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Willow River earns state champion honors


Willow River High School's LifeSmarts team includes: Coach Melissa Johnson, Daniel Eaton, Marissa Mikrot, Julia Peterson, Madi Moen and Nick Kenyon.

Willow River High School beat out their competitors to capture the Minnesota State LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues at Century College in White Bear Lake on February 11.

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 about personal finance, health and safety, technology, the environment and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League. In Minnesota, South Central Service Cooperative in North Mankato administers the program.

Students from across the state first competed online for a chance to go to the in-person state event. The state champions from Willow River have qualified for the national LifeSmarts competition to be held April 21–24 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"LifeSmarts participants in Minnesota have gained many of the consumer 'smarts' they'll need to make it in the real world," said Karen Olson, state LifeSmarts coordinator. "We're proud to have Willow River represent Minnesota at the 2017 National LifeSmarts Championship."

Other top finishers in the state championship include the second place team, LCWM Gold from Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial Secondary School; third place team, LSH from Le Sueur Henderson High School; and fourth place team Panthers 1 from NRHEG Secondary in New Richland.

"LifeSmarts participants win by learning to avoid common consumer pitfalls, navigate the government and understand credit card jargon before they have to sign on the dotted line," said Sally Greenberg, executive director of the National Consumers League.

LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information, 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. NCL is a private, nonprofit membership organization. For more information about NCL, visit or email


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