There's cause for celebration in Manalapan as students at the high school won the 2019 Monmouth County Consumer Bowl held at the Monmouth County Fire Academy on Wednesday.

It's a game-show-style competition where high school students answer consumer related questions to test their knowledge of those issues, such as internet fraud and buying and leasing cars.

Students from Colts Neck High School, Freehold High School, Freehold Township High School, Howell High School, Manalapan High School, Marlboro High School, Raritan High School and Saint John Vianney High School participated in the competition.

In the final round, Manalapan High School and Marlboro High School faced off.

Though the scores were close, the Manalapan team came out on top and won the 2019 County Consumer Bowl.

The Manalapan Team includes students, Stephen Aron, Ryan Sikora, Kayla Lemma (team captain), Jessica Deans and Frank Daddato.

Their teacher and advisor is Adam Falk.

The Manalapan High School team now moves on to the regional competition on April 10 with home field advantage because the competition will be held at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.

The winner of the regional competition will go on to compete in the 2019 New Jersey State Consumer Bowl scheduled for May in Trenton.

Freehold Township High School students won the 2018 Monmouth County Consumer Bowl.

“Through the annual Consumer Bowl, the young adults who participated realized what it truly takes for them to be smart consumers and possibly future consumer advocates,” Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Division of Consumer Affairs, said. “This friendly, county competition between high schools highlights the County’s Consumer Affairs office and the way they enforce consumer laws to help people who suspect they might be victims of unscrupulous business practices.”

The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is a program of the state Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Consumer Affairs.

It was established in 1997 to help students learn about consumer issues that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Consumer Affairs is a law enforcement agency, created and funded by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

It protects against consumer fraud and dishonest business practices by enforcing the state Consumer Fraud Act and many other regulations.

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