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22nd National LifeSmarts Championship a Success

LifeSmarts looks great at 22! We put a bow on the year with a fantastic National LifeSmarts Championship earlier this month in Denver. Check out coverage in our photo gallery and on our winning-PAFacebook page.

Some of my favorite things at Nationals this year included:

  • Great teams from across the country – 33 teams demonstrating their consumer smarts to compete with class throughout the four-day event
  • Engaged Student Advisory Board and LifeSmarts Advisory Board – the energy is amazing!
  • So many teams becoming Safety Smart Ambassadors! More than 3,000 young children attended LifeSmarts Safety Smart presentations the month before Nationals
  • Celebrating my birthday with 300 of my closest LifeSmarts friends
  • Denver: Love it! And we missed big snowstorms
  • Wonderful support and dedication from LifeSmarts State Coordinators, Sponsors, and Volunteers – thank you!

Congratulations to our 2016 winners!
1st place: Dallas High School, Dallas, PA
Captain: Lauren Hudak; Coach: Kevin West
Team: Chris Biesecker, C.J. Good, Matt Metzloff, Troy Reinert

2nd place: Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Jacksonville, FL
Captain: Evan Spaulding ; Coach: Kathryn Loggie
Team: Joseph Cain, Sara Fearing. Tuffa Said, Stevin Smith

3rd place: ‘Iolani School, Honolulu, HI
Captain: Chase Nakamura; Coach: James Rubasch
Team: Sean Callahan, Norton Kishi, Landon Sur, Drey Tengan

3rd place: Coffee County 4-H, Coffee County, TN
Captain: Emily Yardumian; Coach: Michelle Matthews
Team: Marian Anderson, Adrienne Calderwood, Lydia Calderwood

4th place: Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE
Captain: Andrew Hally; Coach: George Horn
Team: Austin Barry, Austin Lin, Joe Mullen, Owen Riley

4th place: Iola High School, Iola, KS
Captain: Taylor Heslop; Coach: Jean Johns
Team: Ryan Eyster, Yohon Sinclair, Abigail Taylor, Clara Wicoff

4th place: Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Captain: Michael Bian; Coach: Kurt Godfryd
Team: Taeyoung Han, Samuel Inloes, Daniel Lee

4th place: Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Canaan, NH
Captain: Ken Severance-Camp; Coach: Shawn Joyce
Team: Pascal Bakker, Raymond Gonzalez, Lukus Labrie, Graeme Lambert

Individual Honors:
Environment
Michael Lamontagne, RI, first place
Evan Spaulding, FL
Norton Kishi, HI
Lauren Hudak, PA
Julia Shirley, ND

Personal Finance
Alyssa Simoes, CT, first place
Troy Reinert, PA
Andrew Sheinberg, RI
Connor Searle, LA
Joe Mullen, DE

Health and Safety
Ethan Epstein, VA, first place
Matt Metzloff, PA
Ian FitzGerald, RI
Anna Blanchard, AZ
Owen Riley, DE
Abigail Taylor, KS

Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
Eli Shea, RI, first place
Nolan Carvalho, MA
C.J. Good, PA
Adam Slighte, WA
Ryan Eyster, KS

Technology
Chris Biesecker, PA, first place
Samuel Inloes, MI
Tuffa Said, FL
Lukus Labrie, NH
Daniel Sheinberg, RI

Last Smarty Standing
Klajdi Gjonaj, CT
Alyssa Simoes, CT
Adam Slighte, WA

Coaches of the Year
Donna Mancuso, CT
Kevin West, PA

Students of the Year
Taylor Heslop, KS
Brandon Mahsetky, CA

Coordinator of the Year
Jim Hedemark, RI

Important 2016-2017 Dates
Like to plan ahead? Here are major dates for the 23rd program year:

  • September 12, 2016: LifeSmarts competition begins live online
  • January 1 – March 11, 2017: State Competitions will be held
  • April 21-25, 2017: National LifeSmarts Championship in Pittsburgh, PA
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