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TRENTON, N.J.—A team of students from Ewing High School took the top honor at the 2010 Mercer County Consumer Bowl, beating out eight other area high schools in a quiz-show style competition on good consumer practices.

The annual Consumer Bowl pits teams from various local high schools against one another to test their knowledge on being a smart shopper.

Ewing won this year’s competition, which was held by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs on March 17 at the Infinity Restaurant (formerly Roman Hall) in Trenton. Other schools that participated were: Trenton Central High School, Nottingham High School (Hamilton); West Windsor Plainsboro North; West Windsor Plainsboro South; Hightstown High School; Steinert High School (Hamilton); Robbinsville High School; and Lawrence High School.

Ewing High School will go on to compete at the Regional Consumer Bowl in Monmouth County on April 13.

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 Mercer County office handles complaints from individual consumers against local businesses. It protects Mercer County residents from fraudulent and unconscionable business practices. It also provides consumer counseling and complaint resolution services to approximately 350,000 Mercer County residents. While its jurisdiction is most Mercer County businesses, it provides a referral service to assist all Mercer County consumers. In contrast to the Better Business Bureau, which charges a fee for consumers to file a complaint and has no legal authority or power, the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs never charges a fee for any service rendered to consumers. The Division of Consumer Affairs can be reached at (609) 989-6046.