Athlone Community College have been announced as the Secondary School overall winner of the Arcadia Creative Climate Awards 2023.
The school took part in the Arcadia Creative Climate Awards 2023 where they were challenged to think what Athlone will look like in 2050 and how we should all prepare for these environmental changes.
The Arcadia Creative Climate Awards project is being run in conjunction with the Cllr.Frankie Keena, ‘Junior Mayor’ initiative, with its central theme of ‘giving young people a voice’.
Athlone Community College are the Secondary School overall winners for the second consecutive year in a row. This year’s team consisted of Nikka Campbell (Junior Mayor) Fionnan Mulvey (Student Council President), Ryan Dolan, Sean Brennan, Molly Mulvihill Wilkins, Sam Brooks, Gabriel Keane. They were mentored by teacher David Hughes.
The students created a website, exhibited a display and were interviewed by judges. They were highly commended. Their project brief was to look at how climate change and environmental impacts can be planned for and mitigated at a local and global level.
This year the team worked on issues ranging from what Athlone will look like into 2050 to Transport, Tourism and Flooding as well as looking into more global issues such as Black Solider Fly Larvae being used for a protein source for humans.
As well as being the Secondary Schools overall winner ACC Against Climate Change, Athlone Community College, won the awards for the “Best Global Impact” and “Most Imaginative Project”.
Fiachra McLoughlin, Director Arcadia Retail Park, commented that “we would like to congratulate the winners of the Arcadia Creative Climate Awards 2023. We would also like to thank each of the schools for their participation, there was a tremendous amount of effort put in by all the teams and their teachers. The standard of entries and work done by the students was exceptionally high.”