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Four students from Loreto College represented their school and their area at the annual Esat/BT Young Scientist exhibition held at the RDS, Dublin during the second week of January.

As has become traditional for entries from the Castlerock Road school, the students returned with an impressive number of awards and accolades for their efforts.

In the Senior age-groups, Year 13 student Katherine Donnelly took first place in the Social and Environmental Sciences section for her project, “Stereotype Threat”. Fellow Year 13 student Emma O’Donnell took second place in the Senior Physical and Mathematical Sciences class for her project, “Oscillating Chemical Reactions”. Emma also took the Eli Lilly award for the best Chemistry project in the exhibition.

At Intermediate level, Loreto College was represented by a team of two Year 12 students, Benjamin McKillen and Martin Quigg, who presented a project on the physics of bubbles. Showing great promise for the years ahead, Benjamin and Martin took first place in the Intermediate Physical and Mathematical Sciences class. The boys were also delighted to learn that they had won the Institute of Physics award for the best Physics project in the exhibition – a category which saw their work in contest with the projects of final year students.

All four students said that they had enjoyed the exhibition immensely, taking full advantage of the opportunities it provided for them to present their own research and meet fellow-students from throughout Ireland. The students, along with Mr Brian McKenna, Head of Technology at Loreto College, who worked with them in preparation for the competition and accompanied them to Dublin, were congratulated by College Principal Mr Brian Lenehan on behalf of all the staff and students of Loreto on their tremendous achievements.