Calling into CBS Kilkenny this week were two young men who each had scored over 600 points in their Leaving Certificate exam, making them part of an elite national group.
Kirill Chulak, who came to Kilkenny from the Ukraine when he was 11 years old, pulled off the perfect Leaving Certificate with his six A1s, while also scoring highly in Honours Irish.
In the same week, he achieved Irish citizenship at a ceremony at the National Convention Centre in Dublin. An unassuming young man, he wears his achievements lightly and attributes his success to the motivation of his parents, the dedication of his teachers and his own hard work. This week, he begins his study of Medicine in Trinity College, having thought about becoming a doctor since he was in second year.
David O’ Neill, who also scored over 600 points, will study Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UCD. With the current emphasis on Maths and Sciences, this would seem a wise move by this young man who scored highly in these subjects in his Leaving Certificate.
His interest in the mathematical area probably began with his mother, who is a Maths teacher, but his plans to go into scientific research may have been stimulated by his work experience with the EPA during Transition Year in the CBS. A basketball player and a debater, David is looking forward to a full college life.
When asked what advice they might give other Leaving Cert students, they replied: “Study hard, listen to your teachers, and be able to let off some steam.”