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Anti-spiking device wins enterprise challenge

Award presentationA device designed to stop drink spiking has won its Catholic Cathedral College developers the 2008 Canterbury regional Young Enterprise Scheme Award.

“Spikey” grabbed local and national media attention for the Clever Kids company behind the device and means the team members Rodelyn Avila, Hannah Freestone and Jeanette Butler have won $250, the regional YES trophy, and a trip to Wellington to compete in the national awards in November. The team also won a media and marketing award for their excellent use of media campaigns.

Team member Rodelyn Avila will start her tertiary studies on a high note with a $4300 scholarship from the University of Canterbury College of Business and Economics.

The awards, organised in 2008 by Canterbury Development Corporation’s Outside The Square team, are assessed on a combination of marks from their business presentation to business judges, the year’s work, operation of their business and their annual report.

Presenting the awards mayor Bob Parker said young people were a necessity for the city’s future.

Regional runner-up was team “Zweet” from Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, who also won the ASB Bank Excellence Award for Financial Management and the Outside The Square Co-ordinator’s Communication Award.

The inaugural Science Alive Innovation Award went to “Eminence”, an Avonside Girls High School team.

Canterbury Development Corporation Chief Executive Bill Luff thanked the generous support of local business people for making the awards possible.

Full awards list

Regional Winner
Clever Kids, Catholic Cathedral College
Regional Runner-Up
Zweet, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Teacher of the Year
Richard Jolly, Catholic Cathedral College
Mentors of the Year
Mark and Jocelyn Larson, Kaiapoi High School
Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme University of Canterbury College of Business and Economics Student of the Year Scholarship 2008
Rodelyn Avila, Catholic Cathedral College
Science Alive Innovation Award
Eminence, Avonside Girls’ High School
ASB Bank Excellence Award for Financial Management
Zweet, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School

Outside The Square Co-ordinator Awards

Sustainability
Envirofern, St Thomas of Canterbury
Media and marketing
Clever Kids, Catholic Cathedral College
Business Practice
EB Tech, Rangiora High School
Communication
Zweet, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
Commitment
Middleton Grange Knights

July 2008