National Consumers League

Consumer savvy high school students from DC to compete Friday, March 2 for a spot at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship in San Diego

March 1, 2018

Consumer literacy and scholarship competition to be hosted by UDC, National Consumers League on March 2

Contact: NCL Communications, Carol McKay, (202) 207-2831

Washington, DC—The University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the National Consumers League (NCL) will host the DC LifeSmarts competition this Friday to determine which team of high school students will earn a chance to compete for the national title at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship in April in San Diego, CA.

LifeSmarts, a program of the National Consumers League, is a consumer education competition and scholarship opportunity that tests teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. At the state level, high school teams compete individually and in buzzer-style matches to determine a winner. The winning team at the DC competition will advance to compete with other state champions across the country for prizes and scholarships at the 24th annual National LifeSmarts Championship in San Diego, April 21-24.

What: District of Columbia LifeSmarts consumer literacy competition

Where: University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Rooms 515 and 516
4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008

When: March 2, 2018 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Who: District of Columbia high school students, grade 9-12

Why: Teens are consumers

Six teams representing Columbia Heights Educational Campus, McKinley Technology High School, and the U.P.O. Power Program will compete at the DC LifeSmarts competition Friday. Teams qualified for the District competition after an extensive preliminary online competition to determine participants. LifeSmarts has been sponsored locally through a partnership with the National Consumers League and the University of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences’ Center for 4-H and Youth Development program for more than 15 years.

“We are very excited to be hosting the competition for DC once again this year. Students learn valuable skills and become savvy consumers by showcasing their knowledge in LifeSmarts competitions,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director.

“LifeSmarts asks relevant, tough questions. Many adults don’t know the answers. LifeSmarts prepares young people to be stronger, more assertive participants in our economy. I’m proud of our DC LifeSmarts students," said Bill Cocke, the Washington, DC LifeSmarts Coordinator.

Last year, McKinley Technology High School, coached by Sarah Elwell, won the LifeSmarts District of Columbia title and advanced to the 23rd annual LifeSmarts National Championship in Pittsburgh, PA, and finished in the top 20. A senior on the 2017 McKinley Tech team was recognized as the LifeSmarts National Student of the Year. This year, UPO’s team roster includes a Maya Angelou Public Charter School freshman who was awarded a post-secondary scholarship for participating as a LifeSmarts Safety Smart Ambassador this winter.


About LifeSmarts

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information and to register a team, visit:, email, or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at (202) 835-3323. The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. NCL’s mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information about NCL, visit