It was thumbs up for Hazelwood College Dromcollogher at the Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS last week as two students from the school scooped major awards.

Michael Keyes from Dromcollogher competed in the Senior Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Section where he was awarded 2nd in this category. He also received a display award for his presentation. Michael’s project was titled ‘An investigation into and visualisation of atomic structure using gaming software’.

Laoise Bennis from Castletown competed in the Intermediate Technol-ogy Section with her project ‘To design and manufacture a useful device to aid in the transportation of an Irish Harp’. Laoise was awarded the Father Tom Burke Memorial Award. This prestigious award is given to the individual who is seen as the best commun-icator throughout the exhibition. This award comes with a prize of €1,000 for the winner towards their second and third level education. All the judges were extremely impressed with Laoise and her ability to explain her project and were delighted with the enthusiasm she showed throughout the exhibition. Laoise also received Highly Com-mended in her category.

See photographs and article on page 40.