Northside students awarded for consumer smarts

Some of the best and brightest students from Brisbane’s northside have been awarded prizes in the Office of Fair Trading’s Buy Smart Competition.

Nine students from schools in Boondall, Nundah, Wavell Heights and Aspley received awards at a ceremony at Parliament House for researching a consumer topic and presenting it in a creative way.

Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard said the wide array of competition entries from students in Years 4 to 12 showed that the consumers of the future already knew how to navigate the marketplace.

“By researching and presenting a consumer-related issue such as buying a car, scams or online shopping, the students who entered the competition got their message across to their peers in a relatable and energetic way,” she said.

“It’s great to see young Queenslanders taking an interest in the important issues of managing their money and enforcing their consumer rights.

“I congratulate all the students who entered this year’s competition on their creativity and thank them for their hard work.”

Hannah Viney and Lani Raghavan from Wavell State High School were awarded second prize in the Years 7 to 9 category. Their entry was a video about spending, saving wisely, and budgeting for long-term goals. Hannah and Lani were awarded $250 and their school was awarded $1,000.

Skye Hetaraka and McKenzie Sanker from Boondall State School were awarded third prize in the Years 4 to 6 category. Their entry was a picture book titled ‘Amelia nearly got scammed’. Skye and McKenzie were awarded $150 and their school was awarded $500.

Khushi Kadia and Jaismine Kaur from Aspley State High School were awarded third prize in the Years 10 to 12 category. Their entry was a ‘teen’s first guide’ to buying a car, which covered finance, general car safety and maintenance. Khushi and Jaismine were awarded $150 and their school was awarded $500.

Ella Macuga and Lucy Stone from Nundah State School were awarded a highly commended prize in the Years 4 to 6 category. Their entry was a video about reading food labels and understanding the difference between the nutritional information and marketing spin. Ella and Lucy were awarded $50.

Kyle Montgomery from Wavell State High School was awarded a highly commended prize in the Years 10 to 12 category. His entry was an animated video on awareness when shopping online. Kyle was awarded $50.

Further details of this year’s winning Buy Smart Competition entries are available on the Office of Fair Trading’s website at www.qld.gov.au/buysmartcomp.

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