Dingwall Academy Second Top Team In Scotland

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Dave Thompson hosted and played quizmaster to the Young Consumers of the Year Scottish Final in the Parliament last night (24 March).  Four teams earned their place in the competition following tough qualifying heats: Dingwall Academy from Highland, Linlithgow Academy from West Lothian, Boroughmuir High from Edinburgh and Kyle Academy from South Ayrshire.  

Dingwall Academy from the Highlands came runner up in a closely fought match, earning the accolade of second top team in Scotland.  Boroughmuir took the title and will go on to the UK Final in Brighton in July.  Scottish teams have won two of the last three UK Finals.

Dave Thompson said: "Congratulations to Boroughmuir for their win.  They certainly earned it by wowing the spectators and other teams with their well versed knowledge.  I wish them the best of luck at the UK Finals in July. 

"As a former Director of Trading Standards, it is exciting to see these young pupils so interested and dedicated to becoming effective consumers, wanting to actively contribute and participate in society.

"It was particularly rewarding to see the students from Dingwall Academy in my own constituency competing in the Scottish final. They did their school proud and competed at an astonishing level of skill and savvy.

"Given that Scottish teams have won two of the last three UK titles, I think our Scottish team should have the UK final well in hand.

Young Consumers of the Year is a unique competition that reaches around 20,000 pupils every year. Now in its 23rd year, the competition is co-ordinated regionally by Local Authorities and run nationally by the Trading Standards Institute.  The competition is separated into 3 stages: Qualifying Heats (e.g. Highland); Regional Finals (e.g. Scotland) and culminates in a fiercely fought UK Final.

30 Mar 2009