Northern Ireland GCSE results: Appendicitis didn't stop Kira achieve amazing 11 A* grades
At St Dominic's Grammar School, Kira McDonnell (16) was rushed to hospital half way through her exams with appendicitis - but still managed to get a clean sweep of 11 A* grades.
"Everything was going really well until I got rushed into hospital, so that was tough getting out and doing my next exam a couple of days later."
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While she was encouraged to rest for longer, Kira said her interest in medicine and determination to get top grades kept her going.
Aspiring physicist Cira Given-Matassa-Craig (16) was also among the school's top performers with nine A* grades and an A.
Accompanied by her proud mum Cynthia and grandmother Elizabeth, she said the success hadn't been easy.
"The stress was worth it because I got the results, but I really wouldn't like to go through it again," she said.
"I want to do something with maths and science, like a physicist."
Paula McStravick (16) received seven A* grades and two As for subjects including English, Drama and Spanish. After returning for her A Levels, she has dreams of studying law in Galway.
"I'm all bizz today. The school did push us a lot, but we just have to try and be as motivated as we can," she said.
Beth Sullivan (16) achieved A grades in Media, Drama, English and Art.
"I'm really proud of myself, it's been really tough as I did 10 subjects as well as music off timetable," she said. "For A Levels I'm thinking about doing Media, English and Drama.
"I want to go away somewhere for uni but I'm not sure where yet."
Tara Moran (17) received A*s in PE, Drama, English, an A* and A in Double Award Science and a B in Music.
With no decision made on a career choice just yet, she's returning to study her favourite subjects of English, Psychology, Biology and PE.