Tuesday, April 24, 2012
- Environment: Morgan Macumber, AZ
- Personal Finance: Christopher Carsey, AZ
- Health and Safety: Maura Taylor, MD
- Consumer Rights and Responsibilities: Noah Shute, AZ
- Technology: Nathaniel Anderson, TN
UPDATE: Florida has knocked out Pennsylvania and will move on to the finals! Now watching Maryland and Rhode Island battle it out for a chance to face off with Florida.
If you're not watching already, head over here to check out the action live! First up: Pennsylvania and Florida!
Monday, April 23, 2012
|Brenda Shuler (CT), Gwen Worlds (FL), Kathleen Belanger (NH)|
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The LifeSmarts program wouldn't be possible without generous contributions from all our sponsors. The 2012 LifeSmarts National Championship is sponsored by:
American Century Investments Foundation
McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Toyota Financial Services
Bridgestone Retail Operations
CBM Credit Education Foundation
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Our masterful photographer Eddie has captured everyone's good sides, and this year's lineup of state champion photos is now live! Check your gorgeous self and your teammates (and opponents) out over here in our Facebook photo gallery -- and be sure to tag yourself!
LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg shows off this year's top trophy.
Donna Mancuso and her team from Crosby High in Connecticut getting registered with the lovely Miss Tee, NCL's Office Manager.
|Alabama has arrived!|
Submitted by Neemah Najafi, Florida
We are a team of 4 seniors and 1 freshman from Paxon School for Advanced Studies. We live in Jacksonville, Florida and competed in Tampa and won the title of 2012 Florida Champions. For all of us, this is our first year on a LifeSmarts team. However, our coach Kathryn Loggie has been doing LifeSmarts for several years now. Last year, our school’s team won the Florida title and got 4th place in the national championship.
To prepare, we meet after school with snacks and drinks and practice doing buzzer questions, multiple choice questions, team activities, and lightning rounds. Each of us on the team picked one of the five categories of LifeSmarts topics to specialize in so as to have a more well-rounded team. We are really excited to go to Philadelphia and look forward to meeting the rest of the teams, especially our sister team, Arizona. And of course we can’t wait to find a great Philly cheesesteak!
Our state coordinator is Gwendolyn Worlds.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The LifeSmarts team has officially landed in beautiful Philadelphia! (Beautiful, but not for long - check the weather forecast below and consider packing your galoshes and umbrellas.) Teams are being spotted trickling in as well. The 2012 National LifeSmarts Championship kicks off tomorrow. See you tomorrow at the registration desk starting at 12pm. Be sure to get your team photo taken!
Even if you can’t join the National Consumers League and the LifeSmarts state champions in Philadelphia for the 2012 National LifeSmarts Championship, you can still catch the action online!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Semi-finals- 9 am Eastern Daylight
Finals- 10:45 am EDT
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
- Just Say It: It’s just like “Password.” Remember that game? Me neither. Look it up online, Betty White used to play it all the time.
- Take A Spin: Players use a spinner to determine which topic they will tackle.
- Jolt to the Brain: Just like the popular Lightning Rounds: ten rapid-fire questions in a row.
- Slam: Teams are given very short clues (very short--like three letters) and have to identify the concept.
- Picture This: Teams have to decipher pictures and explain the concept of six image sets--like this one:
|Get it? War and tea = warranty!|
Don't forget to explain what it is.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Submitted by Scott Bearchell, Arizona team captain
The FiveGuys are a team from Flagstaff, Arizona. We are an Internet team since our state doesn't have a state competition. Our state is the 48th in the Union and we are celebrating our Centennial this year! Scott Bearchell, team captain, and Christopher Carsey have been on the Arizona team before; Christopher in Miami and Scott in Miami and LA. Morgan Maycumber, Noah Shute, and Paul Bearchell are new this year, but all of them have had a sibling who was on the team in years past. Scott, Christopher, and Paul play varsity tennis for Flagstaff High School. Morgan, along with the rest of the team, plays on a competitive airsoft team. Since Christopher is a long distance runner, our team must run up the Art museum's "Rocky" steps in Philadelphia. Our team is extremely excited to be a part of the LifeSmarts National competition in Philadelphia and are looking forward to meeting other teams including our sister team, Florida, and representing the state of Arizona in the competition.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
|Dr. Celia Ray Hayhoe, left, with NCL Board Chair Anna Flores,|
at the 2011 LifeSmarts Summit in Los Angeles.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
By Jim Hedemark, RI Jump$tart Coalition Executive Director and Rhode Island LifeSmarts Coordinator
|AG Peter Kilmartin, Jeffrey and Rita|
Michaelson, Marcia Reback,
and Sec. of State A. Ralph Mollis
State Champion Captain Brenden
Forte fills in the champion bracket.
Hedemark with Jeffrey and
At the 2012 LifeSmarts Rhode Island State Finals, which we affectionately call March Smartness VIII, buzzers buzzed and brackets were busted, even yielding a Cinderella story. Rounding out our "Frenetic Four" are; Burrillville who claimed fourth place for the second time in eight years. Mt. Hope shocked LifeSmarts nation by claiming third place in their first-ever trip to the state finals. East Greenwich, who lost their opening round, battled their way back to the final match, but ultimately fell to Barrington who went undefeated all day and claimed the state championship for the third time in eight years. They took home the Michaelson Consumers' Cup and include students:
Captain Brenden Forte, Rahul Chander, Matthew Groetelaars, Stephen Lamontagne (all seniors), and junior Jack Liang. Coached by Business Teacher, Karen Proule, the Barrington Eagles are eagerly preparing for nationals and look forward to meeting fellow competitors from across the nation!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Last Thursday, I had my first experience with LifeSmarts, serving as both a judge and then question master at the DC competition. The thing I most took away from the competition was the energy of the kids competing. Even when they were behind or struggling with difficult questions, these kids were excited to be there and excited to be competing for the chance to go to Nationals in Philadelphia.
