Top GCSE students celebrate success at CCEA awards ceremony

Lisburn Civic Centre was packed with talent for The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) awards ceremony in honour of the top achieving GCSE students.

The GCSE ‘Celebrating Excellence’ event brings together those students who achieved top overall marks in the summer 2011 CCEA examinations.

Over fifty of the most successful 16 and 17 year olds from Northern Ireland attended the event with their families, teachers and principals.

Gavin Boyd, Interim Chief Executive at CCEA was there to congratulate the students. He commented:

"Our Celebrating Excellence event is a time to acknowledge the hardwork of these students and their exceptional GCSE results. Celebrating their success is a pleasure and we hope the recognition they receive today will help motivate them as they study for their A-levels, or gain work experience.

In congratulating the students, I would also like to take a moment to recognise the vital role played by teachers, family and friends who have supported and encouraged them in their studies.

Our young people face an increasingly challenging and competitive world. So it is more important than ever that their skills and learning are constantly evolving to meet the changing demands of the 21st Century.

The young people recognised today can look to the future with optimism and I have no doubt they will play an important role in growing our society and economy."

Maria and Catherine Tennyson
Twin sisters Maria (left) and Catherine Tennyson from St Mary's Grammar School Magherafelt celebrate their joint success at the CCEA Celebrating Excellence awards ceremony. Both the girls received Top Candidate awards in GCSE English! Catherine and Maria are now studying for A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Further Mathematics after both receiving 12 A*s at GCSE!

Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson of Campbell College was CCEA's Top Candidate in GCSE Technology and Design and he also picked up the prestigious David Mack Award for Technology and Design. Here he is at the CCEA Celebrating Excellence awards ceremony with CCEA Chief Executive Gavin Boyd. Adam is now studying Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at AS Level. He intends to study either Engineering or Finance at Queen's University or at a university across the water.

Additional Information

Celebrating excellence – GCSE awards ceremony

Programme of events:

Programme for event

Opening Remarks - 12.30pm

Award Ceremony - 12.40pm

David Mack Award for Technology and Design - 1.15pm

Closing Remarks - 1.20pm

Lunch - 1.30pm


Top Candidates – Celebrating Excellence Award Winners

Subject School Candidate Name Rank
Additional Mathematics Ballymena Academy Rachel Herbison Joint 1st
Additional Mathematics Banbridge Academy Romy Gerring Joint 1st
Additional Mathematics Methodist College Belfast Aimee Duffy Joint 1st
Applied Business Slemish College Laura Devenney 1st
Applied ICT St Columbanus’ College, Bangor Sarah Brown 1st
Applied Science Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast Ryan Hunt 1st
Biology Ballyclare High School Gillian McCloy 1st
Business & Communication Systems Omagh High School Aimee Davis 1st
Business Studies Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast Niall Brown 1st
Chemistry St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt Peter Maguire 1st
Child Development St Patrick’s High School, Keady Paula McParland 1st
Construction Ballymena Academy Craig Barkley 1st
Drama St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast Andrea Franklin 1st
Economics Methodist College Belfast Jessica Chen 1st
Engineering Antrim Grammar School Dani Kansanaho 1st
English Lumen Christi College Helen L Brady Joint 1st
English St Killian's College Emily Campbell Joint 1st
English St Mary’s Grammar School, Magerafelt Catherine Tennyson Joint 1st
English St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt Maria Tennyson Joint 1st
English Literature Wellington College Belfast Emily Graham 1st
French Ballymena Academy Naomi Boon Joint 1st
French Ballymena Academy Holly Fullerton Joint 1st
French Belfast Royal Academy Luke Taylor Joint 1st
Gaeilge St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast Laura Mahony 1st
Geography Ballymena Academy Holly Fullerton 1st
German Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor Hanna Geary 1st
Health & Social Care DA Cross & Passion College, Ballycastle Aimee Magee 1st
Health & Social Care SA St Colm’s High School, Draperstown Shauna Bradley 1st
History Down High School, Downpatrick Clare Cunningham 1st
Home Economics Methodist College Belfast Alexandra Duignan 1st
Hospitality Malone College, Belfast Jade Lyttle 1st
ICT The Royal School Dungannon Jason Pang 1st
ICT Short Course Banbridge Academy Anna Sturgeon Joint 1st
ICT Short Course Banbridge Academy RoryThompson Joint 1st
Irish Holy Cross College, Strabane Aoife Nig Loingsigh Joint 1st
Irish St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast Sian Ní Bhraonáin Joint 1st
Irish St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls, Belfast Jo Willoughby Joint 1st
Irish St Michaels College, Enniskillen Mark Corrigan Joint 1st
Journalism The Wallace High School, Lisburn Natasha Gillies 1st
Learning for Life and Work Linear St Genevieve’s High School, Belfast Megan Diamond 1st
Learning for Life and Work Modular St Catherine’s College, Armagh Eadaoin Farrell 1st
Leisure and Tourism Castlederg High School Rosie Henderson 1st
Manufacturing Castlederg High School Adam Lowry 1st
Modular Mathematics Bangor Grammar School Stephen Jackson Joint 1st
Modular Mathematics Regent House School, Newtownards Isaac Johnston Joint 1st
Motor Vehicle & Road User Studies St Colman’s College, Newry Jack McGowan 1st
Moving Image Arts Dalriada School, Ballymoney Joel A Hunter 1st
Music Belfast Royal Academy Stephen Doyle 1st
Physical Education Cookstown High School Daniel Crooks Joint 1st
Physical Education Our Lady’s Grammar School, Newry Sarah Armstrong Joint 1st
Physical Education Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt Megan Mulholland Joint 1st
Physics St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt Peter Maguire 1st
Religious Studies Methodist College Belfast Saorse McClean 1st
Religious Studies Short Course Sullivan Upper School, Holywood Victoria Coulter Joint 1st
Religious Studies Short Course Ballymena Academy Ashlea Whann Joint 1st
Science DA Modular St Michael’s College, Enniskillen Sean-Anthony Keaney 1st
Science DA Non Modular The Wallace High School, Lisburn Jake Clements 1st
Science SA Modular St Colmcille’s High School, Crossgar Yasmin El-Hertani 1st
Spanish Sullivan Upper School, Holywood Marcos McBurney 1st
Technology and Design Campbell College, Belfast Adam Robinson 1st

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