Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes opens the 2013 Mercer County Consumer Bowl by speaking to eight local high school teams about the importance of becoming educated consumers.Full size photo

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes opens the 2013 Mercer County Consumer Bowl by speaking to eight local high school teams about the importance of becoming educated consumers.

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TRENTON, N.J. - A team of students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South took the top honor at the 2013 Mercer County Consumer Bowl, beating out seven other area high schools in a quiz-show style competition on good consumer practices.

It marked the second straight Consumer Bowl victory for WW-PHS, whose team consisted of captain Matthew Sheffield, Peter Altamore, Ian Altamore, Joseph Wagner and William Wagner. The team’s adviser is teacher Maureen Leleszi.

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 on Feb. 21 at The Stone Terrace by John Henry’s in Hamilton.

Other schools that participated were: Ewing High School (finalist), Hamilton High School West, Hightstown High School, Nottingham High School, Steinert High School, Villa Victoria Academy in Ewing and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North.

WW-PHS South will go on to compete at the Central Jersey Regional Consumer Bowl in Monmouth County on April 17.

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.