The West Chicago High School LifeSmarts Team represented Illinois at the 2022 National LifeSmarts Competition and finished in 8th place. The competition took place in Washington D.C. April 21-24.
Members of the team included Sean Slattery (team captain), Christina Guo, Angie Jacobo, Arely Jacobo, and Dana Tomasevic.
The team began the competition by defeating Minnesota 120 -100. “This was a very exciting match with our team trailing Minnesota 90 to 60 halfway through the completion. They had a very nice rally at the end to win,” said Don Zabelin, coach of the WeGo LifeSmarts Team.
The team won their next match 140 – 80 over Florida and their third match 120 – 115 over Missouri. “Missouri was a very tough team and our players built a 100 – 45 lead which enabled them to hang on for the very narrow victory,” Zabelin said.
The tournament ended for the West Chicago team when they lost to Wisconsin 130-105.
The following students won individual awards:
Dana Tomasevic – 5th Place Personal Finance Assessment
Sean Slattery – 1st Place for the Infographic on Avoiding the Purchase of Counterfeit Goods ($100 Award).
Angie Jacobo – 1st Place for her report on being a Safety Ambassador and speaking to 5th graders at Courier Elementary School about over-the-counter medicine safety ($1000 College Scholarship).
LifeSmarts is a program from the National Consumers League and tests student’s knowledge on the topics of Personal Finance, Consumer Rights, Environment, Technology, and Health & Safety.
Members of the West Chicago Community High School LifeSmarts Team are from left, Christina Guo, Arely Jacobo, Angie Jacobo, Dana Tomasevic, and Captain Sean Slattery.