The Annual Awards Ceremony in St Louis Secondary School, Monaghan took place in Halla San Lughaidh on Tuesday, 14th May.
Ms. Vera O’ Brien, Principal, began by extending a Céad Mile Fáilte to staff, students, invited guests, representatives from the Board of Management and Parents’ Association. Ms O’ Brien acknowledged the importance of recognising the achievements of students in all aspects of school life, curricular and extra-curricular. She stated “In St Louis Secondary School we provide a holistic education to the students entrusted to our care. We recognise the contribution of you, our students to the development of our school and by honouring you today we inspire others to follow your example.”
The first awards to be presented were to those students who excelled in the Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exams in 2018. The award for Best Leaving Certificate 2018 was presented by Ms. O’ Brien to Rhaínna Mc Entee. Rhaínna is studying Chemical Sciences in Trinity College and was also a recipient of the coveted Naughton Scholarship, an award presented to exceptional students with high academic merits who select to study in the STEM field in university and she also received a Trinity Scholarship earlier in the year. The award for Best Junior Certificate 2018 was presented by Ms. O’ Brien to Alice Duffy who achieved 9 A grades on Higher Level papers and a Higher Merit in her English.
The Coiste play a valuable role in the life of St Louis as school leaders and act as a link between staff and students. The presentations were made by Ms. O’ Brien to Head Girl Trudy Kalvynaite and Deputy Head Girl Emma Mc Keown. The following Coiste members received awards from Ms. Mc Caffrey Rachel Mc Kenna and Michelle Mc Quillan 1st year, Jessica Lawrence and Donna Sherlock 2nd year, Maria Flood and Alicia Nmezi 3rd year, Alice Duffy and Chloe Markey in TY and Aoife Cassidy, Colleen Mc Gee, Rhea Mc Kenna and Ciara Sherry 5th year.
This year the Under 19 Basketball Team brought great success to the school with their All Ireland victory over St. Mary’s, Middleton, Co. Cork in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The team was commended for their commitment and dedication by Ms. Fleming and Monaghan County All Star Conor Mc Manus was on hand to present the team and their coaches with their awards. Presentations were made to Aoife Brady, Rachel Callery, Ríona Kilpatrick, Paula Macias, Hollie Mc Caffrey, Bronagh Mc Kenna, Alex Mulligan (capt), Hannah O’ Reilly, Katie O’ Reilly, Ava Ross and Ciara Sherry and team coaches Ms. Fleming and Ms. Tavey.
Conor Mc Manus also presented the Pauline Devlin Memorial Shield to Sportsperson of the year Alex Mulligan in recognition of her outstanding achievements on the basketball court this year culminating in an All-Ireland win, getting the MVP award and making the final 12 selection in the Irish Under 18 squad.
Certificates for full attendance were presented to first year students Niamh Mc Ardle, Katie Mc Caffrey, Niamh Courtney, Kelsie O’ Donoghue, Katie Treanor and Michelle Mc Quillan by Ms. Reilly, second year students Aoibheann Fields, Natalia Smietana, Keelin Wykes, Briana Mac Cinna and Orla Sherry received their certificates from Mr. Brady. Ms. Mc Nally presented certificates of attendance to 3rd year students Rachel Callery, Ciara Mc Ardle, Jeanette Murphy and Shonagh Wykes. Ms. Mc Caffrey presented an award for full attendance in TY to Tessa Pyschik and Ms. Mahony presented certificates to fifth year students Rachel Sherry and Ciara Smith for full attendance.
An award was presented to Tarah Sherlock, a TY student who was selected as one of 16 participants in the Houses of the Oireachtas Ted ED Talk. Tarah delivered a thought-provoking speech on “How social media is taking over our lives” in Dublin Castle last March. The award was presented by Ms. Mc Cooey.
Ms. Mc Cooey also presented the awards for success in the Spelling Bee competition for first years. Jenna Mc Quaid and Katie Treanor were runners up and Anne Grundy was crowned Queen Bee.
Hazel Mc Morrow achieved top marks in Science and Maths in the Junior Cert 2018 and was invited to participate in the DCU elite student exam last October. Hazel received her award from Ms O’ Grianna.
Alice Duffy was also awarded top marks in her Junior Cert Maths and Science in 2018. Alice and Trudy Kalyvnaite who achieved the best JC Maths and Science results in 2017 were invited to participate in the Senior Science Olympiad. Bn. Uí Ghallchoir and Ms. Finnerty made the presentations.
Ms. Myers presented the awards to the Irish Junior Maths competitors Eimear Mc Aree and Alannah Mc Kenna.
Mr. Brady delivered the citation and presented the awards to the participants in the Maths Pi Quiz Ella Brabazon, Rachel Callery, Ciara Timoney and Orla Timoney.
This year TY students Alice Duffy, Abigail Finnegan and Tarah Sherlock represented the school in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in the RDS. There were 2000 projects submitted and the St. Louis project was the only one from Monaghan town to be part of the 550 projects for the exhibition. The project title was “An investigation into whether kinesio tape helps or hinders the athletic ability of fit and healthy individuals during physical activity”. The project also qualified for the PE-XPO as well as the Scifest Regional final. Ms. Mc Caffrey presented the girls with their awards.
