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High School Team From Nebraska Wins Top Honors in National Personal Finance Challenge

By CEE Staff

Council for Economic Education Competition Showcases Mastery of Essential Life Skills

NEW YORK (June 4, 2021): Students from Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb., earned the top title in this year’s National Personal Finance Challenge (NPFC) for showcasing their understanding of an essential life skill: how to manage money, whether you have a lot of it or not much at all.

Nearly 10,000 students from more than 350 schools competed across the United States in the NPFC this spring. Students from the Applications & Research Laboratory school in Ellicott City, Md., ranked as first runner-up, with teams from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, Calif., and Germantown High School of Madison, Miss., rounding out the top four finalists from the 24 semifinals teams.

The competition showcases students’ ability to use their knowledge to assess a family’s financial situation and present a thoughtful plan including earning, spending, saving, using credit and investing.

Organized by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) with help from the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, it was held entirely online due to COVID-19. The NPFC is sponsored by Voya Financial.

“Congratulations to the students and teachers from Millard North, Applications & Research, Bellarmine and Germantown and to every student who studied personal finance during this COVID-affected school year,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE president and chief executive officer. “We see in all the teams who competed that managing your money smartly is not something young people just know – it’s something they need to learn.

In 21 states, students are required to take a course in personal finance, according to CEE’s biennial Survey of the States. In other states, personal finance skills that many used to take for granted – creating budgets, understanding interest, credit and goal-setting – may not even be on the agenda.

“Our research indicates that in states with personal finance requirements, students exhibit more informed behavior around college financing, and that’s particularly true for those from economically challenged families,” Morrison said. “In states without requirements, there is a 16-point gap in access to financial education between kids from lower-income versus wealthier families.”

“These high school students are facing financial independence in just a few short years,” said Heather Lavallee, CEO of Wealth Solutions, Voya Financial. “The National Personal Finance Challenge is equipping stellar teams from around the country with smart decision-making skills to navigate that milestone and forge a path to financial security.”


About the Council for Economic Education:

The Council for Economic Education’s mission is to teach K-12 students about economics and personal finance so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. We carry out our mission by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for 70 years. Nearly 2/3 of the teachers we reach in person are in low- and moderate-income schools.

Media contacts:

For more information, team photos or to arrange interviews with team members and teacher/coaches:

Lisa Fels Davitt, lisa@successioncommunications.com, (973) 886-1917

Steve Hirsh, steve@successioncommunications.com, (202) 441-1516

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POSTED: June 8, 2021 | BY: brendan

Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, Md. Clinches the 21st Annual National Economics Challenge from the Council for Economic Education

By Daniel Thompson

Challenge Participation Climbs, Spotlighting the Value of Economic Education

New York, N.Y. (May 25, 2021) – For the third consecutive year, Mount Hebron High School from Ellicott City, Md., outscored student teams from around the United States to win both divisions of the 21st Annual National Economics ChallengeSM (NEC) sponsored by the Council for Economic Education (CEE).

The school emerged atop the 375 schools that participated. In all, more than 10,000 students competed nationwide in the NEC, the country’s only economics competition for high school students. The Challenge was held entirely online due to COVID-19.

“It’s encouraging to see the benefits of economic education shining so brightly in all of our participants, with educators, parents and students truly valuing economic thinking,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s president and CEO. “The caliber of students never ceases to amaze me, and the Mount Hebron High School team from Ellicott City, Md., is once again a further testament to this. We applaud them and all who participated in the challenge and in high school economics courses.”

CEE’s NEC builds critical thinkers and tomorrow’s leaders, Morrison added. The competition recognizes exceptional high school students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

Students advance from NEC state level competitions to a final quiz bowl and critical thinking presentation on an economic issue and problem by competing in one of two divisions depending on their level of experience. The Adam Smith division is for advanced placement, baccalaureate and honors students as well as any returning competitors. The David Ricardo division is for students participating in the NEC for the first time and who have taken no more than one economics course. The winning Mount Hebron school fielded teams in both.

