Boroughmuir High retains title as Scottish Young Consumer of the Year

posted 31 Mar 2010, 03:25 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
Broughmuir High School have once more been crowned champions in the Scottish Young Consumer of the Year competition. In a thrilling quiz final held yesterday (23 March) at the Scottish Parliament, Boroughmuir High won a convincing victory over their three opposing teams; Linlithgow Academy, Ayr Academy, and Dingwall Academy.

In a turbulent economic climate, a range of pertinent issues were covered in the final with the hope of equipping all participants with knowledge of their rights and responsibilities as consumers and to give them essential life skills as they prepare for the world of work and study.
The winning team members were: Imogen Ross, Elspie Horne, Douglas Boubert (captain) and Alice Mackenzie.

Team captain, Douglas Boubert, said: “None of us know exactly when we started to pull ahead, but for the first few rounds it was nail-bitingly close. Also the questions were much tougher than the Edinburgh Final, I think at least 15 of our points were pure guesswork, so we were all shocked when we won against such stiff competition! "

Dave Thompson MSP for Highlands and Islands, who hosted the event at Parliament, said:
"I was delighted to host the Scottish Young Consumer Final again and was incredibly impressed with the dedication and knowledge of the teams.”
“As a former Director of Trading Standards and now a Vice President of the Trading Standards Institute, it is exciting to see this subject gaining ground in schools. Not only is this a fun event to host and watch, but the benefits to the pupils in understanding modern consumer issues is invaluable."

Cllr Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader at the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that Boroughmuir High have defended their title as Scottish Young Consumers for the third year in a row. This will also give them a chance to fight to retain their title as UK Young Consumers on home turf in June.

"All the teams taking part in the Scottish final have shown a clear commitment to the Young Consumers Competition. The value of consumer awareness and education shouldn't be underestimated, as it will serve the pupils well in the future, regardless of what they go on to do."

Marieke Dwarshuis, Director of Consumer Focus Scotland, the sponsors of the final, said: “All four teams gave a terrific account of themselves, demonstrating great knowledge and understanding of consumer issues in Scotland. We are really pleased to have been able to support such a positive event and wish Boroughmuir the very best in the UK final.”

Boroughmuir will now go on to compete at the UK final in June in Edinburgh with the aim of continuing Scotland’s fantastic record in the UK competition - Boroughmuir High and Portobello High have triumphed at three out of the last four UK events.

The winning team from Boroughmuir High with their cup and accompanied by teachers is pictured above.  Left to right: Head Teacher John Hamilton, Elspie Horne, Douglas Boubert (team captain), teacher Graham Sutherland, Alice Mackenzie, teacher Shiona Livingston and Imogen Ross.