A Wexford student at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has spoken of her 'shock' at being named Business Student of the Year at the college's prestigious yearly awards ceremony.
Kacey Maher, who is from Caroreigh in Taghmon, described winning the award as 'a big shock to the system' and said that despite being nominated by both her stream leader and course leader she had no expectations when it came to the big announcement.
However, having been informed of her nomination by email the day before the awards ceremony, Kacey, who is studying for an Honour's Degree in Business and German, turned up on the night to find that she was the only business student present.
'There was a lot of nominees but I was the only business student there on the night so I knew I had it then. It was so unexpected, they went on about how it was so well-deserved and all that, I knew about the award and knew it was a good achievement but I really didn't think I was going to get it.'
Accompanied by parents, David and Patricia, the fourth year student accepted the award from Noelle Chambers, Student Officer at AIB, who were sponsoring the awards.
And while the short-term focus is on completing her studies, Kacey, who went to school in the Presentation, said the ideal scenario would be a job which involved a lot of travel and one where she could utilise her German-speaking skills.
Dr Thomas O'Toole, Head of the School of Business said, 'the night was a celebration of students and individuals whose endeavours have greatly enhanced the life of the Institute. The purpose of these awards is to identify students and groups who have excelled academically, socially or in a sporting context over the past year.'