On March 7, the Henrico 4-H LifeSmarts Team WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) won the 2014 Virginia LifeSmarts competition by narrowly defeating the Marshall High School team of Falls Church, Virginia, in a very close contest held at the Virginia Housing Center in Innsbrook. Members of the winning team include homeschoolers Emma Shepard (captain), Stephen Baker, George Evans, Joshua Hyde, and Curtis Cantwell; team coaches are Karie Dawkins, Kathleen Cantwell, and Sheila Hyde. WYSIWYG will represent Virginia at the National LifeSmarts competition in Orlando, Florida, on April 25-29, where they will engage other state champions in various “quiz bowl” competitions and written tests.


LifeSmarts, established in 1994 and sponsored by the National Consumers League, is the ultimate consumer challenge, teaching practical information that will prepare youth for today’s society and the future. Content and competition questions focus on five key areas to develop consumer and marketplace skills in a fun way: personal finance, technology, health and safety, environment, and consumer rights and responsibilities. In addition to the important information and knowledge gained, participants develop teamwork, self-esteem, verbal communication skills, and leadership abilities–and they have fun competing! They really do have “life smarts!”


LifeSmarts is just one of the many opportunities offered as part of the Henrico County 4-H Program. Henrico County 4-H is a diverse, volunteer-led youth program providing a safe, positive, nurturing environment for youth to develop leadership, citizenship, and life skills. For more information on this and other 4-H opportunities, contact the Henrico County Extension Office at 804-501-5160 or www.co.henrico.va.us/extension/. The Virginia LifeSmarts Competition was sponsored by Virginia Credit Union, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Credit Union League, Office of the Virginia Attorney General, and the Virginia Housing Development Authority.


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  1. George Evans says:

    From left to right: Kathleen Cantwell (coach), Emma Shepard (captain), Stephen Baker, Joshua Hyde, George Evans, and Curtis Cantwell, Karie Dawkins (coach), (Not Pictured) Sheila Hyde (coach)

    To quote a friend who saw this article: “This is SO COOL!!” 🙂