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Pictured from left are the members of the JM LifeSmarts team: Zachary Bishop, Shelby Moore, Miranda Taylor, Whitney Coffield and Adam Miller.
Pictured from left are the members of the JM LifeSmarts team: Zachary Bishop, Shelby Moore, Miranda Taylor, Whitney Coffield and Adam Miller.

The student team from John Marshall High School has been crowned West Virginia LifeSmarts champions for the 2019-2020 academic year.

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in grades 9th through 12th about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League (NCL).

The winning team is coached by Megan Pintus. Students include: Captain Miranda Taylor (11th), Zach Bishop (12th), Whitney Coffield (12th), Adam Miller (12th) and Shelby Moore (11th).

This is the second year in a row the Monarchs team was crowned the state champion and moved on to the national competition.  Coffield and Miller served on last year’s team as well. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the in-person 2020 National LifeSmarts Championship was cancelled, but due to John Marshall High School’s success this year, the team has qualified to compete at the 2021 National LifeSmarts Championship, which will be held in Cincinnati April 17-20, 2021.

“LifeSmarts participants in John Marshall High School have gained many of the consumer ‘smarts’ they’ll need to make it in the real world,” said LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg. “We’re proud to crown the deserving teens from John Marshall High School this year’s West Virginia champions and hope to see them in Cincinnati next year.”

In 26 years, LifeSmarts has educated more than 1 million students about core consumer topics, helped students develop critical thinking skills, and provided leadership opportunities. LifeSmarts students also give back through a variety of community service projects. 

“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 NCL, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit watchdog organization.