DIT’s Steven Pierce scoops Best Fresher Award at National Society of the Year awards 2010

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26th April 2010

Steven Pierce, a first year Marketing Student from DIT has been named ‘Best Fresher’ at the Board of Irish College Societies (BICS) National Awards held recently in the Hudson Bay Hotel.  The BICS National Awards are designed to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the top societies from fourteen colleges throughout the island of Ireland. Attending the awards and competing in the large college categories were representatives from DCU, DIT, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, and NUI Galway. The competitors in the small college categories were NUI Maynooth, Cork IT, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, IT Tallaght Dublin, IT Tralee, Dundalk IT , GMIT, NCI and IT Blanchardstown.

During the awards Steven Pierce from DIT was declared overall ‘Best Fresher’ for his achievements in various societies across DIT.  Steven has been treasurer of the DIT Fashion Show 2010 as well as working on the PR Team for this years show. Steven is also on the committee for the Business and Marketing Society and DIT St Vincent De Paul Society. 

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According to Anita Conway DIT Societies Officer “The judges were overwhelmed with what Steven had achieved in his first year in societies. His meticulous accounts and passion for just getting the job done no matter what it was made Steven stand out.”

DIT had received numerous nominations for this year’s BICS National Societies awards and came very close to winning in a number of categories:

  • the DIT Show came second for Best Event beaten by Trinity by 3.24 points
  • the DIT Art & Design Society came second for Best New Society beaten by UL by 2 points
  • the DIT Circus and Juggling Society for most improved category came second also
  • the DIT LGBT Society came third in the toughest category “Best Society” an excellent achievement for a small society

The Board of Irish College Societies is a national organisation, constituted in 1995, which is dedicated to providing a national forum for the societies in Ireland's Universities, Colleges and Institutes of Education and is responsible for the promotion of interest in the activities of Irish college societies and of contact and co-operation between them.  With fourteen colleges involved this year, and many new institutions on board, the night was a fitting end to a successful year for BICS. 

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Speaking at the awards Riona Hughes, BICS Chairperson and awards coordinator welcomed the colleges and praised the contribution which societies make to their communities. She highlighted how significantly they contribute to the educational experience of all who participate in their diverse activities. “These students have chosen to strive to stretch and make a difference. If the calibre of these students contribution is anything to go by our world is a better place for having them in it” said Ríona Hughes. 

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