Teenage tycoons in waiting who stepped up to tackle a charity challenge were showered with praise on Monday night.
Competing teams from Dacorum secondary schools were supplied with a £100 stake and urged to turn it into £1,000 or more on behalf of a nominated charity, with support and advice from mentors within the borough’s business community.
Presentations at the finals night at Shendish Manor revealed the wealth of business lessons learned by the Year 12 pupils as they staged everything from cake sales and craft fairs to curry and comedy nights to hit their daunting targets.
Named as overall winners on the night were the squad from Kings Langley School, who scooped a Snow Centre session and a paintballing outing for their efforts in support of the Waterside Centre.
Other winners were Ashlyns School (most innovative business idea), Adeyfield School (closest co-operation with chosen charity, Dacorum Mencap) and Hemel Hempstead School (best display) while Astley Cooper School’s Chloe Staines, whose team was raising funds for Woodfield School, took the award for best individual contribution.
As they celebrated their success the teenagers all agreed that the Dacorum’s Dragon’s Apprentice Challenge – now in its second year and growing in popularity with teachers and students – was both a lot more work than they had ever realised but a test that both developed their skills and gave them a chance to get involved in their community.