Students from the St Leonards Academy in Edinburgh Road have taken a huge step in their aim of becoming the best young consumers in the UK.
The team – Polly Riggs, Aaisha Braithwaite, India Malindine and Kerri Morris – has won the regional final of the Young Consumers of the Year competition, after beating Chatham and Clarendon Grammar Schools from Ramsgate in Kent. The event was held at Eastbourne Town Hall on 17 April.
Organised locally by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards team, the competition tests the students on their knowledge of a range of topics from consumer rights and responsibilities to safety and the environment.
The St Leonards team will now represent the South East at the UK final in Manchester in June. If successful, they will be crowned national champions and will walk away with prizes for themselves and £1,000 for their school.
The students were praised by Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Cabinet Member for Economy, Transport & Environment at the County Council. He said: “This is a fantastic achievement. To be named the best young consumers in East Sussex was very good news but to then take the next step and win the regional final is really excellent. We wish the team every success at the UK final in June.”
The team was presented with the regional final trophy by Cllr Chris Dowling, Chairman of the County Council.
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