A St Mary's CBS student in Portlaoise, Laois scored the highest possible Leaving Certificate points, with several others also hitting close to maximum marks.
Luan Fletcher Calt was surrounded by cheering friends at the Borris Road campus on results day Wednesday morning August 15. He got six H1s and 2 H2s, which he said was more than he expected.
“I am actually very surprised. I was up late last night, I was quite anxious. I found the exams kind of the same as the mocks, and I wouldn't have done as well in the mocks,” he told the Leinster Express.
Luan plans to study mathematics in Trinity College.
“I am excited for college now. I chose maths because there's a lot of things you can do with it. I did a course in DCU during the summer and that really sparked my interest,” he said.
His mother Emer is thrilled.
“I am delighted for him. He has great ability but he worked really hard as well,” she said.
Conor Devoy also scored impressively, with 590 points.
“I can’t believe it, I’m in shock myself. My course is 520 points and I was hoping but I really didn’t really expect this,” he said.
Conor who works at Downey’s shop in Portlaoise, hopes to study law in UCD.
“He was always a pleasure to teach,” said his teacher Deirdre Carroll.
His parents are Helen and Jim.
“I’m so proud, I think I’m dreaming. He always worked hard, right from first year,” Helen said.
Luke Smullen from Portlaoise achieved 511 points, and hopes to study Global commerce in NUI Galway.
“The points were 485 last year so hopefully I have a place. I’m very happy. I was disappointed with a H4 in Irish, but all other grades were higher than I expected so it balances out,” said Luke.
Tomasz Tabaka from Portlaoise also did better than he expected.
“I passed maths and I’m over the moon about that because I heard that lots of people failed, so I’m sorted for college. I hope to go to IADT in Dun Laoghaire to study business and enterprise,” he said.
“A few of the exams were a bit tricky but I kept the head down. I’ll see what offers I get now, it’s always exciting to start something new,” he said.
David Nolan from Portlaoise got 555 points.
“I want to study International Business in UL. I really liked business in school, my teacher was Ms Moore. I am happy with my results, buzzing, I worked hard for it,” he said.
Jamie McNamara was delighted with his 424 points.
“I got more than enough, I was hoping for 400, my course needs 344 points, computer science in UL. I was disappointed with a H5 in English, but I got three H3s in French, Geography and Biology so I’m happy,” he said.
St Mary's CBS Principal Maura Murphy is delighted for all her Leaving Cert students.
“The results are really good this year, I am very proud of all the lads. They put in hard work, and so did their teachers and indeed their parents,” she said.
For those not so happy, the principal had some sound advice.
“Some results are exceptional, but for others who have not done as well as hoped, there are lots of ways to get to your goal. and the lads need to remember that, and parents too. I don't believe that what we want to do at 18 is what we want to do at 30," she said.
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