Three Mullingar Community College students have been selected to represent their school at the West Region Finals of this year's Bank Of Ireland Junk Kouture competition.
Fifth year students Zoe Daly-Devine, Kasey Glennon and Lyle Maher have spent several months designing and creating their unique outfit from old childhood teddy bears and soft toys.
Their creation - entitled "The Teddy Bear Picnic" has been selected from over 1400 entries and they now will attend the regional finals in the Helix in DCU on March 7.
The online regional vote which is worth 10% of the overall mark awarded at the finals is now open and the three students along with their Art Teacher Mr. Rayfus, are encouraging the people of Westmeath to get behind them by voting from them each day until Friday February 23 by visiting www.junkkouture.com
The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.
Over the last seven years, Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture has established itself as the premier recycled fashion competition for teenagers throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Mullingar Community College's Mr Rayfus, who oversaw the project said Junk Kouture represents a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to express their creative sides whilst exploring how we can repurpose used materials which would normally end up in the bin.
"We're very proud of all our students and its great to see them being acknowledged and given an opportunity to shine on a national level," he commented.