NCL's staff is working away to prepare for our annual LifeSmarts National Championship this year from April 12-15. This year, we're heading to Minneapolis, MN, LifeSmarts Program Director, Lisa Hertzberg's hometown! The League runs the LifeSmarts program, which tests thousands of middle school and high school students nationwide on real-life consumer issues through online quizzes and live contests. High school state champs from across the nation will show off their consumer smarts on personal finance, health and safety, environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities April 12-15 as they compete for the national title. Here's a peek into the fun: Saturday, April 12 Teams from across the nation check-in at the hotel, go through orientation, where they get their first glimpse of the competition, and are briefed on the rules. Later that evening, the teams get to let loose at the mixer. Sunday, April 13 Competition begins. Months of studying and honing their skills through online and in-person come in handy. Monday, April 14 The competition heats up! Teams compete until only four teams are standing. Later in the day, the teams take a break from competing and take in the local scene on a fun outing. Tuesday, April 15 The competition comes down to the quarterfinals and semifinals, until the only team standing is named the 2008 LifeSmarts National Champion! The champion team receives its prizes at the Awards Banquet. We wanted to send a huge thank you to our sponsors, state coordinators, coaches and volunteers who make the LifeSmarts program all that it is! Check out the news coverage the teams have received so far, and be sure to visit www.lifesmarts.org to cheer on the teams during Nationals!