Hillsboro students compete in state competition

Hillsboro students Karley Loewen, Bryan Eden, Lane Rogers and Sawyer Hall competed in the Kansas Personal Finance Challenge on April 27 at WSU. They took first place.

Hillsboro High School students Bryan Eden, Sawyer Hall, Karley Loewen, and Lane Rogers competed in the Kansas Personal Finance Challenge on Wednesday, April 27 at WSU. These four students qualified for the event by taking an initial Personal Finance test earlier in April.

At the event, five schools were invited to the final state competition. The contest consisted of a case study challenge where participants were given the scenario of a family that included the income, expenses, debt, insurance, tax liability, and goals of the family. The students were given two hours to prepare a recommendation on how to handle the family’s situation. The students presented their plan to a panel of judges, and then the judges selected a winner.

The judges chose Eden, Hill, Loewen and Rogers as the Kansas Personal Finance Challenge winner. They each received $100 and qualified for the National Personal Finance Challenge.

The National Personal Finance competition will have three rounds. The initial round is an online personal finance test, and if they qualify again, they move on to another virtual case study. If they excel at that, the final round is an in-person final in New York City.

“The students did an incredible job analyzing the financial situation and creating a very thorough plan that addressed the goals of the family. They worked well together and represented Hillsboro High School very well,” said HHS teacher Nathan Hiebert.

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