Teens honoured at Student of Year

Parents and family joined committee members and staff at Seville Lodge recently, to honour the work of its students – in particular those receiving Student of the Year awards.

Cllr William Ireland, chairperson of County Kilkenny VEC welcomed all those present to the unique and special evening in the annual calendar, when the VEC honours the work of its students.

Eileen Curtis, acting CEO opened the evening’s proceedings by explaining that the award is not just about academic achievement, but about the contribution that each and every recipient has made to the life of the school. She explained that the selection process is never easy for schools, and the nomination is all the more special because of that.

“It is an award which speaks of the student’s commitment, dedication, determination and willingness to play a positive role in school life,” she said.

“It also reflects their capacity and generosity in contributing to the extra-curricular life of the school, their sense of respect and regard for others and ongoing willingness to help and assist others throughout their school life.

“It is in essence about each student’s capacity to make a difference.”

In concluding, the CEO said that the students were strong, committed, determined young people who were a credit to their parents and families, an example to other students and a tribute to their respective schools.

School principals/deputy principals from the eight schools attended and outlined the achievements of each student and the contribution they had made to their individual school. Cllr William Ireland presented each of them with a specially commissioned handcrafted medal by Desmond Byrne, Kilkenny Handwrought Silver, congratulated the award winners and their families and wished them success and happiness as they travel on life’s journey.