LUXEMBOURG – The Jonk Entrepreneuren rewarded high school student projects on Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce.
Catherine Adam, from Lycée Aline-Mayrisch, worked hard in her kitchen to find the right recipe. She fumbled with different foods. Seeds, worms… All to sell the food for the benefit of Natur&ëmwelt. And, even if “it’s not perfect yet”, her project “Vogel Futter”, understand “food for birds”, basically earned the 12-year-old girl the first prize at the Junior Project Awards distributed this Tuesday. morning by the Jonk Entrepreneuren, in the lower secondary cycle category.
In all, 17 projects were in the running, with teams of one to 13 students from lower and upper secondary cycles and a jury of professionals called upon to decide between the students’ ideas and their presentation. “We saw some fairly innovative projects that we had been missing for a few years,” explain Elsa Ferreira Barbosa from UBS and Gianluca Marine him, from SOVI Solutions, both members of the jury. “It allowed us to identify a top 5. Afterwards, the quality of the files and the presentation allowed us to decide between them”.
“Vegan food can be very good”
But there was a match and the choice was not easy, the jurors tell us. In the end, it was a duo from Aline-Mayrisch who came to get the first prize in the upper cycle category. Léa Gilniat and Lyne Haupert, both 17, have been involved throughout the year in “Monday goes vegan”, a project to promote vegan food. “It’s important that people know that vegan can be good, it’s not just tofu, it can be very good. And that’s important for the environment.”
Cooking workshops, marketing, home… The two high school girls (there were five of them at the start) tried all year long to motivate those around them and their classmates to eat vegan. And the prize will “encourage them to continue next year”. Same motivation for Catherine Adam. She already wants to go back to the kitchen with worms and seeds to find the perfect recipe for the birds.
The Junior Project Awards are prizes awarded by the Jonk Entrepreneuren, which encourage young people in the country to turn to entrepreneurship. The Awards want to promote the projects undertaken by the students and allow them to develop skills sought after in the world of work, but also to teach them project management, the ability to create a presentation and present it…