Lucan Student Recognised at Excellence Awards

Harrison Jio, a student from Lucan won the Prize for Excellence and Overall Winner for his outstanding performance at the 2019 Leinster School of Music and Drama (LSMD) Excellence Awards which recently took place at Griffith College Dublin.

Harrison was nominated for his success in the Grade 8 Piano exam, performing The Man I Love, by George Gershwin at the awards ceremony and was one of 14,000 LSMD students in 2019. On the day, Harrison was presented with €300 and a trophy for his performance and is taught by Lucan based teacher Suzette Das. Two of Harrison’s brothers were also nominated for the Excellence awards of 2019 with Nevan Jio having won the Excellence Award the previous year. Launched in 2004 to mark the school’s centenary year, the LSMD Excellence Awards is open to the 14,000 students throughout Ireland who took the school’s exams in 2019. The top 550 students who participated in the LSMD exams were chosen to compete in the Excellence Awards and finalists were chosen from the group to perform at the awards concert.


Commenting on the awards, Karen Casey, Head of Faculty of The Leinster School of Music & Drama at Griffith College, said; “This year’s Excellence Awards at Griffith College showcased the very best in talent across the areas of music and speech & drama. “We are delighted to see these students and teachers recognised for their outstanding commitment to these disciplines and would like to wish them the very best of luck for the future in their chosen fields,” she concluded.


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Sarah Brooks

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