Galway City West hosts their third annual awards ceremony

Sep 2018

Last week, the Galway City West study centre hosted their third annual awards ceremony, celebrating the outstanding achievements of Kumon students who have demonstrated significant academic progress and are working above their school grade level. These students were honoured by not only their friends and family, but the Mayor of Galway, Cllr Niall McNelis, who presented certificates to over 100 students. Additionally, 59 medals were awarded to students who were working above their school grade level; a huge success for the Galway West study centre.

A commissioned sculpture, The Stephen Hayden trophy for Outstanding Personal Excellence, was also awarded to the student who’s perseverance and commitment was most inspiring. Instructor, Denise Heneghan notes that this was a monumental moment for everyone who witnessed this student collect their award. She says, “when we told the story of that student, and presented the award, the whole audience rose to their feet, applauding. It was a special moment."

Approximately 300 guests were in attendance, making this the biggest ASHR ceremony the Galway City West study centre has ever hosted. Denise reflects on how well the ceremony has grown each year and says, “the first had an audience of about 80-100. The buzz and excitement was amazing. Last year, we filled the same function room. This year we had to hire the extension to the function room as well. We are now going to have to find a new venue, if our growth continues as I expect it to."

As their annual awards ceremony continues to grow, so has their press coverage. This year, the ceremony was featured in ‘The Galway Advertiser’ and ‘The Connacht Tribune’, with almost a full spread coverage along with photographs of the special night. Photographers from the press captured many students proudly holding their certificates alongside Mayor, Cllr Niall McNelis. Kumon has nurtured these students into confident, independent learners. Denise says, “the growth of students both in confidence and personality is the most rewarding aspect of being an Instructor. I love to hear stories of prizes achieved, accolades earned in school and elsewhere, as a result of their Kumon experience. We always try to find a way to celebrate these experiences."

Congratulations to all the students who received awards at the ceremony. We hope that your commitment to Kumon will continue to benefit you greatly in your academic careers.