Three Elphin students secure Junk Kouture ‘Golden Ticket’

Vanessa Kielty models the design STEMinist which she designed with fellow students Martha Nugent and Mary McNulty from Elphin Community College. Pic: Brian McEvoy

Three students from Elphin Community College were among ten winners of a golden ticket to represent Ireland at the Junk Kouture World Final which takes place later this year.

Vanessa Kielty, Martha Nugent and Mary McNulty’s creation STEMinist was among the successful entries at the Dublin Finals in the 3Arena on Thursday night last.

The three students also appeared on a special segment of the Late Late Show last Friday evening.

STEMinist was created to encourage more girls to become involved in STEM subjects. The design was made from old electrical wiring and a copper water cylinder, nuts and bolts, rusted corrugated iron, a high-vis jacket, disused landscape netting, tool mats, gears and plastic.

Their entry was chosen alongside nine other winners by judges Louis Walsh, Keilidh Cashell, Tara Kumar and Stephen McLaughlin.

The girls will now travel to the 2023 Junk Kouture World Final in Ovo Arena Wembley in London on October 12th to battle it out with 50 other teams from cities such as London, Paris, and Milan in order to become World Designer of the Year.

Last Thursday’s Dublin City Final at the 3Arena can be viewed at 7 pm on May 18th on RTÉ 2 and the RTÉ Player.