A special award in recognition of the highest music Leaving Cert score in the country has been awarded to a Buncrana student.
Shaun Fletcher, who receive a score of 613 points for his Leaving Cert and an A1 for his music exam in 2018, was told by examinators that he received the highest music exam in the country.
Receiving the news that he would receive an award in recognition of his achievement this October, Flecther was ecstatic.
He told Donegal Daily: “I was absolutely stunned because I had no idea that the award event existed and I was absolutely delighted when I received the news, I was very surprised.”
The former Scoil Mhuire student, who now studies chemistry and mathematics at the University of Glasgow, revealed he has been playing music since he was six-years-old through the Donegal Music Education Partnership with music teacher Edita Labanauskiene.
So does Shaun still get time to play the piano? “Yes, you’d be surprised. Even though I study chemistry and mathematics, there is plenty of facilities in the university library and I am also part of the music society and Glasgow University Choir.
“And I really enjoy living in Glasgow, it is a great spot,” he added. “I am working there as well but, between my work and my course, I have found a good work balance.”
Shaun has also been asked to perform for an audience at the Post Primary Music Teacher’s Association in Dun Laoghaire, where he will receive his award on the night.
He continued: “I am really looking forward to playing, it will be a great experience for me because really high profile people will probably be in attendance and just getting a chance to play is always nice.”