Top local learners recognised

Bailey McCrea from Northern Regional College Ballymena  with NRC Ballymena Staff and CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards at the CCEA awards where he received his award for Occupational Studies, Technology and Innovation> (Submitted Picture).
Bailey McCrea from Northern Regional College Ballymena with NRC Ballymena Staff and CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards at the CCEA awards where he received his award for Occupational Studies, Technology and Innovation> (Submitted Picture).

Local students have been celebrated and recognised for outstanding success in their CCEA examinations at a special award ceremony at Titanic Belfast.

The local students from Ballymena Academy, Cullybackey College and the Northern Regional College were among 82 young people, who were recognised at the ‘Celebrate with CCEA Awards’ ceremony which celebrated learners who displayed outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment in their CCEA examinations.

Alice Kennedy winner for GCSE Hospitality from Cullybackey College with CCEA Chairman Trevor Carson at the CCEA awards. (Submitted Picture).

Alice Kennedy winner for GCSE Hospitality from Cullybackey College with CCEA Chairman Trevor Carson at the CCEA awards. (Submitted Picture).

They were: Ballymena Academy pupil Jonathan Loughridge who was awarded a CCEA award for first place in Northern Ireland in GCSE Construction; Alice Kennedy of Cullybackey College who received her award for first place in GCSE Hospitality; Stewart Morrow of Northern Regional College who received his award for Learner of the Year 2015 for Occupational Studies: Business and Services; Northern Regional College Ballymena student Bailey McCrea who received his award for Learner of the Year 2015, for Occupational Studies: Technology and Innovation; and Northern Regional College Ballymena student Padraig McKendry received his award for Learner of the Year 2015, for Occupational Studies: Technology and Innovation.

CCEA’s Chief Executive, Justin Edwards met each of the winners on their arrival and spoke at the event ceremony where 450 guests, including parents, principals and teachers, heard him congratulate the learners for their achievements.

Addressing the packed gathering, Mr Edwards said: “This year’s inclusive event gives a sense of the range of wonderful achievements by learners from across the education system.

“The hard work, perseverance, and personal qualities are what set these learners apart and why we are celebrating their success.

Stewart Morrow of Northern Regional College who was awarded a Learner of the Year 2015 for Occupational Studies: Business and Services at the CCEA awards with NRC Ballymena staff and CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards. (Submitted Picture)

Stewart Morrow of Northern Regional College who was awarded a Learner of the Year 2015 for Occupational Studies: Business and Services at the CCEA awards with NRC Ballymena staff and CCEA Chief Executive Justin Edwards. (Submitted Picture)

“Well done to all of our winners, and to all of the people who have played their part in their success,” he said.

Jonathan Loughridge of Ballymena Academy who was the winner for GCSE Contruction at the Celebrate with CCEA Awardsceremony. The ceremony celebrated learners who displayed outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment in their CCEA examinations. Jonathan is pictured here with  CCEA Director Sheila McClelland. (Submitted Picture).

Jonathan Loughridge of Ballymena Academy who was the winner for GCSE Contruction at the Celebrate with CCEA Awardsceremony. The ceremony celebrated learners who displayed outstanding achievement, dedication and commitment in their CCEA examinations. Jonathan is pictured here with CCEA Director Sheila McClelland. (Submitted Picture).