German prize for top pupil X

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German prize for top pupil X
By Lynda Kiernan lynda.kiernan@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

One of Laois’ brighest young minds enjoying an all expenses paid month in Germany having won an award for his German Junior Cert results.

Portlaoise native Christopher Carew is a pupil of Mountrath Community School. He is one of five Irish students who got top results in the subject, but passed a tough interview in German to win the scholarship, paid by the German government.

He departed on June 23 with the four other winners, to join other scholarship students from around the world for the month in Germany. He spent the first five nights in Bonn enjoying educational trips, and will spend the next fortnight attending classes in the Greiss Wald University, before going on to Munich and Berlin for another busy week visiting museums and the parliament.

“I am really excited about it, the interview was back in the spring so it was a pleasant surprise to hear I won a place,” said Christopher, thanking his German teacher Catherine Walsh.

He is a son of Tim and Martina Carew from Timahoe.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity, we are delighted he got the chance to go,” said his mother.

The scholarship is facilitated by the Goethe Institut Irland. Another 25 Irish students were awarded partially funded scholarships.

Already this year, Christopher scooped 2nd prize at the BT Young Scientists Fair, 1st Senior prize in the Laois Student Entrepreneur awards, and a gold medal in the Leinster Senior Schools swimming championships.