Washington D.C.—In celebration of Financial Literacy Month in April, the National Consumers League (NCL) has announced the 33 state champion teams that have earned a spot at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will take place starting later this month in San Diego, California. The event will kick off Saturday, April 21, at 5 pm at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.LifeSmarts (LifeSmarts.org) is a national consumer literacy scholarship competition, celebrating its 24th season this year, hosted by NCL, the nation’s oldest consumer watchdog organization. The 2018 National LifeSmarts Champion team will be crowned on Tuesday, April 24.LifeSmarts is a competitive educational and scholarship program, in which teams of students begin online. Top-scorers progress to their state competitions, and then state champion teams meet each April to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship. This year’s state champion teams hail from as far away as from Portland, Maine, and from as nearby as Los Angeles.Consumer-savvy teens representing 30 states, the District of Columbia, and two wild card teams, will compete at this year’s national event. Throughout the 2017-2018 program year, more than 100,000 teens competed online for a chance to represent their states at the 2018 National LifeSmarts Championship. Players answered more than 3 million consumer questions in the online competition.“We are so proud of this year’s state LifeSmarts champions, who have proven themselves to be the best and the brightest of the next generation of consumers,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL executive director. “LifeSmarts is fun, engaging, and the perfect vehicle for educating young consumers. Our program goes in-depth on the issues kids—and adults—are facing now: finances, health care, the environment, and technology.”The 2018 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 by demonstrating knowledge in specific program topic areas. The top eight placing teams and top five individuals are recognized.This season, LifeSmarts celebrated “The Year of Health and Safety,” focusing on health-related resources, learning activities, and special competitive opportunities, underwritten by a grant from Johnson & Johnson. This season, LifeSmarts unveiled the LifeSmarts OTC Medicine Safety Mentoring Project as a community service opportunity for its high school student participants to become mentors for middle school students on the wise use and safe storage of over-the- counter medicines. At the national event, NCL will award scholarships to winning participants from the Mentoring Project.NCL thanks the sponsors who make the program possible including Johnson & Johnson, Comcast NBCUniversal, UL, Western Union, American Express, Experian, and Intuit.Follow the competition onlineParents and teachers can follow the action at Facebook.com/LifeSmarts and via Twitter: #LifeSmartsThe semi-final and final competition matches will be streamed live at LifeSmarts.org, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. Pacific Time2018 LifeSmarts State ChampionsAlabama (Tuscaloosa): Central High School, Coach: Roslyn EvansArizona (Flagstaff): Flagstaff Home Educators, Coach: Christina BlanchardCalifornia (Los Angeles): Lincoln High School, Coach: Wendy EstradaColorado (Colorado Springs): Vista Ridge High School, Coach: Sahvanna MeaseConnecticut (Waterbury): Crosby High School, Coach: Kelly DonohueDelaware (Wilmington): Salesianum School, Coach: George HornDistrict of Columbia: McKinley Technology High School, Coach: Sarah ElwellFlorida (Jacksonville): Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Coach: Melissa DeckerGeorgia (Douglasville): Douglas County 4-H, Coach: Rose SmithHawaii (Honolulu): Iolani School, Coach: James RubaschIllinois (West Chicago): West Chicago High School, Coach: Don ZabelinIndiana (Brookville): Franklin County High School, Coach: Diana SlavenKansas (Wichita): Maize South High School, Coach: Jean ConklingLouisiana (Lafayette): Acadiana High School, Coach: Stephanie BennettMaine (Portland): Wayneflete School, Coach: Steve WithersMassachusetts (Milton): Milton High School, Coach: Paul ArenburgMichigan (Fenton): Fenton High School, Coach: Bruce BurwitzMinnesota (Lake Crystal): Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School, Coach: Michelle MisslingMissouri (Jefferson City): Blair Oaks High School, Coach: Linda CumptonNew Hampshire (Canaan): Mascoma Valley Regional High School, Coach: Shawn JoyceNorth Carolina (Morehead City): West Carteret High School, Coach: Mark ThompsonNorth Dakota (Jamestown): Jamestown High School, Coach: Marchel KriegerOklahoma (Pryor): Pryor High School, Coach: Sharon RashPennsylvania (Dallas): Dallas High School, Coach: Kevin WestRhode Island (Barrington): Barrington High School, Coach: Samuel SchachterTexas (Mesquite): John Horn High School, Coach: Brenda BreedloveVirginia (Fredericksburg): Massaponax High School, Coach: Ginger WaltersWashington (Olympia): Capital High School, Coach: Katie TurcotteWest Virginia (Ellenboro): Ritchie County High School, Coach: Sonya HaughtWisconsin (Oconto): Oconto High School, Coach: Scot NeuWyoming (Buffalo): Buffalo High School, Coach: Kami Kennedy Qualified for the LifeSmarts National Championship through the Automatic Bid process:Wild Card: #1: Liberty County 4-H, Hinesville, Georgia, Coach: Gypsy TartWild Card: #2, Walker County 4-H, LaFayette, Georgia, Coach: Casey Hobbs
