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LifeSmarts - 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].

2014 Varsity Winners:

The 2014 Missouri LifeSmarts Competition has concluded. Thank you to all who participated. The winning team was "Mega Money" from the Colombia Area Career Center. They represented Missouri at the National LifeSmarts Competition held in Orlando, FL from April 25th to 29th.

The winning teams were:

1st Place - Columbia Area Career Center

2nd Place - Bourbon High School

3rd Place - Buffalo High School

Also participating in the state finals were:

  • Ft. Zumwalt South High School
  • Blair Oaks, High School
  • Ruskin High School, Kansas City
  • Northwestern High School, Mendon
  • Fatima High School, Westphalia
  • Southern Reynolds High School, Ellington
  • Linn High School
  • Couch High School
  • Morgan County R-I, Stover

The Individual Topic Winners were:

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

Sree Dalta, Ft. Zumwalt South High School

Peter Dolan, Linn High School

Health and Safety
Grant Gould, Columbia Area Career Center

Personal Finance
Loyal Carpenter, Columbia Area Career Center