Congratulations to the budding young economists in Our Lady’s, who were successful in the Young Economist of the Year competition 2020, with five groups winning silver and two groups winning bronze, over a number of categories.  This competition which attracted a huge entry, showcases and acknowledges the work of students and their teachers in creating innovative projects across a wide range of economic concepts and topics, with a particular emphasis this year on sustainability.

5th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right)- Cian McKenna, Dara Brennan, Ruadhan Curran and Mark Burns

There were five groups entered in the Transition year level.  Ruadhan Curran, Cian McKenna, Dara Brennan and Mark Burns investigated and compared the cost of living in different parts of Ireland, they received special recognition for their project from IGEES, (Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service) , receiving medals, certificates and jumpers as their prize. David McGinn, David Moorehead, Caolan Reilly and Conor Boyle decided to research   the potential outcome if college fees were to be introduced and received silver for their efforts. Kaitlin Brereton posed the question

5th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right)- David McGinn, David Moorehead, Conor Boyle, Caolan Reilly

“Is Poverty inevitable” and earned silver for her very interesting project. Paudie Heavin, Fionn Harrigan, Killian Carragher and Jamie Hanley investigated how many trees it would take to reduce our carbon footprint and received silver for their very topical entry.

5th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right)- Paudie Heavin and Fionn Harrigan

Ciaran Markey and Thomas Hughes title was “Data centres are not as green as they seem” and received bronze for their project.

5th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right) Thomas Hughes and Ciaran Markey

In 5th year there were two groups in the Senior level competition.  Gordon Chi, Kornelia Ligudzinska, Joseph McNaney, Siobhan Kelly and Ciaran Martin investigated the presence of sweatshops and their effects, winning bronze.  Vincent Chen, Lea Marie Pengal, Andrew Duffy and Joshua Ward researched how human rights will be improved by the sustainable development goals and received silver.

6th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right)- Joseph McNaney, Kornelia Ligudzinska, Siobhan Kelly, Ciaran Martin and Gordon Chi

Economics teacher, Ms Kathryn Clarke was fulsome in her praise of her students whom she said had really embraced the competition and showed great initiative and interest in the topics they had chosen to explore, they are already looking forward to next year’s competition!

6th Year Students Pictured (Left to Right) Vicent Chen, Andrew Duffy, Joshua Ward