As someone who does consumer advocacy for a living, I am sometimes guilty of taking the excitement for consumer issues I encounter for granted. The energy of these kids, their dedication to the competition and the knowledge it tests, reminded me that not everyone has the opportunity to be so well informed. As we move closer and closer to Nationals, we’re so excited to have teams of kids who are passionate and excited about these issues. As a consumer advocate, I am inspired to think that I may be interacting with the next generation of advocates.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
By Michigan Team Captain Nick Sanborn
Michigan - The Great Lakes State! (Lots of Fresh Water Everywhere)
Competition was held at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on February 17.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The 2011-2012 year-end survey is live and now is the time to give us your feedback! Each year, we welcome hearing from coaches and students about your experiences using LifeSmarts, as we strive to make LifeSmarts even more meaningful for participants each coming year.
Your opinions count! Because of your feedback on this student survey last year, we began offering the opportunity to take practice quizzes on one topic only. This meant that, for students who felt shaky on issues like credit, insurance, and housing, they had the new chance to brush up on personal finance. As a result of student survey feedback, students now get to select both your difficulty level and the topic (or you can still select "all topics" to emulate a real quiz) for each practice quiz that you take.
Please take 5-10 minutes to answer a few questions on our online surveys, which will help guide us in improvements for next year.
Student survey - click here
Coach survey - click here
Thursday, March 15, 2012
- The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds.
- Philadelphia is the site of the first presidential mansion and was once the United States capital city.
- Benjamin Jackson produced the country's first mustard in 1768 and sold it to fellow Philadelphians in glass bottles.
- Benjamin Franklin demonstrated electrical cooking in 1749. He killed a turkey by electric shock, then roasted it over a fire started by his "electrified bottle".
- The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia in 1784.
- Fairmount Park in Philadelphia is the largest city park with over 8,000 acres.
- In a house at 239 Arch Street, Betsy Ross fashioned the first American flag.
- If you dug straight down from Philadelphia to the other side of the globe you would end up in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
- The nation's first hospital opened in Philadelphia 1751.
- The Philadelphia Mint produces over 30 million coins per day.
- Philadelphia has more public art than any city in the country.
- Benjamin Franklin and four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried in Philadelphia’s Christ Church cemetery.
See you all in Philly!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Listed below are the students who scored the highest in the individual LifeSmarts topic tests:
Personal Finance: Emily Thompson - Buhler High School
Consumer Rights & Responsibilties: Jerik Allen - Humboldt High School
Health & Safety: Branson Strasner - Haven High School
Technology: Kevin Smith - Great Bend High School
Environment: Brandon Yutzy - Haven High School
By all accounts, it was very exciting day of competition!
Monday, March 5, 2012
1. Send NCL photos of your team competing at state to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
2. Make hotel reservations.
3. Send your state champion form to NCL (this was in the packet you received from your state coordinator when you won the state competition).
4. Warm up with the practice TeamSmarts quizzes available now through March 31.
5. Coaches, mark your calendars to join the LifeSmarts staff for a coach conference call on March 28 (5 p.m. Eastern) or April 3 (3 p.m. Eastern) – the same information will be covered on both calls, plan to join us for one of them.
6. Practice (use the Daily Quiz, LifeSmarts Daily Calendars, and as many practice quizzes as you can to have fun prepping with your team).
7. Design a team T-shirt to enter into the LifeSmarts T-shirt competition.
8. Choose gifts for your Sister Team.
9. Students are encouraged to apply to serve on the 2012-13 LifeSmarts Student Advisory Board. New this year, students must apply jointly with their coach – applications are open now and due April 6.
10. Pack your sweat suit, download "Eye of the Tiger," and get ready to run up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum like Rocky himself!
Be sure to watch this blog for more news about Nationals.
Good luck and see you all at the National Championship!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Congratulations guys and see you in Philadelphia!
Friday, February 24, 2012
I had the opportunity to attend the Wisconsin state LifeSmarts competition a couple weeks ago. Seeing my first live competition of the year reminded me just why this program is such a winner. Students were attending from all corners of Wisconsin. Competition was strong, but sportsmanship ruled the day (the two final teams shook hands and congratulated one another while awaiting the judges’ scores on their final activity), and the adult coordinators, volunteers, and coaches supported the teams and cheered for everyone as the students demonstrated their consumer smarts.
I was recently explaining the impetus for the LifeSmarts program and I mentioned that LifeSmarts was the “carrot” or fun element to encourage students to learn as much about real-world consumer issues as they could while still in High School. Watching the Wisconsin competitors reminded me that LifeSmarts does exactly that – spices up consumer education and teaches us all something in the process.
How did the Wisconsin state competition turn out? As is often the case, the state championship went down to the wire – the top two teams were tied with only the team activity to go. By knowing more about deficiency diseases, the Oconto team bested Westfield by 10 points to win the state title.
It was a great day, and it got me jazzed up for Nationals! I hope to see you there.