Strokestown students take top honours at Student Enterprise Awards

Scoil Mhuire in Strokestown took top honours at this year’s County Roscommon Student Enterprise Awards, with their project C&C Dolls. The team of Rachel Corcoran and Emma Compton came up with the award-winning idea and they were supported along the way by teacher Nuala Rogers. The awards were presented at a special function in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, on Tuesday last. Second prize went to a team from CBS Roscommon consisting of Daryl Connolly, James Naughton, Michael Coll and Daniel Hoare. Their enterprise was entitled ‘A Blast from the Past’ and they were supported by teacher Seamus Heneghan. Third prize and the prize for best stand went to a group from Abbey Community College in Boyle for their ‘Sweeter than Sweet’ business. Students Ciara O’Sullivan, Sandra McCormack and Fiona Roddy were supported along their journey by teachers Mary Sheeran and Deirdre Geoghegan Fourth prize on the day went to a group from Convent of Mercy secondary school in Roscommon. The team members were Siobhan O’Hanrahan, Holly Oates, Fiona Madden and Grace Jordan Bernard Morahan, Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Roscommon County Enterprise Board, said, ‘Participation in the programme encourages students to consider becoming entrepreneurs in the future and they will be much better prepared by their experience. The experience of running a business brings many other benefits to students; it enhances creativity, improves communication skills and provides practical uses for business studies topics. 183 students in five schools took part in this year’s competition. Ten senior teams, involving 37 students competed at the county event and all were congratulated by Mr. Morahan on reaching the final. He also thanked County Enterprise Board staff, teachers and judges for their participation.