Mascoma Valley Regional High School is the 2014 NH LifeSmarts State Champion and will compete in the national championship April 26-29 in Orlando, Fla., with dozens of other teams.
The Mascoma team — coached by Shawn Joyce and featuring Garrett Albano, Keegan Caraway, Caleb Caraway and Alex Brueckner — will be demonstrating their knowledge of personal finance and other life skills.
Spaulding High School was the runner-up finalist in the competition on March 11 in Manchester, which also included teams from Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, Newfound Regional High School in Bristol, Raymond High School (a 2013 state finalist) and Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.
LifeSmarts is a consumer knowledge competition designed for teenagers in grades 9-12 that concentrates on personal finance; health and safety; environment; technology; and consumer rights and responsibilities. The students learn about the key topics and test their knowledge via the Internet.
The program is part of the New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition’s effort to build the personal financial management skills of Granite State students. The nonprofit has been recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has designated April as Financial Literacy for Youth Month.
In a prepared statement, Hassan acknowledged that “personal financial education is essential for ensuring that the youth of New Hampshire are prepared to manage money and credit wisely and responsibly.” She recognized the “concerned professionals of NH Jump$tart who volunteer their time and energy to promote financial education for New Hampshire’s youth to meet these educational goals.”
Daniel Hebert, NH Jump$tart’s president, thanked the governor for her recognition on behalf of the members of the all-volunteer organization.
“NH Jump$tart is comprised of many individuals who are selflessly dedicated to helping our young people gain the skills they will need to be productive and self-sufficient adults,” Hebert said in a news release. “It is heartening to know that Governor Hassan understands how vigorous and persistent these efforts have been.”
For more information about NH Jump$tart and its activities, visit www.nhjumpstart.org.
NH Jump$tart is an affiliate of the Jump$tart Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in pre-kindergarten through college.
The coalition of about 150 national organizations and a network of 49 affiliated state coalitions work individually, and collectively, to conduct and support financial education.
Jump$tart is the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month.