Offaly’s most enterprising students rewarded

PRIMARY school pupils around Offaly have been rewarded for their entrepreneurial abilities by the Offaly County Enterprise Board as part of its ‘Most Enterprising Student’ initiative.

PRIMARY school pupils around Offaly have been rewarded for their entrepreneurial abilities by the Offaly County Enterprise Board as part of its ‘Most Enterprising Student’ initiative.

Now in its thirteenth year this awards scheme is designed to introduce the concept of enterprise to primary school children.

Every year Offaly County Enterprise Board offers primary schools throughout the county the opportunity to nominate their Most Enterprising Student. The student can have achieved anything, they may be running their own mini-business, or have shown determination, initiative, leadership or other skills. It offers schools an opportunity to give recognition to a student who inspires, is enterprising or excels in other ways.

This year 24 schools entered, and were included in a draw for an interactive whiteboard. The draw took place at the Offaly CEB Board meeting in May and St Francis Boys National School in Clara was the lucky winner.

Geraldine Beirne, Business Executive with the Board visited each of the participating schools over the past month to present the awards to the winners. Students had the opportunity to ask Ms Beirne questions regarding enterprise and the role of the Enterprise Board.

“Every year I am impressed at the level of interest in enterprise by the students,” commented Ms Beirne. “The range of businesses run by the children and their ability to manage a successful small enterprise never ceases to amaze, with this year being no exception. The skills and self-determination shown by the winners is quite remarkable.”

Examples of the businesses run by students include catching and selling fish, handmade cards, innovative note finders, free range eggs and personalized calendars. Each student receives a framed certificate,e50 book token and a prize pack.

The following schools and selected pupils were visited by Geraldine Beirne and presented with their Most Enterprising Student awards over the last number of weeks:

JorDyn Kavanagh from Lumcloon National School, Cloghan, 4th and 5th class from Scoil Charthaigh Naofa, Rahan, Aaron McDermott from Scoil Bhride, Croghan, Victor Muojej from Tullamore Educate Together, Sean Duffy from St Francis Boys School, Clara, Paula Donnelly from Ceann Eitigh NS, Kinnitty, Britney Buckley, St Mary’s NS, Pullough, Tiarnan Quinn, from Scoil Bhride BNS, Tullamore.

Lochlann Kavanagh from Mountbolus NS, Joe Crilly from Scoil Shinchill, Killeigh, Jack Pilkington from Daingean NS, Melanie Lyons from High Street NS, Belmont, Claire Sheerin from St Manchan’s NS, Tubber, John Mahon from St Kieran’s NS, Broughall, Jennifer Nolan from Coolderry Central School, Eimear Buckley from Scoil Mhuire, Kilcormac, Keisha Byrne from the Mercy Primary School, Birr, Valerie Keogh from Scoil N Mhuire, Cloneygowan.

Eleanor Guinan and Niamh Murray from St Ciarans Mixed NS, Boher, Emma Mulrooney from Seir Kieran’s National School, Clareen, Nicole Davern, Grace Lynch and Emer Ryan from Scoil Bhride, Ballyboy, Kilcormac, JP Ganly from Coolanarney National School, Blueball, Niall Hehir from St Brendan’s Primary School Birr and Brandon Scally from Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Rhode.

Congratulations to all of Offaly’s Most Enterprising Students who offer great hope for the future. Offaly County Enterprise Board would like to express its sincere thanks to the teachers, parents and principals for their continued interest and involvement in the scheme.