Students from Loreto in Letterkenny, scooped the overall winners’ prize at the recent finals of the Donegal Student Enterprise Programme
Winners of the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Hotspots Board Game from Loreto Letterkenny: Jade McCollum, Alanna Sweeney, Aifric ni Fhearraigh and Emma Howard.
A group of enterprising young students from Loreto in Letterkenny, scooped the overall winners’ prize at the recent finals of the Donegal Student Enterprise Programme when 22 teams from 10 schools around the county competed
Aifric Ni Fhearraigh, Alanna Sweeney, Emma Howard and Jade McCollum impressed the judges with their board game called ‘Hotspots,’ aimed at highlighting and celebrating the beauty of Donegal.
The junior category was won by Molly Boyd, a student from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana who uses a range of recyclable materials found in Inishowen to make her range of Inishowen pens.
The Student Enterprise Programme is part of a national programme for secondary level school students with the ambition of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship. It also allows students to understand the potential of being self employed as a career choice while educating them on the principles of business.
In Donegal the programme started in September with an idea generation workshop delivered at several locations across the county.
Runner Up in the Intermediate Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Costaeiri Thorai from Colaiste Phobail Cholmcille: Brendan See Rodden, Michael O Mianain, William Rooney and Aimee McClafferty. Also pictured are Grace Korbel (LEO), Mayor Gerry McGonagle, Ciara McGlynn (Niche SSP).
Students in the participating schools then progressed to develop a business idea and began trading ahead of the county final in the Silver Tassie last week.
The high standard of all the entries meant the judges had a difficult task when they met the young entrepreneurs last Wednesday.
Mícheál Ó Mianáin, Aimee Nic Laifeartaigh, Brendan Lee Ó Rodain and William Ó Ruanaidh from Tory were awarded second place in the junior section for their business “Cóstaeirí Thoraí” that incorporated old Irish sayings and puzzles onto slate coasters.
Buideal Bake from St. Columba's College: Zara Cassidy, Siobhan Doyle and Molly Patton.
In the senior section Molly Patton, Zara Cassidy and Siobhan Doyle from St. Columba’s in Stranorlar were runners-up with their business ‘Buideal Bake,’ a range of quick mixes for chocolate chip cookies, brownies and funfetti cakes.
Joint third in the senior section went to Deele College students Caitlin Sheridan, Katie Allan, Andrea McNamee and Neve Scanlan with their clock-making business ‘Minute Details’ and to Finn Valley College student Molly Browne for her business KCS Perfumes.
Teams in the competition came from Loreto Letterkenny, St. Columba’s, Stranorlar; Royal and Prior; Toraigh; Loreto Milford; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana; Mulroy College; Deele College and Finn Valley College.
KCS Perfumes from Finn Valley College, run by Molly Browne.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney praised the students for the standard of their entries.
“The Local Enteprise Office is geared towards promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Donegal and it is tremendous to see the enthusiasm and dedication the participating teams have demonstrated,” he said.
The winners of each category will now go onto the National Final in Coke Park Dublin on 2nd May to represent Donegal.
Winners of the Senior Category of the Student Enterprise Programme, Hotspots Board Game from Loreto Letterkenny: Jade McCollum, Alanna Sweeney, Aifric ni Fhearraigh and Emma Howard. Also pictured are Michael Tunney and Grace Korbel (LEO), Mayor Gerry McGonagle, Gareth McGlynn (Niche SSP).