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C.B.S. STUDENT WINS TRIP TO USA.

C.B.S. STUDENT WINS TRIP TO USA.

Kilkenny C.B.S. student Gary Cooke has won the trip of a lifetime to the United States of America. Gary will set his compass for Vermont straight after the rigours of his Leaving Certificate when he flies out of Dublin Airport on June 28th.

The flight itinerary itself is interesting ending in Vermont via Toronto and Boston. Gary will spend 12 nights in America, all expenses paid, courtesy of his Award-winning Essay ‘What I Can Bring to This…’. Prompted by CBS teacher Jim Aherne, Gary decided to put pen to paper and enter this National Competition run and sponsored by the Cork-based Company E.I.L.(Experiment in Inter-Cultural Learning). With the guidance of his English teacher Gerard Morrissey and 700 words later, the entry was despatched to Cork.

A few weeks later, word arrived to the school that our very own Gary Cooke had been selected with 11 other Irish Students, out of hundreds of entrants, to represent Ireland at the International Youth Conference in Vermont .At this Conference young people from all over the world convene to engage in a host of seminars, workshops, discussion groups and activities of all sorts concerning youth activism issues and topics.

So , who said Essay-writing didn’t pay?? It certainly did in Gary’s case . Gary is the son of Declan and Maura Cooke of Ballybur, Cuffesgrange. Everyone in the C.B.S wishes Gary a wonderful American experience.

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