Hightstown High repeats as Mercer County Consumer Bowl champ
HAMILTON, N.J.—A team of students from Hightstown High School took the top honor at Mercer County’s 2018 New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl, beating out seven other area schools in a quiz-show style competition on good consumer practices.
It marked the second straight Mercer County title for Hightstown, which last year went on to win the Central Jersey Regional and New Jersey State Consumer Bowl championships. This year’s Hightstown team is composed of Sree Chinta, Steven Cohen, Maanas Manoj, Jasman Singh and Rishab Solanki. The team’s adviser is teacher David Teleposky. Hightstown moves on to compete at the regionals in Monmouth County on April 13.
Mercer County’s annual Consumer Bowl competition is held by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and pits teams from various local high schools against one another to test their knowledge on being a smart shopper. This year’s competition was held Feb. 15 at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton.
Other schools that participated were Ewing High School, Hamilton High School West, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Lawrence High School, Nottingham High School (finalist), Steinert High School and Trenton Central High School.
“I congratulate Hightstown High School on their continued success, and offer a round of applause to all the students for their desire to become more aware of the world around them,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Being an informed consumer helps you understand your rights and become an active participant in the buying process. Education is your best defense against consumer fraud, from used-car buying to home improvements, ticket-sale scams and more.”
Anthony Brennan, New Jersey Consumer Affairs investigator, served as moderator for the Mercer County competition and Mercer County Consumer Affairs Chief John Worth served as referee. Judges were Andrew Tucker, special assistant to the director, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs; County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook, Undersheriff Jason Salvatore, County Assistant Planning Director Lisa Fritzinger and Assistant County Counsel John Maloney. Rebecca Shaw, Mercer County Weights and Measures inspector; and Dulcelina Pena, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Consumer Bowl coordinator, served as scorekeepers, and David Donahue, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs Building Services coordinator, served as timekeeper.
The Consumer Bowl was created by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs in 1994 as a way to encourage students to become smarter consumers, to be wary of scams and unfair business practices, and to be knowledgeable when obtaining services like home improvements or buying products such as vehicles or appliances. The Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (609) 989-6671.
Hightstown High School team members display their trophies after winning the 2018 Mercer County Consumer Bowl. From left, teacher/adviser David Teleposky, Rishab Solanki, Steven Cohen, Sree Chinta and Maanas Manoj. Not pictured, Jasman Singh.