New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs' High School “Consumer Bowl” Competition Begins

NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs will bring its Consumer Bowl competition to high schools across the state starting this week. The annual program fosters consumer education to students.

“The annual Consumer Bowl that kicks off with local competitions this week, helps young consumers learn about our laws and their legal rights in the marketplace while partaking in some friendly competition,” said Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Every student who prepares for the Consumer Bowl becomes a more knowledgeable consumer.”

The competition starts at the county level, as local schools face off in an intra-county competition. The winners from the county competitions meet next in three regional Consumer Bowls, with the North, Central and South regional winners then facing off to determine the State Champion.

Consumer Bowl topics included internet-based scams, Ponzi schemes, financial fraud, charitable giving, home improvements, identity theft, and automotive issues.

“We’re preparing students to be savvy consumers. These skills will last them a lifetime, allowing them to spot potential scams and avoid them,” said Sharon Joyce, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. “I want to commend the participating schools for recognizing how the Consumer Bowl benefits their students and for taking part in this year’s competition.”

A total of 77 schools are signed up for the 2018 Consumer Bowl. Each school is represented by a team of students who have studied consumer affairs issues and laws with a teacher/advisor. Each team uses buzzers to ring in and answer questions during the competition, as on a television game show.

Last year’s State Champion was Hightstown High School.

A schedule of the competitions can be found at here.

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