Una Boylan and Sonya Mc Caughey qualified for the national final of the Irish Angus Beef Competition. They compiled a booklet with delicious recipes using “Irish Angus Beef” which received excellent reviews and a special endorsement from celebrity chef Neven Maguire. The girls received their awards form their year head and mentor Ms. Mc Caffrey.
Ms. Flanagan and Ms.Mc Cooey presented certificates to 38 students who recently completed their Bronze Gaisce challenge.
The Build a Bank programme has been a feature of TY for a number of years providing students with a valuable insight into the world of banking and helping them to develop team work skills. This programme was co-ordinated in school this year by Ms. Mannion with assistance from Jack Mc Carron, Bank of Ireland. Ms. Mannion presented awards to Aine Aughey, Holly Boyce, Katie Bowden, Sorcha Deery, Eimear Mc Glone, Lauren Mc Geown, Mary Mc Kenna, Hazel Mc Morrow, Sinead Mc Phillips and Rebecca O’ Brien.
The TY Enterprise group received an award at the County Enterprise Final for Best Display and received awards from Ms. Mannion. The TY Enterprise students are Niamh Flynn, Aoife Gavan, Erica Gormley and Aimee Mc Carron.
12 students received awards from Ms. Hurson in recognition of their John Paul II Awards. The students bear witness to their faith in school and in their parish by engaging in a variety of activities.
Hazel Mc Morrow received an award from Ms. Mahony in recognition of her phenomenal achievement by qualifying for the grand final of the Junk Kouture competition in the 3 Arena with her Chinese inspired masterpiece “Nailed It”.
Ms. Durkin presented Alice Duffy with an award for participating in the Healthy Home Chef Cookery Final in St. Angela’s College, Sligo.
In a time when Climate Change is to the fore TY student Hazel Mc Morrow entered the Columban School Journalism competition focussing on Global warming. Mr. Fitzgerald presented Hazel with her award.
St Louis Secondary School is fortunate to have an active, vibrant and committed PE Department with Ms O’ Leary, Ms Tavey and Ms Fleming at the helm. There were many awards presented to students for success in sport.
Ms. O’ Leary presented awards to Aimee Peppard and Caoimhe O’ Hanlon who received recent County Council awards in recognition of their achievements in athletics. Ms O’ Leary presented Sheenagh Mc Kenna with an award for coming third in the Ulster School’s Triathlon. She also presented medals to the team who were successful in the Athletics competition in the Antrim Forum Ava Ross, Rachel Callery and Caoimhe O’ Hanlon.
Rang Sinead received certificates from Ms. Tavey for their hard work and dedication in undertaking the Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge this year. The girls achieved second place in Ireland’s Fittest Girls School.
The St. Louis Secondary School’s swimming team of Catriona Mc Geough, Sheenagh Mc Kenna, Hannah Sheridan, Hannah Skeath and Ellen Mc Geough received their awards from Ms. O’Leary.
The Meanscoil Lughaidh Award- Spirit of the School Award sponsored by the Parents’ Association was presented to Ellen Mc Ateer, a 6th year student who embodies everything that is good about the school. She bears living witness to the schools’ mission statement and ethos and was a very worthy winner. She received her award from Susan Mc Kenna representing the Parents’ Association and school chaplain Fr. Stephen Joyce.
The Award for Excellence sponsored by the Board of Management was presented to the Cast and Crew of “Legally Blonde”, the Transition Year Musical. The award was presented by Margaret Mc Nally representing the Board of Management.
The Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by the staff of St. Louis was awarded to Alice Duffy and Hazel Mc Morrow for their leadership, initiative, participation and achievement in many different projects in TY. Mr. Brady staff representative on the Board of Management made the presentation.
The Fiona Kieran Memorial Shield was presented to Tarah Sherlock by Mr. Penders staff representative on the Board of Management in recognition of her achievements in TY most notably her TED ED presentation.
The Junior Student of the Year Award was a new award this year and was presented to Chloe Mc Dermott by Ms. O’ Brien. Chloe received this award for her kindness and support to students and staff alike.
The Senior Student of the Year Award was presented to Lauren Mc Kenna, a 6th year student who has represented the school with distinction down through the years. She has many achievements to her name , achieved second place in the Careers Skills competition in TY, has won numerous national Art competitions and was a published artist in Colm Mc Elwain’s book James Clyde: Tomb of Salvation. Ms. O’ Brien made the presentation.
Ms. Conlon who brought the proceedings to a close thanked Ms. Mc Caffrey for her superb organisation of the event assisted by Ms. Mahony, the special guests Conor Mc Manus, Ms. Margaret Mc Nally, Ms. Susan Mc Kenna, Martin, Rita and Susan for all their hard work, Rory Geary, photographer and Francis and Clare Mc Elroy for the medals and trophies.