Ayr Academy team celebrate their outstanding achievement
After a hard fought competition, against eight other teams, four pupils from South Ayrshire Council's Ayr Academy won a silver medal at the UK Finals of the Young Consumer of the Year competition held in London.
The medal winning team from Ayr Academy, who are current Scottish Young Consumer of the Year champions, comprised of Lauren Bowie who is Captain, Nicole Wills, Rebecca Watson, Calvin Mossie and Erin Hastie who are all 16 or 17 years of age.
The competition is organised by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, and is aimed at young people aged 14 to 17 years from schools, colleges and youth groups throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Students are tested on a wide range of issues including consumer law, food and health, safety and the environment, money and finance, Europe and travel.
Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder said: "This is a tremendous result for the Ayr Academy team as well as their teacher Rosemary Ross.
"We are great supporters of this competition, it provides an opportunity for our trading standards officers to educate young consumers on the important areas of their work. They can also support the young people to become knowledgeable about their rights and obligations. Informed and confident young consumers are a vital part of a successful local economy."
The National Final was held over two days in London with eight teams from across the UK competing in practical challenges on the first day at the offices of the Department of Business Innovation and Skills. The top four teams then took part in a final quiz on day two at the House of Commons. The scores from both days are added together to establish the overall winner.
Team Captain, Lauren Bowie, said "We are obviously disappointed not to have won the Young Consumer of the Year competition but we couldn't have done any more and were just beaten by a better team on the day. We put in a lot of hard work and dedication and I think we've done amazingly well, not forgetting we've had exams to contend with as well leading up to the final."
Rosemary Ross, Head of Home Economics at Ayr Academy, who assisted the team throughout the competition said: "I am extremely proud of the team who are an absolute credit to the school. They all put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to prepare for the competition. This is a tough competition which requires a lot of specialist knowledge and problem solving abilities and the Council's trading standards team has been a great support in assisting me to tutor and mentor the team to help them prepare."
Lauren Bowie added: "This was a great experience and I would encourage others to get involved in Young Consumer Quiz competitions."
Any South Ayrshire secondary school interested in getting a team together and taking part in future competitions can get more information from the Council on 01292 616060.