Congratulations to the State Champion Westfield Lifesmarts Team: Dakota Radtke, Brad Floeter, Isaac Mades and Jacob Cebery, who captured their title by beating Madison East in the championship round. (Photo submitted)

Westfield Pioneers Capture State Title!

It may not be what you think of when you think state championships this time of year, but when the Westfield Pioneers faced off with Division 1 Madison East in the championship round of the state Lifesmarts competition, they knew they had accomplished something great.

Team member Brad Floeter said, “Entering the championship round we held an 80-point lead and they (Madison East) could only score a maximum of 40 points.” It was at that point that the team realized that they had earned the victory.

The victory was even more impressive when you consider that many of the schools in the competition have a class that is specifically offered to prepare their Lifesmarts team, as well as holding regular team practice. The Pioneers however used only the information that they have learned through their normal class offerings or through their own learning. Team member Isaac Mades capped the team’s comments by saying, “It was a team effort…everyone contributed.”

The team consisted of Dakota Radtke, Brad Floeter, Isaac Mades, Jacob Cebery and were coached by WAHS teacher David Briggs. The members were selected based off of their scores on the Lifesmarts qualifying test.

This is the 12th year that Westfield Area High School economics and personal finance students have participated in the Lifesmarts program.

Lifesmarts is a national program sponsored by The National Consumers League that teaches teens to be smart and responsible consumers and citizens. Lifesmarts improves and tests the students’ skills from five key areas of consumer knowledge. Those areas are personal finance, health, safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities.

This year’s competition involved the students qualifying for state competition against hundreds of other state schools through an on-line series of activities and tests. Top state scorers advanced to the state finals at Edgewood College in Madison and competed as a team in a quiz bowl format.

In honor of their victory the Credit Education Foundation (CBW) awarded each winner a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice and an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta to represent Wisconsin in the national competition from April 20-23.

For more information on Lifesmarts, or the Credit Education Foundation, visit their links atwww.lifesmarts.org, or cbmfoundation.org