Waipahu HS Wins State LifeSmarts Competition, To Compete in National Contest, April 21-24

“Waipahu 3,” a team from Waipahu High School won the Hawaii LifeSmarts Virtual State Competition held on February 12. As the 2022 state champions, Waipahu 3 will represent the state at the National LifeSmarts Competition in Washington, D.C. from April 21 – 24, 2022.

Members of Waipahu 3 are: Ross Cadelina (team captain), Estefany Bayudan, Isabella Delos Santos, and Keziah Ancheta. The team was coached by Cindy Takara.

The game-show style competition tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities through an individual test, “speed smarts” activity, and game-show style buzzer rounds.“Hawaii LifeSmarts strives to provide an educational experience for our students in a way that is engaging and relevant,” said Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Director Catherine Awakuni Colón.

“We hope that this foundation of consumer knowledge will help them thrive and be ‘life smart’ as they are faced with challenges in the real world. Congratulations to “Waipahu 3” and good luck at the National Competition!”“We are excited for “Waipahu 3” to represent Hawaii at the National Competition,” said Securities Commissioner Ty Nohara.

LifeSmarts is a free 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. It is a program of the National Consumers League that is locally run and sponsored by the DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner and Insurance Division, in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League.

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