WEST CHICAGO – Eight students from Community High School in West Chicago will compete in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Finals on April 25 in Chicago.
These high schoolers are among the 40 from across the state to qualify for the competition out of nearly 600 students.
The state competition is a program of Econ Illinois, which provides economic and personal finance support for K-12 schools in Illinois.
It will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Competing Community High School students include senior Grant Hosticka, junior John Kulikowski, junior Alex Kubinski, senior Doug Murphy, senior Joe Sawicki, senior Jason Umphrey, junior Jacob Urban and senior Nick Wilson. Their sponsor is AP macroeconomics teacher Candace Fikis.
The Illinois Personal Finance Challenge “is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of comprehension and application of personal finance concepts and skills and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance courses,” according to a Community High School District 94 news release.
All students in Illinois are required to take a consumer education/personal finance course. The challenge program offers a way to engage students in their learning, while also assessing how well they are meeting the state mandate, the release stated.
The first- and second-place teams at the state level in Illinois will each receive a trophy, individual medals and certificates, and Visa gift cards. All participating schools will receive a framed certificate.
For more information about the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge, visit www.econed-il.org/icee/ipfc.shtml.