Newry Junior Chamber hosts successful school’s ‘Dragon’s Den’

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
To complete their 10th year, Newry Junior Chamber organised a “Dragons Den” competition between schools from the greater Newry Area. The event pitted students from local schools against each other by preparing a business plan and present it, with one group determined the winner. The event was sponsored by Crash Services “The Accident Management People” and was held in MJM Marine’s spectacular new business centre in Carnbane Industrial Estate Newry. Having held heats within the schools in recent weeks, the winners from 5 schools were selected to go the final and they pitched to the panel of “Dragons”, Michael McKeown (Crash Services), Brian McConville (MJM Marine Group), Feargal McCormack (Managing Partner FPM Accountants) and Paul Braham (Braham Electricals) to win the title. After some fantastic presentations and some heavy questioning by the Dragons, Conal McNally and Lauren Keegan of St Patrick’s High School, Keady were pronounced the winner after difficult deliberation by the judges. Brendan Malone, President of Newry Junior said that the presentations were fantastic and the creativity and passion shown by the students was heart warming. “The students displayed great poise as their plans went under scrutiny but they also received tremendous praise from the panel,” Brendan explained. He thanked the “Dragons”, the sponsor and the host but particular praise was reserved for the students and their teachers for their tremendous effort over the past months. Michael McKeown also commended the students for their participation and that our future lies in promoting and realising the potential that was clearly shown today. He thanked Newry Junior Chamber for organising the successful event.
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