CONTACT:  Michele Clark
Communications Coordinator

Vol.  45, No. 17                    

Feb.  17, 2011


Teams from Linn win LifeSmarts State Competitions

The Missouri State LifeSmarts Championships were held this week in Jefferson City, challenging students to test their knowledge of real-life marketplace issues.  More than 100 students participated in game show-style team competitions in varsity and junior varsity categories.

The team from Linn Junior High School bested nine other middle and junior high school teams to capture the junior varsity title.  The team from Linn High School triumphed over 13 other high school teams to win the varsity contest.  Nearly 1,700 students statewide first competed online for a chance to travel to the state finals. The Linn High School team will compete in the national LifeSmarts event April 30 to May 3 in Los Angeles.

LifeSmarts is a consumer-education competition that challenges students 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, located in 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 LifeSmarts program.

“Hundreds of Missouri students have gained knowledge about personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, ecology, and technology through the LifeSmarts program,” Thoenen said.  “These students will have consumer skills that could help them build a solid financial future.”

Other teams participating in the junior varsity finals were:

    • Camdenton Middle School (second place)
    • Pleasant Hill Middle School (third place)
    • Aurora Junior High School
    • Northeast Vernon County High School
    • Buffalo Middle School (Dallas County School District)
    • Sheldon High School
    • Bourbon Middle School (Crawford County R-I School District)
    • Walnut Grove Junior High School
    • Danby-Rush Tower Middle School (Jefferson County School District)

Other teams participating in the varsity finals were:

    • Southern High School (Southern Reynolds County School District) (second place)  
    • Keytesville High School (third place)
    • Stoutland High School
    • Ruskin High School (Hickman Mills School District)
    • Frederick Douglass High School (Columbia Public Schools)
    • Northwestern High School
    • Waynesville High School
    • Sheldon High School
    • Valley Park High School
    • Wellsville Middletown High School
    • Morgan County R-I High School
    • Benton High School (St. Joseph School District)
    • Fort Zumwalt South High School

“LifeSmarts is a wonderful program that gives students an opportunity to learn, to compete and to enjoy interaction with a diverse group of peers from their state and across the country,” said Lisa Hertzberg, director of the program for the National Consumers League. “The competition gets better every year. We expect to see more students competing, more states involved and more kids learning what it takes to be a smart consumer.”