Tyler, Jade, Sophie and Christian with Linda McCormack and Sheila Sheehy, Kilkenny City Vocational School with Seasonal Sensations during the School Enerprise Awards in the Newpark Hotel. Photo: Pat M
It keeps getting better and better for Kilkenny City Vocational School.
The school must still be glowing after the recent highly-commendatory report from the Department of Education, and then, last Wednesday, KCVS students swept all before them at the Kilkenny county final of the Student Enterprise Awards. The team of Tyler O'Callaghan, Jade Soames, Christian Neagu and Sophie Hartford Reade emerged victorious with their project 'Seasonal Sensations'.
Their business uses recycled raw materials to make creative products themed around various seasons. They were very resourceful in terms of how they utilised labour and raw material to create a successful business.
Runners up in the senior category were 'Handmade Wooden Crafts', run by Jack Moylan a student from Duiske College. Third prize went to 'Erase-a-Board' from CBS Kilkenny. They came up with the idea after seeing teachers get frustrated with cleaning the whiteboard in school.
Kian Maher and Tomas Sebok from Coláiste Eamann Rís, Callan will represent Kilkenny in the intermediate category with their craft business 'TK Ceramics Ltd'.
In the junior category, the winners were announced as Aimee O'Brien, Ciara Treacy, Molly Dunne, Emma Cahill and Hannah Wallace from St Brigid’s College in Callan, with their themed and key word bookmarks project.
The judges were very impressed with ‘Racing Tech’ , a project being developed by Brian Bolger, a student from Duiske College. A rower in Graignamanagh Boat Club, he came up with an innovative design with the intention of making rowing race starts completely fair.
It took him two months to learn to the coding he needed. Brian was awarded the Science & Technology which is sponsored by Institute of Technology, Carlow.
“I like this kind of thing - I want to be an electrical engineer,” Brian told the Kilkenny People.
The Best Branding Award sponsored by the ThreeSixty was awarded to ‘Splash Sisters’ from St Brigid’s College, Callan.
Fiona Deegan, Head of Enterprise (Acting) from the Local Enterprise Office Kilkenny, praised the teachers and local schools involved in the programme.
“The Student Enterprise Awards encourages and enables students to take on the world of business and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set,” she said.
“By fostering an enterprising culture in the classroom, the Local Enterprise Office is working with teachers and schools to help nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.”
The three category winners Seasonal Sensations, TK Ceramics Ltd and Fresh Minds will now prepare for the national finals which will be held on May 3 in Croke Park.