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TY pupils take home Student Enterprise award

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Eoghan McCabe, Tara McGuinness, Gemma Murphy and Grace Duffy, Ardee Community School members of the Mini Company ÒPhoto BoothÓ who won the best display award at the Local Enterprise Office Louth, County Finals of the Student Enterprise Awards pictured receiving their award from Cllr. Paul Bell, Chairman of Louth County Council and Teacher Jacinta Brady. Photo Credit: Ken Finegan
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Transition Year students from Ardee Community School attended the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk on Tuesday last for the Louth Student Enterprise Awards – and one group walked away with a award for their efforts.

TY pupils Grace Duffy, Tara McGuinness, Gemma Murphy and Eoghan McCabe were among ten winners on the day, taking home the award for the Best Display Stand for their enterprise ‘The Photobooth Company’.

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Over 200 students attended the event as students were rewarded for their creativity, communication, entrepreneurial and practical skills implemented in taking their business ideas and making them a reality. Among them were other TY Enterprise groups from Ardee CS including ‘Cute as a Button’ who made homemade gifts and crafts, ‘Positivi-tees’ who made positive mental health packs and ‘Ardee Hey’ tshirts (they also donated their profits to SOSAD) and ‘AmClár who made timetable keyrings for first year students.

Speaking at the event, LEO Louth’s Business Advisor Peggy McGlynn said, “This year saw 52 mini companies from second level schools in the county making it to county final. Companies ranged from a Dundalk FC themed board game to handcrafted medal display packs and personalised pictures using pebbles & twigs in 3D frames.

“There were animal friendly bowties & bandanas for dogs to Bee friendly seed bombs with flower seeds, a music portfolio website to natural mineral based hand blended highlighters. There were also high quality original button products to a teen health website and a published Life Skills booklet,” she continued.

“It was great to see the levels of enterprise and innovation amongst the students. Student Enterprise Awards continues to offer students the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management and finally writing a comprehensive report on their activities.”

McGlynn also took time to thank everyone involved with the event where ten companies were awarded prizes in the senior category.

“A big thank you to all the teachers who support and encourage these mini companies year after year and our thanks also to our judges, who are an independent panel of business experts,” she said.

The winners on the day including Ardee Community School’s The Photobooth Company, De La Salle Dundalk’s Better Bites, St Marys Dundalk’s Dunopoly, Dundalk Grammar School’s Fab Frames and Bush Secondary School’s Pebble Pictures.

‘Dunopoly’ who will represent Louth at National Finals in Croke Park in May together with Intermediate category winner ‘Cute as a Button’ from Dun Lughaidh and Junior category winner ‘Daisy’s Pawesome Bowties’ from Our Lady’s Secondary School Drogheda.

Back in December, the TY students from Ardee Community School held their own Transition Year Fair at Ardee Parish Centre – you can check out the photos from the day here.

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