Sunday 22 April 2018

Entrepreneurs in Croke Park final

Sarah Ryan from Loreto Secondary School pictured receiving the overall award for her ‘Sarah Rose Illustrations’ at the X-Cel Enterprise Awards.
Sarah Ryan from Loreto Secondary School pictured receiving the overall award for her ‘Sarah Rose Illustrations’ at the X-Cel Enterprise Awards.

Maria Pepper

They may still be in school but they're already entrepreneurs who have earned the chance to represent County Wexford in the national final of the Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park in April.

Over 1,000 local students took part in this year's competition which was co-ordinated by Celtic Enterprises in association with Wexford C ounty Enterprise Board and Innovation Wexford.

The winners were announced at the Wexford X-cel Awards ceremony in Whites Hotel last week.

The senior category was won by Sarah Ryan of Loreto Wexford with Sarah Rose Illustrations.

The winners in the intermediate category are Nathan Goodall, Leo Dobbs, Ciara Doyle,Michaela Crofts and Darragh Jennings of Enniscorthty Vocational College with E.V.C. Voice.

Padraig Hore of CBS New Ross won the junior category with Padraig's Dazzling Creations.

The winners will represent County Wexford in the national final.

The competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country.

Since last September, 17,000 students from 380 secondary schools nationwide have been involved in setting up and running their own businesses with help from their teachers and local Enterprise Boards.

Over 300 groups and individuals are competing in the final.

The students will be judged on innovation, market research, production, finances and business planning.

The runner-up in the County Wexford senior category were Katie Sheehan and Emma Tobin from FCJ Bunclody with Soup'er; Jade McDonald of Gorey Community School came in third place with The Candle Creator.

Also in the senior category, the prize for best report went to Dillon Broaders of CBS Wexford with The Little Book of Business Studies while the best interview award was won by Aideen Kane, Emma Hore and Anna Somers of Colaise Bride, Enniscorthy for Cray Oh Laa.

The runners-up in the intermediate category were Kelly Lynch, Rebecca O' Leary, Emma O' Brien, Oisin Byrne and Aaron Roche of Wexford Vocational College with Handie-Crafters while John Wickham, Jamie Boyd, Eoin Fox and James Cowman of Enniscorthy Vocational College came in third place.

Padraig Hore of Padraig's Dazxzling had the best report and Eoin Kinsella of CBS Wexford did the best interview for his project Eoin's Treats.

The runners-up in the junior category were Shane Moore andShane Doyle of Wexford CBS with Coinnle Ur and Shane Bergin of CBS Wexford came in third place with Bergin's Biscuit Cake.

A special award for entrepreneurial educator of the year was presented to Margo Whelan of Colaiste Bride while a social contribution award went to Cillian Dane, Cian Wright and Chris Nulty of Team Tiernan in St. Peter's College.

Gorey Guardian