Student Enterprise Board County Final 2013
On February 22nd 2013, there was great activity and excitement when over 100 secondary school students from across Westmeath competed in the 2013 Westmeath Student Enterprise Finals. Thirty three projects had been short-listed for these annual awards that encourage students to develop a viable business idea.
The competition is open to all students from first years up to senior years, and there are 3 categories in the competition, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. The schools that reached the County Final were St. Josephs College, Summerhill, Athlone ; Loreto College, Mullingar ; Colaiste Cionn Torc, Castlepollard ; Athlone Community College, ; Moate Community School; Mercy Secondary School, Kilbeggan ; Our Ladys Bower, Athlone, Marist College, Athlone and St. Marys CBS, Mullingar.
Each year, our judges and members of the public that come to view the competition entrants are amazed at the ingenuity and hard work that students have put into their business projects. This year saw huge diversity amongst the projects and included, development of smart phone applications, labour saving devices, educational aids, beauty products, safety devices, craft designs, storage solutions, musical instruments and video greeting cards. The judges had a hard job trying to select just one winner in each caterory to represent Westmeath in the National Finals in Croke Park on April 17th.
The winners in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior categories were announced
as follows :
|SLS Locker Supplies
||Our Ladys Bower, Athlone
Aoife Ryan & Eimear Gill
|Athlone Hand Painted Glass
||St. Josephs Summerhill, Athlone
||Shannon Sumner & Jennifer Gormley|
||Moate Community College||Mairead Mc Cormack, Andrea Lynam, Dearbhla O Reilly, Ella O Neill
Winning the award for the Most Innovative Project in the Senior Cateogry was Feed at Ease, (a cattle feeding device) developed by Rachel Maguire, Laura Daly, Ciara Cullinane and Sinead Holloway from Moate Community College.The Most Innovative Project in the Junior / Intermediate category was CDS (a Spanish drum) also from Moate Community College, developed by Sean Woods, Darren Brown and Cialan Dollard.
A special Students Award voted by the participating students went to 'Flash and Walk' - a dog collar with lights developed by Athlone Community College students, Luke Dolan, Dylan Conroy and Samuel Rosney.
Pictured below are the Winners on the Day.
Winner in the Senior Category, Aoife Ryan, Eimear Gill and Tracey Tallon from Westmeath CEB.
Winner in the Intermdiate Category, Jennifer Gormley, Aileen Duffy and Shannon Sumner.
Winners in the Junior Category, ME GUSTA, Mairead Mc Cormack, Andrea Lynam, Jillian Shaw (Westmeath CEB) and Dearbhla O'Reilly.