The MFS Consumer Bowl team won the regional New Jersey Consumer Bowl finals last Thursday, April 21st, advancing to the state championship for the first time in three years.
The team, composed of juniors Alex Barrett, Alex Horn, and John Barton, and senior captain Josh Murdy, went to the Enterprise Center at the Mount Laurel campus of Rowan College to compete in a trivia competition about New Jersey Consumer Law. Topics ranged from regulations of amusement park games to the New Jersey used car auto industry.
The competition consisted of five teams, the winners of local Consumer Bowl competitions from different counties in South Jersey. The Foxes beat Cape May County champion Ocean City High School in the first round before beating West Deptford, representative of Gloucester County, in the final round to clinch regional victory. The other two competitors were Cedar Creek High School from Atlantic County and Gloucester City High School from Camden County.
This year marks long-time team advisor Barb Kreider’s final Consumer Bowl run, as history teacher Judy Van Tijn is slated to take over next year after Barb retires. Murdy, who will participate in his second Consumer Bowl state championship after making it to states as a member of the team his freshman year, remarked that Kreider has overseen the team for many years in spite of her open disdain for it.
“Barb hates the team,” commented Murdy. “She hates Consumer Bowl. We use that negative energy as motivation.”
The New Jersey Consumer Bowl Championships will be held on Trenton on Friday, May 27.