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A Loreto College Y14 student carries out an experiment with circuits

It has been a busy term so far for some of Loreto College Coleraine’s most talented Science students, and for one student in particular, an exciting time.

In January, Year 14 students Donal Hill and Martin Quigg entered the Irish Physics Olympiad, while Emma Carlin and Maria Ward entered the equivalent competition in Biology.  The competitions each consisted of two very challenging ninety-minute test papers, with the aim of finding a team to represent Ireland at international level in the event this summer.

When the results were announced, Loreto student Martin Quigg was delighted to learn that he had made the top 15 from the 71 Physics entrants.  This means that, during the Easter holidays, he will travel to Dublin City University to participate in three or four days of training and further testing.  Following this course, the top five young Physicists will be selected to represent Ireland in the International Physics Olympiad, which will be held in Isfahan, Iran, during July.

Martin already holds a distinguished record in Physics.  Two years ago, as a Year 12 student, he was one of a two-man team representing Loreto College to win the Institute of Physics award at the ESAT Young Scientists’ exhibition in Dublin.  The team also took first place in its age group in the competition.  Subsequently the two boys took an equivalent first place in Physics in the Northern Ireland Young Scientist competition. 

Reflecting on his success, Martin paid tribute to the members of the Loreto College Physics Department who had worked with him in preparation for the challenge.  In particular, Martin expressed his gratitude to Head of Technology Mr Brian McKenna, who had given him the opportunity to represent the school in such a prestigious event.  Martin and his teachers were congratulated on this tremendous success, and wished well for the next stage of the competition, by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto, on behalf of all the staff and students of the College.