Date: Wednesday 21 December 2011 (NR/11/11)
Christmas Celebrations for CCEA Top Students
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) Celebrating Excellence event returned yesterday at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn. The GCE Celebrating Excellence award ceremony recognises those students who have achieved top marks in CCEA's summer 2011 A level examinations.
Congratulating all the students personally was Gavin Boyd, Interim Chief Executive at CCEA. He commented:
CCEA takes pride in organising this special ‘Celebrating Excellence’ event, which is now in its thirteenth year. It allows us to recognise the achievements of some very talented young people and hopefully spurs them on to further success in their future studies and careers.
It's also a day when we can recognise the support and encouragement of the families, friends and teachers who have been integral to the success of our young achievers. We hope everyone goes away today feeling inspired and with some great memories too.
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Triple award winner Jordan Millar recevied Top Candidate awards in Chemistry, Physics and Further Mathematics! Jordan, who went to Regent House Grammar School, is now studying Maths at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Double award winner Laura McBride is pictured with CCEA's Interim Chief Executive Gavin Boyd at the Celebrating Excellence awards ceremony. Laura, who attended The Royal School Dungannon, picked up a Top Candidate award in ICT and German. She is now studying Accountancy at Queen's University.
Andrew Henderson picked up the Top Candidate award for A-level History, as well as the special Tim McCall History award. Here is Andrew outside the Island Arts Centre with second of his awards. Andrew attended Banbridge Academy and is now studying at Queen's University with the hopes of being a teacher in the future.
Celebrating excellence - GCE awards ceremony
Programme of events:
Opening Remarks - 12.30pm
Award Ceremony - 12.40pm
Closing Remarks - 1.20pm
Lunch - 1.30pm
Top Candidates – Celebrating Excellence Award Winners
|Applied Business DA||St Colm’s High School||Emmett J Doyle||1st|
|Applied Business SA||Lumen Christi College||Deirbhile E McKnight||1st|
|Applied ICT DA||Lisneal College||Lisa Y Hutchinson||1st|
|Applied ICT SA||St Patricks Academy||Cathal James O'Neill||1st|
|Biology||Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock||Colum J McGrady||1st|
|Business Studies||Thornhill College||Kelly A O'Brien||1st|
|Chemistry||St Marys Grammar School||Qiushi Xiang||Joint 1st|
|Chemistry||Regent House||Jordan R Millar||Joint 1st|
|Economics||Methodist College||Mark W Jamison||1st|
|English Literature||Portadown College||Naomi Erica Caroline Ellis||Joint 1st|
|English Literature||Our Ladys Grammar School||Clare E Williamson||Joint 1st|
|English Literature||Limavady Grammar School||Ben W Martin||Joint 1st|
|French||Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock||Eve Kells||1st|
|Further Maths||Regent House||Jordan R Millar||1st|
|Geography||St Patricks Grammar School||Shane A McElvanna||1st|
|German||The Royal School, Dungannon||Laura Jane McBride||1st|
|Government and Politics||St Michaels Grammar School||Rachel Bunting||1st|
|Health & Social Care DA||St Colm’s High School||Laura Murphy||1st|
|Health & Social Care SA||St Catherine’s College||Katherine Mary McConville||1st|
|History||Banbridge Academy||Andrew John Henderson||1st|
|History of Art||Latymer Upper School||Charlotte Broker||Joint 1st|
|History of Art||Godolphin & Latymer School||Florence Teresa Chester||Joint 1st|
|History of Art||Collegiate Grammar School||Laura Victoria Cairns||Joint 1st|
|Home Economics||Portadown College||Cherith Hall||1st|
|ICT||The Royal School Dungannon||Laura Jane McBride||1st|
|Irish||Dominican College||Niamh Ní Dhomhnaill||1st|
|Mathematics||Wellington College||Dale Walmsley||Joint 1st|
|Mathematics||Regent House||Jordan R Millar||Joint 1st|
|Mathematics||Lumen Christi College||Karl J McCarron||Joint 1st|
|Moving Image Arts||Hazelwood College||Ronald McQuillan||Joint 1st|
|Moving Image Arts||Friends' School, Lisburn||Matthew Alan Good||Joint 1st|
|Music||Ballymena Academy||Katherine H M Hunter||1st|
|Physics||Methodist College||David W J Bennett||Joint 1st|
|Physics||Regent House||Jordan R Millar||Joint 1st|
|Religious Studies||St Catherine’s College||Ellen Marie McDonald||Joint 1st|
|Religious Studies||Loreto Grammar School||Kimberly Dolan||Joint 1st|
|Spanish||Strathearn School||Rebecca J Beattie||1st|
|Technology & Design||Dalriada School||Samuel W Kyle||1st|
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