Highland High School is One of the 100 Best Schools in Teaching Personal Finance

According to a press release from the national educational nonprofit, Working in Support of Education, Highland High School has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Schools in Teaching Personal Finance.

Working in Support of Education, or W!se, announces the ranking annually of its“100 Best High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.”  The program is in its ninth year and it’s the first and only national ranking in high school financial education, recognizing excellence in personal finance instruction within W!se’s national network of schools participating in its Financial Literacy Certification program.

The “100 Best” schools participate in W!se’s Financial Literacy Certification program which supports personal finance instruction in high schools. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Test. Students passing the Test become Certified Financially Literate™ (CFL), a nationally recognized credential. Through the program, now offered in 49 states, more than one million students have graduated from high school financially literate.

Phyllis Perillo, President and CEO of W!se said, “The pandemic highlighted the importance of, and urgent need for, financial education.  It’s a matter of equity that young people have the knowledge and skills to make informed financial decisions, avoid pitfalls, be aware of financial products and services, use them wisely, and have a life of financial wellbeing.”

Working in Support of Education (W!se) is a leading educational nonprofit based in New York City with a mission to improve the lives of young people and at-risk adults through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce. For more information, visit www.wise-ny.org.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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