Newry students awarded third place in SUBWAY competition

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
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(L-R) Third place in SUBWAY® brand’s Design A Sub Challenge 2016 from St Mary’s High School: Hannah Kelly, Caitlin McCann, Blaithin Rogers, Molly O’Reilly and Niamh McAlinden

(L-R) Third place in SUBWAY® brand’s Design A Sub Challenge 2016 from St Mary’s High School: Hannah Kelly, Caitlin McCann, Blaithin Rogers, Molly O’Reilly and Niamh McAlinden

Students from St Mary’s High School have been awarded third place in a national competition set by the SUBWAY® brand, to design and market a new sandwich to be sold in over 80 stores across Northern Ireland. The team from St Mary’s High School went up against students from five other teams in the region in a head-to-head ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch in Belfast before being awarded third place. The lucky finalists also bagged themselves a share of £500 Amazon vouchers. Teams from across Northern Ireland entered the competition and, using a rigorous selection process, the entries were whittled down to just six finalists: St Louis Grammar School, St Paul’s High School, St Patrick’s Academy, St Mary’s High and two team’s from St Colman’s High and Sixth Form College, who were all asked to present to a judging panel from the SUBWAY® brand before the eventual winner was crowned.
  The team from St Mary’s High School consisted of Caitlin McCann, Hannah Kelly, Molly O’Reily, Blaithin Rogers and Niamh McAlinden. Scot Heyes, a SUBWAY® franchisee who chaired the judging panel, commented, “This is the very first time we’ve brought the Design A Sub challenge to Northern Ireland and all the students did a fantastic job.
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Jan End 2017“We were extremely impressed with their pitches and the creativity of their ideas. Their enthusiasm shone though on the judging day and they nailed what can be quite a nerve wracking presentation in front of not only the judges but all the other competing schools. “The team from St Mary’s High School clearly put a lot of thought and hard work into their entry and they should be very proud of how far they got in the competition. Selecting our overall winner was an extremely tough decision,” he added.
  Adam Twohig, Business Studies Teacher at St Mary’s High School, said, “The students thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with the Design a Sub competition. It gave them a fantastic opportunity to put the skills they are learning into practice and they all did a great job. “Being awarded third place is a brilliant achievement and excellent reward for all their hard work. Taking part in the Design a Sub competition has been a fantastic experience for them and the college is very proud of their efforts,” Adam added.
  Tied into the National Curriculum, the Design a Sub challenge asked teams to compete to create the best marketing campaign and business plan around their new Sub, based on the theme of #LiveFresh. The overall competition was won by St Patrick’s Academy for their ‘Super Sub’ design, featuring chicken breast, bacon, lettuce and BBQ sauce. The Sub will be launched in SUBWAY® stores throughout the region in late spring.
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