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HAMILTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes gave opening remarks yesterday and kicked off competition at the local Mercer County round of the 2008 New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl.

"I hope all of you learn something new today that you can use to become smarter consumers," said Hughes. "Information is your best defense against consumer fraud."

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 faceoff 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.

The six Mercer County high schools who competed this year were: Steinert High School (Hamilton Township); Trenton Central High School; Robbinsville High School; West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North; West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South; and Lawrence High School.

West Windsor-Plainsboro South and Trenton Central made it to the finals, with West Windsor-Plainsboro South capturing the win after an intense round of competition.

The West Windsor South team will go on to compete in the Central Regional Finals; the winners of the Northern, Central, and Regional Finals will face off in April.