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JHS LifeSmarts team wins state championship, heading to nationals

A team from Jamestown High School won the 2011 state LifeSmarts championship in Bismarck today, the second time they've won the competition in as many years. The win earns the five students a place in the National Finals to be held April 30-May 1 in Los Angeles. The Ray High School team placed second and the other team from Jamestown high school took third place.

The Jamestown High School champion team members are: Ashley Mueller (captain), Alec Redmann, Ryan Sanders, Mikaela Walker and Nick Watne, lead by coach Marchel Krieger.

Krieger has been the Jamestown High School LifeSmarts coach for seven years and brought two teams to the competition.

"The kids all worked hard to get to the state finals and both teams did a great job," he said. "LifeSmarts gives students an opportunity to learn about things that affect them in the real world and then tests their abilities in a competitive environment."

This is the second year in a row that the teams coached by Krieger have taken first and third place in the state competition.

Teens from across the state first competed online for a chance to advance to the state championship -- 11 teams from nine North Dakota high schools qualified for the state championship event. The teams battled through 10 rounds before the top three teams advanced to the final round. Students answered questions in six subject areas personal finance, health, safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities -- such as "In an emergency or natural disaster, the normal flow of drinking water can be interrupted. The American Red Cross advises people to tap this hidden source of drinking water in every home. What is it?" (The correct answer is "The hot water tank.")