HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - High school teams from across the state recently participated in the 13th annual LifeSmarts Hawaii competition, held at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus Center Ballroom. The game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.
The final four teams competing included Maryknoll, Pearl City, Roosevelt and Waiakea High Schools. After testing their skills through written tests, a "speed smarts" activity, and gameshow style buzzer rounds, the team from Roosevelt High School emerged as this year's state champion. Members of the team are: Bryan Kitsu (team captain), Zeheng Huang, Hajin Jang, William Li, and Elvis Tran. The team was coached by Brian Look. They will now represent Hawaii at the National LifeSmarts Competition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from April 21 – 24, 2017.
"Participation in the LifeSmarts Hawaii program has increased over the years and it is very exciting to see these students take an interest in something that will provide them with valuable real-life skills," said Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine Awakuni Colón. "Congratulations to all of the teams that participated today. I wish Roosevelt all the best as they continue on to the national competition."
"We commend all the student competitors, their parents and coaches for the time, energy and support they dedicated in preparation for today's competition," said Acting Securities Commissioner Henry Tanji.
LifeSmarts is an educational program that prepares students to enter the real world as smart consumers by teaching them the skills needed to succeed in today's global marketplace. The program is run by the National Consumers League and locally by the DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner, in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League.
More information about the LifeSmarts Hawaii program can be found at www.LifeSmartsHawaii.com.