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Students Qualify for State Personal Finance Challenge

Two West Chicago Community High School student teams are among 10 state-wide to qualify for the state competition in the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge to be held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago on April 25, 2017.

The team of Ross Behr (senior, Winfield), Jeremy Belingon (junior, West Chicago), Jenna Palka (senior, Winfield) and Mike Sawicki (junior, Carol Stream) qualified for state competition by earning the highest score in the region.

The team of Patrick McCormack (senior, West Chicago), Christian O’Neil (senior, Winfield), Emily Pietura (junior, West Chicago) and Elijah Pinkevich (senior, West Chicago) scored the 3rd highest score in the state giving them an at-large bid to the state meet.

The students are coached by WCCHS teacher Candace Fikis.

All students in Illinois are required to take a consumer education/personal finance course. The Illinois Personal Finance Challenge (IPFC) program provides a fun and competitive way to engage these students more fully in their learning, while assessing how well they are meeting the state mandate. IPFC is a program of Econ Illinois, a provider of economics and personal finance support for K-12 schools in Illinois. IPFC is designed to recognize students who demonstrate high levels of comprehension and application of personal finance concepts and skills, and reward teachers for outstanding practices in teaching personal finance courses.

If the students qualify during the state competition later this month, they will compete at the national Personal Finance Challenge to be held in Kansas City on May 5, 2017.

For more information about the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge, visit