SECONDARY school students from throughout Offaly have been recognised at a special awards ceremony held at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).
The students all achieved an A grade in the business studies (higher) paper in the Junior Certificate exam of 2011.
This was the fifth year that AIT organised the awards and this year 166 students from throughout the broader midlands region were honoured. Forty-two schools from counties Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon, Galway and Cavan were represented.
The Offaly schools which had students recognised at the awards were Banagher College; Coláiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac; Sacred Heart School, Tullamore; St Brendan’s Community School, Birr; and Tullamore College.
The guest of honour on the evening was Garrycastle football and Galway hurling manager, Anthony Cunningham.
Mr Cunningham, who is also Project and Business Development Manager of AIT’s Software Research Institute (AIT), spoke about some of the exciting developments happening insoftware research. He also encouraged the students to choose areas that interest them, when making decisions about college.
Head of the Business School, Eoin Langan, acknowledged the part played in the students’ success “by parents and guardians, other family members and the teachers who guided your learning and helped to motivate you towards the achievement which is being honoured this evening.”
He praised the award recipients, saying that he hoped ‘the result which you have gained in the Junior Certificate examination will inspire you to continue to do your best and to fulfil yourpotential in the years ahead’.
Jennie Harrington, representing the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland, said that getting an A grade was a significant achievement.
In 2011, 23,142 students sat the honours business studies paper in the Junior Certificate, with 9% obtaining an A.
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