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Young Enterprise Competition

In March, our Transition Year students made the annual trip to Galway, to take part in a Local Enterprise competition. This competition which is open to schools all over the county was based around the creation of a product or service by TY students to sell to the public. The team that had the best idea would then go on to win.

After being told about the competition back in September, our TYs were very eager to take part in it, and hopeful that they could win. Garry Lowe, the organiser of the competition, would visit our school every few week to see what progress the teams were making.

Six months later, and the final day arrived. The four groups from our school headed to Galway, each of them hoping that their idea would win. Two of the teams designed websites as their idea, with the others producing medal holders and school pens respectively.

There were schools from all over the county in attendance the event, with many fantastic and intuitive ideas on display. A judging panel made up of business experts interviewed each team about their product, and the overall process of the competition.

After much debating, the judges announced the winners of each category, with one group from Glenamaddy TY scooping up an award. They created a local news website - 'Glenamaddy Today', which won the 'Innovation and Problem - Solving' section. The team and school were very proud of their success.

The overall winner came from Cairn College in Athenry, with four of their students setting up a barbershop. They then went on to represent County Galway at the national final in Croke Park.

Overall it was a very enjoyable and successful day for all at the event, with each group proud of what they had created and achieved over the past few months.

 

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