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Buncrana students take top prize 25.03.19

TWO enterprising young students from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana took the top prize in the intermediate category at the recent finals of the Donegal Student Enterprise Programme when 36 teams from 13 schools around the county competed.
Andrew Jackson and Cole Sheridan of Inishowen Slate Crafts, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana who won the Intermediate prize.
Cole Sheridan and Andrew Jackson took the Intermediate award with their business Inishowen Slate Crafts, while students from Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, scooped the overall winners’ prize.
The Donegal students Aodhan McCrudden, Luke Kelly and Cormac Sweeney impressed the judges with their ‘Growth’ business,’ aimed at promoting greener and more environmentally friendly garden products.
The Student Enterprise Programme is part of a national programme for secondary level school students with the ambition of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship. It also allows students to understand the potential of being self employed as a career choice while educating them on the principles of business.
In Donegal the programme started in September with an idea generation workshop delivered at several locations across the county.
Students in the participating schools then progressed to develop a business idea and began trading ahead of the county final in Letterkenny last week.
The high standard of all the entries meant the judges - Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill, Martin O’Reilly from O’Reilly Sports in Ballybofey and Aisling Arnold from Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy - had a difficult task when they met the young entrepreneurs last Thursday.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney praised the students for the standard of their entries.
“The Local Enterprise Office is geared towards promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Donegal and it is tremendous to see the enthusiasm and dedication the participating teams have demonstrated,” he said.
The winners of each category will now go on to the National Final on 3rd May in Croke Park in Dublin to represent Donegal.
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