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Local Student Wins Enterprise Award

Student award winnerPictured is National Student Enterprise Award Merit winner, Aoife Ní Chuanaigh from Colaiste Ghlór na Mara in Balbriggan as she is presented with her award from Thomas McEvoy, Network Local Enterprise and Minister Pat Breen

Teenage entrepreneurs from the North County have won an award at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals last week, organised by the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) for secondary schools.

Aoife Ni Chuanaigh with her amazing book, ‘Make Every Step Count, from Colaiste Ghlor na Mara, Balbriggan won the Merit Award in the Intermediate category, in front of more than 500 guests at the awards ceremony in Croke Park.

This year’s Student Enterprise Programme attracted 22,000 student participants from 620 secondary schools around the country. A total of 200 teenage entrepreneurs, aged between 13 and 18 and from 77 different enterprises, competed at this year’s National Final, with every county and Local Enterprise Office represented.

Congratulating the local students on their award win, Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Enterprise with Fingal County Council said: “I am delighted that once again one of our North County schools has been recognised with a National award this year. We had three great entrants this year and they all did exceptionally well at the judging process at National level. Fingal continues to lead the way in the national Student Enterprise Programme with over 2,200 secondary students participating this year, from 24 schools”.

He added: “2017 is an extra special year for Local Enterprise Offices, schools, teachers and students, as we celebrate fifteen successful years of the student enterprise programme in Ireland. As we look to the future, the curriculum in schools is changing with more of an emphasis on enterprise in the classroom. The Student Enterprise Programme is a natural fit for teachers with new resources and supports available to schools throughout the county.”