BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), led by business teacher Thomas Kendall, hosted the Union County Consumer Bowl on February 11th in the Kenneth Stiefel Theatre. Established by the New Jersey FBLA, “The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students...to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues.” The event is comprised of various business related activities focusing on present day consumer affairs. 

The teams competing at the event were from Linden High School, Jonathan Dayton High School and Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, making it a true countywide event. The GL team included seniors Pranav Casula, Christopher Rampaul-Pino, and Tommy Lynn, and junior Niloy Choudhuri. The alternates included freshman Kavya Casula and sophomores Andrew Rampaul-Pino, Alyssa Pradhan and Joyce Huang. 

 The competition was successful for the GL Team, for the eighth year in a row, this time, by 80 points. “GL now has the ability to fight for the state title, something not done in years,” said Pranav Casula, who is the team captain. The state title is currently held by Irvington High School. 

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 FBLA advisor, Thomas Kendall felt it was a successful event. “This year's team did an excellent job in their study preparation and it certainly showed in the way they competed to capture another Union County Championship.” He is almost as excited for the state level as the competitors, “moving forward to the regional tournament you can sense the excitement of the group for their opportunity to compete at the next level.”

 Not only was the team successful, but they were able to learn valuable information through the competitive events. Pranav Casula said, “I gained a greater knowledge of personal safety and finance information.” 

 The event is led by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs making it a legitimate place for students to learn about real world business through the competitive events.