Junior Varsity LifeSmarts (Grades 6-8)
Teens from Blair Oaks Middle School Take Missouri State Junior Varsity LifeSmarts Title
A team from Blair Oaks Middle School, Blair Oaks School District in Jefferson City, MO, captured the LifeSmarts junior varsity championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues in Jefferson City in February.
Junior Varsity LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 6-8 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 runs the program. It is coordinated by the Missouri Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
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.
“LifeSmarts participants in Missouri have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Thoenen.
Other teams winning honors in the state finals included second place Bourbon Middle School, and third place Linn Junior High. Other qualifying teams included Buffalo Prairie Middle School; Camdenton Middle School; Aurora Junior High , Richmond Middle School, Keytesville Junior HIgh, Northeast Vernon County Junior High and Walnut Grove Junior High.
“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.
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@example.com.