April 22, 2013
Contact: Carol McKay, (724) 799-5392, firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlanta, GA — Just in time for April’s Financial Literacy Month, the National Consumers League (NCL) has announced the four semifinalist champion teams that have reached the final playoffs in the 2013 National LifeSmarts Championship, taking place in Atlanta, GA, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. LifeSmarts (www.lifesmarts.org) is NCL’s 19-year-old program that educates teens and tweens on real-world financial and consumer literacy issues. Former Representative George “Buddy” Darden will help the National Consumers League crown the 2013 national champion team on Tuesday, April 23 at 12 noon EDT.
LifeSmarts is a competitive educational program, in which teams of students begin competing online. Top-scorers progress to state competitions, and state champion teams meet each April to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship. For a complete list of state champions, visit www.lifesmarts.org.
The final four teams are:
- Pennsylvania’s Dallas High School in Dallas
- Tennessee’s Coffee County 4-H
- Rhode Island’s Barrington High School from Barrington
- Florida’s Paxon School for Advanced Studies from Jacksonville
The 2013 National LifeSmarts Champion and other winning teams will walk away with prizes and scholarships. In addition to placing as a team, individual students have the opportunity to compete for scholarships for demonstrating knowledge in specific program topic areas. The top eight placing teams and top five individuals are recognized. NCL thanks the sponsors who make our program possible, including Visa, Western Union, American Century, Investments Foundation, Google, CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc., UL, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Bridgestone Retail Operations, Experian, Toyota Financial Services, and American Express.
Consumer-savvy teens representing 38 states competed at this year’s national event. Throughout the 2012-2013 program year, more than 15,000 teens competed online for a chance to represent their states at the 2013 National LifeSmarts Championship. Players answered more than 3 million consumer questions in the online competition.
The LifeSmarts program will be honored by an appearance by George “Buddy” Darden, who will address the state champions at the Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, 4/23 at 12 noon. Consumer advocate and NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg will also be available for media interviews.
When: April 23, 2013
Where: Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Final match: Tuesday, April 23, 10:45 a.m. EDT
Awards Ceremony: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Follow the competition online
Parents and teachers can follow the action at facebook.com/lifesmarts.
The semi-final and final competition matches will be streamed live atwww.lifesmarts.org:
Tuesday, April 23, 2012
Semi-finals: 9 am EDT Pennsylvania vs. Rhode Island and Florida vs. Tennessee
Finals: 10:45 am EDT
About the National Consumers League and LifeSmarts
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 www.nclnet.org.
LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators run the programs on a volunteer basis. For more information, visit: www.lifesmarts.org, email email@example.com or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323.