Parents and family joined Board members and staff of Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB) in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow recently to honour and celebrate the work of students from its 13 schools.
The Student of the Year awards saw each of the schools nominate a student who they felt had made a significant difference to the life of their school. Education Officer Eileen Curtis opened the proceedings by explaining that the Student of the Year Award would be an annual event in the calendar and a means by which the ETB will recognise the achievements of its students. A special welcome was extended to Joey Holden, Captain of the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team who attended with the Liam McCarthy cup. Joey is a past pupil of Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale and a teacher in Kilkenny City Vocational School.
The awards are not just about academic achievement but also about the contribution which each student has made to the life of their school. It is an award which recognises the student’s commitment and dedication, and their capacity to contribute to the extra-curricular life of the school.
School principals attended and outlined the achievements of the students and the contribution they had made during their school journey. Joey presented each of the students with a specially commissioned medal to mark their success.
Cynthia Deane, CE of the ETB congratulated each one of the students and speaking directly to the student group remarked on their fine achievements. She congratulated Joey Holden on his recent success and emphasised the importance of commitment, persistence and teamwork, which have made Kilkenny hurling so successful. A presentation was made to him behalf of Kilkenny and Carlow ETB by Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Mary Hilda Cavanagh.