Friday, March 25, 2016

McKinley Tech Clenches 2016 4-H LifeSmarts Competition

by Carilyne Vance

The 2016 District of Columbia LifeSmarts competition was held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. LifeSmarts, established in 1994, is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer organization. LifeSmarts, the ultimate consumer challenge, is an educational opportunity for students in 6th-12th grade. This competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Participants focus on five key topic areas: consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology.

This year’s competition featured five teams from McKinley Technical High School and the Cesar Chavez Educational Center.  Hosted by the National Consumers League’s Seth Woods and including guest judges James Kahler of the National 4-H Council and the National Consumers League Executive Director Sally Greenberg, the competition was an exciting event with a McKinley Technical High School team emerging victorious.  The team is now headed to the National LifeSmarts Championship, April 9-12, 2016, in Denver, Colorado.  The team has set-up a GoFundMe page in order to pay for the trip.  Please visit to contribute. 

For more information, contact Mrs. Rebecca Bankhead at or (202) 274-7081. Visit to learn more about the District’s 4-H program. For additional resources on bullying, visit

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