Skip to main navigationSkip to News Headlines
NJ Division of Consumer Affairs
Global Navigation
Division of Consumer Affairs
The State of New Jersey Office of The Attorney General (Dept. of Law & Public Safety) The State of New Jersey NJ Home Services A to Z Departments/Agencies OAG Frequently Asked Questions
OAG Home
OAG Contact
Division of Consumer Affairs Alerts and Recalls
Division of Consumer Affairs Alerts and Recalls
Office of the Attorney General Homepage Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
Division of Consumer Affairs, Director
Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Division of Consumer Affairs
Division of Consumer Affairs Highlights
Division of Consumer Affairs Topics in a A-Z List Format
Office of Consumer Protection (OCP)
New Jersey Bureau of Securities
Office of Weights and Measures
Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Professions and Occupations List
Contact the Division of Consumer Affairs
Division of Consumer Affairs in Spanish
Division of Criminal Justice
Division on Civil Rights
Division of Gaming Enforcement
Division of Highway Traffic Safety
Division of Law
Juvenile Justice Commission
NJ Racing Commission
State Athletic Control Board
Division of NJ State Police
Victims of Crime Compensation Office
OPRA - Open Public Records Act
Download Free PDF Reader

Jeffrey S. Chiesa,
Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Eric T. Kanefsky, Director



For Immediate Release:
May 23, 2013
For Further Information Contact:
Jeff Lamm, 973-504-6327
Neal Buccino, 973-504-6327

Tense Competition with Sudden Death, Tiebreaker Concludes with Irvington High School as Gold Medal Winner of New Jersey Consumer Affairs' 17th Annual High School Consumer Bowl

Irvington High School’s Consumer Bowl team, photographed after the team’s April 16 victory at the Consumer Bowl’s Northern New Jersey Regional Competition.
From left: Danny Tandazo, Danielson Joseph, Josmar Adames (team captain), Chiamaka Udoye, Kadeem Willis, and teacher/advisor Joseph Romano.

TRENTON – The final competition today of New Jersey's High School Consumer Bowl came down to a nail-biter of an ending.

The game ended with a tie, between Irvington High School and Voorhees High School.  Then the five-question tiebreaker ended in a tie.  The game finally went into a single-question sudden death round.  The question: "At an auction, the items for sale are usually identified by numbers.  What term is used to describe those items?"

Irvington High School student Danielson Joseph buzzed in with the correct answer: Items for sale at an auction are called "lots."

With that, Irvington High School today became the state champion and gold-medal winner in the 17th Annual High School Consumer Bowl, organized by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

"The winning team from Irvington High School and the finalists from Freehold Township High School, Moorestown Friends School, and Voorhees High School have proven they are among the best-informed consumers of any age group in New Jersey," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said.  "The State fights hard to prevent and prosecute fraud, but the best protection is consumer awareness.  Thanks to their dedicated work, these students have a clear understanding that will serve them well for the rest of their lives."

Irvington High School was one of 86 schools to enter this year's Consumer Bowl competition, and one of four to make it to today's final championship round.  The others, in order of their performance today, are Voorhees High School (today's Silver Medal winner, with a final score of 95 points), Freehold Township High School (winner of a Bronze Medal, with 74 points), and Moorestown Friends School (winner of a Bronze Medal, with 45 points).  Irvington's final score was 105 points.

"New Jersey's next generation of leaders, and the next generation of smart consumers, starts with these young men and women who are well informed about their rights, about spotting frauds and scams, and about using their money most effectively," Eric T. Kanefsky, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs, said.  "I encourage them to share what they've learned for the benefit of their families, friends, and future careers."

The High School Consumer Bowl is part of the State Division of Consumer Affairs' effort to empower New Jersey's consumers with the information needed to protect them against fraud, and make the most of their hard-earned money.

The Consumer Bowl uses a game-show format to test students' knowledge of consumer rights and related issues. This year's competition will include a special focus on the many scams consumers may face in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, such as dishonest home repair contractors and fraudulent charities. 

Other topics include Ponzi schemes and investment fraud, the purchase and leasing of new and used vehicles, regulated businesses such as health clubs, consumers' rights when making retail purchases, and general knowledge of the State's consumer protection laws and regulations.

The following students represented Irvington High School:

Josmar Adames, team captain
Danielson Joseph
Danny Tandazo
Chiamaka Udoye
Kadeem Willis

The following students represented Voorhees High School:

Clare Cutri-French, team captain
Sam De Fabrizio
Jason Farrell
Tess Pecina,
Zachary Schweikert

The following students represented Freehold Township High School:

Samantha Fitzgerald, team captain
Joanne D'Avella
Michael Milo
Bethany Mo
Samantha Sanchez

The following students represented Moorestown Friends School:

Kirsten Muller, team captain
Ashleigh Cartwright
Tia D'Costa
Katherine Thai
Roy Thorstenson

Schools interested in competing in next year's Consumer Bowl competition may contact the State Division of Consumer Affairs at 973-504-6241.

Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey) or 973-504-6200.

Follow the Division of Consumer Affairs on Facebook, and check our online calendar of upcoming Consumer Outreach events.


Contact Us | Privacy Notice | Legal Statement | Accessibility Statement
NJ Home Logo
Divisional: DCA Home | Complaint Forms | Proposals | Adoptions | Contact DCA
Departmental: OAG Home | Contact OAG | About OAG | OAG News | OAG FAQs
Statewide: NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
Copyright State of New Jersey
This page is maintained by DCA. Comments/Questions: email

Page last modified: