West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North team members, from right, Jack Paley, Roberta Schapiro, Joe Gonnella and Chris Orsini consider a question posed by moderator Anthony Brennan during Mercer County’s 2014 Consumer Bowl competition on Feb. 26. Not pictured are team member Lauren Miele and teacher/adviser William Totaro. 
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North team members, from right, Jack Paley, Roberta Schapiro, Joe Gonnella and Chris Orsini consider a question posed by moderator Anthony Brennan during Mercer County’s 2014 Consumer Bowl competition on Feb. 26. Not pictured are team member Lauren Miele and teacher/adviser William Totaro.


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- A team of students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North took the top honor at Mercer County’s 2014 New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl, beating out seven other area schools in a quiz-show style competition on good consumer practices.

The winning WW-PHS North team consisted of Joe Gonnella, Lauren Miele, Chris Orsini, Jack Paley and Roberta Schapiro. The team’s adviser is teacher William Totaro.

Mercer County’s annual Consumer Bowl competition is held by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs, in conjunction with the New Jersey 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. 26 at the Stone Terrace 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 South.

WW-PHS North will go on to compete at the Central Jersey Regional Consumer Bowl in Monmouth County on April 8.

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.