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JHS wins state LifeSmarts championship

Jamestown High School’s No. 1 team won the state LifeSmarts championship and will represent North Dakota in the national competition. JHS’s No. 2 team took second place, and Kindred High School took third. All three teams have won the state championship in previous years.

The JHS students will represent the state in the national championship April 26-29 in Orlando, Fla.

Six high school teams completed in several elimination rounds before the top three teams advanced to the final round. Competing students answered questions in five subject areas — personal finance, health and safety, environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities.

The state champion team members are: Kelsey Becker, captain, Andrew Briedenbach, Zach Fossen, Alex Igl and Jessica Vandal.

“The great thing about LifeSmarts is that it provides you with lifelong knowledge that is necessary,” Becker said. “Now I can finally say ‘I am going to Disneyworld.’ I’m very proud of our team’s accomplishment.”

 “LifeSmarts is a very valuable program that I wish more schools could take part in and experience, said Marchel Krieger, Jamestown High School LifeSmarts team coach. “We are very proud to have the chance to represent North Dakota at the national competition.”

Parrell Grossman, director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division and question master for the competition, said he was impressed with all participants.

“The participants in today’s competition kicked it up a notch, and the level of performance was among the best I’ve seen since we started the LifeSmarts program,” he said. “This is the 17th year the attorney general’s office has hosted the state competition.”