Champlain Valley Wins LifeSmarts Competition

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Champlain Valley High School Team Wins Vermont LifeSmarts Competition

It came down to the final question, but the CVU FBLA team from Champlain Valley Union High School had the quickest finger on the buzzer and the winning answer to take the championship at the Vermont LifeSmarts state competition on Feb. 10 in Montpelier.

Coached by teachers Tamie-Jo Dickinson and Colleen Wedge, students Adam Kaufman, Jeffrey Wettstein, Jacob Grasso and Drew Nick displayed their knowledge and quick-thinking in the game-show style competition. As Vermont state champions, the four teens have the opportunity to represent Vermont in the national LifeSmarts competition in Los Angeles, Calif., April 30-May 3.

LifeSmarts, a program of the National Consumers League, is a consumer education competition that tests teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities. The life skills learned by those participating in this competition will help them to become independent young adults. This is only the second time that Vermont will send a team to the LifeSmarts national competition, now in its 17th year.

At the state competition, CVU FBLA vied for the top spot against five other teams from North Country Career Center, Newport; Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Hyde Park; Lake Region Union High School, Orleans; and two teams from Winooski High School, Winooski. Student teams from across the state competed online from September 2010 through January 2011, and the six top-scoring teams were invited to compete in the state competition.

The Vermont LifeSmarts competition is coordinated by the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy with major financial support from VSECU, a founding member of Vermont Jump$tart.

For more information about LifeSmarts, visit 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

Since 2004, Vermont Jump$tart has helped Vermont’s young people learn responsible money management by working with schools, youth organizations and parents as well as directly with students. Affiliated with the national Jump$tart Coalition based in Washington, D.C., Vermont Jump$tart is an all-volunteer organization that comprises businesses, organizations and individuals seeking to improve financial literacy in Vermont. To learn more about Vermont Jump$tart, visit