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Mr B. McKenna with the Y12 brothers who took two major awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - View Full Size Image
Mr B. McKenna with the Y12 brothers who took two major awards at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
Mr B. McKenna with another Y12 award-winner at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition - View Full Size Image
Mr B. McKenna with another Y12 award-winner at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
Mr B. McKenna with the Y12 representitive for Ireland at the ISEF in the USA later in the year - View Full Size Image
Mr B. McKenna with the Y12 representitive for Ireland at the ISEF in the USA later in the year
Loreto College's award-winning young scientists with their teacher Mr B. McKenna - View Full Size Image
Loreto College's award-winning young scientists with their teacher Mr B. McKenna
14/01/2011 TOP HONOURS FOR LORETO COLLEGE AT BT YOUNG SCIENTIST AND TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION

Four students have represented Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, with great distinction at the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin, taking a number of top awards at this prestigious event, which attracted record numbers of entries this year.

Students Jack McCann, Sean McKendry, Thomas McMullan and Vincent McMullan (all Year 12 at Loreto College) brought three separate projects to the Exhibition, having worked for several months under the guidance of Loretoís Head of Technology, Mr Brian McKenna, in preparation for the event.† Thomas and Vincentís project was on the physics of Flipping, Falling, Tumbling Cards, Seanís investigation was entitled ĎFrom Cracking Clay to Basalt Columnsí, while Jack researched the dendritic crystallization of potassium bromide.

After receiving considerable interest from the judging panel on day one of the Exhibition, the students and Mr McKenna were delighted to be announced among the top award-winners at the Prizegiving ceremony on Friday 14th January.

Jack McCann was placed first in the Intermediate Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences group section.† Brothers Thomas and Vincent McMullan, meanwhile, took second place in the Intermediate Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences group section, while Sean McKendry took second place in the Intermediate Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences individual class.†† In the Special Awards section, Thomas and Vincent McMullan won the prestigious Institute of Physics award for excellence in Physics in the entire Exhibition.† Jack McCann, not to be outdone, won the Intel Student Travel Award, and will represent Ireland at an International Science Fair in the USA later in the year.†

Most exciting of all, perhaps, is that Loreto College Coleraine brought home the Best School award, in recognition of the outstanding contribution the school made to this yearís Exhibition.† This award was received with evident delight by Mr Brian McKenna.† Mr McKenna has a distinguished personal history at the Exhibition: he has entered students for the competition throughout his year, with many of these students winning top awards.† In 2010, the Individual Runner-Up for the title of Young Scientist of the year was Hannah Eastwood of Loreto College Coleraine; Loreto students have represented Ireland or the UK at the International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA on eight Ė soon to be nine -† separate occasions.

Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to Mr McKenna and to the four enthusiastic and outstanding young scientists who had represented Loreto with such distinction at the Exhibition.† He congratulated the group on these tremendous achievements on behalf of all the staff and students of the College.