Teens from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial take 2020 Minnesota LifeSmarts title

Student competitors best in state in national consumer literacy education / scholarship program
 
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Washington, DC—The student team from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School has been crowned Minnesota LifeSmarts champions for the 2019–2020 academic year. 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.
 
The winning team is coached by Michelle Missling. Students include:2020 LifeSmarts winners from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial
Grace Moeller (grade 10), captain
Miles Flack (grade 10)
Emma Winters (grade 10)
Kaitlyn Kirchner (grade 10)
 
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person 2020 National LifeSmarts Championship was cancelled, but due to Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools’ success this year, the team has qualified to compete at the 2021 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will be held in Cincinnati April 17–20, 2021.
 
“LifeSmarts participants in Minnesota have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “We’re proud to crown the deserving teens from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Schools this year’s Minnesota champions and hope to see them in Cincinnati next year.”
 
The Minnesota LifeSmarts program is coordinated by South Central Service Cooperative in North Mankato.
 
In 26 years, LifeSmarts has educated more than one 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.
 
LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information, visit: LifeSmarts.org, email lifesmarts@nclnet.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 nclnet.org or email media@nclnet.org.