LifeSmarts - The Ultimate Consumer Challenge

Blog Author Karen Childs

Written by: Karen Childs

Published: June 12, 2015

Found in: Community, News/Press

Several WSECU staff members had the opportunity to volunteer at the national LifeSmarts championship in April.

LifeSmarts is the ultimate consumer challenge. This program gives students an opportunity to learn, compete and enjoy interaction with a diverse group of peers from their state and across the country.

Program content focuses on five key areas of consumer knowledge that teens need to know to function effectively in today's world:  

  • Personal Finance
  • Consumer Rights & Responsibilities
  • Health & Safety
  • Technology
  • The Environment  

There were 34 teams from across the United States with125,000 students registered to take competition quizzes to qualify for their state competition. Toledo High School was our state champion team and represented Washington State. They placed 21st in the competition.  

WSECU staff members volunteered as judges, scorekeepers, timekeepers and room monitors. Every one of them said that it was a great experience and they enjoyed every minute of it, and the youths' enthusiasm and knowledge were an inspiration. This event allows students to have a chance to make new friends and see how much they really know. It was interesting to see students from other states sitting in the audience and rooting for other teams.  

The final match was with Florida winning 176-174 over Rhode Island. This was probably the most competitive final ever. Every student on the winning team received Surface tablets. LifeSmarts also gave away $22,000 in scholarships.  

Community Relations would like to say thank you to the staff for giving back by volunteering for LifeSmarts Nationals. I look forward to seeing more students competing in future competitions, and am excited to be a part of the Washington State LifeSmarts competition again next year!

Karen Childs

Photo by National Consumers League/Steve Schneider Photography