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June 13, 2014


Team Wins 3rd Consecutive State Championship

(Newark, NJ) – The Irvington High School Consumer Bowl Team was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders during its Thursday, June 12th, meeting at the Hall of Records in Newark.  The team made history twice this year: first, by becoming the first high school consumer bowl team to accomplish a “3-peat” by winning the New Jersey Consumer Bowl Championship (the 18th Annual) for the third consecutive year; and second, by becoming the only four-time champion.  The Board’s Commendation was sponsored and presented by District 2 Freeholder D. Bilal Beasley of Irvington.

Freeholder D. Bilal Beasley of Irvington (far right) honored the State Champion Irvington H. S. Consumer Bowl Team during the Board’s June 12th meeting at the Hall of Records.  Members of the team pictured above with their Advisor, Joseph Romano (far left) are: front row (left to right) Oluchukwu Ibe, Elizabeth Gasson and Fritzlyn Eugene; and back row (left to right) Kadeem Willis (captain), Josmar Adames and Mercio Cabrera.  PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

The Irvington High School Consumer Bowl Team won the 18th Annual New Jersey Consumer Bowl State Championship on May 19th, finishing atop a contingent of 84 competing high schools.  In the final competition, Irvington finished with 120 points, far ahead of the other finalists, Governor Livingston (65 points) and Gateway Regional (30 points) high schools.  In the lead-up to the state championship match, the team won the Essex County Consumer Bowl on March 18th, defeating seven other schools; then advanced to win the Northern Regional Championship for the sixth consecutive year on April 10th, finishing ahead of 4 other schools, and earning the right to compete for the state championship.

The Consumer Bowl features students competing in a television game show-style format that tests their knowledge of consumer laws and fraud, during which teams of students answer questions on consumer-related topics such as New and Used Car Lemon Laws, Ponzi schemes, identity theft, the sale and purchase of securities, shoppers’ rights, emergency-related scams, auto leasing and more.

Freeholder Beasley, who also serves as Irvington’s Council President, spoke about having honored the team during the Irvington Municipal Council meeting earlier in the week, adding, “But I am so proud of them, that I thought they deserved to be honored yet again by the freeholder board.”  He congratulated the team for accomplishing their amazing 3-peat, and commended the team’s advisor and Irvington H. S. teacher, Joseph Romano, saying, “Joe, you obviously know your stuff inside and out, and have the winning formula and ability to convey the information to your team.  Congratulations.”

“It isn’t easy to repeat, year-in and year-out”, said team advisor Joseph Romano, “and it is a testament to the work ethic of these students who prepare for the competition, despite being involved in other activities in school as well.”  He went on to add, “They put in the time after school, on the weekends and on their own time, and it’s a wonderful thing that they are so committed to this.  I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Senior team captain Kadeem Willis thanked the freeholders for highlighting their achievements, and Mr. Romano for all his help and support.  Speaking directly to his teammates, he said, “I want to thank each and every one of you… I will miss you, and I hope you all will work hard next year to outshine what we accomplished this year.”

The members of this year’s team are: Captain Kadeem Willis, Josmar Adames, Danny Tandazo, Danielson Joseph, Mercio Cabrera; and Study Team members Kwame Sekyere, Elizabeth Gasson, Fritzlyn Eugene, Oluchukwu Ibe, and Donald Roberts III.

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For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders


Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
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