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Minister Sherlock Presents John Hooper Medal

Sean Sherlock TD, Minister for Research and Innovation at the Department of Innovation and Skills will present the John Hooper medal to the winner of the CSO's Statistics for Schools Poster Competition.

Maths Week Ireland is particularly pleased that this presentation is happening during Maths Week 2011. This is an excellent initiative to encourage young people to use maths to help understand their world. The quality of the entries is excellent an the huge number (101) in the first year shows that this event will grow over the coming years to be a major event in the school calendar. It is an excellent challenge for secondary school students. Information about participating in the 2012 competition can be found here.

This prestigious medal will be awarded today (20th October 2011) to  the winning project in the CSO, Central Statistics Office, competition.

The John Hooper Medal for Statistics was launched by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on the first World Statistics Day on 20th October 2010. 256 student groups in total registered for the competition from the whole island of Ireland. 101 posters, both Irish and English language entries, were received in the CSO.

The purpose of the competition is to improve students' abilities to describe their world with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life.

According to the CSO, the inaugural John Hooper Medal for Statistics competition was a great success this year. The CSO paid tribute to all the schools, teachers and students who took part and made the competition such a success, saying  "It is heartening to see the depth of creativity, talent and knowledge displayed in the posters submitted. Congratulations to all the students who took part in the competition and submitted a poster."

The 101 posters were initially judged by a team from the CSO according to the judging criteria outlined by the International Statistical Literacy Program and 12 posters were shortlisted for the final judging phase.

Judging Panel
Dr. Ailish Hannigan

Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics,

University of Limerick

Fiona O'Callaghan Agriculture Data/Prices Division Central Statistics Office, Cork
Dr. Aisling Leavy National coordinator for the International Statistical Literacy Project in Ireland Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
John McKeon Regional Development Officer Project Maths Development Team, Kildare
Dr. Patrick Quill, Chairman Department of Finance, Dublin

According to the Chair, "The panel had the difficult task to assess the shortlisted posters and pick the winners. In the interest of fairness and impartiality in both judging phases any identification of the students/schools on the posters were covered throughout the judging process."

The results of the final judges deliberations are given below:

Inaugural John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2011


First prize and winners of the John Hooper Medal for Statistics

Students: Michael Stone, Naoise Dack

Teacher: Lesley Byrne

Belvedere College,

Great Denmark Street,

Dublin 1


› To Investigate whether the time of day affects the basic arithmetic skills of Fifth Year Students (PDF 1,324KB)


Second prize

Students: Isabel O'Mahony, Alison Hennessy

Teacher: Nuala McCarthy

 St. Marys High School,


Co. Cork


› Home or Away? (PDF 3299KB)

This poster will represent Ireland in the International Statistical Literacy Program poster competition in the category - students born in 1995 and younger

 Third prize

 Students: Aidan O' Mahony, Shane Kelly

Teacher: Eva Ní Chionnfhaolaidh

 Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Meal Sior Anraí,


› An Investigation into the Speech Habits of Teenagers Today (PDF 513KB)


The full list of projects can be found here