11 September 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Sixth Year student at Ballybay Community College Páidí Walsh was celebrating the exemplary distinction of receiving 9 H1 grades when the Leaving Certificate results for 2020 were circulated on Tuesday. Basking in the congratulations of his fellow students and the staff of the Ballybay ETB school, Páidí confessed that it had been a nervous wait to learn the outcome of his examination performance but said what he discovered when he logged on to the results portal on Tuesday morning was “just amazing”.

Son of Ciara and Johnny Walsh, Páidí was described by Ballybay Community College as exemplary in his application to his studies and his involvement in extracurricular activities at the school. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 he competed in the final round of the Irish Mathematical Olympiad (IrMO) and in 2020 was awarded 9th place and as a result featured on the IrMO Roll of Honour 2019 and 2020.

Páidí competed in the Irish Chemistry Olympiad in 2020 and was awarded Highly Commended in the first round and was one of 16 students to compete in the final round in June 2020. He also competed in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) in 2019 and in 2020. He came in 11th place in the National final in 2020 and he won 4th place in 2019, awarding him a place on the National team that competed in the International Linguistics Olympiad in Yong-in, South Korea. Páidí intends to study Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin.

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