A TALENTED young artist who has not even left college yet has already been given the assurance that her work will go down 'in perpetuity'.
Jowita Rogalska (19), who moved with her family from Poland three years ago to start a new life in Lurgan in Northern Ireland, was celebrating after her design was selected by leading artist Graham Knuttel for the new trophy for the 50th BT Young Scientist & Technology exhibition.
"I can't believe it," she said. "I always wanted to be a designer, but I never thought that I would achieve success so quickly."
BT commissioned a nationwide search for a new design which would 'mesh' the logo of the Young Scientist with BT's own logo in a new and creative way.
Jowita -- a design student at the Southern Regional College Lurgan Campus -- responded with an idea for a trophy which could have done World Cup duty.
"It's very triumphant," said Colm O'Neill, Chief Executive of BT in Ireland of Jowita's design, entitled "Genius is found in Simplicity."
He said they had decided it would be appropriate for the Young Scientist Exhibition to get a new trophy to mark 50 years of its inception.
They had been 'blown away' by the interest the competition had inspired, with 87 entries from students across the country.
The BT Young Scientist exhibition takes place next week at the RDS in Dublin.
Mr Knuttel said the real challenge lay in selecting a design for the trophy that could be easily cast.
"We liked this one because it was possible to make it," he explained.