County Armagh agri-students put down the roots for future success

Markethill students TD Farm
LEFT: Back row, Markethill High School vice-principal Mrs Sarah Hargon, principal Colin Berry, Gordon Cartmill, Trevor Lockhard. Front row, Claire Cartmill, pupils Ellie Cartmill, Leah Alexander with their awards, Denise Alexander and Paula Greer, subject teacher/Head of Agriculture.

MARKETHILL High School in County Armagh recently celebrated the fabulous success of two of its past Year 12 pupils who were placed in the top three of Northern Ireland students within GCSE Agriculture and Land Use.

Leah Alexander and Ellie Cartmill, who both achieved A* grades and came second and third respectively, were accompanied by their parents when they visited their old High School for a celebratory Afternoon Tea and to reminisce about their time in the Agriculture department.

ABOVE: A polytunnel at Markethill High School, funded by Fane Valley, NFU Mutual and Markethill Livestock Sales, where pupils carry out projects for their GCSE Agriculture and Land Use exam.

Joining the celebrations were Colin Berry, Markethill High School’s new Principal, Trevor Lockhart, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Sarah Hargan, the school’s new Vice-Principal, and Mrs Paula Geer, subject teacher/Head of Agriculture.

Mrs Greer said of her past pupils: “I couldn’t be more proud of Leah and Ellie. They are two of the loveliest young women I’ve had the privilege to teach in my Agriculture class and their brilliant success of coming so high in the whole of Northern Ireland is a great credit to the hard work they both put into every aspect of the course and their studies.

“They were part of a really enthusiastic class, and the class results, as a whole, were outstanding with the number of pupils gaining ‘A*-C’ grades being almost 24 per cent higher than the Northern Ireland average.

RIGHT: Markethill High School pupil Ellie Cartmill, who received the third highest score in Northern Ireland in her GCSE Agriculture and Land Use exam, with her parents Gordon and Claire Cartmill.

“With almost one third of our senior school pupils opting to study Agriculture at either GCSE or BTEC, the subject is continuing to flourish and Leah and Ellie are certainly two of our biggest success stories so far. We wish them both nothing but continued success as they work towards their A-levels at Portadown College and The Royal School, Armagh.”

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