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Varsity LifeSmarts (Grades 9-12)


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 will represent Missouri at the National LifeSmarts Competition to be 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 Finanace

Loyal Carpenter, Columbia Area Career Center



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 champions from Buffalo High School qualified for the national LifeSmarts competition held in Atlanta, GA in April.

“LifeSmarts participants in Missouri have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Thoenen. “We’re proud to have Buffalo High School represent us at the 2013 National LifeSmarts Championship in Atlanta.”

Other teams participating in the state finals included second place Southern Reynolds County High School, third place Linn High School. Other qualifying teams were Keytesville High School, Blair Oaks High School, Aurora High School, Morgan County R-I in Stover, Blair Oaks High School, Northeast Vernon County High School, Sheldon High Schoo, Stoutland High School and Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters.

“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, email, 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 or email



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