The student team from Gardner Edgerton High School captured the Kansas state LifeSmarts title in online competition earlier this year and have earned the chance to compete for the 2021 national title at a virtual event being held later this month.
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 (NCL). The program has been in existence for 27 years. In LifeSmarts, students compete online and in-person at the local and state levels leading up to a national event. This year, due to the pandemic, the competition will take place online and will also feature 2020 state champion teams who, in simultaneous competition, will vie for the official 2020 title.
With the Kansas state championship title, students from Gardner Edgerton High School have qualified to attend the virtual 2021 National LifeSmarts Championship to be held virtually April 17-19. This year’s event will feature 33 teams competing for the 2021 title, as well as 24 teams competing for last year’s title, an event that had to be postponed due to the pandemic.
The Kansas LifeSmarts program is coordinated by Meg Hunting, Gifted Teacher at GEHS.
“LifeSmarts participants gain the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “We’re proud to have the teens from Gardner Edgerton High School represent Kansas at the National LifeSmarts Championship.”
The winning team is coached by Ms. Meg Hunting. Students include (pictured left to right):
- Rachel Stuart
- Masen Kindler
- Sinanye Burton-Captain
- Kyron Saunders
In more than a quarter-century of education and competition, LifeSmarts has educated more than 1 million students about core consumer topics, helped students develop critical thinking skills, and provided leadership opportunities. LifeSmarts students also give back through a variety of community service projects.
“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 NCL, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit watchdog organization. “We are proud of the resiliency of our 2020 and 2021 state champion participants and excited to welcome them to the virtual stage later this month.”
To follow the action during the competition, visit LifeSmarts.org.