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Two Missouri Teams to attend National LifeSmarts Competition!

The "Mega Money" team from Columbia Area Career Center, along with their coach, Janet Bagby, and assistant coach, Jo Ann Carpenter will travel to Orlando, FL on April 25th to represent Missouri at the National LIfeSmarts Competition. The team captain is Kira Kirk. Team members include Loyal Carpenter, Grant Gould and Chandler Randol.

Also attending in Orlando will be the National LifeSmarts FCCLA team from Keytesville, MO. Their coach is Beverly Plymell. They were the top scoring team in the on-line LifeSmarts FCCLA Competition. They will represent FCCLA at the national competition in Orlando in April. The team will receive $2500 from the National Consumers League to help with their travel expenses.

Congratulations to both teams and good luck in Orlando!

State Winners Announced!

Thank you to all students and coaches who participated in 2014 Missouri LifeSmarts State Finals.

The winners were:

Junior Varsity

1st Place- Blair Oaks Middle School

2nd Place - Bourbon Middle School

3rd Place - Oak Grove Middle School


1st Place - Columbia Area Career Center

2nd Place - Bourbon High School

3rd Place - Buffalo High School

Varsity Individual Topics

Consumer Rights and Responsibilities - Cameron Leahy, Ft. Zumwalt High School

Environment - Sree Dalta, Ft. Zumwalt High School

Technology - Peter Dolan, Linn High School

Personal Finance - Loyal Carpenter, Columbia Area Career Center

Health and Safety - Grant Gould, Columbia Area Career Center



Congratulations to coach Anne Klemme and her team from Ft. Zumwalt South High School. The team has qualified for the National FBLA LifeSmarts Competition to be held at the National FBLA conference in July of 2014.


Welcome to 2014 LifeSmarts!

Along with the new logo shown above, national LifeSmarts has redesigned their website.

The new website is a work in progress, so please have patience as they work to solve issues and finish the site so it will be even better than before.

Meanwhile, if you have any issues or questions, please don't hesitate to email or call me (see below).

Merilee Thoenen, Missouri Coordinator