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Georgia LifeSmarts Championship Winners
Submitted by: Cheryl Varnadoe

Douglas County 4-H has earned first place in the Georgia LifeSmarts Varsity Team compeition for the second year in a row.  They will represent Georgia at the annual national high school consumer literacy championship which will be held this year in Pittsburg, PA in April. Douglas County 4-H beat out three other finalist teams at the first ever in-person Georgia LifeSmarts Championship held recenlty on the University of Georgia campus. They captured the Georgia LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues. 

Second place in the Varsity Division was won by Clarke County 4-H and third place went to the varsiry teams from Bartow County and Gwinnett County.  

Varsity Champion team members are:  Kathryn Tackett, Palmer Casteel, Christian Casteel, Helen Pahno and Rhiannon Perrien.  Team Coach is Rosemary Smith and Assistant Coach is Jeremy Cheney. 

In the Junior Varsity competition, Gwinnett County earned first place honors. These team members are in grades 6-8. Members of the winning team are Jerahmy Davis, Saffiyyah Muhammad-Davis, Brianna Ormsby, David Pugh and Kendall Ross. The team was coached by volunteer, Jean Martin. 

Second place honors went to Douglas County with the JV teams from Gordon County and Madison County placing third. 

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in knowledge about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy group, headquartered in Washington, DC. In Georgia, Cheryl Varnadoe , Extension 4-H Specialist runs the program. 

At the National LifeSmarts Championship, state champion teams competefor the national title, as well as individual awards in LifeSmarts topic areas. Winners receive prizes and scholarship money. Students also get a chance to meet peers from across the country, with 44 teams representing states from across the country.

The Georgia 4-H team is sponsored to attend the contest by Georgia United Credit Union. We appreciate their support to this wonderful group of 4-H’ers and their coaches! 


LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information, visit:,, or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323. 


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.