Varsity LifeSmarts (Grades 9-12)
Champs to travel to Atlanta to compete in national event
Teens from Buffalo High Take Missouri State Varsity LifeSmarts Title
A team from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, MO., captured the 2013 state LifeSmarts varsity championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues in Jefferson City in February.
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 www.lifesmarts.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323.
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