The Challenge also included an international round featuring a quiz bowl between the top U.S teams and China’s winners from CEE’s NEC: International managed by its exclusive partner in China, SKT Education. Four thousand Chinese students participated in the Challenge in China, with 192 advancing to the worldwide finals. Mount Hebron High School also won the international quiz bowl in both the David Ricardo and Adam Smith divisions competing against Xi’an Gaoxin No.1 High School-International Course Center and Shanghai Starriver Bilingual School.

Steve Liesman, senior economics reporter for CNBC, emceed the U.S. competition, and Karen Finerman, chief executive officer of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money, hosted the China competition.

More details on the National Economics Challenge can be found on CEE’s Twitter page and by searching the hashtag #EconChallenge or visiting www.NationalEconomicsChallenge.org.

Note to editors: A list of all U.S. teams that participated in the Challenge finals is available below.

About the Council for Economic Education and the National Economics Challenge:

The Council for Economic Education’s mission is to teach K-12 students about economics and personal finance so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. We carry out our mission by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for 70 years. Nearly 2/3 of the teachers we reach in person are in low- and moderate-income schools.

Media contacts:

Kate Alexander kate@successioncommunications.com, (201) 638-3946

Lisa Fels Davitt lisa@successioncommunications.com, (973) 886-1917

State champion teams in the 21st Annual National Economics Challenge finals May 22-24, 2021.

ADAM SMITH DIVISION:

· BASIS Scottsdale (Scottsdale, Ariz.)

· Chattahoochee High School (Johns Creek, Ga.)

· Conestoga High School (Berwyn, Pa.)

· Dublin High School (Dublin, Calif.)

· ‘Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)

· Mount Hebron High School (Ellicott City, Md.)

DAVID RICARDO DIVISION:

· Half Hollow Hills High School East (Dix Hills, N.Y.)

· Irvington High School (Fremont, Calif.)

· Lexington High School (Lexington, Mass.)

· Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Richmond, Va.)

· Mount Hebron High School (Ellicott City, Md.)

· Plano West Senior High School (Plano, Texas)

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POSTED: May 25, 2021 | BY: brendan

Announcing the 2021 RI Econ Challenge Winners!

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The results are in! Here are the following RI schools to be recognized for their outstanding performance:

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 2021 RI Econ Challenge Adam Smith Division  

1st Place East Greenwich High School, Team EG2, Teacher Timothy McPartlin

2nd Place Scituate High School, Team 3, Teacher Dennis Ballou

3rd Place LaSalle Academy, Team Gannon, Teacher Michael McParlin
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2021 RI Econ Challenge David Ricardo Division 

1st Place Johnston High School, Team FL Level 2, Teacher Debra Smyth

2nd Place Tolman High School, Team Tolman Tigers 3, Teacher Robert D’Arezzo

3rd Place Woonsocket High School, Teams Eco1 and Eco2, Teacher Robert Gruetzke
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2021 RI Econ Challenge Milton Friedman Division

1st Place Archie R. Cole Middle School, Team Cole 6, teacher Ellise Wolff
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Because East Greenwich High School won first place in the Adam Smith division and Johnston High School won first place in the David Ricardo divisions, their school teams will go on to represent RI in their respective divisions when they compete in the Semi-Finals in May! National Economics Challenge by the Council for Economic Education (councilforeconed.org)

RI Council for Economic Education and RI Jump$tart Coalition are planning a virtual awards ceremony to be held in June this year to recognize school/student winners in all categories of the RI Econ Challenge, as well as the RI Finance Challenge, the LifeSmarts program, and the Global Economic Symposium. Information will be posted here once the date and details have been confirmed.

Thanks to all the teachers who facilitated their students’ participation in this annual statewide competition, especially during these challenging times. Thanks to Margaret Brooks and Kerri McLaughlin who served as judges for this important RI Econ Challenge program that advances and recognizes RI students’ economic and financial literacy accomplishments. Special thanks to CFA Society Providence for generously sponsoring the RI Econ Challenge every year so that it can be offered free of charge to all RI high schools and middle schools.

POSTED: May 1, 2021 | BY: Margaret Brooks

Announcing the 2021 RI Personal Finance Challenge Winners!

