CBS student’s innovation recognised at web awards

Benn Hogan is presented with his 'Best Concept' award for 'A Better Exam Archive' by Carolan Lennon, Eircom.
ST Mary’s CBS sixth year student Benn Hogan was recently recognised for his online innovation at the Eircom Junior Spiders Awards in the RDS in Dublin.

ST Mary’s CBS sixth year student Benn Hogan was recently recognised for his online innovation at the Eircom Junior Spiders Awards in the RDS in Dublin.

Benn’s website, ‘A Better Exam Archive’ provides easy access for students to past papers and solutions for students of the state examinations. He was awarded ‘Best Concept’ at the 5th annual awards, which acknowledge achievements in web development by Irish students.

Speaking of his win, the judging panel — which included teachers, journalists, investors and industry experts — noted that the website “is a brilliant free service for all Irish students and teachers. It has a simple yet effective layout, compatible with all devices, that allows users access the Department of Education exam archive far more easily than on the Department’s own website. It’s a simple concept, but has been developed with usability as a key principle, something not all websites can claim. ‘A Better Exam Archive’ is a worthy winner.”

Benn has been behind a number of other successful school projects in the past few years, including ‘I am Fine’, a documentary of the school’s Zambian Immersion Project, which was shown in CBS schools around the country on Edmund Rice Day in 2012, and Gamewise, which earned the prestigious ‘Sean Lemass Award for Enterprise’ in 2011. He has also developed websites for both Laois Hospice and Laois Marlins SC. ‘A Better Exam Archive’ can be found at

Hosted by RTE’s Aidan Power the awards recognise and reward primary and post primary students for the innovative ways they use the internet. At primary level The Mega Spiders have three categories Best Project, Best School Blog and Best School Website.

For post primary students the awards are split across two categories, the Giga Spiders rewards students from 1st to 3rd year and the Tera Spiders are open to students from 4th to 6th year. The Giga and Tera Spiders reward students under the categories: Best Concept, Best Project, Best Web Design and the Suiomh Is Fearr award rewards students for the best site using the Irish language. The Tera Spiders also has the Best App award and the three categories have an overall grand prix winner.

Carolan Lennon, chief commercial officer, consumer, eircom and chairperson of the eircom Junior Spider Awards Judging Panel said “Congratulations to all our Junior Spider Award winners, it is great to see such talent among the students and the high level of entries submitted for each award category. Everyone nominated should be very proud of their achievements, especially those crowned winners today. We had such a great mix of projects this year from class blogs to websites on exam tips, music and the environment. I am sure all the students here today have very bright futures ahead of them”.

For more information on the 2013 eircom Junior Spider Awards and further details on the winning entries log onto