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In Pictures: Laois secondary school holds annual awards day

St Mary’s CBS Portlaoise held their annual awards day in the school last Friday.

Traditionally the awards ceremony is celebrated at night and is a whole school affair but unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions and lockdowns over the past 12 months, many of the accolades-mostly sporting – were not applicable this year.

The school had to scale back their awards and celebrated 6th year academic and prestigious awards mainly.

Proceedings began with a moments silence as a mark of respect for late teacher, John Duggan.

In the past, Mr Duggan organised the awards night and always enjoyed celebrating the student’s successes.

The current Meitheal team were presented with a Cross-pen and certificate, sponsored by the Parents Council.

The Meitheal Leaders were commended for the hard work they have put in over the past year working with the first year class groups.

Each year the school presents a ‘special recognition’ award. This year Ms Williams presented Ciaran Leonard with accolade for his artist talent and contribution to the world of art.

Ciaran has been the winner of the national Texaco art competition, a first for the school. He has also been taking commissions for artwork for the past number of years.

Ms Deirdre Carroll presented her senior debating team with trophies to celebrate the group winning out the Laois schools debating contest.

Two current students, Jack Delaney and John Davis, as well as two past students Thomas Dunne and Cian MacGearailt made up the team.

Finally, the afternoon was rounded off with the presentation of the prestigious perpetual trophies.

This year the ‘Overall sports player of the year’ went to Paddy Hosey. Paddy is considered by his peers and coaches as a quiet leader who does most of his talking on the pitch.

A dual player who plays both football and hurling for his club and school is well respected and looked up to in both circles. An all round sportsman with exceptional and a super attitude.

The ‘Martin Conroy Award’ is given to a student who has been most helpful and giving of himself to the school community during his time in the CBS.

This year Christian Kenny Oman stood out as being a young man who personifies what it means to be a gentleman.

The ‘From Each his Best’ award is aptly name after the school’s motto. This award is for the student who has consistently applied himself throughout his time in the CBS.

This year’s award went to Afeeze Ganyu for his work ethic and application.

Lastly, the most anticipated award of ‘Student of the Year’ was presented to Richard Okpala.

This young man is a gleaming example of hard work and dedication.

Richard is a courteous, diligent young man who has been an excellent role model to not only his peers but also the entire student body in St. Mary’s.

All Covid guidelines were adhered to with students sitting in their base classes enjoying a pizza as they watched the proceedings via Microsoft Teams.

Well done to all the award winners!

Portlaoise CBS Award Winners:

Ann Prendergast Literary Award – John Davis
Gaeilge – Fergus Sheehy
Maths – Michal Astran
Geography – Darragh Beere
History – Matthew Delaney
Business Studies – Cian Territ
Accounting – Cian Aird
Biology – Jack Reddy and James Carroll
Physics – D.J O’Brien-Doyle
Chemistry – Aaron Thornton
DCG – Gary Keane
Construction Studies – Eddie Critchley and Adam Forrestal
Engineering – Marc Ramsbottom and Noah Fingelton
Home Economics – Murdo Anton
Agricultural Science – Patrick Corcoran
Art – George Simirnoff
French – Muhammad Khan
Spanish – Konrad Gradowski
LCVP – Simon Fingelton
Special Recognition Award – Ciaran Leonard
Debating Team – Jack Delaney, John Davis, Thomas Dunne and Cian MacGearailt
Overall Sports Player of the Year – Paddy Hosey
Martin Conroy Award – Christian Kenny Oman
From Each his Best – Afeeze Ganyu
Student of the Year – Richard Okpala

Paddy Hosey and Mr Cillian Fitzpatrick

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.