THE AWARDS have continued to flow for a team of young entrepreneurs from a Hucknall school in the innovative HSBC Young Enterprise scheme.
Last month, the Dispatch reported on the success of the Spectrum group of sixth-form students at the National Church of England Academy on Annesley Road.
The 16-to-18-year-olds came second overall in the area finals and took the award for best presentation. This was on the back of a business venture selling packets of seeds that produce coloured blooms which relate to the colours of birthstones.
The next stage was the Nottinghamshire finals against some of the top schools in the county.
National teenagers scooped the prizes for ‘most innovative product’ and ’health and safety’.
They were pipped for the overall title by the Minster School at Southwell whose team now going on to the national finals.
But the National students have been lavished with praise from teacher Jim Parker, who is head of business at the academy.
He said: “They did really well. They beat teams from the likes of Nottingham High School and other top schools in the county.
“They really held their own. To take two more awards is a real achievement, especially as our project was one of the few that created a product from scratch.”
National has been involved in Young Enterprise for more than a decade. The project involves students launching their own business, complete with directors.
OUR PHOTO shows the members of Spectrum at the Nottinghamshire finals. They are (from left) — Front Row: Isaac Johnson, Olivia Swincoe, Lucy Wells, Joseph Krogulec, Hollie Beard. Back Row: Daniel Siddle, Grace Morley, Daniel Hart, James Overton, Ashley Gould, Matt Hunt, Lydia Pieczka, Rachel Hudson, Olivia Langston.