Awards a platform to honour student achievements

Killarney Community College has honoured some its high achieving students and recognised many of the great achievements they have recorded during their time at the school.

At the Killarney Community College annual awards were Principal Stella Loughnane, Principal’s Award winner Leah O’Donnell and Vice Principal Eilish O’Leary.
Pictures: Marie Carroll-O’Sullivan

The annual student awards ceremony gives whole school community an opportunity to reflect on some of the noteworthy achievements of the students with awards presented across a range of categories, including academia, technology, culture, languages, leadership, ethos, sports and extra-curricular activities.
Awards coordinator Selma Dineen said the annual awards ceremony is a cherished tradition that acknowledges the dedication, perseverance and talent exhibited by individuals within the school community.

“It serves as a platform to honour remarkable accomplishments across a wide range of academic, extracurricular and community service categories,” she said.
The ceremony also featured captivating performances by talented musical students and their teacher Joanna Hughes and the musical ensembles served as a testament to the rich artistic spirit that thrives within the college.
Stevie Murphy was presented with the award for Living the Ethos as he has been constantly involved in promoting the school motto of Respect, Responsibility and Inclusion throughout his years studying in the college.

The Living the Ethos award is nominated by the staff and he was described by his teachers as a true gentleman who is considerate, mannerly and genuine in all his dealings with others, students and staff alike.

Principal Stella Loughnane, Student of the Year award winner Rachel Griffin and Vice Principal Eilish O’Leary

Leaving cert Applied Student of the Year was Jack O’Connell whose engaging laugh and courteous friendly disposition was noted. Teachers praised Jack’s enthusiasm and involvement in school life and he was described as a young man with a lovely temperament for whom nothing is a problem, especially if it benefits others.
Rachel Griffin was voted by the teachers as the Student of the Year as she has taken part in so much during her time in Killarney Community College. From SciFest to panto, the students’ council and more, Rachel has shown that she excels in every aspect of school life. She was described by teachers as a student who always tries her best at everything she does from academics to music, to community involvement.
The Principal’s Award went to Leah McDonnell who has led the way by showing her commitment to her studies, demonstrating that dedication, hard work and a sense of purpose is a lifelong skill that can achieve so much.

Principal Stella Loughnane said Leah has not only worked hard on their studies but she has contributed so much to the life of the college, displaying a vibrant, vivacious personality.

Sports awards went to Leah Sheehan for her boxing achievements and Teagan O’Sullivan and Christopher Healy who were members of the school’s basketball and Gaelic football teams. Be wise and advertise where it’s seen. Email: or Call 087-2229761