President Brendan was delighted to represent Rotary at Cookstown High School’s annual Prize Day on Friday 22nd September.

 The Principal Miss Evans outlined the many achievements and developments during the year and the event was a  wonderful celebration of the success, achievement and hard work of the pupils and staff. Cookstown is fortunate to have this high-achieving school that offers an excellent curriculum that caters for the whole child and enjoys the support and participation of the local community.

 Dr McadooThe guest of honour at the proceedings was Dr Stephen McAdoo, a former pupil of the school. Stephen is a Consultant Nephrologist at Hammersmith Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Inflammatory Diseases Imperial College London.

 During Brendan’s  discussions with Stephen after the ceremony, he recounted his experience of winning a Rotary Youth Leadership award in 1998. Dr McAdoo said that this provided an important introduction to leadership which has served him well over the years.

After leaving Cookstown High School in 1998. Stephen studied pre-clinical medicine at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and finished his clinical studies at University College London in 2004. Having completed his junior doctor training in internal medicine in North London and Cambridge, in 2008 he commenced specialist training in nephrology: the care of people with kidney diseases, those with kidney failure receiving dialysis, and those living with a kidney transplant. Between 2010-2014. Dr McAdoo took time out of clinical training to work full-time in PhD research at Imperial College, studying the role of the immune system in kidney disease. At the completion of clinical training in 2018, Stephen was appointed to a combined clinical and research position at the Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College London.

Cookstown Rotary Club are delighted at the success of Cookstown High School pupils and extends their best wishes to the Principal, staff and students on another successful school year.