Scholars from all over Louth and Meath converged at Coláiste na Mi in Navan with their proud parents and families to celebrate outstanding achievements in this years Leaving Certificate.
The annual presentation of Academic Awards for the students from each of the LMETB schools and centres who had achieved the highest academic grades was made by CEO of LMETB Mr Peter Kierans and Education and Leadership Officer Maire Ni Bhroite.
A very well attended awards ceremony saw students from both Louth and Meath receive beautiful specially engraved cut-glass awards marking their special achievements.
In all, 39 presentations of were made with students representing 19 of LMETBS schools and centres. Schools and centres from Louth included Scoil Úi Mhuirí, O Fiaich College, Youthreach Dundalk,
Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) Dundalk, Bush Post Primary, Youthreach Drogheda, VTOS Drogheda and St Olivers Community College Drogheda. Schools and centres from Meath included St Fintinas Post Primary, St Peters College Dunboyne, Coláiste na hInse, Beaufort College, Youth Reach Progression Navan, VTOS Navan, Dunshaughlin Community College, Ratoath College, O Carolan College, Coláiste Poball Rathcairn and St Oliver Post Primary Oldcastle.
School Principals made short speeches of commendation for each student.
The Principals were able to show that their students attain the highest levels possible and yet retain an all round balance.
Principals spoke of the contribution the students had made to their schools and how they excelled not only in academics but also on the sport’s field, in voluntary activity and as colleagues with their fellow students.
For the first time a very special award was made to the overall highest achiever in LMETB. Johanna Vonkietzell from Dunshaughlin Community College received 625 points in her Leaving Certificate , a remarkable and highly commendable achievement.
CEO Peter Kierans who presided over the ceremony complimented the parents, the teachers, the school Principals and most of all the students themselves on their outstanding achievement.
He said that “results of this nature can only be achieved by the combination of hard work by students, xceptional teaching skills by teachers, support from family and active and visionary leadership by the outstanding school Principals who now lead the 17 schools of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board”.
Pictured in the photograph are LMETB top achievers along with CEO Mr Peter Kierans and ELO Maire Ní Bhroité LMETB highest achiever Johanna Vonkietzell and Principal of Dunshaughlin Community College Shane Foley