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
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team dominated the Cornell University Big Red this weekend, beating the non-conference foe 3-0 and 5-2 Friday and Saturday night, respectively.During a weekend when most people were spending time with their family members around a dinner table, there was a family reunion on the ice of LaBahn Arena. Wisconsin captain Sydney McKibbon got a rare chance to play against the team of her cousin, Cornell head coach Doug Derraugh, for the first time in her collegiate career.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers suffer first loss of season to Minnesota-DuluthThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team experienced their first loss this weekend against the University of Minnesota-Duluth — a dismal Read…This family reunion was bitter sweet for the Cornell coach as his little cousin would help lead her team to victory, complete with one shut-out for rookie goaltender Nikki Cece. Cece was the Badgers netminder for the second week in a row, and she managed to play with a finesse that is uncommon in a rookie goaltender.The Badgers (14-1-1-0, 10-1-1-0 WCHA) and their goaltender gained momentum Friday, when the Badgers would manage to ice out the Big Red (6-4-1, 2-4-1 ECAC) 3-0. This advantageous start to the weekend would help to extend the Badgers’ success, and the sold-out arena would provide all the enthusiasm this team needed.UW was led in scoring by junior forward Annie Pankowski, who has been having a productive two weeks. The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Offensive Player of the Week had a slow start to the season, not netting a goal until the Badgers matchup against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.Since then, Pankowski has netted a total of six goals in three games and doubled her points this season from six to 12. With Pankowski and the rest of her line finding their momentum, the Badgers proved to be a challenge too great for Cornell netminder Marlène Boissonnault.With a border battle between Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities looming on the horizon, it was important that this weekend was a successful one for the UW. With many things, including special teams finally falling into place for this team, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson told UW Athletics that this weekend was more than just a win for this team.“We’ll gain a lot of things from tonight’s game other than the victory, which is obviously the most important part,” Johnson said. “It will help us become better and stronger.”The Wisconsin-Minnesota border battle begins Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Wisconsin will have home ice advantage in this series, which will be much needed in this heated contest.