Students win business prize

FOUR Dundalk Grammar School students who set up a chocolate mini company won second prize in a national competition.

FOUR Dundalk Grammar School students who set up a chocolate mini company won second prize in a national competition.

Transition Year students Mandy Leung, Victoria Lewis, Ciaran Walsh and Niamh Donaghy wowed judges of the “Get up and go” mini company competition.

The students’ chocolate company ‘BitterSweet’ makes and sells handmade chocolate aimed at both children and adults.

The national final of the “Get up and go” mini company competition took place on Thursday, April 7 in the Osprey Hotel in Naas, Co Kildare.

BitterSweet was up against 27 other companies from across Ireland, which had all been selected from regional finals.

The four Dundalk Grammar students were delighted to be awarded second place in the presentation category of the awards.

Speaking at the event, Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon, said that mini-companies come up with excellent ideas covering everything from recycling to innovative websites and new mobile phone apps and that we are seeing more and more clever use of technology.

“It is this kind of technical innovation which will power the smart economy in the future and it is great to see this being nurtured in our schools,” he said.

Dundalk Grammar School is currently on a winning streak. Last month, 4th year Dundalk Grammar student, Brian O’Sullivan, won two gold medals in the International School Swimming Championships in Dublin. Its racing team has also been named national F1 champions for the second year in a row.