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TRENTON, N.J. - Students from eight Mercer County high schools will compete in the 17th annual NJ High School Consumer Bowl on Feb. 21, 2013, at 9 a.m. at the Stone Terrace in Hamilton, 2275 Kuser Road, Hamilton.

West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (2012 Champion), Ewing High School, Hamilton High School West, Hightstown High School, Nottingham High School, Steinert High School, Villa Victoria Academy and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, will vie for the Mercer County Championship. The winner will move on to the Central Jersey Regionals and hopefully the NJ State finals.

The Consumer Bowl features a game-show format to test students’ knowledge of the NJ Consumer Fraud Act, consumer rights and responsibilities such as the purchase of new/used vehicles, investment schemes, home improvement fraud, credit protection, and general knowledge of consumer protection laws and regulations.

“This is a great opportunity for students to learn things they can use to become smarter consumers,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. “Information is your best defense against consumer fraud.”

Referee will be Mercer County Consumer Affairs Chief Donna Giovannetti, and judges scheduled to attend include County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello, Surrogate Diane Gerofsky, Assistant Prosecutor James Scott, Sheriff Jack Kemler, retired Senior Investigator Joanne Frank and Assistant County Counsel Joi Ortiz.

Regardless of the team results, all student competitors become winners as they learn New Jersey’s consumer protection laws and regulations. The students spend hours studying the consumer protection issues. It’s a valuable learning experience for all of them.

For information, contact the Mercer County Office of Consumer Affairs at (609) 989-6671.