Student Cillian an enterprise champ
Rathnew teen's tables win national recognition
There were huge celebrations in Rathnew last week as a local student was crowned the intermediate champion at the Student Enterprise Programme national finals.
Coláiste Chill Mhantáin student Cillian Scott was awarded first place in the intermediate category in front of 500 guests at the awards ceremony in Croke Park last Wednesday (May 3).
It's not the first time the Rathnew teen has hit the headlines, having showcased his business 'Scott Engine Tables' on the Late Late Show back in February. Cillian converts car engines into attractive coffee tables, with the finished product very similar to the coffee table that featured on the BBC show 'Top Gear'.
Sadhbh Durston from Coláiste Chroabh Abhainn in Kilcoole and Eoin Kavanagh from Coláiste Bhríde in Carnew were also among the 200 teenage entrepreneurs from 77 different enterprises which competed at the national finals.
Organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), this year's Student Enterprise Programme attracted 22,000 entries from 620 secondary schools across the country. The year-long programme helps each student to gain the skills and practical knowledge needed to run a business.
Sheelagh Daly, Head of Enterprise at LEO Wicklow, said the body was 'delighted' to see Wicklow win another national student enterprise title.
'Cillian's innovative idea has generated such interest throughout this year and we are delighted that his hard work has been acknowledged on the national stage,' she said. 'The dedication and support of the teachers and school community are key to the continued development and success of the programme and I would like to acknowledge the excellent work that is being done in schools around the county to support Student Enterprise.'
Bryan Doyle, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council, also added his congratulations saying that Cillian and his fellow finalists Sadhbh and Eoin were 'excellent representatives of a generation of dynamic, confident teens in Wicklow with true entrepreneurial spirit who are not afraid to rise to the challenge of taking an idea and develop it into a successful business.
Cillian's win comes hot on the heels of Luke Byrne's success, with the Colaiste Chraobh Abhann student and his 'Headphone Helpers' winning the senior category and the overall title at last year's awards. Former St David's student Ciara Wooley and her 'Irish Baubles' company also won the senior and overall title in 2012.