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- A team of students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South took the top honor at the 2012 Mercer County Consumer Bowl, beating out five other area high schools in a quiz-show-style competition on good consumer practices.

The annual Consumer Bowl is held by the Mercer County 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 March 20 at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton.

Other schools that participated were: Ewing High School, the runner-up; Hightstown High School; Nottingham High School (Hamilton Township); Steinert High School (Hamilton Township); and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South will go on to compete at the Regional Consumer Bowl next month in Monmouth County.

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. 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) 989-6671.