The Attorney General's office focuses on promoting consumer education in the hope that students will grow-up to be savvier in their everyday lives. This includes things in finance, science, and the environment, among many others.

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LifeSmarts was established in 1994, and is a program of the National Consumers League. The NCL is the nation's pioneering consumer organization. LifeSmarts is an opportunity to educate students starting at sixth grade, until twelfth grade. The organization is 25 years old and is going on its seventh consecutive year of hosting these tournaments.

"Those who may qualify for the tournament must sign-up online and take a series of quizzes," Amanda Larkins, the Outreach Manager for the Attorney General's Office said. "This begins around September every year. Then, we choose the five teams with the highest scores to be finalists. LifeSmarts tests the students' knowledge on consumer education."

The Attorney General's office focuses on promoting consumer education in the hope that students will grow-up to be savvier in their everyday lives. This includes things in finance, science, and the environment, among many others.

East Ascension High School is one of the top five finalists, and met to compete against Acadian on February 15 at the Attorney General's Office in Baton Rouge. In 2018, East Ascension competed for the first time. Every team that attends starts with a score of zero, then they work their way up. The winning team gets to go to the national competition, which will be in Orlando, Florida during April of this year.

The three other schools competing in the tournament include Lafayette High School, Live Oak High School in Livingston Parish, and Kaplan High School in Vermilion Parish.

"LifeSmarts is also often used as a teaching and learning tool for many teachers," Larkins said. "They make it part of a students' curriculum sometimes. It is a free program and online. You don't have to sign up for the competition to use it."

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