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February 5, 2014

BISMARCK, ND – Jamestown High School #1 team won the state LifeSmarts championship and will be representing North Dakota in the national competition. Jamestown High School’s #2 team took second place, and Kindred High School took third. All three teams have won the state championship in previous years.

The six high school teams completed in several elimination rounds before the top three teams advanced to the final round. Competing students answered questions in five subject areas - personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities – such as “What is the most common form of cancer – Lung, Skin or Colon?” (The correct answer is “skin cancer.”)

The State Champion team members are: Kelsey Becker (Captain), Andrew Briedenbach, Zach Fossen, Alex Igl and Jessica Vandal.

Asked about the team’s secret for success, team captain Kelsey Becker said, “The great thing about LifeSmarts is that it provides you with lifelong knowledge that is necessary. Now I can finally say ‘I am going to Disneyworld.’ I’m very proud of our team’s accomplishment.”

Jamestown High School team coach Marchel Krieger said, “LifeSmarts is a very valuable program that I wish more schools could take part in and experience. We are very proud to have the chance to represent North Dakota at the national competition.”

Parrell Grossman, Director of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, and Question Master for the competition, was very impressed with all the participants. “The participants in today’s competition kicked it up a notch, and the level of performance was among the best I’ve seen since we started the LifeSmarts program,” said Grossman. This is the seventeenth year the Attorney General’s office has hosted the state competition.

The Jamestown high school students will represent the state in the national championship, which will to be held April 26-29, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. 

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