Dublin's Aviva Stadium was lit up yesterday as the stars of the future lined up for the annual Herald School Sports Awards.
Some 28 students were honoured for their achievements at a ceremony attended by 150 guests, hosted by RTE sports presenter Des Cahill.
Leading the way was cross-country athlete Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, who at just 17 is already fielding offers from a host of US universities.
The fifth-year student has won an award for four years in a row, but this time she bagged the big one – the Herald Sports Star of the Year 2013.
The Foxrock native received the coveted award from Leinster and Ireland rugby star Mike Ross and Herald editor Claire Grady.
"The Herald School Sports Awards are really good because they give recognition to every type of sport and every week you can have a look at what other people are doing in the newspaper," Siofra said.
Twenty-eight stars were awarded with their trophies for winning the Herald Sports Star of the Week.
The weekly prizes are supplied by O'Neills, with representative Cormac Farrell in attendance.
Siofra was joined by Eleanor Ryan Doyle (15), of St Joseph's College in Lucan, who won Star of the Future after scoring the winning goal for Leinster in the schools inter-provincial soccer tournament.
Guest of honour Mike Ross is gearing up to line out for Leinster tomorrow in the Amlin cup final, but he took time out to explain how he rose up the rugby ranks from St Colman's College in Fermoy, Co Cork.
Herald Editor Claire Grady thanked the students for their dedication to sport and urged them to stay involved when they leave school, for their physical as well as emotional and psychological wellbeing.
"Every day we bring readers good news stories about people triumphing over adversity, excelling in their chosen pursuits and having good things happen to them. Nowhere is this more obvious than in our school sports pages," Ms Grady said.