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Straight A St Columb's College trio prepare to study at Cambridge

By Anna Maguire

Three straight A pupils from St Columb's College in Londonderry were today preparing to start their first term at Cambridge University.

Gerard Martin, Brendan Moroney and Eamon Robinson all achieved four As in their predominantly science-orientated A-Levels, which they sat last June.

Brendan Moroney - who studied physics, chemistry, history and maths - was also presented with the College Union Prize for the Best Results at Advanced Level yesterday.

He has also received the annual Raymond Flannery Prize, which pays tribute to the local man's outstanding achievements in physics, with the top result in A Level physics across his year group.

Mr Moroney admitted: "I didn't expect it; I just found out today.

"Cambridge will definitely be a new experience. We went over with the school to Pembrook College, (a wing of Cambridge College), in lower sixth and since then I wanted to go there.

"I went over at the same time and I just loved the place," said Eamon Robinson, who will read Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

But Gerard Martin, who will read Computer Science at Trinity Hall, is a bit more cautious.

"It's a wee bit frightening, but it will be a great experience, something different," he admits.

"It's a three year course and I don't really have any plan afterwards. I might take a gap year."

In what has been described as an "excellent year" for results by St Columb's president, Reverend Eamon Martin, 32 pupils from the grammar school achieved three As or more, with 12 students winning straight As in the A Level examinations taken last June.

"It was a very special year group this year," Reverend Martin said.

"We had a number of outstanding pupils in this year group who I think are destined for great things in the future.

"These three boys have already shown themselves to be outstanding."

St Columb's recently became the first school in Northern Ireland to be awarded the ICT mark by BECTA (the British Education Communications and Technology Agency).

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