If you believe that behind every great man there is a better woman, then it is not too great a leap to believe that behind every great student there is a great teacher and a great school culture. The wonderful success of Ciara Judge, Emer Hickey, and Sophie Healy-Thow, who won a global science research competition at the Google Science Fair 2014 in San Francisco, is another in a lengthening litany of honours for students of Kinsale Community School. Time and time again the school features on honours lists in national and international science competitions. This cannot be a coincidence.
The trio won the 2013 BT Young Scientist of the Year Competition and competed in the EU Contest for Young Scientists. They were among five global finalists for their age category selected from thousands of entries. Yesterday, they said they were looking forward to going back to school to continue the project and to try to commercialise it in whatever way they can. “Then we can really begin to change the world.” What wonderful ambition and what a wonderful achievement for them — and their teachers.