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A former student of Loreto College Coleraine has distinguished herself in the field of scientific writing in the past few months, picking up several top awards in two highly prestigious national competitions.

Caoimhe McKenna, who left Loreto in June 2004, took top honours in both the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writers’ competition in August, and the RDS Young Science Writers’ competition in early October.

The Daily Telegraph competition, now in its seventeenth year thanks to sponsors BASF, sought entries combining solid scientific research coupled with a high standard of writing and a passion for science. Caoimhe’s essay on the genetics of colour perception took the top award in the 16-19 age-group, winning her an all-expenses paid trip to Washington in February 2005, to attend a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as a generous cash award and a trip to Exeter University to a meeting of the British Association of Science.

Caoimhe also entered a longer research paper on the same topic for the RDS Young Science Writers’ competition. This competition was launched in 1993 to promote science communication to secondary students and to encourage students to conduct their own piece of research and report on it. This year’s awards were launched in February, and the 2004 winners were announced at a meeting in Dublin on Monday 4th October. At this meeting, Caoimhe was delighted to learn that she had won two top awards: the award for Non-Fiction Writing in the 16-19 age group, as well as the overall award for Science Writing. Caoimhe’s prize included a Palm-Pilot personal data assistant and an impressive trophy.

Caoimhe, from Dungiven, was Head Girl at Loreto College in the 2003-2004 academic year, and distinguished herself throughout her years at the Castlerock Road school both in academic excellence and in her generous contribution to the life of the College. She is now beginning her study of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Newcaste on a true academic high. She was congratulated on behalf of all the staff and students of Loreto by Mr Brian Lenehan, College Principal.

Mrs C Little
Loreto College
Castlerock Road
BT51 3JZ
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