Students from St Michael’s Community College Kilmihil brought home gold in two categories in the prestigious eircom Junior Spider Awards.
First year student Jamie Mulqueen won the overall best design category for his site www.greenkilmihil.wix.com/green.
The site focuses of the School’s environmental policies, the work of the students and related projects as the school takes part in the Green Flag initiative.
Jamie has a keen interest and knowledge in both technology and environmental issues.
The judges praised the layout, design and content of the teenager’s site.
Teacher Ruth Morrissey praised the work of the young student.
“As a first year student Jamie was put into the Giga spiders category where he competed against students up to third year. Yet Jamie created a dynamic site full of resources and information,” she said.
The school’s club gaeilge website www.gaeilgegaga.com designed by Kieran Moroney and Micheál Clancy was also among the big winners at the awards winning the Suimoh is Fearr in the Tera Spiders category.
“The website is based on our club “Gaeilge Gaga” which has won many national and regional prizes. Kieran and Micheál are two transition year students in the school. They are both responsible for gaeilge gaga and both have a real passion for the language,” explained Ms Morrissey.
“Micheál is responsible for the social media side of the site he regularly tweets and uploads pictures to Instagram. Kieran designed the site and is responsible for updating the site and writing about the various activities we undertake in our club gaeilge. The judges praised the passion and dedication of the students but more than anything else they said that the love for the language was evident from the site.”
A third group from the school also made it as far as the finals in the Dublin Google offices.
Aoife Lynch, Keeva Corry and Aoife Daly designed www.gaeilgelecheile.weebly.com “ – an Irish vocabulary site.
“Technology is the future we need to embrace it. We were thrilled with our victories. As mere novices we felt perhaps it wouldn’t be our year. We had three entries and won two of them. We were delighted to make the shortlist with all three entries. We competed with schools who have been doing web design for years and the standard was the highest ever. The students are a credit to their teachers, their school and their parents,” said Ms Morrisey.
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