The annual Ardee Community School awards night took place in the Ardee Parish Centre recently. There was a large attendance which included teachers, parents, students, members of the board of management. Special guest on the night was Ciara Courtney who is a past pupil. Ciara completed her leaving certificate in 2004. She is now working as a researcher with Joe Duffy’s ‘Liveline’ and is also the voice of ‘AA Roadwatch’ on many radio shows. Ciara, as guest speaker, opened proceedings and talked about the ‘daunting’ experiences of standing up in front of such a big audience whereas she is used to talking into a microphone in a tiny room. She spoke about her time in A.C.S, how she enjoyed school and kept on top of her school work. Yet, her memory of the leaving cert is having her heart broken in the middle of it all!
Ciara encouraged students to “Be Prepared”. Her philosophy is that ‘’You’ll get there in the end’’. AsCiara loves talking so much, she is happy to be in a job where she can talk and get paid for it. The ceremony continued and the two comperes for the night were Gemma Myles, head girl and Conor Keenan, head boy.
The awards were presented to each year group by the respective year heads. The sports awards were presented by deputy principal, Mr.Ger O’Sullivan. The Gaelic football team were given special recognition for their success in reaching an All-Ireland final. Ciara Courtney presented the awards for excellence in public examination. This involved the return of many other past pupils who are now studying in third level institution.
Ms.Jackson closed the evening’s proceeding expressing her gratitude to everyone involved in the awards ceremony. A gift was presented to Ciara Courtney.
The awards ceremony is a fitting end to the school year. The Thomas Dalton student of the year award was given to Patrick Gallaghan, 6th year student. Senior Sports Personality of the year went to Ryan Burns who is going to play for the louth senior team in the next few weeks.
The Jennifer Caine Cup was awarded to Collette McWeeney, 5th year. Maria Gallager, past pupil returned to accept the award for best leaving certificate 2013. Best leaving cert art student went to Rachel McCormack.