Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs reminded all local secondary schools today that high school teams interested in competing in the 12th annual New Jersey Consumer Bowl competition in 2008 must register by Nov. 3.

"The Consumer Bowl is a fun way to learn important information about consumer protection," said Hughes. "Even though they miss their regular classes on the day of the competition, teens in Mercer County come away having learned valuable skills that they can use to protect themselves from fraud and scams."

Topics for the 2008 Consumer Bowl will include banking, credit, telemarketing, home repair, identity theft, and automotive issues.

The Consumer Bowl began as the brainchild of the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs in 1994 and now draws over 75 schools from the State of New Jersey for the final competition.  This quiz show-style face-off provides high school students with valuable information on good consumer practices. Each participating high school's team answers trivia questions for a chance at the grand prize: the State title.

Eight schools from Mercer County competed in the 2007 Consumer Bowl: Steinert High School, Hightstown High School, Hopewell Valley Central High School, Trenton Central High School, Robbinsville High School, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, and Lawrence High School. Steinert and West Windsor-Plainsboro South made it to the finals, with Steinert capturing the win for Mercer County after an intense round of competition.

Any high school wishing to participate in the 2008 Consumer Bowl may register by contacting MaryLou Bush at the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs at (856) 614-3120.