Texan named Gaelic Learner of the Year 2012

AN Comunn Gàidhealach has recognised American student Leah Jaques at this year’s Am Mòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail (The Royal National Mòd) by presenting her with the prestigious Gaelic Learner of the Year award 2012 sponsored by Royal Highland Society of Scotland.

Texas born Leah has been recognised for her learning of the Gaelic language in a studious career which spans two years.

A second year student of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Skye, 34 year old Leah started her love affair with the Gaelic language after moving to Glasgow in 2006.

She took Ùlpan classes to learn the language as well as a Gaelic course at Stow College in the city. Leah also supplemented her learning by volunteering as a classroom assistant at Sgoil Ghàidhlig Glaschu (Glasgow Gaelic School).

In 2010, she moved to Skye with her son Lucas to become a full-time student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

Leah said: “I just want to thank you very much and I’m delighted to accept this award. Everyone in the Gaelic world has been so encouraging. I’ve found a home and a community in the Gaelic language, and it’s the people that come with it that have made learning so wonderful.”

John Macleod, President of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “This award reinforces the international appeal of Scottish Gaelic and the success of Ùlpan Gaelic learning courses as well as the attraction for international students to study further education at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

“We wish Leah every success as she develops in her career with the added skills she has as a Gaelic speaker.”