CBS Roscommon were the big winners at the 2007 Student Enterprise Awards which were presented at the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Wednesday of this week. The awards are sponsored by the Roscommon County Enterprise Board who were represented by Peter Rafter, Asst. Chief Executive; Tony Dawson, Chairman of the Board; Anya Grealy, Secretary and by Louise Ward and Ann Browne. Peter Rafter praised the very high standard of this year’s entries and thanked the four schools who were represented on the day. He also thanked the students and teachers who took the time and effort to enter the competition. One hundred and thirteen students took part in the competition in total and 11 senior teams were represented by 35 students on the day of the prize-giving. Four schools — Convent of Mercy, Roscommon; Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown; Elphin Community College and CBS Roscommon were represented on the day. James Donlon of Westbic spoke on behalf of the judges and he complimented the groups involved. He praised the students and said that the judges were hugely impressed by the students’ interview skills in particular which he said were up to 3rd level standard. Mr. Donlon added that there were excellent team skills displayed in all the final entries and he said the judges were looking for a level of creativity and market potential in particular. Certificates were presented to all students present on the day and the overall winning entries were announced by Secretary of the Board, Anya Grealy. They were as follows: Best stand on the day – ‘Give me Five Fingers-Puppets’ (cheque for €300) to Elphin Commuinity College — Breege Gibbons, Claire Kelly and Karen Murphy. Most Innovative Entry – ‘Best We Forget’ (cheque for €400) from Kevin O’Malley of Roscommon CBS. This was a tribute DVD to remember the events at the World Trade Centre. 3rd place overall (cheque for €500) ‘Ross Leather Craft’ — CBS Roscommon (Niall Flanagan, Darragh McGovern, Declan Kelly, Joseph Downes & Leo Nally. They presented a range of handmade belts and wristbands. 2nd place overall (cheque for €750) ‘Jacket Racket’ Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown — Nathan Hunt, Sinead Foy, Sheila Cox & Jason Hagen. Their project was a school jacket designed and sold by the students at €40 each. 1st prize overall (cheque for €1,000) ‘DCK Photo Design’ — CBS Roscommon — Carlo Morelli, David Corcoran, Keith Hoare — a specialist printed photo service on slate. The winning entry will represent Roscommon at the National Student Enterprise Awards Final in Tullamore in May. The overall school award went to Roscommnon CBS which received a cheque for €1300 and a glass crystal piece for the school. Presentations were also made to the teachers in each school who were involved in mentoring the projects. They were: Elphin Community College (Marie Lee); Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown (Bernie Condron, Nuala Rogers, Tricia Dolan); Convent of Mercy, Roscommon (Niall Cunningham); CBS Roscommon (James Brennan) and a special presentation was also made to Mary Mullins of the Roscommon County Development Board who also helped with the competition.