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Submitted photo Pictured after the La Salle-Peru Township High School team’s win at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (from left) are L-P business instructor and division chairman Tiara Bedenko, finance team members Drew Barto, Trenton Lipka, Mathew Halm and Eric Yao and business instructor Scott Lauer.
La Salle-Peru Township High School earned first place Monday in the 2013 Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Finals, a program of Econ Illinois.
The event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago involved 11 high school teams from nine high schools advancing to compete for the championship title. Nearly 800 students statewide participated in the online preliminary round of competition in March.
La Salle-Peru outscored second-place Naperville Central High School, after a final “quiz bowl” round of competition. The first-place team, Drew Barto, Matt Halm, Trenton Lipka and Fanjiang “Eric” Yao, and their teacher Scott Lauer received a trophy and framed certificate for their school, individual medals and certificates as well as Visa gift cards.
The championship event consisted of individual, team and quiz bowl rounds of competition throughout the day. Tested topics included: Income & Money Management, Saving & Investing, and Spending & Credit.
The La Salle team advances to the National Personal Finance Challenge to be in St Louis next Thursday.
“The Personal Financial Challenge is a great opportunity for our students to apply the real-world skills they learn in our business classes through a fun and interactive competition. The team members are very excited to represent LPHS and the State of Illinois at the national event,” L-P business instructor Lauer stated.
Illinois Personal Finance Challenge (IPFC) is endorsed by the state treasurer and takes place during Money Smart Week in Chicago.
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