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Grades 9-12 Varsity

Varsity LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League. In Missouri, Merilee Thoenen, supervisor in the Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services section of the Missouri Department of Education is the state LifeSmarts coordinator. The Missouri Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) coordinates the program.

Teens from across the state first competed online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals held in February in Jefferson City. State varsity champions will compete at the national LifeSmarts competition to be held in Seattle, Washington from April 17-20l.

“LifeSmarts participants in Missouri have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Thoenen. 

“LifeSmarts participants win by learning to avoid common consumer pitfalls, navigate the government, and understand credit card jargon before they have to sign on the dotted line,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information, visit www.lifesmarts.org, email [email protected], or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323.

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. NCL’s mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. NCL is a private, nonprofit membership organization. For more information about NCL, visit www.nclnet.org or email [email protected].


2015 LifeSmarts National Competition

Congratulations to two Missouri teams who competed in the National LifeSmarts Competition held in Seattle, WA from April 17-20. The Missouri Team, coached by Mrs. Linda Cumpton, is from Blair Oaks High School in Wardsville, MO. They won the Missouri in-person competition held in Jefferson City in February. The other team took an online competition in January to represent FCCLA at nationals. This FCCLA team is also from Blair Oaks with Mrs. Cumpton as their coach.


While at the competition, the Missouri Team placed twelfth! Both teams competed in individual and team competitions. Luke Dyer of the Missouri Team placed 2nd in the Technology individual competition. Kerstin Peterson of the FCCLA team and Mrs. Cumpton were chosen to be on the National LifeSmarts Student Advisory Board.

Luke Dyer of the Missouri Team being congratulated by LifeSmarts Education Director, Emily Stevenson.