Four Hopkins High School students took second place in the State Personal Finance Decathlon competition earlier this month. Seniors Kyle Feduccia, Ryan Johnsen, Ngorli Paintsil, and Jason Schumacher received the second-place title after testing their knowledge of personal finance in the areas of budgeting, saving, insurance, investing, and other topics.
The four high school students study personal finance in school and have been DECA members for the past two years where they worked on a variety of projects as a team. The team is coached by personal finance instructors and decathlon coaches Jesse Theirl, Aaron Giannobile, and David Braaten.
The Personal Finance Decathlon program is a statewide competition that provides challenging and creative ways to engage students’ personal finance knowledge and critical thinking skills. This year looked a little different because the qualifying regional competitions moved to an online format due to COVID-19.
“This year, 256 students competed, so to finish second out of this many people is impressive,” Braaten said.
What’s next for these exceptional students? In the fall, Paintsil will attend Stanford University, Feduccia will attend the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Schumacher and Johnsen will attend the University of Minnesota.