TOP AWARD FOR BALLINA YOUNG LADY: In 1996 Niall and Nicky Griffith relocated from Cornwall to Ballina where the younger family members, Katherine, Sam and Pete enrolled in Ballina Primary School. The following year Katherine commenced her second level education at St. Anne’s Community College and was one of the class of 2003, ready to ‘conquer’ the world! Little did she think back then that by the age of 28 years she would truly have made her mark both nationally and globally. Earlier this month Katherine, a student in GMIT Letterfrack (National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology), was chosen as the overall winner of the ‘Engineering and Mechanical Sciences’ category of the 2013 Undergraduate Awards for her research dissertation on the ‘Design and Manufacture of Ergonomic Primary School Furniture’. Katharine was in competition with 3,771 students from 184 academic institutions across the globe including Harvard, Princeton, Oxford, Caltech, St Andrews and Toronto. Not only is she recognised as the best undergraduate student of Engineering in Ireland, she also won the overall international award, making her the leader in her field globally.
She will receive her medal at the Undergraduate Awards Global Summit, which will take place in Dublin from November 13th to 15th. Katherine, who completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Furniture Design and Manufacture will graduate with a first class honours degree at GMIT Letterfrack on November 1st.
Having completed her Leaving Certificate examination at St. Anne’s, Katherine chose to enter the workplace and was employed at UL Activity Centre, Two-Mile-Gate for three years. She then returned to Cornwall where she embarked on a most successful one-year traditional ‘boat building’ course. Incidentally, this young lady did not study woodwork in St. Anne’s but was very involved in Art and Design. The ‘boat building’ led her to Shannon Sailing in Dromineer where she worked for some time before enrolling at GMIT.
Katherine is currently pursuing a County Enterprise Board “Start Your Own Business” course in Nenagh and hopes to set up her own furniture design/making business in Ballina-Killaloe early in the New Year. She also hopes to continue her research and development of ergonomic primary school furniture.
We congratulate Katherine on her great achievement and wish her every success in the future.
OPEN NIGHT: The annual Open Night will take place at St. Anne’s Community College on Thursday, next October 24th from 5pm to 8pm. This event will give parents and prospective students an opportunity to view the College, meet teachers and get information on the huge range of subjects, sports and extra curricular activities, which are available. The Principal, Ms. Aideen Walsh, will address the parents at 6pm. All are welcome to attend.