Students through to the UK final of consumer contest

(L-R) - Aaisha Braithwaite, India Malindine, Kerri Morris and Polly Riggs receive their trophy from ESCC Chairman Chris Dowling at the regional final at Eastbourne Town Hall.

(L-R) - Aaisha Braithwaite, India Malindine, Kerri Morris and Polly Riggs receive their trophy from ESCC Chairman Chris Dowling at the regional final at Eastbourne Town Hall.

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STUDENTS from the St Leonards Academy have taken a huge step in their aim of becoming the best young consumers in the UK.

The team, made up of Polly Riggs, Aaisha Braithwaite, India Malindine and Kerri Morris, have 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 last Tuesday (April 17).

Organised by East Sussex County Council’s Trading Standards, 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, the county council’s lead cabinet member for economy, transport and environment. He said: “This is a fantastic achievement.” The team were presented with their trophy by county council chairman Chris Dowling.