Final of Educate to Innovate school awards

By Esther Hayden

Published 14/05/2016 | 00:00

CEO of Innovate Jim Hughes who will chair the judging panel.
CEO of Innovate Jim Hughes who will chair the judging panel.

This week sees the conclusion of the Educate to Innovate School awards in Gorey.

Last week the judges for the grand final which takes place in Gorey Library on Thursday were announced with CEO of Innovate, Jim Hughes, chairing the judging panel.

He will be joined by Tom Enright of Wexford County Council, Keith Groarke of AIB Gorey, Sinead O'Sullivan of Fifth Avenue and Pat Rath of Wexford Local Development.

This year the awards are sponsored by Jim Hughes and Enda Cahill of Innovate Business Technologies Ltd and have seen four schools from North Wexford and South Wicklow participating in a transition year programme.

All preliminary judging has now taken place with the school winners chosen. In addition a number of wild card entries have been selected for inclusion on the night.

Speaking at the announcement in Gorey Business Park Dick White of Gorey Chamber said: 'We are pleased to have such a high calibre panel of judges. The awards promises to be a seriously good night with representatives from Colaiste Bhride Carnew, FCJ Bunclody, Gorey Community School and Creagh College all fighting it out for the overall prize in our grand final.'

The final takes place on Thursday in Gorey Library beginning at 7pm. The four schools have all very strong entries and it is expected that it will be a very closely fought contest for the overall winner. Dick said he was very impressed with the calibre of all entries adding it was very difficult to pick a school winner in the initial stages of the competition.

For more information contact Gorey Chamber.

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