Mearns Castle High entrepreneurs prove they really are On the Go

Mearns Castle High School's On the Go team, standing, from left, Casey Williamson, Adam Rose and Priya Brad; 'sitting, Poppy Robinson, Gemma Woods, Brad Wildman, Nicola Cole and Jemima Dover.
Mearns Castle High School's On the Go team, standing, from left, Casey Williamson, Adam Rose and Priya Brad; 'sitting, Poppy Robinson, Gemma Woods, Brad Wildman, Nicola Cole and Jemima Dover.

Young entrepreneurs from Mearns Castle High won their way through to compete in the final of a competition against 15 other schools from across Scotland.

The Newton Mearns team travelled to Edinburgh for the final of the Festival of Youth Enterprise Championship 2019.

And although they didn’t win – the eventual champions were Fortrose Academy from the Highlands – it was an enjoyable learning experience for all involved.

The competition is one of the biggest highlights of the year for Young Enterprise Scotland (YES).

Set up in 1992, YES supports around 15,000 young people each year, helping them develop their business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills.

The Mearns Castle High team – On the Go – were Casey Williamson, Adam Rose, Priya Brad, Poppy Robinson, Gemma Woods, Brad Wildman, Nicola Cole and Jemima Dover.

The On the Go team members are passionate about environmental issues, therefore in order to help combat the issue of single-use plastic, their product was a variety of stainless steel water bottles that keep drinks hot or cold over time.

Products created by other teams included fashion t-shirts upcycled from charity shops or donations; tartan wall art with Scottish themed wooden shapes; Standing Stone wooden clocks made from recycled pallet wood; and new fresh scented candles made from melting down old candles.

The winning team from Fortrose Academy created a range of propducts for people suffering from dementia, including a Dementia Mitt and an innovative Past Times game.

Geoff Leask, chief executive of Young Enterprise Scotland, said: “We work throughout the year to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise through our broad range of programmes.

“This event was an opportunity to celebrate some of the great achievements by young people, their educators and our volunteers.

“I congratulate all who participated and wish Fortrose Academy all the best for the UK final later this month.”