NEWARK – Teams representing nine high schools from across Monmouth County will compete for the chance to represent the county in this year’s High School Consumer Bowl competition, organized by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

The Monmouth County competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 11 (Note: If postponed due to inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for Monday, March 18), at Monmouth County Fire Academy in Freehold.

The Consumer Bowl features a game-show format to test students’ knowledge of consumer rights and issues. This year’s competition will include a special focus on the many scams consumers may face in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, such as dishonest home repair contractors and fraudulent charities.

Other topics include Ponzi schemes and investment fraud, the purchase and leasing of new and used vehicles, regulated businesses such as health clubs, consumers’ rights when making retail purchases, high gas prices, the responsibilities of regulatory boards such as those of Cosmetology, Medical Examiners, and Pharmacy, weights and measures issues, and general knowledge of the State’s consumer protection laws and regulations.

One team will win the March 11 competition.  That team will then represent Monmouth County during the Consumer Bowl Central Regional match, scheduled for April 17.  The three winning teams from the Northern, Central, and Southern regional competitions will then face off in the 17th annual New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl final competition, on May 23.

The following schools will participate in the Monday, March 11, Monmouth County competition:

  •         Colts Neck High School
  •         Freehold Borough High School
  •         Freehold Township High School
  •         Howell High School
  •         Keansburg High School
  •         Manalapan High School
  •         Marlboro High School
  •         Middletown High School North