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    Congratulations to Minnesota LifeSmarts champs Willow River HS

    I was privileged to attend the Minnesota state LifeSmarts competition this past weekend. The competition was intense, the students prepared, and the event well-run.

    Congratulations to the new Minnesota LifeSmarts state champs – Willow River High School! A K-12 school of 400 students, Willow River has a rich history with LifeSmarts and has represented the state several times before at the National LifeSmarts Championship.

    Minnesota uses a double-elimination format, and the Willow River team advanced from the consolation bracket, meaning they had to defeat the reigning champs from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial HS twice to take the title. The first state championship match hinged on the final question, with Willow River winning by 3 points, 160-157. Willow River pulled ahead in the rematch and won the state title handily.

    As Le Sueur-Henderson High School LifeSmarts coach Cathy Schluter said, “LifeSmarts should be a required class for all High School students. This is real life.”

    Kudos to state coordinators Mary Hillman, Karen Olson, and Joyce Swenson from the South Central Service Cooperative for a wonderful event!

    — Lisa Hertzberg

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