TEENAGERS who received an A in Junior Certificate higher level business studies were honoured by the Kemmy Business School, UL, at an awards ceremony.
They also learned about life from the guest speaker 17-year-old Natasha Esther Maimba. She is a UNICEF Youth Ambassador and an activist for refugees’ and children’s rights in Ireland. At the age of nine, Natasha came to Ireland from Zimbabwe in the hopes of finding safety and reassurance that she had never received.
Now a Leaving Cert student, Natasha has continued her fight for the end of direct provision. She has spoken to world leaders at the UN general assembly in New York and has addressed former Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon in her quest to restore a hope to migrant children. Natasha gave an inspirational talk on education and the value of it.
Students from the Mid-West were presented with certificates of achievement. The event, held in association with the Business Studies Teachers Association of Ireland (BSTAI), celebrates and recognises excellence in Junior Certificate Business Studies.
This is the seventh year that the Kemmy Business School has held these awards and almost 300 students from the region were recognised at the ceremony, also attended by their parents, business studies teachers and principals. The students, whose exceptional achievement was recognised, represented nearly 50 individual schools from counties Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary.
Prof Philip O’Regan, Dean, Kemmy Business School, said: “We are delighted to recognise this fantastic achievement of our young awardees – the region’s top business studies students in the Junior Certificate 2018. I congratulate all on their wonderful achievement and would also like to pay tribute to the commitment and dedication of their teachers in helping the students achieve such excellence.”
Mairéad O'Sullivan, member of the national executive BSTAI and business studies teacher in Glenstal Abbey School, said: "We are delighted to celebrate and recognise such excellence at Junior Certificate level hosted each year by theKemmy Business School, University of Limerick, in association with the BSTAI. The ceremony is a powerful acknowledgement and endorsement of the students’ hard work in the company of parents and peers. This event is becoming a highlight in the calendar of most schools in the environs".
Kemmy Business School, UL, is one of Ireland’s leading business schools, with a reputation for quality and employability of graduates.