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Mercy College Sligo Student Wins Youth Leadership Competition!

The Sligo Rotary Club interviewed 17 students from Sligo schools in the Sligo Park Hotel in early November.

Ciara Schmidt, student in Mercy College Sligo, emerged as the winner with Caoimhe Hough as runner up.

The panel of Rotarians were very impressed by the high standard of all the students as they discussed their personal achievements, their leadership skills, work experience, planning and organisation skills.

Ciara then went on to represent Mercy College and Sligo Rotary Club at the regional final of the competition in Cookstown, County Tyrone last week. Schools from Cookstown, Dungannon, Letterkenny, Derry, Omagh, Strabane/Lifford and Ballina also took part in the competition on the day.

Pictured above (LtoR) are Des Foley (Sligo Rotary Club), Imelda Harte (Teacher), Pat McNulty (Sligo Rotary Club), Ciara Schmidt (Winner Rotary Club Youth Leadership Award) and Joe Martin (President Sligo Rotary Club).

Candidates were interviewed on a wide variety of topics regarding Irish and European Current Affairs, the work of the Rotary Club, leadership initiatives etc.

Ciara was chosen as one of the winners who will travel to Stormont, Dáil Éireann and the European Parliament in the company of 23 other winners from all over Ireland and Northern Ireland in February 2010.

Other regional finals were held in Portadown, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Dublin, Galway and Cork and Waterford during the week.

Sligo Rotary Club invited Ciara and her teacher Ms Harte to the Rotary lunch in the Sligo Park Hotel last week.

Speaking to the meeting, Ciara thanked the Rotary Club for the marvellous opportunity afforded to her and said that she was proud to represent the Sligo club.