Scholars from all over Louth and Meath converged at Beaufort College in Navan with their proud parents and families to celebrate outstanding achievements in this year’s Leaving Certificate. The school hall was festooned, the Beaufort music ensemble and choir were in place and refreshments awaited guests. Engineers, doctors and scientists of the future cut lectures to take their place at the podium and hear splendid commendations.
The annual presentation of Academic Awards for the students from each of the LMETB schools and centres who had achieved the highest academic grades was made by CEO of LMETB Mr. Peter Kierans and Education and Leadership Officer, Ms. Elizabeth Lavery. A very well attended awards ceremony saw students from both Louth and Meath receive beautiful specially engraved cut-glass awards marking their achievements.
In all, 38 presentations of were made with students representing LMETB’s schools and centres. Schools and centres from Louth included Scoil Uí Mhuirí, O’Fiaich College, Youthreach Dundalk, VTOS Dundalk, Bush Post Primary, Youthreach Drogheda, VTOS Drogheda and St. Oliver’s Community College Drogheda.
Schools and centres from Meath included St. Fintina’s Post Primary, St Peter’s College Dunboyne, Coláiste na hInse, Beaufort College, Youth Reach Progression Navan, VTOS Navan, Dunshaughlin Community College, Ratoath College, O’ Carolan College and St. Oliver Post Primary Oldcastle.
School Principals made short speeches of commendation for each student. The Principals told how their students attain the highest levels possible and yet retain an all-round balance. They described the contribution the students had made to their schools and how they excelled not only in academics but also on the sport’s field, in voluntary activity and as colleagues with their fellow students.
The “LMETB Scholar” award was presented to the overall highest achiever in LMETB. Two students, Gavin Maher from Dunshaughlin Community College and Martin Sheilds from O’ Carolan College, Nobber received the maximum 625 points in their Leaving Certificate.
CEO Peter Kierans who presided over the ceremony complimented the parents, the teachers, the school Principals and most of all the students themselves on their outstanding achievement. He said that “results of this nature can only be achieved by the combination of hard work by students, exceptional teaching skills by teachers, support from family and active and visionary leadership by the outstanding school Principals who now lead the 20 schools of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board”.