The student team from Jamestown High School that was crowned the North Dakota LifeSmarts champions for the 2019-2020 academic year in Bismarck will compete for the national title in 2021 after the national contest was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League.
The Jamestown team is coached by Marchel Krieger. Student members of the team are Jarron Larson, captain, and Chris Sayler, Jessica Paulson, Garrett Wright and Winter Mielke.
Due to the Jamestown High School’s success this school year, the team has qualified to compete at the 2021 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will be in Cincinnati April 17-20, 2021.
“LifeSmarts participants in North Dakota have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts Program director. “We’re proud to crown the deserving teens from Jamestown High School, this year’s North Dakota state champions and hope to see them in Cincinnati next year.”
The North Dakota LifeSmarts program is coordinated by Crystal Kraft from the Consumer Protection & Antitrust Division in the office of the attorney general. Since 2010, Jamestown High School has declared the state championship 10 of the past 11 years.
In 26 years, LifeSmarts has educated more than 1 million students about core consumer topics, helped student develop critical thinking skills, and provided leadership opportunities. LifeSmarts students also give back through a variety of community service projects.
“LifeSmarts participants win by learning to avoid common consumer pitfalls, navigate the government and understand credit card jargon before they have to sign on the dotted line,” said Sally Greenberg, executive director of National Consumers League, a Washington, D.C.-based national nonprofit watchdog organization.