Presentation Kilkenny student achieves eight H1s in Leaving Certificate

Edwina Aylward achieved incredible results

Presentation Kilkenny student achieves eight H1s in Leaving Certificate

Edwina pictured with her phenomenal results

A Kilkenny student shot to national prominence this week due to her outstanding Leaving Certificate results. Edwina Aylward, from Knocktopher, achieved eight H1’s after getting her results rechecked.

The 18 year old originally received 7 H1’s and 1 H2 in August, but has now been awarded a perfect score after a miscalculation of her accounting exam results.

Edwina graduated from Presentation Secondary School in Loughboy last year and is now in her first year of studies in Trinity College Dublin. She is “getting on really well” in her maths course there.

Edwina advises all future students who have even the slightest suspicion about their results to get them rechecked; “Definitely view the paper at least, because that’s free” she explains. It was in viewing her accounting paper that Edwina spotted a “totting up error” in her marks. She could see that she had earned points in sections of her paper which the corrector forgot to add on.

Edwina therefore had no doubt that her appeal of the result would be successful, but she encourages students who are less certain to give it a try. “If you’re on the margin of a result, say if you scored a H3 of 79%, then you’re very likely to go up a grade if you appeal. Of course it can be harder to go up a grade if you’re far off, say on about 72%” she explains.

Edwina is delighted that her hard work has paid off. However, she says she couldn’t have done it without all the support she received in Presentation. “I owe special thanks to Breda Brennan, my accounting teacher, because she was the one who encouraged me to check the result. All of my teachers were great and very helpful though” Edwina praises.

Shane Hallahan, Principal of Presentation Secondary School, was full of pride in Edwina. “Edwina was always such a pleasant and hard-working student, and it is wonderful to see this hard work being recognised. We are so proud of her and have no doubt that the future is extremely bright” he commented.

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