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John Marshall High School had 28 students qualify for the LifeSmarts state competition.

This program gives high school students a series of quizzes to test their knowledge of life skills. First, students took a pre-quiz and a Capstone quiz that combined all subjects. There were also five individual quizzes they had to take including personal finance, environment, health and safety, technology and consumer. The students are scored based on how many answers they answered correctly.

JM sophomore Shelby Ullom has learned a lot from these tests. “It’s a good way to see what you’re lacking in knowledge and to go back and learn about it,” Ullom stated.

State qualifiers took an additional online test in early February with their team.

Teams at the state competition were awarded first through seventh place. The team with the highest score move on to the LifeSmarts Nationals competition.

Ryan Campbell, Whitney Coffield, Zachary Tucker and Emily Wright were the four original contestants who could move on to Nationals. With substitutions, the new team is Alexa Johnson, Emily Wright, Whitney Coffield, Ryan Campbell and Adam Miller as an alternate.

“LifeSmarts participants in West Virginia have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said Megan Pintus, John Marshall’s coach. “We’re proud to have our team represent the state at the National LifeSmarts Championship.”

LifeSmarts Nationals will be held Saturday, April 13 through Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

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.

Article written by Abi Vargo, Senior WJMH Broadcasting Student

Photograph by Justin Hall, Senior WJMH Broadcasting Student

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