Barrington High School teacher and LifeSmarts program coach Karen Proule has confirmed that her team of five teenage students will represent the Ocean State in Atlanta, Ga. at the national LifeSmarts competition next month.
Barrington battled through the brackets and ultimately bested Burrillville in the final match at March Smartness IX, the Rhode Island state LifeSmarts finals, which took place March 8 at the State House. The Barrington team was undefeated all day.
Captain Jack Liang (senior), a member of the 2012 state champion, led the Barrington team, which also includes “rookie” players Ryan Jerue, Cassidy Laidlaw, Matthew Lamontagne and Teddy Ni.
Barrington has brought home the Julius C. Michaelson Consumers’ Cup for two years in a row. In the nine-year history of the LifeSmarts program in Rhode Island, Barrington has won four times (’13, ’12, ’10, ’07), as has North Providence (’09, ’08, ’06, ’07). Lincoln School in Providence won the state title in ’11.
Coach Proule said the team is already practicing for Peachtree Street, the site of the nationals in Atlanta.
The top four teams from the 2013 competition were Barrington (state champions), Burrillville (2nd place) and Cumberland and East Greenwich high schools. Also competing were teams from Lincoln School, Mt. Hope, North Providence, North Smithfield and Tolman.
LifeSmarts, a national program of the National Consumers League, is a fast-paced, quiz-bowl format program that challenges the consumer knowledge in the areas of personal finance, technology, environment, health & safety, and consumer rights & responsibilities. LifeSmarts is coordinated in Rhode Island by the RI Jump$tart Coalition.