- Ewing Township Board of Education
Senior Captains Lead EHS Consumer Bowl Team!
As all of the programs of the Ewing Schools navigate the challenges of the pandemic, leadership is at a premium, and the always-competitive Consumer Bowl team at Ewing High School is thrilled to be benefitting from the wisdom and skills of two stellar seniors.
Program stalwarts Patrick Capstack and Natalie Staub, veterans of the Consumer Bowl competitions, are helping guide the program to what they hope will be a virtual competition later in the school year.
Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state. It was established in 1997 to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues. High schools from around the state compete in a “game show” type format to showcase their knowledge of business and financial literacy. Winners at the county and regional level are recognized.
“Participating in this competition virtually will certainly be a challenge for all of us, especially for the newcomers,” Capstack stated. “It is unfortunate as a senior that the competition is not in-person, but we will definitely make do with what we have.”
“I am honestly not quite sure how the coordinators are going to pull off a virtual competition,” Staub added. “But, at the end of the day, we will still work hard and prepare for the competition the same way as if it would be in-person.”
For both seniors, the pathway to, and participation in, Consumer Bowl, has been interesting and rewarding.
“During my freshman year of high school, Mrs. Ludwig, who was then the Consumer Bowl advisor, approached me and asked if I would like to attend the competition as a spectator,” Capstack detailed. “I accepted, and the experience was incredible. I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a part of the team.”
“As a freshman at Ewing High, I had never heard of a Consumer Bowl team,” Staub shared. “Luckily for me, one of my friends that was an upperclassman at the time was on the team and recruited me to join the following year. I was able to tag along with the team my freshman year, and be a spectator at the competition. I was able to see how everything worked, and if I thought I was capable of being a member of the team.”
From their work with Consumer Bowl, both seniors have learned a lot about themselves, and important lessons to share with fellow teens.
“The Consumer Bowl competition has given me the ability to understand how to be an effective consumer in society,” Capstack stated. “I now know how to approach situations that occur in an adult's everyday life, such as buying a car/home, or even understanding how to deal with contractors and other companies of the sort.”
“Consumer Bowl has taught me SO many things that are going to help when it’s time to start adulting!,” Staub added. “From adopting pets, to buying furniture, to getting my car towed, to carbon monoxide poisoning and much more. I believe this experience provides young adults with such useful information that so many young adults don’t even know about, but they should.”
Although the format future of the Consumer Bowl may be in doubt, what is not is the bright future of the two senior captains.
Capstack is a student-athlete on the EHS Boys Soccer team and also participates in Key Club, Panther Pals, and Stage Crew. He plans to attend a four-year college after graduation, and has already been accepted into Temple University in Philadelphia, and is leaning towards attending their highly regarded Fox School of Business.
During her four years at EHS, Staub has been a varsity cheerleader, manager of the wrestling team, and a member of the Athletic Trainers Club, Unified Club, Panther Pals, Peer Leadership and the National Honor Society. She is planning to attend Baylor University’s Honors College, where she will major in Health Science Studies in the pre-physical therapy program, with the goal of moving on to graduate school to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
“In uncertain times, it’s great to have students you can count on,” EHS Principal Ed Chmiel stated. “Patrick and Natalie’s leadership for Consumer Bowl and throughout the school has been greatly appreciated. We are excited to see what the team can do, and about their bright futures.”