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The results are in! Here are the following RI schools to be recognized for their outstanding performance:

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RI High School Division Finance Challenge

1st Place: East Greenwich High School, Team Avengers_Captain America won 1st place HS state title for their school. Teacher: Patricia Page East Greenwich High School will advance their 1st place team to represent our state in the 2021 National Personal Finance Challenge Semi-Nationals in May: https://www.councilforeconed.org/npfc-2/

2nd Place: North Kingstown High School, Team NK DECA 4 won 2nd place  HS state title for their school. Teacher: Richard Garland

3rd Place: Scituate High School. Team 3 won 3rd place HS state title for their school. Teacher Dennis Ballou

4th Place: Tolman High School. Team Tolman Tigers AZ1 won the 4th place HS state title for their school. Teacher  Rob D’Arezzo

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RI Middle School Division Finance Challenge 

1st Place: Archie R. Cole Middle School. Team Cole 1 won 1st place MS state title for their school. Teacher Ellise Wolff

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2021 RI Invest in Girls Division Finance Challenge    

These 5 all-girl teams will be advancing to the top ten Invest in Girls teams from across the country to compete in the National Personal Finance Challenge Semi-Nationals.. 

East Greenwich High School teams: Avengers-Captain Marvel, Avengers-Valkyrie, and Avengers Rescue  Teacher: Patricia Page

Woonsocket High School teams: Adv 1 and Adv 3 Teacher: Robert Gruetkze

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2021 RI Access Zone Division Finance Challenge    

1st place team winner of the RI Access Zone Finance Challenge is Tolman High School. Team Tolman Tigers AZ 1 had the highest score in this division. Teacher: Robert D’Arezzo. Tolman High will now go on to represent RI in the Access Zone division of the National Personal Finance Challenge Semi-Nationals. 

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RI Council for Economic Education and RI Jump$tart Coalition are planning a virtual awards ceremony to be held in June this year to recognize school/student winners in all categories of the RI Finance Challenge, as well as the RI EconChallenge, the LifeSmarts program, and the Global Economic Symposium. Imformation will be posted here once the date and details have been confirmed.

Thanks to all the teachers who facilitated their students’ participation in this annual statewide competition, especially during these challenging times. Thanks to Margaret Brooks and Kerri McLaughlin who served as judges for this important RI Finance Challenge program that advances and recognizes RI students’ financial literacy accomplishments. Special thanks to Fidelity Investments for generously sponsoring the RI Finance Challenge every year so that it can be offered free of charge to all RI high schools and middle schools.

 

POSTED: May 1, 2021 | BY: Margaret Brooks

7th Annual Global Economic Symposium Was A Big Success!

The 7th annual Global Economic Symposium (GES) was held virtually on Friday March 12, 2021. Prior to the event, more than 70 high school and middle school students from MA, NJ, NY, RI and TX worked in teams to conduct research on a global economic problem that each team identified. College student mentors from Bentley University and Bridgewater State University were available to assist and advise the students as they conducted their research.

This program was created to tap into the creativity and open-mindedness of youth to identify a global issue and use economic reasoning to propose a program, policy or protocol to mitigate the impact of this issue on nations. The Global Economic Symposium positions students to do research, work as a team, and present and defend their recommendation(s) before a panel of professional judges.

In the weeks leading up to the Global Economic Symposium, student teams produced short videos to highlight their analysis of the problem and their proposed solutions. On the day of the event, their 5-minute pre-recorded videos were shown to panels of judges consisting of distinguished experts in academia, industry, banking and education. The students on each team then had opportunities to respond in real time to the judges’ questions.

At the conclusion of the event, the following schools and teams were selected by the judges for award recognition, based on the quality of their research presentations and their responses to judges’ questions:

International Division (High School)
1st Place Global Water Crisis                Brockton High School, MA
2nd Place Cyber Security                      East Greenwich High School, RI
3rd Place 4th Industrial Revolution       Brockton High School, MA
4th Place Infrastructure                        Weequahic High School, NJ

Global Division (Middle School)
1st Place Childhood Malnutrition    Archie R. Cole Middle School, RI
2nd Place Child  Labor                    Archie R. Cole Middle School, RI

By participating in the 7th Annual Global Economic Symposium, all students had valuable opportunities to build important research and communication skills, while gaining experience in working collaboratively with others. Their enthusiasm and commitment to making the world a better place was truly inspiring.

