Kalani’s LifeSmarts competition team, KALANI 3.0, is made up of five students: Catie Achay (12), Phuong Huynh (12), Elena Terebenkov (12), Allison Vuong (12), and Brandon Tran (10).
LifeSmarts is an academic competition for grades 6-12 that revolves around five categories: environment, consumer safety, health, personal finance, and technology.
KALANI 3.0 took third in the state-wide competition; the team also took second-best school in the state. Waipahu’s two teams took first and second place.
“They learned some things about the topic that were necessary for them to compete and not only to compete but for life in general,” their teacher mentor Mr. Zane said.
The winners of specific categories also earned prizes such as gift cards that ranged from $75-$100, medals, swag bags, and other prizes from the numerous sponsors.
KALANI 3.0 was selected from 14 students participating in the competition. It’s a collaborative competition, but an algorithm puts the team together based on scores from a preliminary test.
“It was fun just to participate,” Mr. Zane said.