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St. Leo’s College to represent Ireland in Charlemagne Youth Prize

St Leo’s College Carlow was chosen as this year's Irish representative at the Charlemagne Youth Prize in Aachen, Germany.

Since 2008, the European Parliament together with the ‘Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen’ have each year been inviting young people from all EU Member States to submit projects run by and for youth showing an active participation in the development of Europe.

This year, St Leo’s College Carlow, a participant in the European Parliament’s Ambassador School Programme, will represent Ireland on the European stage. The jury comprised of Brian Crowley MEP, Brian Hayes MEP and Sarah Haslam of Foróige agreed that the County Carlow secondary school would be an excellent and worthy winner, promoting and fostering the development of a shared sense of European identity.

The jury considered the documentation submitted by three Irish entries. Besides St. Leo’s College led by Miss Ríona Nolan, the Afforestation Project led by Mr Filip Jastrzebski and the European Youth Parliament Ireland led by Mr. Kevin Boland took part.

The jury said that all projects considered were worthwhile and valuable, expressing their congratulations to all involved as well as stating that they hoped the information about each of their successes should be widely disseminated.

Across Europe, the prize for the best project is €7500, the second €5000 and the third €2500. As part of the prize, the three European laureates are invited to visit the European Parliament in Brussels or Strasbourg.

One representative of each of the 28 national winners is invited to Aachen, Germany, for several days to attend several events, including the Youth Prize Award Ceremony (May 28), which always takes place two days before Ascension Day, the day on which the prestigious International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen is awarded.