On Tuesday, 6 July, the Junior Project Awards 2021 took place. This ceremony, which has been held annually since 2008, selects promising projects out of a pool of submissions, before a jury awards prizes to the very best applicants. To make this programme accessible to even more students, the format was changed at the beginning of the school year. For the very first time, the Junior Project Awards accepted submissions from any secondary school student who wished to present their project to a jury and was ready to compete on a national level!
Taking the students’ age difference into account, two distinct competitions were organised:
- A competition for pupils attending classes 7 to 5 (lower cycle) and
- A competition for pupils attending classes 4 to 2 (upper cycle).
In total, 5 projects from the Lycée Aline Mayrisch were submitted for the lower cycle and 10 teams from three different high schools (ECG, ALR, LAML) competed in the upper cycle. The terms and conditions were the same for both age categories.
Managing a project in a professional way
The goal of this programme is to reward students’ initiatives, autonomy and project management skills, while celebrating their achievements and the fact that they successfully overcame challenges. Given that the ability to plan and manage a project effectively are one of the key skills required in any professional environment today, this programme provides young people the opportunity to experience and develop these soft skills.
In order to participate at the Junior Project Awards, the students had to compile and submit a complete dossier on their project and present it to an audience and a jury.
A jury impressed by the quality of the projects
A total of 4 jury members selected the projects from the lower and upper cycles. Victoria Woestmann, Allen & Overy and Laurent Derkum, Raiffeisen judged the lower cycle students. Elsa Ferreira Barbosa, UBS, and Marc Marchal, Lightbulb, judged the students who competed in the upper cycle.
In order to determine this year’s winners, the jury evaluated criteria such as creativity, originality and complexity of the project, presentation skills, cooperation amongst team members and communication.
In the upper cycle category, the three best teams were elected
The first prize was awarded to Team Biobagfy from Lycée Aline Mayrisch. Maurice Hoffmann, Tom Germeaux and Gregory Herbrig wanted to reduce the use of single-use plastic when buying fruit and vegetables and therefore marketed Veggie-Bags, small bags made of 100% recycled cotton and produced under Fairtrade conditions. The team was complimented for the originality and sustainability of their project.
The winners of the first prize, are invited to attend a concert of their choice at Rockhal in Esch. This prize is sponsored by Rockhal.
The second prize was awarded to Team Global Issues Network from the Lycée Aline Mayrisch. Lisa Schons, Soline Mambu, Bianca Harris, Lucy Reuter and Ana De Sousa Andrade wanted to refill their school’s solidarity fund and decided to organise a sale of second-hand clothes, which they collected from their classmates. The profit from their sustainable solidarity action went into the school’s solidarity fund, which supports students with financial difficulties. The young people were rewarded with a voucher for an escape room.
The third prize was awarded to Team Muffin aux Pommes from the École de Commerce et de Gestion. Clémence Delrieu, Luca Ganeto, Ivan Martino, Léane Parjouet and Lara Putz baked and sold 220 muffins made from a seasonal and locally-sourced ingredient: the apple! The young people will be able to celebrate their achievement playing Lasergame.
In the lower cycle, Lou Bodson, 12, from the Lycée Aline Mayrisch impressed the jury with her project “Gebees fir de gudden Zweck”. By selling homemade jam, Lou earned more than 1,000 €, which she donated to an orphanage in Namibia. Lou won a beautiful trophy and a board game.