THREE talented teenagers took time out for an official photo shoot at Portlaoise CBS, as they celebrated an award in the national Student Enterprise final.
Laois local enterprise office (LEO) congratulated the students on their brilliant achievement, which saw them take first prize in the ‘Most Effective Use of Social Media’ category.
Senior students Colm Byrne, Aaron Dooley and Adam Ramsbottom, under the guidance of teacher Deirdre Moore, won the award for their company ‘O-Glo’, which manufactures handmade candle holders using poured concrete, which is fired and spray painted.
They enjoyed a photo shoot with professional photographer Alf Harvey, organised by Laois LEO to honour their achievement.
The final of the enterprise programme was broadcast virtually from Croke Park in May, when Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Ambassador Derval O’Rourke joined RTÉs Rick O’Shea, as students and teachers watched across the country.
A total of 72 student enterprises competed in Ireland’s largest entrepreneurship programme for second level students. The initiative, funded by the government through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by 31 LEOs around the country, involved 29,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools nationwide.
Mr Varadkar told students: “Everyone who took part should be very proud of all that they have achieved. Special mention to their teachers, parents and all those who helped them along the way. The ability to create an idea, turn it into a business and to run that business is a skill that will be invaluable later in life.”
Laois LEO head of enterprise Evelyn Reddin said: “We would like to congratulate the students, their families and their teachers at St Mary’s CBS, Portlaoise on winning this national award in Croke Park. We would also like to pay tribute to all the other finalists and participants from Laois, who are impressive ambassadors for student enterprise in the county.”