By RTE Reporter and Columnist David Kelly The RTE’s new national award for high schoolers has been handed out.
The award, called the Highland High School Cultural Exchange Award, has been won by a student at the Navan High School in Co Clare, Co Tipperary.
David Kelly, director of cultural exchange at the State Government’s Department of Education, said the award is an example of how the State can support and encourage a high school to have a positive impact on the local community.
“This award recognises the contribution that a student can make in the school community, as well as the wider community, to the development of high school culture, which can then be put to use to inspire young people throughout the country,” Mr Kelly said.
“It is a recognition that, despite the challenges faced by the State, the Government has a plan in place to support high school students to achieve their potential and to contribute to the communities that they live in.”
The award is part of the State’s cultural exchange programme.
This year, over 100 high school pupils received the award, which is valued at €1,000.
The State Government is funding the award and the winner will receive an award voucher.