Freehold Twp High School wins regional event

HOWELL, NJ – A team of Freehold Township High School students prevailed over teams from schools in six other counties to win the Central Regional Consumer Bowl held April 17 at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.

Freehold Township clinched the win in the final round against Voorhees High School of Hunterdon County. The Freehold Township team was crowned New Jersey State Consumer Bowl Champions in 2011, and will have the opportunity to regain the title during the finals in Trenton next month.

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

Other teams competing in today’s regional competition were West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School (Mercer County), East Brunswick High School (Middlesex County), Monsignor Donovan High School (Ocean County), Somerville High School (Somerset County) and Governor Livingston High School (Union County).

The six teams competed in a game-show format by answering questions in a multiple choice and open-ended format. All of the questions were related to consumer issues such as credit and identity theft, banking and fraud and advertising.

Members of the Freehold Township High School team are team captain Samantha Fitzgerald, Samantha Sanchez, Joanne D'Avella, Bethany Mo and Michael Milo. Their adviser is Dan Cooper.

“The Consumer Bowl was established to increase young people’s awareness of consumer issues so they will be smarter consumers when they get out of school,” said Annmarie Howley, director of the Department of Consumer Affairs. “These teens did a fantastic job.”

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 $14 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.

Additional information about fraud and other consumer affairs programs can be found on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7900.

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.