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Treasurer Josh Mandel Hosts 2017 Personal Finance Challenge State Finals

Press Release - Ohio Treasurer's Office

COLUMBUS – Treasurer Josh Mandel and the Ohio Treasurer’s office hosted the 2017 Personal Finance Challenge State Finals today in Columbus.  Sponsored by Fidelity Investments and facilitated in partnership with the Ohio Council on Economic Education and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, this event was the final competition in a statewide challenge that tests participating high school students’ knowledge of economics and personal finance in preparation for National Financial Literacy Month which begins in April.
Over 500 students throughout Ohio competed in an online portion of the challenge and the top teams advanced to the state finals.  Finalists included student teams representing Madeira High School in Hamilton County and Lebanon High School in Warren County.  

A student team from Madeira High School won the final personal finance “Quiz Bowl” and will advance to the national competition held in Kansas City, Missouri on May 5.  Last year, Madeira High School placed ninth in the national competition.   

The Ohio Treasurer’s office also provided a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse for participating student teams.    

“The Personal Finance Challenge is a fun and innovative way for students to learn financial tools that will assist them in the next chapter of their lives,” said Treasurer Mandel.  “I am proud to partner with these organizations and high schools across Ohio to help advance financial education and prepare students for their economic futures.”

“Each year, Madeira students are excited for this challenge and look forward to applying the personal finance tips they learn in class in a fun and challenging competition,” said Jennifer Jordan, teacher of the winning team from Madeira High School.  “We view this as a valuable educational tool to prepare our students for real-life scenarios, and we thank the Treasurer’s office, Fidelity and the UC Economic Center for hosting this unique opportunity.”  

The Ohio Council on Economic Education (OCEE) is a not-for-profit organization that works to ensure Ohio’s state educational curriculum includes financial literacy.  The University of Cincinnati Economics Center focuses on providing financial and economic education throughout Ohio and provides a variety of programs to help support schools, educators, state officials and educational organizations in this mission.  

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