Former Deele College student, Damien Keys attended the National Student Awards ceremony on Saturday last, where he was acknowledged for obtaining the highest mark in Construction Studies at ordinary level.
The St Johnston native was joined by his Construction Studies teacher, Mr Andrew McFadden and school principal, Mr Joe Boyle, which was held in the GMIT campus in Galway.
The award ceremony, which is organised by the Techno Teachers Association, comprises of teachers from Construction Studies, Technical Graphics, DCG, and Materials Technology Wood. Every year, they honour the students who have excelled in each of these subjects.
Damien, who is currently a first year student in LYIT, studying Quantity Surveying, was deemed to have been the best Construction Studies student in the country at ordinary level for 2017. This is a prestigious title and one that was earned through hard work on his project and his theory exam.
For the project, Damien produced a bench, which he designed and crafted in his Construction Studies class. The project was seen by the examiners to have been an exceptional piece of work and this formed the basis for Damien’s award.
Speaking at the event, school principal, Mr Joe Boyle said that he was delighted that Damien was acknowledged for his hard work and he also paid tribute to the Construction Studies department in the school.
“It’s brilliant for Damien to get national recognition for his work in Construction Studies and it shows the hard work that both the teachers and students are putting in in the practical subjects at the school. This is a prestigious award for both Damien, his teacher Mr Andrew Mc Fadden and the school and I am delighted that a student from Deele College has been acknowledged in this way.”