LifeSmarts honors FBLA student leaders in Anaheim – National Consumers League

July 18, 2017

Contact: Cindy Hoang, National Consumers League, (202) 207-2832,

George C. Marshall High School students recognized with top honors in LifeSmarts competition at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Washington, DC—Earlier this month, students from George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA, competing at the 2017 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference, took home cash prizes for winning first place in the FBLA LifeSmarts competitive event, June 29–July 2, in Anaheim, California. More than 14,000 of America’s best and brightest high school students from across the country gathered in Anaheim for the annual leadership conference, hosted by FBLA, at which top future business students compete in 65 events.

LifeSmarts is an educational and scholarship program run by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization. LifeSmarts competitively tests high school students’ knowledge of consumer awareness, with subjects including personal finance, health and safety, consumer rights and responsibilities, technology, and the environment. The free program is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in partnership with student leadership programs FBLA, as well as the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA.) 

Sixteen FBLA LifeSmarts teams competed over the course of two days, accumulating points through buzzer matches, a team competition, and individual written assessments. The top eight teams advanced to the second day of competition and competed in a knock-out bracket. The team from George C. Marshall High School beat a team from Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California, in the final match.

Students attended the FBLA conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in business-related competitive events, including the LifeSmarts competition.

LifeSmarts honors in Anaheim

Students from George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, Virginia, coached by FBLA Adviser Rebekah Glasbrenner, took home first place in the LifeSmarts competition. The team is made up of students Ethan Epstein and Sam Hassett, both recent graduates.

Other winners included:

  • Lynbrook High School from San Jose, California (2nd place)
  • Nickerson High School from Nickerson, Kansas (3rd place)
  • Pensacola High School from Pensacola, Florida (4th place)

“We are so proud of all the LifeSmarts competitors. Throughout competition they exemplified the strength of the LifeSmarts and FBLA partnership, showcasing team spirit, good sportsmanship, leadership, and a breadth of knowledge in financial literacy and consumer rights,” said Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts program director.

The LifeSmarts competition is part of a comprehensive, national, competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL, in partnership with NCL, which recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.


About LifeSmarts and the National Consumers League

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators run the programs on a volunteer basis. For more information, visit:, email

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC For more information, visit