Parents and family joined Board Members and Staff of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow to honour and celebrate the work of students from its 13 schools across the two counties at its recent Student of the Year awards ceremony.
Ms. Eileen Curtis, Education Officer opened the proceedings on the evening by explaining that the Student of the Year Award would be an annual event in the calendar and a means by which the ETB will recognise the achievements of its students. A special welcome was extended to Joey Holden, Captain of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team who attended with the Liam McCarthy cup. Joey is a past pupil of Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale and a teacher in Kilkenny City Vocational School.
Each of the 13 schools had nominated a student whom they felt had made a significant difference to the life of their school. Ms. Curtis explained that the selection process is never easy for schools and that the nomination is all the more special because of this. There awards are not just about academic achievement but also about the contribution which each student has made to the life of their school. It is an award which recognises the student’s commitment and dedication, and their capacity to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school. In essence the award celebrates each student’s capacity to make a difference.
School Principals attended and outlined the rich and varied achievements of the students and the contribution they had made during their school journey. Joey Holden presented each of the students with a specially commissioned medal to mark their achievements.
Ms. Cynthia Deane, CE congratulated each one of the students and speaking directly to the student group remarked on their fine achievements, their commitment to their academic work and extra-curricular activities and the wonderful sense of balance which each one had achieved in their school lives. She congratulated Joey Holden on his recent success and emphasised the importance of commitment, persistence and teamwork, qualities which have made Kilkenny hurling so successful. She hailed the students as leaders of the future, encouraged them to continue to set high standards and wished them well in their future studies and in their lives.
A special presentation was made to Joey Holden on behalf of Kilkenny and Carlow ETB by Chairperson Cllr. Mary Hilda Cavanagh.