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Students Impress at Student County Enterprise Board Awards

Well done to Killina Presentation Secondary School TY students who did so well at the County Enterprise Board Awards on Wednesday 25th March. The school were delighted to receive the following awards;

  • Students Choice Award
  • Special Merit Award for Innovation
  • Best Use of Technology
  • 2nd Overall Award

After two and a half hours of judging, the verdicts came in. The first business to receive an award was Cliplox, winning the Students’ Choice Award. Team members Sarah Bracken, Ger Godly, Emily Tierney, Michael Hickey and Derek Mooney took to the stage on a wave of support from fellow students, who voted Cliplox as the best mini-company on the day.

And there was no time to rest on their laurels! Almost immediately after, they were straight back up on stage, this time to receive a special merit award for innovation. Their clever concept of a magnetic hair-clip holder that can attach to mirrors and walls clearly impressed the judges. The professional appearance of this high-quality, innovative product means it not only eliminates an age-old problem for ladies (and guys with long hair), but looks good doing it!

The next Killina company to be awarded for their achievements was Finding First Year. Team members Conor Owens, Darren Burke, Stephen Cowen, Thomas Dolan and Dan O’Connor received the award for best use of technology and social media for the slick-looking e-book edition of their product, Finding First Year.

This well-received book is a guide to the challenges of secondary school for incoming first years. Written by secondary school students, for secondary school students, Finding First Year provides in-depth advice on all of the problems, challenges and queries a student starting second-level education may have.

The final Killina team to be honoured were Keep Cool, receiving the 2nd overall prize. Unfortunately they just missed out in what was an extremely competitive contest to represent Offaly in Croke Park this April; choosing a winner was said to be a “mammoth task” by the judges.

Keep Cool researched and developed a unique range of therapeutic hypothermia equipment, for the emergency treatment of brain-damage in Cardiac Arrest, Stroke, and sports related head-injuries such as concussion. Since the start of TY, it has come from an idea to a finished product that will hopefully have positive effects in the real world.

Creative Creations (previously known as Santa’s Little Helpers) received much positive feed-back from both judges and fellow exhibitors for their charming range of personalised cards and gifts. Team members Shauna Connolly, Katie Bryant, Denise Condron, Rachel Downes and Sinéad Kearney impressed with their turning of a passion for arts and crafts into a profitable business.

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Pictured above Team members Sarah Bracken, Ger Godly, Emily Tierney, Michael Hickey and Derek Mooney of business company Cliplox who won the Students' Choice Award. 

Keep Cool mini company pictured above who received the 2nd overall prize.

Pictured above Killina company Finding First Year team members Conor Owens, Darren Burke, Stephen Cowen, Thomas Dolan and Dan O’Connor who received the award for best use of technology and social media.

Pictured above "Keep Cool" mini company who finished in 2nd place receiving their awards.