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Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Waterford Celebrates Double Honour for Past Pupil

On Thursday the 20th of December, Aoife Barry, was presented with the Gwenda Hurst memorial medal by the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland.

This honour is awarded annually to the student who, in the opinion of the State Examinations Commission, achieved the most meritorious paper in the Leaving Certificate Examination.

Aoife has also been awarded an Entrance Scholarship to NUI, Galway, based on her Leaving Certificate Examination Results.

This is a truly outstanding achievement. In excess of 20,000 students sat the Leaving Certificate Geography paper in June.

This year’s examination was particularly challenging, requiring candidates to cogently discuss topics ranging from Plate Tectonics to the impact of NGOs on colonialism and racial distribution.

Aoife is now studying Human Rights at NUIG. Her Geography teacher in Our Lady of Mercy, Ms Honor Lynch describes her as a ‘superb student with excellent analytical skills.’

Aoife’s years in Our Lady of Mercy were distinguished by her diligence and commitment. She was the school’s deputy head girl. Apart from her academic achievements, Aoife is extremely interested in travel and languages.

She has a global perspective on current issues. A popular student with both staff and students, she is remembered as having a wonderful capacity to understand and support others.

All in Our Lady of Mercy join in congratulating her and in wishing her every success for the future.

Pictured above LtoR are Honor Lynch, Geography teacher, Aoife Barry and school Principal Mary Meade.