Her battle with cancer inspired the Syracuse community and made a national impact. After Syracuse’s game against Oregon on Nov. 24, reigning Wooden Award winner Sabrina Ionescu stopped Mangakahia before the game and asked for a photo. Ducks head coach Kelly Graves called Mangakahia the “biggest star in the gym” that day, and the whole team took a picture with her. “We support her, we love her, and I know she inspires us,” Graves said after that game.Sunday’s scene in the Dome — one of omnipresent pink — was the first thing Mangakahia saw after leaving the locker room. Eight chemotherapy treatments, a double mastectomy and countless trips to the hospital with her teammates prefaced the Play4Kay game — named after the late hall of fame coach Sandra Kay Yow — which raises awareness for breast cancer.Otto’s Army representatives handed out free pink T-shirts with the foundation’s name printed on the back. Pitt donned pink alternate jerseys, and fans were encouraged to wear pink gear. Both teams warmed up in black and pink jerseys with the “Power of One” logo and a pink breast cancer ribbon, and Syracuse players also showed off their #Tough4T shirts before tipoff.During a timeout halfway through the first quarter, a video played on the Carrier Dome big screens. One after another, SU players flashed in front of the camera and lauded the courage and strength of those affected by breast cancer.“Stay strong, stay positive, keep the hope. We’re here for you,” graduate transfer Whisper Fisher said in the video. “Take it day by day,” Lauren Fitzmaurice said. “You are stronger than you might feel right now,” Amaya Finklea-Guity echoed.At halftime, another video package appeared on the screen, this time with more personalized messages from Mangakahia’s teammates offering their unwavering support. Then, Mangakahia and 14 other cancer survivors in the community lined up at half-court. The crowd stood as a public address announcer told the stories of the survivors.“That was a big moment, I know, for her,” Lewis said. Forward Emily Engstler, one of Mangakahia’s closest friends, said Sunday’s tributes were “powerful” and should help Mangakahia regain the confidence she had “before the battle.” Mangakahia said in a video that one of the biggest challenges for her was losing her once-long and blonde hair, which has begun to grow back in.Throughout the season, Mangakahia has sat on the bench during games and watched practices when she’s not undergoing treatment. Graduate transfer Elemy Colomé called her a “player-coach” and said she brings a fresh perspective to the SU sideline. In November, Hillsman said he once had to yell at Mangakahia for talking too much during practice. “She doesn’t get a pass,” he said on Nov. 5.Two days later, the team announced Mangakahia was officially cancer-free. According to cancer.org, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their life. Mangakahia and long-time SU fan Victoria Hill-Gilbert are part of that statistic.When the final buzzer sounded Sunday, Mangakahia walked back to the locker room after the handshake line but stopped by Hill-Gilbert’s front-row seat. She signed the Syracuse native’s game program featuring Mangakahia without hair in an orange Syracuse jersey.Danny Emerman | Sports EditorIt meant a lot to Hill-Gilbert, especially since she has stage 4 breast cancer. Mangakahia smiled after signing. The Syracuse all-time assist leader hopes to play next year pending an NCAA waiver for another year of eligibility, but until then, her impact will transcend any game.“I think it’s very important that we have people, women, who stand up and say breast cancer is still an issue,” Hill-Gilbert said.“It’s been very inspirational.” Comments Twenty seconds before the end of warmups, Tiana Mangakahia emerged alone from the locker room tunnel. Smiling and shaking her head in awe, she high-fived fans wearing pink t-shirts, headbands and sweaters before taking her seat on the bench.Every game, home or away, Mangakahia is adoringly welcomed by fans, opposing coaches and players. It’s become routine for her. The 2019 All-American’s battle with breast cancer has captured the attention of the sport. And on Sunday, for the first time since her breast cancer diagnosis in June, the 24-year-old addressed the Carrier Dome crowd.“Syracuse is my second home now,” Mangakahia said at halftime near midcourt. “I probably wouldn’t have been able to make it through without everyone’s support, especially from my teammates, coaches, athletic department. Just thank you so much.”In Syracuse’s annual Play4Kay/Pink Game, the Orange (14-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) honored Mangakahia’s battle with breast cancer with video tributes and a halftime ceremony. “The day was special,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. A 71-53 blowout win against last-place Pittsburgh (4-21, 1-13) served as background noise for the true main event: Mangakahia, who’s been cancer-free since November.“Everyone probably has someone that they know in their family that has been touched by cancer,” Hillsman, wearing a pink dress shirt and pink paisley bowtie, said. “It’s different when it’s someone that plays for you. When it’s one of your kids, it’s like it’s one of your daughters.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textElizabeth Billman | Asst. Photo EditorThe game itself was never in question. The Orange led by double digits for almost the entire contest. They’ve adjusted this year without their superstar point guard, as redshirt junior Kiara Lewis (19 points, six assists, six rebounds) has taken on lead-guard responsibilities. With two top-10 wins and now a four-game winning streak, an eighth-straight NCAA tournament appearance is within reach.Yet Mangakahia’s battle has always been bigger than basketball, than tournament aspirations, than wins and losses. She announced her decision to return to Syracuse for her senior season — her final year of eligibility — in April because she wanted to improve her draft stock. Two months later, she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, or invasive ductal carcinoma. 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MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — The former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts wants to have his trial moved to a more diverse county.The 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s lawyers filed a motion Friday asking that the trial be moved out of Poweshiek County, so there can be more minority representation in the jury pool.Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. A medical examiner has said Tibbetts was stabbed to death.Rivera is a Mexican national who has been accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.