NH teens to face off in financial literacy competition, FinLit300

NH teens will face off in FinLit300, a financial literacy competition

Almost 60 of New Hampshire’s most money-savvy teenagers will compete for the title of New Hampshire FinLit300 State Champion when they meet at the Grappone Center in Concord on April 11. Organized by the New Hampshire Jump$tart Coalition, FInLit300 is a powerful educational opportunity that helps to teach teenagers in grades 9-12 to be smart, responsible and financially literate adults. The April 11 competition will be an exciting nine match elimination tournament using a game show/quiz bowl format. The Question Masters for the State Championship are Jeff Feingold, editor of the NH Business Review; Marc Hebert of the Harbor Group and Sean McDonald of WMUR-TV.

Nine teams compiled the top scores and earned the right to meet for the state crown after several weeks of study and online competition. Each member of the championship team will receive a crisp, new $100 bill. Additionally, the winning coach/coaches will receive free registration to the National Jump$tart Teacher Conference in November in Washington, D.C.

The major sponsors of Finlit300 in 2017 are: National Endowment for Financial Education, Members First Credit Union, Merrimack Country Savings Bank, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Paul A. Pouliot & Associates and EDvestinU.

“FinLit300 allows teens to be aware of the financial opportunities to build a better future, as well as the scams and frauds and financial challenges that are part of everyday life. Given the current economic climate, we believe that FinLit300 should be part of every high school student’s

education,” said NH Jump$tart President Daniel Hebert.

The topics in FinLit300 are based on the Jump$tart National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education: Spending and Saving; Credit and Debt; Employment and Income; Investing; Risk Management and Insurance; and Financial Decision Making.

The nine teams meeting in this first, annual statewide event are:

Concord High School, Concord; head coach Danielle Hilstro

Goffstown High School, Goffstown; head coach Krista Scarlett

Mascoma Valley Regional High School, New Canaan; head coach Shawn Joyce

Merrimack High School, Merrimack; head coach Carolyn Masterson

Moultonborough Academy, Moultonborough; head coach Whitney Sullivan

Newfound Regional High School, Bristol; head coach Sheila Miller

Pinkerton Academy, Derry; head coach Lila Mazzola

Raymond High School, Raymond; head coach Michael Brazeau

Winnacunnet High School, Hampton; head coach Janice Arsenault

Established in 2000, NH Jump$tart is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the personal financial education of students throughout New Hampshire. Its corps of volunteers is dedicated to helping young people better prepare for the challenges posed by today’s more complex marketplace of goods and services. For more information about NH Jump$tart, FinLit300, and other activities promoting sound personal money management skills, and free resources for students and teachers, visit nhjumpstart.org.

– Submitted by N.H. JumpStart