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What a year! The 2012 LifeSmarts season has come to a close with the 2012 National LifeSmarts Championship in Philadelphia, where the student team from Frederick, MD was crowned national LifeSmarts champions. After an exciting final match against the second-place team from Jacksonville, FL, the teens from the Maryland Home Schoolers outscored their opponents and did it with great sportsmanship. Teams from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island placed third.
Eighteen years in, and NCL’s LifeSmarts program is still going strong, successfully doing what it set out to do all those years ago: shine a spotlight on consumer education, provide a fun, meaningful competition for students and educators, and teach us all something in the process. The countdown to this year's national event in Philadelphia has begun, so if you aren't familiar yet with the exciting, engaging program, here's your chance to learn more.
This year’s LifeSmarts National Championship event in Los Angeles was a great success! With 33 teams representing states from all over the country, four days of intense competition, and a nail-biting final match-up, the event had a great many highlights and special moments. But one of the most touching scenes was when Bonnie Baker, assistant coach from Missouri, was named 2011 LifeSmarts Coach of the Year.