National Consumers League

LifeSmarts honors FCCLA student leaders in Nashville

July 18, 2017

Contact: Cindy Hoang, National Consumers League, (202) 207-2832, cindyh@nclnet.org

Campus High School students from Wichita, KS, recognized with top honors in LifeSmarts competition at FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Nashville

Washington, DC—Earlier this month, students from Campus High School, in Wichita, KS, competing at the 2017 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference (NLC) took home top honors for winning first place in an FCCLA LifeSmarts competitive event held during the conference, July 2 – 6, in Nashville, Tennessee. More than 8,000 high school students from across the country competed in 32 competitive events, including the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl, during the FCCLA NLC. 

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 FCCLA, as well the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Thanks to the partnership with FCCLA, traditional LifeSmarts topics are expanded to include tourism, housing, fashion design, and early childhood development to focus on family and consumer sciences-specific content within the competition.

In Nashville, the top 14 FCCLA LifeSmarts teams competed over the course of two days. On Monday, July 3, teams competed in pool play, competing three times for cumulative points. The top eight teams advanced to a knockout bracket, which determined the final match-up between Campus High School and the team from Brookings High School, Brookings, South Dakota. On Wednesday, July 5, the two finalist teams competed head-to-head in front of thousands of spectators to kick off the FCCLA Recognition Session held during the NLC. 

Students attended the FCCLA conference to expand their networks, enhance leadership skills, attend workshops, and compete in FCCLA STAR events, including the FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl.

LifeSmarts honors in Nashville

Students from Campus High School in Wichita, KS, coached by Renae Spangler, took home first place in the LifeSmarts competition. The team is made up of students Hope Wilson, Nick Redfield, Heather Robey, Karina Villa, and Kasen Williams.

Other winners included:

  • Brookings High School from Brookings, SD, coached by Joline Dunbar (2nd place)
  • West St. Francois High School from Park Hills, MO, coached by Tiffany Miller (3rd place)

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

The LifeSmarts competition is part of a comprehensive, national, competitive events program sponsored by FCCLA, in partnership with NCL, which recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of family and consumer sciences 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 topics. 

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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: LifeSmarts.org, email lifesmarts@nclnet.org.

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 nclnet.org.

About FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.  FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,400 chapters from 48 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience is unique among youth organizations because its programs are planned and run by members, and it’s the only career and technical in-school student organization with a central focus on family.  Participation in national programs and chapter activities helps members become strong leaders in families, careers, and communities.