Paxon School for Advanced Studies Wins Florida LifeSmarts Competition

Mar 02, 15 Paxon School for Advanced Studies Wins Florida LifeSmarts Competition

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TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services named five students from the Paxon School for Advanced Studies winners of the 2015 Florida LifeSmarts Competition at the Florida State Fair in Tampa. The high school team from Jacksonville beat six other teams who had qualified to participate in the game-show style challenge open to students, grades nine through 12.

LifeSmarts was established by the National Consumer League, America’s oldest consumer organization, to develop and educate teens on consumer and marketplace issues. As the state’s clearinghouse for consumer issues, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services coordinates the LifeSmarts competitions in Florida.

Through online challenges, LifeSmarts teaches teens to be smart and responsible consumers and citizens. Topics focus on personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, technology and the environment. Students who participate in the program gain consumer knowledge, access to information, awareness of resources, and the ability and confidence to participate in today’s dynamic global marketplace.

As the winner of the Florida LifeSmarts competition, the Paxon SAS students will go on to compete in the National LifeSmarts Competition, held in April in Seattle, Wash.

The Paxon SAS team includes:

• Coach — Kathryn Loggie

• Assistant Coach – Andrew

Bowen

• Team Captain – Nicholas

Pellegrino

• Harrison Andrew

• Joseph Cain

• Evan Spaulding

• Aaron Routzong

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The department has responsibility for regulating various business industries operating in Florida and conducts investigations of unfair and deceptive trade practices, while continuing to educate consumers.

For more information about the National LifeSmarts Competition, visit http://www.lifesmarts.org.

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