Director, Public Information

Vol. 44, No. 17

February 23, 2010

Teams from Camdenton Middle School and Southern High School (Ellington)

Win “LifeSmarts” State Competitions

The Missouri State LifeSmarts Championships were held last week in Jefferson City, challenging students from across the state to test their knowledge of real-life marketplace issues.

Ten teams competed in the junior varsity division for middle and junior high school students; 13 teams competed in the varsity division. Students first competed online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals.

The team from Camdenton Middle School beat nine other teams to capture the junior varsity title.  The team from Southern High School, Ellington (Southern Reynolds County R-II), beat 12 other teams to win the varsity contest.  The Southern High School team will compete in the national LifeSmarts event in Miami, FL, April 24-27.

LifeSmarts is a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 6-12 to learn about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. It is sponsored by the National Consumers League.  American Century Investments, Kansas City, provides financial support for Missouri’s program.

In Missouri, LifeSmarts is coordinated by the Missouri Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).  Merilee Thoenen, supervisor of Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services for the Department of Education, conducts the program.

“LifeSmarts participants in Missouri have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world.  We’re proud to have Southern High School represent Missouri at the 2010 National LifeSmarts Championship,” Thoenen said.

Other teams participating in the junior varsity finals were: Aurora Junior High (second place); Linn Junior High (third place); Sherwood Middle School, (Sherwood Cass R-VIII, Creighton); Stoutland Middle School; Northeast Vernon County R-I High School, Walker; Pleasant Hill Middle School; Buffalo Middle School (Dallas County R-I); and Danby-Rush Tower Middle School (Jefferson County R-VII, Festus).

Other teams participating in the varsity finals were:  Ava Victory Academy (second place); Linn High School (third place); Sherwood High School, Creighton; Maysville High School; Stanberry High School; Stoutland High School; Ruskin High School (Hickman Mills, Kansas City); Grandview High School (Jackson County); Hermann High School, Frederick Douglass High School (Columbia Public Schools); and Fort Zumwalt South High School, 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. Founded in 1899, the NCL is America’s pioneer consumer organization.