Highland Team To Compete In State Finance Challenge

Students from Highland High School are winners in the Online Personal Finance Challenge as part of Governors Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance, and have been invited to compete in the state championship competition. The Highland High School team, advised by teacher Ms. Bridget Nelson, achieved highly competitive scores during the statewide online competition event conducted by the Virginia Council on Economic Education, in association with the office of the Governor. The team is invited to apply their skills in personal finance at the day-long statewide championship event. The state championship winners are invited to the national competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ms. Nelson said “This is the first time we have competed in the Governor’s Challenge. We placed first in Region Five, earning this opportunity. I am very excited and happy for this team. This is a huge honor for us to represent Highland County at the state level. I’m proud of all my students for stepping up to the challenge.”

To help us learn more. I turned to the Highland Mid Kids Radio Club who interviewed the winning team.

“Hello, this is Daisy Hutchinson,”

“And Madison Eppard.”

“We are here today speaking with the Highland winners in the Online Personal Finance Challenge. Could you please introduce yourselves?”

“Hello, my name is Jake Johnson, and I’m a junior at Highland High School.”

“I’m Haleigh Deem, and I’m also a junior from Highland High School.”

“My name is Daniel Judy. I’m also a junior at Highland High School.

“When did the challenge take place?”

“The competition took place on March 11th, in Miss Nelson’s personal finance room.”

“What did you have to do during the challenge?”

“For the first part of the Personal Finance Challenge, we had to take 30 online questions in 35 minutes, dealing with math problems and insurance.”

“Can you tell us about your next competition?”

“Our next competition will be held in Richmond on April 11th.”

“What will you do at the next competition?”

“We’re acting as fiduciaries of an online case study, helping a family resolve their financial problems.”

“Thank you for joining us today, and good luck at the competition. For Allegheny Mountain Radio, this is the Highland Mid Kids Radio Club.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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