Seventeen-year-old Craig McHugh was elected president of the Irish Secondary Students Union (ISSU) last week.
The Dundalk Grammar school student fought off though competition from across the island in the ballot box.
Best known for his work on local stage, Craig McHugh has been acting since the age of three with Dundalk Musical Society, MAD Youth Theatre and many other local groups.
Craig is also an active member of Louth Comhairle Na nOg, Young Fine Gael and currently sits as Chairperson of Dundalk Grammar School Students’ Council.
Craig was originally running for public relations officer but at the last minute he decided to run for president.
“As president I will campaign diligently for reform in second level education in Ireland,” Craig said.
“If the students have ideas, then those ideas should be put forward to the people who can make them become a reality.
“We need to ensure that students taking the new junior cycle course receive a high quality of education with assessment that can be quantified across the nation.”
Craig’s passion for reform in second level education was mainly tailored around focusing on the importance of career guidance teachers in second level schools.
The young student also wants the system to cater for those who do not take up LCVP or transition year, to offer them the opportunity of work placements as part of a more practical and efficient education system.
Craig will be officially inaugurated as the role of president next Friday at the ISSU’s first meeting of the new executive in Dublin.
“I am truly honoured to have been elected as president of the ISSU. The work this union has done and continues to do on behalf of Irish Students is remarkable.
“I look forward to an exciting year representing this body and working with some of the most articulate and diligent young people in the country,” he concluded.