A team of students from MacArthur High School won Cameron University's Finance Challenge competition, held last week on the CU campus. Under the direction of teacher Jack Weidenmaier, MacArthur students Patrick Block, Amanda Easton, Ashlynne Haycock, Jase Pellerin and Ken Nell Roberts devised the top solutions to personal finance problems.
"The Finance Challenge is an opportunity for these high school students to discover how well prepared they are to manage the types of finance problems that people from all walks of life encounter on a regular basis," says Dr. T.K. Bhattacharya, CU Professor of Business and coordinator of the event. "It is never too early to acquaint young people with the tools they'll need to succeed in life, and that includes financial management."
Second place went to Duncan High School's team of Melissa Pennypacker, Hayden Demerson, Tyler Boydson, Mariah Rivera and Zack McDonald, under the direction of teachers Sharon Moffat and Kelly Jones.
Cache High School claimed third place with team members Chris Stewart, Grannon Billingsley, Jake McClellan, Alexis Smith and Brooke Cress. Arletta Stewart was the teacher sponsor.
Regional business executives served as judges for the competition, including Bill Wilson, Senior Vice President, BancFirst; Bob Tyburski, M.D., owner/operator of WellFast Urgent Care Clinic; Arun Tilak, Assistant Director of the Center for Emerging Technology & Entrepreneurial Studies, and CU faculty member Carole Dragosljvich.
The CU Finance Challenge was sponsored by the School of Business and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).
April 24, 2009