500 Students in CU-Backed Competition
More than 500 high school students from across New York state competed in the New York State LifeSmarts Championship here, which was sponsored by the New York Credit Union Foundation (NYCUF). NYCUF is the statewide coordinator of the game show style competition that challenges teens in grades 9-12 in real-life marketplace issues, such as personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology and consumer rights and responsibilities.
The students first compete online for a chance to go to the in-person state finals. This year, nine high school teams, consisting of five students each, went head-to-head to vie for the New York LifeSmarts title and a chance to advance to the national competition being held in San Francisco in April.
For the second year in a row, the team from Pittsford Sutherland high school in Rochester was victorious, edging out two teams from neighboring Irondequoit High School. Each student on the final nine teams received a $25 gift check award.
The winning team, Pittsford Sutherland High School, will receive a $500 check to defray out-of-pocket expenses they may incur while participating at the national finals. NYCUF is also picking up the cost of the team's airfare to San Francisco and their accommodations while there.