Dallas High School’s LifeSmarts Team won the 22nd annual National LifeSmarts Championship in Denver, Colorado, Tuesday.
The four-day event, hosted by the National Consumer League, consisted of a series of individual and team competitions involving students answering questions about cyber security, credit reports, recycling, nutrition, consumer fraud and other life skills.
The Dallas High School LifeSmart team members are Lauren Hudak, senior; Chris Biesecker, senior; Troy Reinert, junior; C.J. Good, junior; Matt Metzloff, sophomore; and Kevin West, coach.
Dallas High School LifeSmarts team competed against a team from Jacksonville, Florida, in the final round.
In the individual competitions, Hudak placed fourth in the Environmental category; Biesecker won first place in the area of Technology; Reinert placed second in Personal Finance; Good was third in Consumer Rights, and Metzloff placed second in Health and Safety.
Biesecker was one of five competing students nationwide who earned a scholarship from the National Consumer League.
Dallas High School LifeSmarts team coach Kevin West, along with Donna Mancuso from Crosby High School in Connecticut were named LifeSmarts Coaches of the Year.
“I could not be more proud of these students,” said Thomas Duffy, superintendent of the Dallas School District.
The students will be traveling back home Wednesday, April 13, West said. The group was heading out to a nearby art museum to celebrate Tuesday night, he said.
“We are so proud of these students from Pennsylvania, who represented their state program with class and pride,” LifeSmarts Program Director Lisa Hertzberg said in a news release. “They played hard and demonstrated their consumer smarts throughout the four-day event. They are true LifeSmarts champions.”