GREYSTONES STUDENT Ciara Whooley will go forward to represent County Wicklow at the national final of the Student Enterprise Awards in April with her innovative business idea 'Irish Baubles'.
Ciara was one of the students from 11 schools around the county represented at the 2012 final of the Wicklow County Enterprise Board Student Enterprise Awards held on Friday in Wicklow County Campus, Rathnew.
There were 28 entries overall, selling everything from Christmas wreaths to calendars to charm bracelets to wooden spoons. The competing companies are judged on the quality of their business report, a three minute presentation made on the day and the quality of their display in the exhibition hall.
Ciara, of St. David's Secondary School in Greystones, won the overall top prize for sole trader for her Irish Baubles business. Ciara spotted Christmas Baubles containing photos of famous cities around the world while travelling, and came up with the idea for her mini-company - individually presented glass baubles, hand painted with scenes from Greystones. She also wins €500 as well as getting the opportunity to represent her county in the National Finals in Croke Park next month.
The first runner up was Grip it Co. from St. Gerard's in Bray who outsource special grips for hockey, hurling and camogie sticks. The second runner up was from Scoil Chonglais in Baltinglass. The five young lads print local business details onto beer mats and sell the idea to pubs in their local area.
Category Awards also went to No More Knots from Colaiste Chraobh Abhann from Kilcoole, Squeeeze from St Mary's in Arklow, Occasions for You and Woodies TY from Colaiste Bhride, Birdie Putt from Colaiste Chill Mhantain and AYHA from St Gerard's.
Finally, the judges awarded two Special Commendations, to Tees In Da Hood from the Dominican College, and Dynamics from St Kevin's Community College in Dunlavin.