County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2017

Freehold Township Wins
County Consumer Bowl

Winners of the “Battle of Freehold” will move onto regional competition

HOWELL, NJ – Freehold Township High School came up victorious in the 2018 Monmouth County Consumer Bowl, a game-show-style competition for teams of high school students held Feb. 5 at the Monmouth County Fire Academy.
Students from eight high schools answered consumer-related questions in a multiple choice and open-ended format to test their knowledge of consumer issues, such as Internet fraud and buying and leasing automobiles.
In the final round, Freehold High School and Freehold Township High School faced off in what became the “Battle of Freehold.” Though the scores were close, the Freehold Township team was victorious and won the 2018 County Consumer Bowl.
Team members are Michael Galanaugh (team captain), Raiyan Hossain, Amit Bachani, Karim Lakhani and Christopher Galiano. Their advisor is Dan Cooper; school principal is Elizabeth Higley.
In all, 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 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School participated in the competition.
“All of our participating young adults gained some knowledge about what it takes to help them be smarter consumers and possibly future consumer advocates,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the County’s Division of Consumer Affairs. “It is also a great way to promote the County’s Consumer Affairs office, which enforces consumer laws and helps people who suspect they might be victims of unscrupulous business practices.”
The Freehold Township team now moves on to the regional competition on April 12 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 2018 New Jersey State Consumer Bowl scheduled for May in Trenton.
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.
Additional information about fraud and other consumer affairs programs can be found on the County website at, by calling 732-431-7900 or emailing The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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