According to Global Economic Symposium Program Coordinator George “Scott” Guild, “What better way is there to ensure our future economic vitality and civic responsibility than to engage the minds and voices of students across the country and across diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to share their perception and solutions for imminent global issues?”

Here is the list of all participating schools:
Archie R. Cole Middle School, East Greenwich, RI
Ashfield Middle School, Brockton MA
Brockton High School, Brockton, MA
Coney Island Prep High School, Brooklyn, NY
East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich, RI
East Side High School, Paterson, NJ
Malcolm X Shabazz High School, Newark, NJ
Weequahic High School, Newark, NJ
Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, Dallas TX

Students were engaged throughout the day by the speakers’ highly motivating words of support and encouragement. Keynote speaker Demetriouse L. Russell, CEO of Venn Diagram LLC, inspired participants by emphasizing the important role of diversity and inclusion, and by explaining the key differences between equality and equity. Afternoon presenters Dennis Creary, President and CEO of Blacks on Wall Street, and Kevin Ruth, Founder of Finance 411.com also provided personal and professional insights into how students can access pathways to success.

In support of nurturing financial capability for students and in the industry, the winners in the International Division (high school) will receive monetary awards to be spent for investment purposes through newly-created youth investment products. The winners of the Global Division (middle school) will receive swag bags. In addition, all Global Economic Symposium student team members will have the chance to participate in an upcoming online workshop on how to market themselves for future success, and how to recognize and avoid pitfalls that can sidetrack reaching their goals.

The generous support of the following sponsors made the Global Economic Symposium available free of charge to all participating students and schools:

Platinum Sponsors: Loomis Sayles, Kevin Ruth CEO Finance101, Kiser Family Foundation. BankFive, Empower Yourself LTD, MA Rep. Claire Cronin, Tech Wave Group

Additional Sponsors:  ACT-CPA, Blacks on Wall Street, Bridgewater State University, Citizens Bank, Demetriouse Russell Venn Diagram Partners, Eastern Bank, Fidelity Investments, Fit Money, Harvard Business School, MA Council for Economic Education, New England Institute of Technology, RI Council for Economic Education, RI JumpStart Coalition, Trimble, Inc.

Tech Wave, with contributions from MaxAmplify, provided valuable technology support as this year’s Global Economic Symposium transitioned to a virtual format.

For a complete list of all award-winners, schools, teachers, judges, volunteers, and sponsors, see https://rijumpstart.org/news/winners-of-the-2021-global-economic-symposium/

For a student’s perspective on the Global Economic Symposium, read Jessica Caterson’s March 21, 2021 article in East Greenwich News “How Are You Going to Change the World?” https://eastgreenwichnews.com/how-are-you-going-to-change-the-world/

The Global Economic Symposium creators and co-organizers are Mr. Cedric Turner, Mr. George “Scott” Scott Guild, Dr. Margaret Brooks, Dr. Patricia Page, and Ms. Deb Bloomberg.

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POSTED: April 3, 2021 | BY: Margaret Brooks

Recap: 2020 Visionary Awards Virtual Benefit

By Tarnisha Smart

Many thanks for those who attended and supported our 2020 Visionary Awards Benefit online featuring our wonderful emcee Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter; and honoring Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve System; Kathleen A. Murphy, President, Personal Investing Fidelity Investments; and James R. Schenck, President & CEO, PenFed Credit Union.

We also celebrated high school teachers Joel Kirkhart, Queens High School for Language Studies; Rachel Kessous, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice; and Alhassan Susso, International Community High School who received Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Awards.

Kathleen A. Murphy, an amazing woman in finance created a special video on why it is important for young people to understand money and economics. Watch Kathleen’s video below:

The online benefit raised $400,000. The money raised will help students gain the knowledge and skills to make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities, providing them with a path to economic stability and upward mobility.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their support and for everyone who attended. We are grateful.

