A team from Waynflete has qualified for the Maine Lifesmarts Challenge State Final, a competition-based program that challenges students to grow their marketplace and consumer skills. Waynflete has participated in the competition for the past two years. To qualify for the state competition, students from schools statewide competed online. Based on the online scores, four teams qualified for the state finals competition on March 21. This national competition challenges students to answer questions in the fields of Environmental Science, Health and Safety, Technology, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, and Personal Finance.
The team is composed of senior Sally Li (team captain and returning player from 2013), senior Mason Saltz, junior Sam Frederick, junior Codte Tiparos, and junior Chloe Williams. These students were the top scorers from Waynflete School. Much credit should be given to members of the Waynflete Finance Club and students of Personal Finance for helping the team to qualify for states.
Li, a returning competitor to the challenge, said, “The program was fun and educational. It provides an interactive way to prepare us for real-life challenges. Last year at states our team faced tough competition but we were able to perform our best and advance to nationals. With more experience we are very confident in the competition this year.” Saltz, who created the Finance Club at Waynflete, hopes that the team continues its success and said, “The Waynflete team includes efficient, sharp thinkers with great instincts for the topics. This challenge provides students with the opportunity to work on the practical skill sets needed to succeed in the marketplace, and in life in general.”
The state finals will be held at UNUM in Portland. The winning team will head to Orlando, Florida, for the national finals April 26 – 29. FAME, Maine Jump$tart, and the Maine Bankers Association are covering travel and lodging costs for states and nationals.
The team is coached by Steve Kautz, and Lily Collins ‘13, who was on the team last year, will be an assistant coach this year. Students interested in participating next year should see Steve Kautz.
LINK TO LIFESMARTS: http://www.lifesmarts.org/