The Tipperary Lions Club 2015 Student of the Year awards took place in the Excel centre last week.
Chairperson Peter Hayes and members of the Tipperary Lions club warmly welcomed everyone to the event. The Tipperary Lions club Student of the Year award is given to one student from each of the three secondary schools in Tipperary town. The teachers in each school select the students based on their many merits and the student’s positive contribution and impact in the school and the wider community.
The Abbey CBS winner is Gavin Downey from Ballykisteen who was accompanied by his parents Kate and Liam. Gavin was part of the TY Enterprise team that came third in the county finals with their creative board game. He also was a team organiser for the 2016 A-Factor talent show and helps the coaches for the U15 and U16 rugby teams.
“From our shortlist we felt Gavin had achieved an awful lot out of the Transition Year and had been involved in a wide variety of activities,” explained Principal John Kiely. “He excels at teamwork, initiative, and enterprise skills. All of the staff and teachers at the Abbey CBS are very proud of Gavin.”
The St. Ailbe’s Tipperary Lions Club Student of the Year award went to Maria Nash from Shronell, Lattin. Her teacher Ms. Claire Long was at the award ceremony. “Maria is an all-rounder academically and also a team leader and team player,” said Ms. Long. “She is an enthusiastic volunteer and gets involved in many projects and we felt that her contribution to the school and the input and enthusiasm she shows should be rewarded. St. Ailbe’s is very proud of Maria.”
Her proud parents John and A nne and her sister Brid accompanied Maria. to the ceremony.
St. Anne’s Secondary School Tipperary Lions Student of the Year award winner was Violet Ryan from Cordangan who was accompanied by her parents John and Carmel.
“Violet is a keen volunteer with Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel,” explained her teacher Mr. P.J. Ryan. “Each week Violet co-ordinates a group to help the clients of Scoil Aonghusa swim in the Sean Tracey Pool in town and sometimes she goes on her own. Violet is very unassuming and stays under the radar, however, she is well respected amongst her peers because of her honesty, integrity and her good heart. We were delighted, through the Tipperary Lions Club Student of the Year award, to highlight her contribution to our school and the wider community.”
Peter Hayes, Chairperson of the Tipperary Town Lions club was very happy with the successful event. “It’s great to see the students and their parents here tonight along with their teachers. On behalf of the Tipperary Lions club I’d like to congratulate all the students on their awards. It is obvious that each student is a role-model to their peers and a credit to their parents and schools.”