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POSTED: October 28, 2020 | BY: brendan

Visionary Awards Benefit Goes Virtual + Thank You Sponsors

By Tarnisha Smart

Though we can’t meet in person this year, we’re pleased to host our annual fundraiser online and celebrate exceptional leaders this week on October 21 at 5:45 pm EST.

Join colleagues and friends to applaud the 2020 Visionary Award recipients and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champions, and enjoy networking opportunities with industry peers.

Raise a glass to inspiring allies in the drive for economic and financial education, all in support of CEE’s mission to foster knowledge in students so they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Also, we’d like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support. Plus, a special shout out to Fidelity and Pen Fed for being a Champion Sponsor. Check out Pen Fed’s video below:

We hope you will join us.

Register here: https://www.councilforeconed.org/registration-form-visionary-awards-virtual-benefit-dinner/.

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POSTED: October 19, 2020 | BY: brendan

Fidelity Investments Online Professional Development for K-16 Educators on August 18 and 20, 2020

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We’re excited to announce that Fidelity Investments will be offering a free online personal finance professional development training for New England K-16 educators on Tuesday August 18 and Thursday August 20 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm both days. This training is offered in partnership with RI Council for Economic Education. and RI JumpStart Coalition. Register now to reserve your place! $50 Amazon gift card to first 150 participants who register and complete both days of the program! https://bit.ly/3i69czt

 

POSTED: August 3, 2020 | BY: Margaret Brooks

WATCH: Economists on the Economy live stream with Loretta J. Mester of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

By Alan

On June 17, 2020, the Council for Economic Education presented a live stream discussion featuring Loretta J. Mester, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. President Mester presented her economic outlook and the Federal Reserve’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watch the full stream below:

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POSTED: June 18, 2020 | BY: brendan

Natixis Investment Managers partners with Invest in Girls as Innovation Sponsor to bring financial literacy workshops online during COVID-19

By Alan

Invest in Girls, a program of the Council for Economic
Education (CEE), is thrilled to announce that Natixis Investment Managers, a
long-time partner, has increased their support through a new “Innovation
Sponsorship” to bring IIG’s student financial workshops online. This sponsorship
builds on CEE’s success in bringing the National Personal Finance and National
Economics challenges online during this difficult time and ensures that high
school students continue to be introduced to and learn about finance.

Invest in Girls provides financial literacy workshops to high school girls and introduces them to careers in finance through role models and specialized industry trips. Workshops are usually conducted in schools as in-school or after-school programs. When schools closed, IIG shifted their focus to provide uninterrupted workshops to students through online channels.

Natixis has partnered with the Invest in Girls program through hosting industry trips, hiring IIG Alumnae for internships, and event sponsorships. Together, we have been looking for ways to deepen our partnership, and the “Innovation Sponsorship” to bring IIG online was the perfect match.

“Natixis Investment Managers has proudly partnered with Invest in Girls for several years as part of our commitment to build a pipeline of diverse candidates within the finance industry,” said Tracey Flaherty, global head of diversity and inclusion. “We are excited to deepen that relationship, and we look forward to helping to educate the next generation of women about the various career opportunities available to them in the financial sector.”

Under normal circumstances, IIG cohorts are formed with
girls from the same school, but moving online meant that girls from across the
globe can now interact to learn about personal finance and careers in finance.
Our first online cohort consists of students from France, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, New York, Maryland, and Delaware.

The girls come together each week to learn a lesson from
IIG’s module “Becoming the CFO of your Life” – learning about budgets and
saving goals. Volunteers from Natixis have joined to help teach the curriculum
and in a few weeks a mix of senior executives and associates will come together
to host a Role Model Exchange Day to talk further about their career paths.

Lea, a student participating in the virtual experience,
noted: “I’m very appreciative of this new virtual learning opportunity because
it has taught me to feel more confident in my money management skills as
well as learning to prepare for my future!”

The Invest in Girls program and Natixis Investment Managers look
forward to growing this partnership to provide more girls with the tools and
resources to lead successful financial lives.

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POSTED: June 10, 2020 | BY: brendan