sion hill girls over the moon with top results
Screams of excitement greeted the Junior Cert results announcement at the Dominican College in Sion Hill, Blackrock, Dublin.
Lorna Keenan (16), from Blackrock, actually thought she had opened the wrong results.
"I got exactly what I wanted. When I opened it I didn't think it was mine and then I just ran around," she said.
An A in English was the "big surprise" for Fiona Cullen, of Stillorgan, who also scooped six other As and three Bs.
"I was hoping for them. I'm so excited," she added.
Sarah Kenny, of Blackrock, confessed that she "cried a little" with emotion when she opened her results to find three As, six Bs and a C, and Ciara Bowden, from Ringsend, found she "did well in the subject I thought I would do really badly in. I'm so happy".
Orla Walsh, from Ringsend, was thrilled with her unexpected B in Higher Level English and her C in science, while Ciara Byrne, also from Ringsend, was "surprised by everything. I even got a B in German. I can't describe what I'm feeling".
Mitzi Algodon (15), originally from the Philippines but now living in Blackrock, was completely overcome by emotion.
"I am just so happy. I normally get low grades. I didn't fail anything," she said.
"In maths, I have failed nearly all my exams, I failed my mocks. I was so happy now to get a C, and I got a C in English."
The two Sion Hill pupils who had the best results overall were Amy Giblin (16), from Monkstown, and Miruna Iancu (15) from Blackrock, both with nine As and one B.
Miruna said: "I was speechless. I knew I was going to do well but not this well." Amy had also expected to do well but was still "very surprised".
Deputy principal Gerry Killion was more than pleased with the results for the three Junior Cert classes at the school.
"They were excellent results overall from a fantastic bunch of students," he said.
He explained that the group of 75 girls had gone bowling early yesterday morning followed by a trip to the cinema before coming back to the school at 2.30pm to collect their results.
"We prefer to get them out for the day and then give them their results at the end of it."
He added that the students tended to enjoy the day and forget about the results.
Today, the students were expected back at school on time for a "team building day. We insist on them being there", he stressed.
Four students around the country scored 12 grade As in their exam. Saoirse Lonergan (16) at Loreto secondary school in Fermoy, Co Cork, got the high score, exactly four years after her older sister, Eileen, also scored 12As.
Emma Donohoe, a student at the Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon, Co Longford, and two Co Clare students, Criostoir King, from Kilrush Community School, and Roisin Ni Fhalluin, from Gaelcolaiste An Chlair, in Ennis, were also among the elite group.