudartaite with principal Pat Rossiter
Junior English award recipient Jan Vierncki, teacher Edel Whelan teacher and senior English award recipient Sophie Brazil
Junior geography award recipient Leah Duggan, teacher Aoife Codd teacher and senior geography award recipient Dvishal George

David Looby

Hundreds of New Ross CBS students were rewarded for their efforts inside and outside the school this year at a special ceremony held in St Michael's Theatre on Thursday.

Principal Pat Rossiter welcomed everyone to the theatre and asked everyone who represented the school during the year to stand up and the majority of students rose.

He spoke of the importance of connection and communication in the age of the smartphone and tablet, recalling a two day trip to Achill island during which phones were banned.

He spoke of the new extension and encouraged students to live in the moment and to look after their mental health.

Leaving Cert students Angie McGrath was named Academic Student of the Year and Odetta Saudergaite was awarded the Spirit of the School award.

The recent sudden loss of long standing CBS teacher Paul Fitzpatrick was recognised by Mr Rossiter.

The Hurler of the Year award was presented to Gary Mernagh and Darragh McDonald, while Rian Comerford was named the Soccer Player of the Year. The Sports Day Award went to Colum Feeney.

Dylan Sinnott was named the Rugby Player of the Year, while Odetta Saudergaite was the Girls' Basketball Player of The year and Laurence Murphy was named the Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.

Students performed music at the ceremony, including Angie McGrath who sang and played Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan, Transition Year students played a Riptide song using ukuleles, guitars and cajon, while Ava Somers sang and played Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac.

The fifth and sixth year choir sang a French madrigal from the 16th century and the third years performed Dots and Dashes.

After the break Maja Kochanska played an atmospheric piece called Glassy Sky on piano and Anna Murphy sang Paradise by George Ezra.

A school rock band featuring Ryan Bolger on guitar, Jamie Cooper on bass, Jamie Malone on guitar, Jack Kilbridge on drums and Callum Kavanagh on vocals performed The Cranberries song Zombie.

The following were the academic award winners:

Irish: Sophie Brazil (Senior), Adriana and Travis Philips (Junior); English: Sophie Brazil (Senior), Jan Biernacki (Junior); History: Odetta Saudergaite (Senior), Adriana Sikorska (Junior); Geography: Vishal George (Senior), Leah Duggan (Junior); PE Rian Comerford (Senior), Conor Morrissey (Junior); French: Angie McGrath (Senior), John Whelan and Kevin Saunders (Junior), Business: John Kehoe (Senior); Music: Naoise Carty and Angie McGrath (Senior), Lead Duggan (Junior); Physics Conor Heffernan (Senior); Tech Graphic Adriana Sikorska; Design and Communications Graphics: Louis Devane and Biology: Vishal George Attendance Awards wee presented to the following students: Ciaran Royce (fifth year in a row receiving a platinum award); Darragh McDonald (fourth year in a row receiving a platinum award), Travis Philips (third year in a row receiving a platinum award), Conor Roche (third year in a row receiving a platinum award), Eoin Ryan (third year in a row receiving a platinum award), Adrianna Sikorska (second year in a row receiving a platinum award), Sophie Brazil (second year in a row receiving a platinum award), Callum Kavanagh (second year in a row receiving platinum award), Aaron McManus (second year in a row receiving platinum award), Mairead Royce (second year in a row receiving platinum award); Oisin Brennan (second year in a row receiving a platinum award); Thomas Egan (second year in a row a receiving platinum award); Vova Murphy (second year in a row receiving a platinum award)

(Awards were also presented to numerous other students.)

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