Eimhear achieves at “boys’ subjects”

BT Young Scientist & Techology Exhibition 2015 Awards
Eimhear Carey (right) with Rachael O’Boyle and Minister John O’Dowd at the BT Young Scientist Awards in January

Friends poked fun at Eimhear Carey when she chose “boy subjects” for GCSE. However that choice has really paid off for the Carnlough girl with her A Level grades gaining her a Deloitte’s Bright Start award to study Business and Computing.

In January the St Killian’s Carnlough student, along with classmates Rachael O’Boyle and Leah Cosgrove, won three awards at the BT Young Scientist competition in Dublin including ‘Best Northern Ireland School Award’ sponsored by MATRIX, ‘Northern Ireland Best Project award’ sponsored by BT and 2nd– Senior Group award for their project ‘Time compressed transport tester.’
Her subsequent offer of a place on the Deloitte’s Bright Start programme was dependent upon her obtaining the grades for the degree course in Business with Computing at the Ulster University. Today she achieved that goal with ABB and is delighted with her results.
Eimhear will receive a salary throughout her studies with an offer of full time employment on the completion of her course.
“I’ve been interested in Technology since first form”, she said. “There were lots of girls in my class then, but it was perceived as a boys’ subject. Some people used to laugh at me for taking Technology through GCSE and now A Level. But it has really paid off for me and I am looking forward to going to university”.
“I think that my mum is more pleased however because she is relieved the financial burden of putting me through Third Level has been lifted with this award. I have a lot to be thankful for.”
Eimhear also achieved in the sporting field for St Killian’s, helping the school pick up Ulster camogie titles at three different levels during her seven years at the Tower.
School Principal Jonny Brady commented.
“This is a fantastic achievement and a result of Eimhear’s dedication to her studies. Her Technology teacher Mr Sean Connolly has also to share in the achievement as he has driven our participation in the BT Young Scientist competition since the establishment of the College in 2010.
“We are delighted with the three BT Young Scientist awards, which is a result of the hard work and commitment of staff and students.
“Undoubtedly Eimhear is now a role model for girls in STEM subjects and we, as a College, will hope to build on this in future years.”

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