LCWM Earns LifeSmarts State Champion Honors

Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial’s LCWM Blue team beat out their competitors to capture the Minnesota State LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues. Team members include Miles Flack, Kaitlyn Kirchner, Grace Moeller and Emma Winters and are coached by Michelle Missling, a Family and Consumer Science teacher. They will advance to the LifeSmarts National Competition April 25–28 in Washington, D.C.

Second place went to the Genius Juniors from Willow River Area School. Team members include Emma Fjosne, Kaylee Krzoska, Monica Mikrot and Ellie Neumann and are coached by Melissa Johnson, a Family and Consumer Science teacher.

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9–12 about personal finance, health and safety, technology, the environment, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League. South Central Service Cooperative in North Mankato administers the Minnesota state program.

“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.

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