Students from Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey in Crossmolina have won the inaugural Jackie Clarke Collection Scholar Competition.
George Madden was the winner of the Senior Cycle prize, and the first Jackie Clarke Scholar. Mary Murphy won the junior prize.
Organised by the Jackie Clarke Collection Teacher Advisory Group, this National Secondary School competition was open to all Irish secondary level students.
However, this year it is a confined competition to schools within an hours’ distance of the Jackie Clarke Collection.
Students in the senior cycle were invited to discuss the following in 1500 words:”What is the local, national and international importance of the Jackie Clarke Collection”.
Students in the Junior Cycle were invited to write a web article of no more than 400 words to encourage friends and classmates to visit the Jackie Clarke Collection.
Winning essays and web articles will be displayed on the Jackie Clarke Collection website in the New Year.
The Senior Winner received electronic equipment and will have their photograph placed on display in the Jackie Clarke Collection. The Junior Cycle winner also received electronic equipment and will have their name inscribed on the Jackie Clarke Collection Competition Scroll of Honour to go on permanent display in the Collection next year.
Pictured above: Gortnor Abbey’s Jesus and Mary Secondary School pupils, George Madden and Mary Murphy, scooped the two prizes in the inaugural Jackie Clarke Collection Scholar Competition with George becoming the collection’s first scholar winning the Senior Cycle prize and Mary Murphy collecting the junior cycle award. Both students received their awards from Jackie Clarke Collection Director Sinead McCoole to the delight of their teachers, Eithne Leydon and Ailish Judge. Also included are standing JCC’s Anne Marie Forbes and Rosa Meehan, Collection Education Co-ordinator, and seated Siobhan Leonard, Collection Teacher Advisory Group, and Patricia Melvin, Principal Jesus and Mary Secondary School. Photo: Henry Wills