Young Highland consumers triumph at quiz

Four young people representing Highland Youth Voice are the winners of the North of Scotland Heat Young Consumer of the Year Competition held on Monday, 16th December at Highland Council Chambers, in Inverness.

Quiz Master, Richard Gale, Manager of East Sutherland Citizens Advice Bureau put both Highland teams,  Ullapool High School and a representative team from Highland Youth Voice to the test which questions on money and credit, consumer law, food and safety and the environment. 

The event has been organised by the Highland Council’s Trading Standards Team in partnership with East Sutherland Citizens Advice Bureau and Citizens Advice Scotland.

The winning Highland Youth Voice team were Scott Simpson (captain) from Ullapool High School, James Goodwin from Invergordon Academy, Isla Mackenzie from Millburn Academy and Cameron Cosgrove from Grantown Grammar School.  They will now go on to represent Highland in the Scottish Young Consumer of the Year Competition which will take place at the Scottish Parliament in March 2014. 

The Highland Youth Convener Ainya Taylor presented individual prizes to all participants, including the runners up from Ullapool High School who were Ruby Newsham, Alexander Kerr, Lewis Paterson and Edward Stewart. 

Individual prizes were sponsored by Citizens Advice Scotland and included a £10.00 shopping voucher as part of a goody bag. Other prizes were provided by Veolia Water and Anti-Counterfeiting Group. 

Councillor Linda Munro, The Highland Council’s Children's and Young People’s Champion, who also attended the quiz along with other invited guests said:  “Youngsters benefit greatly from participating in the competition, even if they do not get the top prize.  The knowledge they gain about credit, money , shopping rights to name but a few of the subjects covered in the competition will be invaluable to them once they leave school for further education and employment.”

Councillor Linda Munro further added her thanks to the Council’s Trading Standards team for organising the event. She said: “Highland Trading Standards is leading the way in promoting this important educational event for youngsters in the Highlands and indeed Scotland.  I would like to thank all those who took part in the competition and to the Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Scotland staff for organising the event. Our thanks must also go to Richard Gale for taking on the role of Quizmaster for the Highland event.”

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16 Dec 2013