The annual Douglas Community School Gradam na Scoile for the academic year 2011/12 were presented on Friday evening, 18 May. Keynote speaker and prizegiver Mr Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine was welcomed by Mr Jim Long, Principal of Douglas Community School.
The awards recognise the excellence, achievement and endeavour of the students of DCS in many diverse spheres of school life.
Outstanding academic success was recognised in the Junior and Senior School Gradam Awards. Jonathan O’Connell, who combines an excellent academic record with outstanding efforts on the sporting field, was the worthy Junior Gradam recipient while Martin O’Leary, a universally acclaimed choice, was the Senior Gradam recipient.
Scholarship recipients Shane O’Sullivan and Cian Mangan were recognised. Shane is an Entrance Scholar to Trinity College Dublin as well as the student who attained the highest marks in Chemistry in the 2011 Leaving Certificate while Cian is an Entrance Scholar in UCD.
In extra-curricular activities a broad range of talents, abilities and achievements were recognised. Awards were presented in such diverse disciplines as Young Scientist, Cricket, Athletics, Robotics, Gaelic Football, ‘Log On, Learn’ and Rugby to name but a few.
International Gradam awards were presented to students who represented Ireland such as Rob Lehane (Soccer), Adam Dalton (Gymnastics) and Liam Harris and Jack O’Mahony (Basketball).
Prizegiver Minister Coveney commended the students on the outstanding success they have enjoyed and Mr Coveney also commended the staff of Douglas Community School who volunteer considerable amounts of time and effort enabling students to pursue their interests.
The well attended event was a celebration of the outstanding and excellent successes enjoyed by the students of Douglas Community School.