Singing School Stars shine at Coca Cola awards

December 18, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Singing schoolgirls Shauna Luckie and Ciara Lydon have scooped third place in the recent Coca Cola School Stars Awards, held last week in the TLT Concert Hall and Theatre in Drogheda.

The talented duo, Year 12 students at Sacred Heart Grammar School, saw off stiff competition among the 22 finalists to clinch joint third place for their unique mash-up of Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift numbers.

Thousands of hopefuls had auditioned for the show, which is open to all primary and secondary schools in Droghheda, Dundalk, Navan, Trim, Kells, Balbriggan, Swords, Ashbourne, Carrickmacross and surrounding areas.  Similar to Britain’s Got Talent, School Stars features a variety of acts including comedy, singing, dancing and music, and this year saw Louis Walsh as guest judge for the third year running at the grand finals.

Shauna’s proud mum, Maureen, shared her delight with The Examiner following the fantastic result.

She revealed that the multi-talented Crossmaglen girl had added another string to her bow this year by taking up guitar. Already a keen and talented violin player and singer from an early age, musically minded Shauna applied herself to learning guitar to give an outstanding performance alongside best friend Ciara last week.

Mrs Luckie joined a coach full of supporters and well-wishers who travelled to Drogheda to witness the dynamic duo excel in a competition where the standard of acts was exceptionally high.  She hopes this will be the first of many winning performances for the girls, who, she says, have received a huge boost from doing so well in the School Stars Awards, and aim to continue honing their talents for future appearances.

There has also been huge support and congratulations from the Sacred Heart Grammar for the Year 12 students. Principal Sr Julie told us,

“It was a privilege for me, some staff members and lots of our students, to hear Ciara and Shauna perform in the Final of this competition.

“We were delighted that they achieved 3rd place as well as receiving such positive feedback from Louis Walsh.  Both girls were so appreciative of the support given by the school community but, more especially, from their parents.

“They are fantastic role models for the music industry and we are very proud of their achievement.  I have no doubt that they both have bright futures ahead of them.”