IT was a bittersweet moment for Leaving Certificate students of John the Baptist Community School in Hospital when they were honoured at the school’s annual awards ceremony.
Students from first year up to sixth year were recognised at the ceremony with particular praise going to the cohort of Leaving Certificate students as they prepare to say a final farewell to the school.
“The awards mark the contributions they have made to school life. They would all be very talented students whether they are involved in musicals, or looking after other students or are involved in the Student Council. They enriched the lives of so many in the school and were excellent students in their own right and we wish them well in the future,” said Jim Twohig, school principal.
Leaving Certificate student Edmond Gubbins accepted the De La Salle Perpetual Trophy for Male Student of the Year.
A winner of multiple All-Ireland awards for Irish music, he played the lead role of Aladdin in the school’s TY production.
As part of the school’s traditional Irish music group, he has performed at a number of school events, as well as guiding a number of younger performers to hone their skills.
Fellow Leaving Cert student Siobhan Condon was awarded the Gerry Morrissey Perpetual Trophy for Female Student of the Year for her “strong, focused and never-say-die attitude”.
“Her ability to balance such talents and commitments with constant and never wavering academic achievement is truly remarkable and commendable. She was a hard working member of the Student Council for two years where she endeavoured to ensure that the school became a better place for all students,” said teacher Kevin Buckley.
Catriona Ryan meanwhile, received the Community Award for her work throughout the year. Voted for by both staff and students, this award recognises “the highly positive role Catriona played within the school.”