A team of Gardner Edgerton High School students placed third in the LifeSmarts State Varsity Championship. GEHS students, Sean Grossnickle, Conner Phillips, Nashton Shell and David Shute, answered questions about consumer rights, personal finance, health and safety, technology and the environment in the competition, which featured more than 1,600 Kansas high school students.
In the final round, GEHS competed against teams from Iola High School and Nickerson High School to capture third place.
Sponsored by the Kansas Council for Economic Education, the students competed at Wichita State University during the first week of March.
LifeSmarts is known as “the Ultimate Consumer Challenge.” LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League and is coordinated in Kansas through the Kansas Council for Economic Education. LifeSmarts teaches students consumer skills relating to Personal Finance, Technology, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, and the Environment.
Students across Kansas represent their schools while participating in an online competition followed by a face-to-face competition among the top teams for the State Championships.  More than 1,600 students participate for the honor of being the state champions.
Nine high school teams from across Kansas were here to compete in written and quiz bowl activities to decide the Varsity State Champion of LifeSmarts.  The team that wins the varsity state championship receives an expense-paid trip to the National LifeSmarts Championship.  This event is in Seattle, WA this year in April.
Gardner Edgerton High School, Iola High School and Nickerson High School made it to the final round.  In an intense and close 20 question round that covered questions from all focus areas of the LifeSmarts program there was a tie for first place.  The Iola High School answered both tie questions correctly and took the championship.