: Pictured with their trophy are (left to right): Erin, Rebecca, Nicole, Calvin, and Lauren.
A team of pupils from Ayr Academy has scooped Scotland's top young consumer prize and will now take on the rest of the Britain at the national finals in June.
Lauren Bowie, Erin Hastie, Calvin Mossie, Rebecca Watson and Nicole Wills – who are all 16 – successfully fended off the challenge from four other teams from across Scotland at the nail-biting Young Consumer of the Year Scottish final at the Scottish Parliament.
The team saw their opponents off in style to pick up the trophy and £500 for the school, as well as receiving a gold medal and vouchers each.
The competition, which is organised by the Trading Standards Institute, is aimed at young people 14-17 years from schools, colleges and youth groups across Scotland, England 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.
South Ayrshire schools participating in the competition are supported by the Council's Trading Standards service. The Ayr Academy team were also assisted by Home Economics teacher Rosemary Ross.
Mike Newall, Head of Neighbourhood Services, said: "This is a tremendous result for the Ayr Academy team and I hope they can go on to do even better at the national final in June. We've supported this competition for some time now and it provides a great opportunity to work with, and educate, our young people on their consumer responsibilities and rights. Young people nowadays are often the consumers of today – never mind tomorrow – and, through this competition, we can ensure they are informed and confident and can play an active and positive role in our local economy."
Team Captain Lauren said: "The team and I are absolutely ecstatic that we won the final of the Scottish Young Consumers Competition. All of our hard work and dedication definitely paid off! We're looking forward to the UK finals with a sense of optimism and have started preparing already."
Kate MacDonald, Head Teacher of Ayr Academy, added: "We're really proud of the team who are an absolute credit to the school. Lauren, Erin, Calvin, Rebecca and Nicole – alongside Mrs Ross – all put in a tremendous amount of time and effort, including their own time after school, to prepare for the quiz and I'm thrilled that it's paid off for them. The competition was very tough and our team saw off a school which has held the Scottish title for a number of years with ease. They will be great representatives for Scotland at the national finals and we wish them all the very best of luck. Fingers crossed they can be just as successful in London!"