They edge out rival and defending champions, Irvington High School 

TRENTON, NJ – A team of Freehold Township High School students won the state Consumer Bowl on Monday, May 9, bringing honors to their hometown and county. Previously, the team had won the county and regional Consumer Bowls to get to the state championship.

At the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton Freehold Township High School battled it out with Irvington High School, representing Essex County, and Moorestown Friends High School, representing Burlington County. Anticipating the questions helped put Freehold over the top.

“In the lightning round, where 200 points were up for grabs, Freehold Township students demonstrated their ability to know the answer before the moderator was finished asking the question, which is allowed during this round,” said Patricia Watson, director of the Monmouth County Department of Consumer Affairs, which had sponsored the local round of the competition in March.

“This comes from memorizing consumer briefs and knowing state consumer regulations front and back,” Watson added.

“We are all very proud of our Freehold Township team,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county Department of Consumer Affairs. “In training for this competition, all of these young adults gained considerable knowledge that will serve them well throughout their lives.”

The teams competed in a game-show format by answering questions in a multiple choice and open-ended format. All of the questions test their knowledge of consumer issues such as credit and identity theft, banking and fraud, advertising and health club memberships and buying a car.

The Freehold team was crowned champions in the 2008 and 2009 New Jersey State Consumer Bowls and came in second at the state finals last year.  

Members of the Freehold Township High School team are team captain Jackie Myers, Nicole Haas, Casey Moore, David Domke and Samantha Fitzgerald. They were led by teacher Adam Falk, moderator of the school’s Consumer Bowl.

Since the county’s Department of Consumer Affairs was established in 1977, it has handled more than 50,000 complaints and resolved disputes, resulting in savings to consumers of more than $12 million dollars.           

The department is a law enforcement agency, created and funded by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, that protects against consumer fraud and dishonest and unscrupulous business practices by enforcing the state Consumer Fraud Act and other regulations.

The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl was established in 1997 to help students learn about consumer issues that will benefit them throughout their lives.