Longford Leader gallery: Moyne CS plait their way to student enterprise awards glory

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The Longford student enterprise awards ceremony took place in the Longford Arms Hotel, Thursday, March 21.

The initiative is run by the network of local enterprise offices of Ireland and is one of the countries most successful student enterprise programmes, averaging over 26,000 participating students every year.

“This programme dwarfs even the young scientist competition,” Head of Enterprise, Michael Nevin told the crowds.

“It is a very important programme. It will stand to you when you leave school.”

Students between 1st and 6th year in secondary schools are invited to set up and run their own business as part of the programme, which runs from September to May, giving them an insight into the life of an entrepreneur.

The Longford county winners were subsequently announced at the ceremony in the Longford Arms, with students from Ballymahon VS, Cnoc Mhuire Longford, St Mel’s, Meanscoil Mhuire, Ardscoil Phadráig Granard and Ballymahon Mercy, all competing to get the chance to compete on a regional level.

The winners in each category, at regional level, will then go onto compete in the national finals on Friday, May 3, in Croke Park, Dublin.

The winner of the senior category was revealed as Moyne Community School, for their innovative project Pretty Plaits. Their enterprise is designed to help improve people’s motor skills.

“We were all talking one day and it came up that one of the girls couldn’t make a plait and the rest of the girls were shocked. It all went from there,” the group told the Leader.

“One of our teachers pointed out that this product synchronised your hands, fingers, eyes, everything and that is really important for refining motor skills. So we realised that this product would be great for younger children, especially with technology. It is especially useful for kids with Autism.”

The students spoke of their delight at being chosen and said they were not expecting to take the overall prize. The group have big plans for their project and will trial its benefits over the course of 2019.