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BT YOUNG SCIENTIST

The 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition took place from 8th ? 11th January at the RDS, Dublin, with Paul Clarke, from Dublin taking home the top prize with his project ?Contributions to the Cyclic Graph Theory?.

Col?iste D?n Iascaigh students Ceili Cowan, Kayleigh Bourke, and Kenneth Conlon, all of Transition Year, were finalists at the event, with their project ?Do You Get The MSG?? Their project was an awareness campaign on monosodium glutamate (MSG).

It was an unforgettable experience for all at the exhibition which lasted four days. On Thursday, Ceili, Kayleigh, and Kenneth were visited by Independent T.D. Mattie McGrath and later by Tom Hayes, Minister of State for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine; Fine Gael T.D.

The Students were praised by the judges for their passion for the subject and for the manner in which they presented their research and were able to react positively and eloquently to the questioning by the judges.

The students were supported by over 80 of their schoolmates who came to see the exhibition and who were rightly proud of their efforts. Ceili, Kayleigh and Kenneth thanked their teacher Ms. Rachel Burke for the huge effort that she put in to helping and supporting them. They also acknowledged the invaluable assistance of Ms. Stephanie Hassett and the other science teachers in the Colaiste

A record 2,000 entries were submitted for this years? Exhibition, and 550 projects were accepted. President Michael D. Higgins opened the ceremony, and students were entertained each night with discos, quizzes and karaoke.