Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A TEAM from St.Mary’s College finished in third place at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park last week.

The students were competing in the senior category and were presented with their awards by the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., Oisin Geoghegan of the Local Enterprise Offices and Michael Nevin, Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee for the LEOs.

(R-L) Oisin Geoghegan, Head of Local Enterprise Office Network, Minister Pat Breen T.D. (Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection), and Michael Nevin, Head of Local Enterprise Longford, with students (R-L) Anna Burke, Anna Bazin, Daire Kavanagh, Sophie Brown and Eabha Bracken O’Brien of St.Mary’s College Naas

The winning students were: Anna Burke, Sophie Brown, Anna Bazin, Daire Kavanagh and Eabha Bracken O’Brien, who worked under the guidance of their teachers Elaine Quinn and Francis Wallace. The five teenage entrepreneurs published a book entitled The Struggle is Real. The aim of the book is to offer advice and guidance to help teens overcome struggles in their lives. What makes the book unique is that it is created by young people for young people.

Peter Carey, Chief Exectuive Kildare Co Council said: “Congratulations to the students of St.Mary’s College Naas on winning this prestigious national award in Croke Parkwhich recognises all their hard work. We have seen over 200,000 students learn how to successfully run a business in the 17 years of the Student Enterprise Programme, thanks to a long-term partnership between local schools and Local Enterprise Offices. Judging by this year’s finalists and winners, the future is bright for entrepreneurs here in Kildare.”

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