11/18/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - High school students from around the state participated in Ashland University’s Financial Literacy event held Nov. 4 on the Ashland University campus.
The Granville FCCLA Financial Literacy Team under adviser/coach Cindy Shaffer took first place, while Troy High School under adviser/coach Cheryl Kies placed second and Woodridge High School under adviser/coach Leah Norris took third place in the five-team competition.
The event, which is designed to engage high school students in the process and terminology of personal finance, was organized by AU’s Institute for Contemporary Financial Studies (I.C.F.S.). Students majoring in finance at Ashland University served as coaches for each team.
Terry Rumker, assistant professor of finance at Ashland University and organizer of the event, said the event was split into two sections. “One section was set-up like Academic Challenge, in which high school students were asked questions about investing and money management, and students would ‘buzz in’ with their answers,” he said.
The other section dealt with teams of high school students being given a case in the morning session and then required to solve the case and present it to a panel of judges in the afternoon.
“This was a great opportunity for students to test their knowledge outside of the classroom and apply that in an everyday situation,” Rumker said. “These are just some of the things that financial planners see every day.”
Rumker noted that anyone associated with a high school who is interested in participating in next year’s event should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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