JHS LifeSmarts team heading to nationals – North Dakota News

JHS LifeSmarts team heading to nationals – North Dakota News

“We are very proud of their achievements,” said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District.

JHS team captain Ligia Schulz, a senior with three years experience in LifeSmarts, will focus on environmental questions for her first trip to the nationals. She said preparation isn’t that difficult when the information is useful and not just tacit knowledge and is designed to instill financial responsibility, internet safety, environmental stewardship and health and safety knowledge in students.

“It is things that you need to know out in the real world,” Schulz said.

The team prepares by using practice questions on the LifeSmarts website, she said. The practice is conducted just like the real thing so it is intense and fun like the competitions.

“I really like the buzzer-style competition,” Schulz said. “It really gets my adrenalin going.”

Courtnay Kiecker, a junior in her second year of LifeSmarts and a member of the 2016 team that went to nationals in Denver, said this year’s team is motivated from that experience.

“We know what the competition is like and we already have a starting point that we can branch off of,” said Kiecker, who will focus on consumer rights and responsibilities questions.

Kalen Christensen, a junior and second-year LifeSmarts member, will focus on technology questions. Cris Dupre, a junior and second-year LifeSmarts member, will cover the health and safety questions.

Julia Shirley, a junior who will focus on personal finance questions at nationals, said the team gets a head start in points with LifeSmarts projects to enter the tournament in a higher position. Underwriter Laboratory is a…

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