Hightstown wins Mercer Consumer Bowl again
HAMILTON—A team of students from Hightstown High School took the top honor at Mercer County’s 2019 New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl, beating out six other area high schools in a quiz-show style competition on good consumer practices.
It marked the third straight Mercer County title for Hightstown, which in 2017 went on to win the Central Jersey Regional and New Jersey State Consumer Bowl championships. This year’s Hightstown team was composed of Rishab Solanki, captain; Vineeth Duggirala, Aayush Gupta, Maanas Manoj and Sonit Puri. The team’s adviser is teacher David Teleposky. Hightstown moves on to compete at the regionals in Monmouth County in April.
Hightstown defeated Ewing High School in the run-off to determine this year’s champion. The Ewing team, under teacher/adviser Joanne Ludwig, was composed of Samuel Muscente, captain; Patrick Capstack, Anna Gaylord, James Kim, Makensie Sheilds and Natalie Staub.
Other schools that participated were Hamilton High School West, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Lawrence High School, Nottingham High School and Steinert High School.
Mercer County’s annual Consumer Bowl competition is hosted by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, and tests students’ knowledge of the state’s consumer protection laws and regulations. This year’s competition was held Feb. 22 at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton.
“I congratulate Hightstown High School on their remarkable run of success, and offer a round of applause to all the students for their desire to become more aware of the world around them,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “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.”
Melanie Hazim, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs outreach director; and Jared O’Cone, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs senior investigator, served as moderators for the Mercer County competition and Mercer County Consumer Affairs Chief John Worth served as referee. Judges were Joseph Armando, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office investigator; Anthony Carabelli Jr., Director, Mercer County Office of Economic Development; Assistant Prosecutor Rachel Cook; Mercer County Planning Director Leslie Floyd; Assistant County Counsel John Maloney; Undersheriff Jason Salvatore; and Andrew Tucker, special assistant to the director, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. 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.
PHOTO CAPTION: Hightstown High School team members display their trophies after winning the 2019 Mercer County Consumer Bowl. From left, Mercer County Consumer Affairs Chief John Worth; Melanie Hazim, NJ Division of Consumer Affairs outreach director; Aayush Gupta, Rishab Solanki, Sonit Puri, adviser David Teleposky, Maanas Manoj and Vineeth Duggirala.