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MHS team wins state at Personal Finance Challenge
 Personal Finance State Champs

Four MHS students took the state title in the State Personal Finance Challenge at UCO.  The group is headed to the National Personal Finance Challenge in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 10-11.  Pictured are Carrie Hixon (teacher), Morgan Johnson, Cindy Tang, Madison Wilson, Tori Sharpe and Amy Lee, executive director of the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education. 

A team from MHS took the State title at the Personal Finance Challenge, a state competition put on by the Oklahoma Council of Economic Education. Any school can bring a team to participate in the challenge. Teams are typically made up of three to four students. 

Carrie Hixon, personal finance literacy teacher, said three team members competed last year. One was recruited because of her grades in the class in the fall. 

At state, the students took two tests which are scored individually and then the top three scores were taken from each round.  Then the team took a joint quiz.  The scores from these three quizzes were added together and the top two teams advanced to the final quiz bowl.  MHS was the winner and will now advanced to the National Competition.

“I was excited for the girls when they won State and we are excited for Nationals,” Hixon said. “The state competition is based on quizzes and knowledge. The national format will present a new challenge where the team members will be applying their knowledge.” 

The National Personal Finance Challenge will be held at the University of Nebraska on May 10-11. All expenses are paid. Each team will work together for two hours to create a financial plan based on a detailed fictitious family scenario. Each team will create a slide presentation and present to a panel of expert judges. First place at Nationals means a $2000 scholarship for each team member. The top three places will receive monetary rewards. 

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