A top achieving science student from Lurgan has been recognised with a prestigious award for his A-Level performance last year.
Darryl Doyle from Lurgan is one of three boys who have been presented with the prestigious Hans Sloane Award in a ceremony at the Ulster Museum for taking the top places in A Level science.
Recognising the highest scoring A-Level students in biology, chemistry and physics, the Hans Sloane Awards were won by Samuel Millar who studied at Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Darryl Doyle from St Michael’s Grammar School in Lurgan and Daniel O’Reilly from Lumen Christi College in L’Derry.
The boys were presented with their awards by guest speaker Professor Aaron Maule, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University of Belfast. For the first time the Hans Sloane awards, supported this year by Ulster Garden Villages, included a presentation to the school of the top student in recognition of the contribution of science teachers.
Honorary Secretary of the Hans Sloane Memorial Fund, Dr Jim McGreevy, described the students as exceptional; “I offer my warmest congratulations to these three talented young men and we are delighted to be able to recognise their achievements through the Hans Sloane Awards. Samuel, Darryl and Daniel are an inspiration to all students progressing to A-Level and are very deserving of the awards. On behalf of the Trustees of the Hans Sloane Memorial Fund, I wish them every success in the future.”
First place winner Samuel Millar, from Belfast, is now studying biology at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. Second place was awarded to Darryl Doyle who is currently studying mechanical engineering at Queen’s University while third prize winner Daniel O’Reilly is at Imperial College London studying Pure Chemistry.
The Hans Sloane Memorial Fund was established in 1960 to commemorate the life and work the celebrated Killyleagh physician, scientist and collector Sir Hans Sloane.