Irvington High School Wins the 2019 State Consumer Bowl Competition
From L to R: Stephen Danso, Bernice Owusu, Frank Peprah, team Captain Eugenia Ampofo, Bolaji Falade, Adviser Joseph Romano, team mom Roz RosenHanst, Esther Oko, and Frank Peprah
On May 23rd, the Irvington High School Consumer Bowl team competed in the 2019 State Consumer Bowl Championship at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton. The county competitions began in January with a total of 74 high schools from around the state. The County Champions met for three Regional competitions beginning in April. The three region winners were Irvington High School representing the Northern Region, Voorhees High School representing the Central Region, and Cedar Creek High School representing the Southern Region.
Irvington battled Voorhees and Cedar Creek High Schools for the state championship title. After an intense competition, Irvington and Voorhees were tied with 90 points each. A tense and exciting five-question tiebreaker round determined the champion. Irvington High School prevailed winning three questions to two for Voorhees to become the 2019 Consumer Bowl state champions! The Blue Knights are the only 5-time state champions. Two schools have won the state championship 3 times.
The Consumer Bowl is a Jeopardy-like educational competition for New Jersey high school students. Since 1997, high school students have been learning about a variety of consumer-related laws and issues. Students learn about summer safety, amusement games, auto leasing, tips on buying used cars, identity theft, property rental scams, and many more important consumer protection tips, rules, and regulations in our great state. The competition is responsible for educating thousands of individuals making them educated consumers. The participants have shared what they learned with their families, friends, and classmates.
Mr. Joseph Romano, Adviser said, “I want to thank Melanie Hazim, Andrew Tucker, Dulcelina Pena, and the entire staff of the Division of Consumer Affairs for sponsoring the Consumer Bowl Competition and educating the young consumers of New Jersey.” Team captain Eugenia Ampofo added, “The Consumer Bowl has been educational and fun. I learned a lot that has made me and my teammates savvy consumers. Not only that, I have made friends and made memories. Everyone should visit the Consumer Briefs page, njconsumeraffairs.gov/News/Pages/consumerbriefs.aspx, at least once and read the briefs.” Congratulations to Eugenia Ampofo, captain, and members Esther Oko, Bernice Owusu, Frank Peprah, Steven Danso, and study team member Bolaji Falade.