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Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna Student Awards and Success in SciFest Competition

Mary Immaculate Secondary School participated in the SciFest competition which was held in GMIT on 14th May 2015. The school had seven projects entered in the event out of a total of 84 projects. The north Clare school and teacher John Sims was delighted to take home four of the eight awards at the event. The winning projects were:

Isabelle Walsh and Ellen King won the Newstalk Best Communicator Award for their project entitled What swims in the rock pools of North Clare?”

Pictured above George Porter (SciFest) with students Isabelle Walsh and Ellen King.

This award is presented to the individual or group that demonstrate exceptional ability in effectively communicating their findings to the judges.

Pictured above Fearghal Burke with George Porter (SciFest) & Shane Galvin (Avaya). 

Fearghal Burke won the EPI-STEM Maths in Science Award for his project entitled “The geography of the voting patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest”. This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths in a project in the competition.

Pictured above Lucy O'Growney and Lara Norrish with Dr. Des Foley, Head of Science, GMIT.

Lucy O’Growney and Lara Norrish won the Irish Science Teachers' Association Award for their project entitled “Does size matter when hermit crabs choose a shell?” This award is presented to the best project in the Junior Category.

Pictured above Senator Lorraine Higgins with student Maghnus Hartigan.

Maghnus Hartigan won the Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award for his project entitled “Measurement of Physiological Reactions to Stress and Challenge in Video Games”. This award is given to the overall second best project in the competition.

The other students taking part were Jane O’Loughlin, Melissa Roche, Dara Kenneally, Thomas Hartigan, Ashling O’Connell and Claire Reilly. 

Mary Immaculate Secondary School - Student Awards

Sr. Maura Crowe, Chairperson Board of Management, speaking at the Fifth Annual Award Ceremony, encouraged and challenged each student of Mary Immaculate to be the best possible person they can be.

She was delighted to see that the efforts and contributions of students to school life recognised not just this year but over all the time students have been in Mary Immaculate.

Sr. Maura congratulated all those students who were nominated and all those who received an award. It was an honour for themselves and their families.

She extended her thanks to the staff for all their work and for living out on a daily basis the Mercy ethos of Mary Immaculate.

Pictured above Hannah King being presented with the inaugural CEIST award from Sr. Maura Crowe. 

Junior Student of the Year, Tom Howley, being presented with his award by Mary Burke (Year Head).

Senior Student of the Year, Kelsey McDonagh, being presented with her award by Anne Keane-Egan (Year Head).

Sr. Maura Crowe addressing the students at the awards day. 

Ríona Burke being presented with the Literacy Award by Josephine Gallery, her English teacher.

Seán Hegarty being presented with the Hughie Kivlehan award by principal John O’Loughlin.

Thanin Sriwang being presented with the Art Award by Mona Hynes, his Art teacher.