October 29, 2020

Waterford students’ tribute to Covid-19 frontline workers is true work of art

A tribute to Ireland frontline workers fighting the spread of Covid-19 from a group of talented Waterford students is a work of art.

St Paul’s Community College students Tyra-Lee Spry, Ann O’ Toole, Kaya Korzeniowska, Abbie Mason and Amy Flavin (pictured) were finalists in the national Generation Apprenticeship Schools competition, which has been honouring businesses around the country who are stepping up to keep our community safe.

Organised by SOLAS, the competition asked entrants to build an A letter from materials supplied that were previously destined for landfill.

“The competition is in its final stages and we have finalists who have created brilliant work,” SOLAS chief executive Andrew Brownlee said.

“Students were asked how they could combine future careers and their role in society with a commitment to green values and sustainable futures. We were due to have an awards ceremony at the end of last month but like many other events it was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.”

As a way of keeping students engaged and motivated in their wider studies the competition promoters invited the finalists to think about how their competition entries, in the form of 3D letter A installations, can be used to celebrate the efforts of people who are working to keep the country safe during the pandemic.

The St Paul’s team said: “We just want to say thank you for everything frontline staff are risking for us. We know it is not that easy but without them we would be lost. In awarding our A grade we just want to say thank you to retail workers, post offices, Garda Síochána, fire brigade and other emergency services, nurses and carers.”

All of the finalists have contributed to videos to explain their A grade choices. To view the videos, visit: www.gacomp.ie/localheroes



Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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