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Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial’s LifeSmarts team were named Minnesota State LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues. Team members include Lane Berle, Emily Johnson, Hannah Jones, Megan Scott and Raina Tracy and are coached by Michelle Missling, a Family and Consumer Science teacher. They will advance to the virtual LifeSmarts National Competition April 17–19.

Accompanying them will be the 2020 Minnesota State Champions Miles Flack, Kaitlyn Kirchner, Grace Moeller and Emma Winters. The 2020 national competition was cancelled due to COVID-19 but competition organizers wanted to allow the students to participate. A dual track competition will take place for each year’s state champions.
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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