A number of young people from County Kildare performed with distinction at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, USA.
A total of 14 Irish people mostly boys and girls (some adults) took part in the event, with one emerging with the accolade of grand champion.
Styling themselves World Championships of Performing Arts Team Ireland, the group are essentially all members of the same entertainment talent school and talent agency.
The age group ranged from 10 to 30 years winning awards, scholarships and a total of 97 medals were brought home by the group.
The finals were transmitted live on the internet.
Jeanette Murphy from Naas, aged 15, was adjudged to be overall drama champion of the world while Leah Carruth, who’s just completed the Leaving Cert and wants to study drama, won a valuable scholarship (see page 11).
Leah is hoping to start this course in January 2015.
Rose Brady from Sallins won a $1,500 scholarship to the New York Film Academy.
This will be a summer course scheduled to take place in July 2015.
Susie Ward Shine from Calverstown was too young to secure a place but will have one when she turns 14 - but she was a drama finalist. Lucy Watson from Clane won a total of four awards; she was a modelling finalist and also took home an industry award.
Sinead O’Riordan from Sallins and Bukky Adebowale from Athy were also among the successful participants landing a total of 13 medals between them, including a gold in the 13-15 years age category.
Ten year old Susie Ward Shine deserves mention for her endeavours in the drama field and is something of a child prodigy and her talent was evident from a few years ago when she first set foot on the stage. Even at the relatively tender age of ten and is too young to participate in many courses, she is something of a veteran.