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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • HHS finance students win first in state

  • Four Hannibal High School students should have no problem making wise financial decisions in the future, after they won first place in Missouri in a financial contest.
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  • Four Hannibal High School students should have no problem making wise financial decisions in the future, after they won first place in Missouri in a financial contest.
    The winning team members were Alex Addison, Dhaval Katbamna, Gus Meyer and Parth Parikh. They won the Missouri Personal Finance Challenge on Friday, April 4, at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
    The team will next compete in the national event on May 2 in St. Louis. The national contest is always in Missouri because it is centrally located, according to Kurt Haner, HHS business department chairman and the students’ finance teacher.
    Each student on the first-place team and their teacher won $500. In the national contest, the prize money doubles.
    Last year a HHS team also competed in the nationals, where it took second place.
    Addison of the current winning team was on the HHS team that finished second in 2013, Haner reported.
    Addison also excelled in individual events on Friday. The state competition has four rounds, and Addison was tied for the highest score in round one.
    Finance students at HHS form their own teams for the contest, Haner said, and he is proud of both this first-place team and his team that captured sixth place in the state contest.
    The sixth-place team was composed of Tyrell Ingram, James Lemon, Sutro Pritchett and Hannah Wathen.
    This is the first year Hannibal had two teams qualify in the regional event to advance to state, Haner added.
    To win the regional and qualify for state, the two HHS teams defeated all the others in Eastern Missouri.
    The students were also accompanied by Hannibal Finance Director Doug Warren, Haner said, because Warren helped prepare them for the competition.
    Haner also took the students on field trips, which he believes “gives our students an advantage over other schools. … I take my kids to a local bank to learn about credit, and we have a lawyer who speaks on bankruptcy.
    “We toured homes with a real estate company to learn about the home-buying process,” Haner continued. “And three weeks ago we went to St. Louis and toured two investment companies.”
    The contest’s four rounds are: earning and spending income,
    saving and using credit, investing and protecting and insuring, and personal finance (the quiz bowl).
    Prior to the state event, the HHS teams had quiz bowls against both the morning and evening Kiwanis clubs in Hannibal, Haner noted.
    To prepare for the national event, he plans to continue involving the community.

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