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Congratulations JV LifeSmarts Winners!

Teens from Camdenton Middle School Take Missouri State Junior Varsity LifeSmarts Title

A team from Camdenton Middle School in Camdenton, Missouri  beat out 9 teams and captured the Missouri State Junior Varsity LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues in Jefferson City on February 16.

Junior Varsity LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 6-8 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League. In Missouri, Merilee Thoenen, Supervisor, Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) runs the program. It is coordinated by the Missouri Association of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the financial sponsor is American Century Investments of Kansas City.

Teens from across the state first competed online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals held February 16 in Jefferson City. “We are glad to be number one again” stated coach Mary Beth Otto referring to their 1st place finish in 2008.

“LifeSmarts participants in Missouri have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said State Coordinator, Merilee Thoenen.

Other teams participating in the state finals included 2nd place Aurora Junior High, 3rd place Linn Junior High School, Sherwood Middle School in Creighton, Stoutland Middle School, Northeast Vernon High School, Pleasant Hill Middle School, Buffalo Middle School and Danby-Rush Tower Middle School in Festus


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