Last Monday eight local students travelled to the Ballymascanlon Hotel to receive their Rotary Leadership Certificates. Nine students in total reached the final of the Dundalk Rotary Leadership Awards with Nicola McElroy from Colaiste Chu Chulainn unable to attend due to her playing an important GAA match for her school.
The eight students who were in attendance were Aisling McQuillan from Dundalk Grammar School, Elizabeth Gillen from Bush Post Primary School, Eliza Logan from St Vincents, Andrew Rosbotham from St Mary’s College (Marist), Fionnuala Johnston from Coláiste Ris, Beth Smyth from Scoil Ui Mhuiri, Fin Connolly, De La Salle College and Leah Kennedy from St Louis Secondary School.
The Rotary Youth Leadership first took place three decades ago in 1992 and the competition is open to secondary school students aged 16 to 18. The competition is run by the local branch of the Rotary Club and sponsored by the Ballymascanlon Hotel and Dundalk Credit Union.
The overall winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership award was Andrew Rosbotham of St Mary’s College who received his prize from Michael Staunton, President of Dundalk Rotary Club. Andrew will now go on to represent Louth at the Regional finals early next year. Andrew will hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Louth winner Isabelle Janssen who was one of just 14 students on the island of Ireland to pick up a National Rotary Youth Leadership Award.