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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Graduating from St Brigid's Presentation this week were: Sarah McGrath Lisa O'Halloran and Mieke Rice. Back: Saoirse Bartlett Sarah Trant Aoibhe Coffey and Jayden Kelliher.

Jade O’Riordan DalyCharlotte O'Shea Caelyn O'Grady graduated from St Brigid's Presentation this week.

First cousins Jessica Heffernan Ava Doyle and Chloe Jones graduated from St Brigid's Presentation this week.

Aine Cagney Jayden Kelliher and Sarah McGrath graduated from St Brigid's Presentation this week.

Three generations of Pres Girls Ellen Farndon with her aunt Cliona Hallissy who also teaches in the school and Cliona’s mother/Ellen’s grandmother Mary Hallissy.

SPORTS AWARDS: Students from St Brigid’s received their school awards on Wednesday afternoon. Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year. Photo: Michelle Crean

MUSIC AWARD: Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music. Photo: Michelle Crean

LCA AWARD: Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year which was announced at the St Brigid’s School awards on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

MOST VALUED PLAYERS: Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark (second left) presented the Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player to Tara Donnellan the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player to Leah McMahon. Photo: Michelle Crean

SCIENCE: Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark (second left) presented the Excellence in Science award to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM. Photo: Michelle Crean

CEIST AWARD: Student Sarah McGrath is pictured with James and Margaret McGrath and Sixth Year Year Head and Acting Deputy Principal Maria Neary after receiving the CEIST Award at the awards ceremony in St Brigid’s on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Michelle Crean

ARTY: Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award. Photo: Michelle Crean

GRAPHICS AWARD: Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award. Photo: Michelle Crean

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid's Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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