A KINSALE student, who hopes to study genetics in university following her Leaving Cert results next week, is thrilled at being shortlisted for the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young People (TOYP) awards by Junior Chamber International.
And she is now calling on the people of West Cork to vote for her so she can make it into the Top 10.
Ciara Judge, an 18-year-old Leaving Cert student at Kinsale Community School, is currently in Seattle working with Intellectual Ventures, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and she also spent the past month in MIT Boston as an intern.
Ciara was nominated by Junior Chamber Ireland to compete internationally for the accolade for her personal achievement and her encouragement of other young people. She is the only teenager to make the Top 20.
‘I am absolutely over the moon and very honoured to have made the Top 20 and I’m in some great company too with autism campaigner Adam Harris [Minister Simon Harris’ brother] and musician Bressie doing it for Ireland also,’ Ciara told The Southern Star.
‘I just can’t believe I have made it this far, me being a lowly teenager from a little town in Ireland. Every vote counts and I have serious competition so I would really appreciate the people of Cork getting behind me and supporting me in getting Ireland on the world stage at the JCI World Congress in Quebec in November.’
A citation from Junior Chamber Ireland says that Ciara has been recognised by Time magazine and The Huffington Post as one of the top 25 most influential teens in the world.
‘Judge has attracted international recognition for her achievements as a young scientist, leading a team to awards for three consecutive years at the BT Young Scientist Technology Exhibition, where they were awarded first prize in the EU contest for Young Scientists.’
Ciara was also nominated for encouraging young women to become more involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ciara is also passionate about volunteering for charitable causes and she was recently selected as a Youth Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland.
To vote for Ciara all you have to do is log onto http://voteciara.com and click the ‘Like’ button before Aug 15th.