St Mel’s College enjoyed great success recently at the annual Regional Senior Science Quiz, which was held in Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).
Three teams from the local secondary school placed in the top five at the event on Thursday, November 13. Students James Ward, Keelan Murphy and Ethan Pyper placed in fourth and the team of Sean Noonan, James Byrne and David Murphy came in at fifth place.
It was the impressive team of Eoin Corcoran, David Sheehan and Andrius Vaicaitis who scooped the top prize on the day.
Organised by the Irish Science Teachers Association, the students were prepared for the event by their teachers Ms Dolan and Ms Quinn, and the school was delighted with their achievements.
St Mel’s overcame tough opposition, with 24 teams from the region taking part, including schools from Mullingar, Roscommon, Tullamore, Athlone, and other Longford schools. It was a tightly-fought competition, with four teams tied for third place and just one point separating the St Mel’s team from third place after the tie-breaker.
The quiz, which was chaired by Sean Reidy, Lecturer and Research Assistant at Athlone IT and sponsored by Aaron Chemicals in Athlone, drew questions from the Leaving Certificate syllabi in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and general scientific knowledge.
The winning team were delighted to receive a trophy and €100 in prize money each, along with a perpetual cup for the school.
It is the third such success for St Mel’s College, having won the coveted award in both 2006 and 2012.
The team went on to represent St Mel’s in the Final of the ISTA Senior Science Quiz in Trinity College on Saturday, November 22, hosted by quizmaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.
More than fifty schools took part in the event.
Though the boys did not place in the top five, they all put in a strong performance and did their school proud.