‘Timber Teasers’ from Moyne Community School were the overall winners in the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards.
‘Timber Teasers’ produce a range of handcrafted classic wooden puzzles that are attractively and professionally branded and packaged to the students own design. ‘Timber Teasers’ are currently available for sale in Farrell Coy, Longford town.
‘Helpful History’ from Cnoc Mhuire, Granard won the Intermediate Category. ‘Helpful History’ is a study aid for first year students. This CD covers the first year history programme and offers students a range of documents, you tube links, audio files and case studies to encourage their interest in history as a subject.
Both ‘Timber Teasers’ and ‘Helpful History’ will now represent Longford at the National Student Enterprise Awards Final in Croke Park on Wednesday, April 2.
Runners-up in the county final on Tuesday, March 4 were ‘A Bright Idea’ from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon who manufactured lamps from recycled materials.
Longford Shopping Centre was a hive of activity for the county final, sponsored and organised by Longford County Enterprise Board.
Five secondary schools - Cnoc Mhuire, Moyne CS, Mercy Ballymahon, Scoil Mhuire and St Mel’s College - took part in this year’s mini-business award with 14 groups of transition students and two entries from 2nd years showing a high degree of innovation and good commercial awareness.
A wide range of business products and services were displayed on the day including, puzzles, knitted crafts, educational aids and gift wares and a number of very innovative new products.
Other notable winners included, ‘Crafty Knitwear’ from St Mel’s who produced a range of trendy knitted hats.‘Enchanted Crafts’ from Scoil Mhuire won Best Display for their creative display of craft products. ‘Eazy Readz’ from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon also won an award for their very innovative device that helps readers hold their book in one hand.
Michael Nevin, CEO of the County Enterprise Board congratulated all the students who participated and emphasized the important role the Enterprise Board has in introducing students to the world of enterprise.
The Enterprise Board is dependant on the goodwill of teachers to successfully implement this programme and is grateful to Maire Butler Scoil Mhuire, Sarah Stephens Cnoc Mhuire, Michael Galvin St Mel’s, Kate Bohan Mercy Ballymahon and Padraig Doherty Moyne in particular for their support during the programme and Jim Behan of Longford Shopping Centre for kindly hosting the final.
Acknowledgement must also be made to the entertainers on the day, finalists from Longford Youth Factor, a talent competition organised and run by the Attic Youth Café. Longford Shopping Centre proved to be a platform showcasing commercial, artistic and performance talents of which Longford Students should be very proud.